Some thoughts about the convention.
By: Alyssa Cowan

On Saturday the 28th of June, the people of Nevada took back their party. Of course I’m referring to the continuation of the Nevada Republican Convention. I had the honor of attending and serving on a few committees, and I have to say that I was impressed with the entire event.

I feel that Mike Weber did a great job as the parliamentarian, and the Terhunes and the volunteers did a great job. Hell, maybe we should always run the convention, it seems to turn out better!

The convention afforded time for several candidates to speak during the voting. I thought they all did well. Andrew Brownson, in particular, impressed me. His speech was really quite eloquent; it was the kind of speech that made you proud to be a conservative. Chris Dyer talked about wrestling, which gets the thumbs up from me. His speech was enjoyable, because it was so down to earth and real. Lisamarie Johnson, protest organizer extraordinaire, used her skills to inspire the crowd as well. I had the pleasure of chatting with her later in the evening, and she’s pretty cool.

At the convention, I was excited to see more of James Smack in action. For those of you who also live in Nevada Congressional District 2, he’s one of the candidates in the primary. He also handled the CD 2 delegate elections in the absence of the last chairman of the CD 2 elections: Brian Krolicki (who did a fabulous job on the April 26th convention, IMO).

I guess the big question for yesterday’s convention was “OMG, what if there is no quorum?” Apparently the original credentials report (which establishes how many people are there, and therefore how many people are needed for the quorum) was not adopted properly and therefore illegal. Without having a credentials report, we were forced to adopt a new one using the credentials information collected on that day.

Now the convention has to be defended and proven legal to the Republican National Committee in order for the delegates to be seated.

Hopefully our convention will prevail, because it was not about Ron Paul or John McCain; it was about giving the power back to the people of Nevada. This convention happened because people refuse to be stepped on by the party leadership. If we were to stop fighting the leadership on this, it would set a precedent that they can just forget about the people and do whatever they want.

Personally, I feel sorry for the people who did not go because they thought it was a candidate game. Unfortunately, those people will continue to be silent, because the Nevada GOP will not give them their convention. The Nevada GOP has no intention of following through with the convention that all state Republican delegates deserve. These people will never be heard, and they will never get the proper use out of their $50.

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  • John Russell

    Not only will those people not be able to use their $50, but one must consider the time, effort, phone calls, precinct elections, county conventions, and even the first state convention into this highly unbalanced equation.

    I for one spent much time at this, and for it to be thrown away by party leadership has not only caused me to grow animosity towards them, but to grow disenfranchised towards the entire process altogether. I am confident in the assertion that my feelings resonate the majority of the delegates that attended the April convention, but I believe I can safely say that I represented my precinct and county to the best of my ability.

    I can’t express how awesome it was to be apart of this “don’t tread on me” type of convention, and it gives me great pride to live in the great state of Nevada.

  • John Russell

    Not only will those people not be able to use their $50, but one must consider the time, effort, phone calls, precinct elections, county conventions, and even the first state convention into this highly unbalanced equation.I for one spent much time at this, and for it to be thrown away by party leadership has not only caused me to grow animosity towards them, but to grow disenfranchised towards the entire process altogether. I am confident in the assertion that my feelings resonate the majority of the delegates that attended the April convention, but I believe I can safely say that I represented my precinct and county to the best of my ability.I can’t express how awesome it was to be apart of this “don’t tread on me” type of convention, and it gives me great pride to live in the great state of Nevada.

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