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Bubba
06-04-2008, 08:17 PM
Activists sue Texas Republican Party over state convention rules :D

04:10 PM CDT on Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Associated Press

AUSTIN A cadre of GOP activists filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the Texas Republican Party over how its leaders will conduct business at next week's state party convention in Houston.

The group's coordinator, Ron Paul supporter Debra Medina of Wharton County, said the activists want to ensure enforcement of the state election code and have a chairman elected before any official business is conducted at the convention.

That way, challenges to more than 200 convention delegates can be fully debated and fairly resolved, Medina said. Typically, the state party waits until the second day of the convention to select a chairman, she said.

"We as Republicans hold ourselves to be the party that respects the rule of law," Medina said. "We've come to recognize that we have some serious problems within our own party."

Republican spokesman Hans Klingler said the party always follows the rules set out in state law. He said the complaint is nothing new.

"This has been argued for many, many, many years," Klingler said. "This has to do with convention process."

The lawsuit was filed in county court-at-law in Houston, where the Texas GOP convention will be held June 12-14. Some 14,000 people are expected to attend the convention, including 6,500 delegates and 6,500 alternates.

The GOP delegate challenges are coming mostly from Parker, Nueces and Galveston counties, where the entire delegations are being challenged, Medina said. The group contends there were multiple election violations at county and senate district Republican conventions in March.

Some of the activists are supporters of Paul's Republican presidential campaign. Medina is a congressional campaign coordinator for Paul in addition to being chair of the Wharton County Republican Party.

There has been "inexplicable resistance" from Texas Republican Party Chair Tina Benkiser to resolving the dispute amicably, Medina said.

"The Republican Party of Texas receives inquiries from time to time about the convention process, and those inquiries are forwarded to legal counsel for review," Klingler said. "Our conventions will always be about empowering the grass roots leaders of this state from the bottom up."

Attorney Gary Polland, former Harris County Republican chairman, is representing the group that filed the lawsuit.

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/politics/state/stories/060508dntexgopsuit.214fedd.html

Bubba
06-04-2008, 08:34 PM
Ooops sorry, my bad. I'm a little slow and a little more drunk. Here is Part 2 which was referred to in a previous post, for your convenience and reading pleasure.

Chronicle

June 4, 2008, 2:56PM
Sued Texas GOP ordered to follow convention rules
Republican activists' Houston case warned state leaders will try to shut out grass-roots opposition at meeting next week


By ALAN BERNSTEIN
Copyright 2008 Houston Chronicle

A Harris County judge on Wednesday ordered the Texas Republican Party to comply with state election law at its state convention in Houston next week after Republican activists alleged that the party illegally uses procedures to minimize grass-root dissent.

Visiting Judge Tom Sullivan issued the temporary restraining order on Wednesday, a few hours after it was requested in a lawsuit filed by activists across the state.

Represented by lawyer Gary Polland, a former Harris County Republican Party chairman, the group alleges that party leaders violated procedural laws at past conventions and plan to do so again. The next hearing on the case is scheduled for Monday.

Texas law says a political party's state convention must choose a permanent chairman before doing most official business. Polland and Wharton County GOP Chairwoman Debra Medina said the party instead elects a permanent chairman late in the convention, shutting off dissent beforehand about the selection of convention delegates and new state party leaders, the adoption of a platform and other actions.

"If they want to exclude the grass roots and control the process it's not right," Polland said.

Medina worked in the primary re-election campaign of her congressman, Ron Paul. The activists she heads call themselves "Goldwater Conservatives, Reagan Republicans, Robertson Crowd, Ron Paul Republicans, and, well, real Conservatives" on their Web site, www.fairconvention.org.

Texas Republican Party spokesman Hans Klingler said the party follows the rules and is willing to address complaints about how the convention is conducted.

"We are a rule-of-law party," he said.

The state convention at the downtown George R. Brown Convention Center will select delegates to the Republican National Convention and hear speeches by top GOP elected officials. Some Republicans in Galveston, Nueces and Parker counties want the convention to block the seating of delegates from those areas on grounds that they were selected in violation of party rules.

Without changing the way the convention is run, Polland said, the party risks alienating some of its grassroots supporters, "and 10 or 15 percent disaffected Republican voters means (Democrat) Barack Obama wins Texas."

Polland and Medina are convention delegates.

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/front/5818595.html

Monotaur
06-04-2008, 10:49 PM
Activists sue Texas Republican Party over state convention rules :D

04:10 PM CDT on Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Associated Press

AUSTIN A cadre of GOP activists filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the Texas Republican Party over how its leaders will conduct business at next week's state party convention in Houston.

The group's coordinator, Ron Paul supporter Debra Medina of Wharton County, said the activists want to ensure enforcement of the state election code and have a chairman elected before any official business is conducted at the convention.

That way, challenges to more than 200 convention delegates can be fully debated and fairly resolved, Medina said. Typically, the state party waits until the second day of the convention to select a chairman, she said.

"We as Republicans hold ourselves to be the party that respects the rule of law," Medina said. "We've come to recognize that we have some serious problems within our own party."

Republican spokesman Hans Klingler said the party always follows the rules set out in state law. He said the complaint is nothing new.

"This has been argued for many, many, many years," Klingler said. "This has to do with convention process."

The lawsuit was filed in county court-at-law in Houston, where the Texas GOP convention will be held June 12-14. Some 14,000 people are expected to attend the convention, including 6,500 delegates and 6,500 alternates.

The GOP delegate challenges are coming mostly from Parker, Nueces and Galveston counties, where the entire delegations are being challenged, Medina said. The group contends there were multiple election violations at county and senate district Republican conventions in March.

Some of the activists are supporters of Paul's Republican presidential campaign. Medina is a congressional campaign coordinator for Paul in addition to being chair of the Wharton County Republican Party.

There has been "inexplicable resistance" from Texas Republican Party Chair Tina Benkiser to resolving the dispute amicably, Medina said.

"The Republican Party of Texas receives inquiries from time to time about the convention process, and those inquiries are forwarded to legal counsel for review," Klingler said. "Our conventions will always be about empowering the grass roots leaders of this state from the bottom up."

Attorney Gary Polland, former Harris County Republican chairman, is representing the group that filed the lawsuit.

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/politics/state/stories/060508dntexgopsuit.214fedd.html

Queue up youtube audio streams of shenanigans at Texas county/district conventions. I don't think completely ignoring an over-welming majority voice vote or introducing new delegates after the county conventions were over are "empowering the grass roots leaders ... from the bottom up".