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Email from the +Ron Paul campaign this morning. Thoughts?

Personally I think that the primary wins are non-important, but any states that hold conventions for nominating delegates on top of that process are absolutely important. Any number of delegates we have will greatly increase our power at the RNC. I do hope that this part of the campaign process is still going to be in place.

"As I reflect on our 2012 Presidential campaign, I am humbled by the supporters who have worked so hard and sacrificed so much. And I am so proud of what we have accomplished. We will not stop until we have restored what once made America the greatest country in human history."

"This campaign fought hard and won electoral success that the talking heads and pundits never thought possible. But, this campaign is also about more than just the 2012 election. It has been part of a quest I began 40 years ago and that so many have joined. It is about the campaign for Liberty, which has taken a tremendous leap forward in this election and will continue to grow stronger in the future until we finally win."

"Our campaign will continue to work in the state convention process. We will continue to take leadership positions, win delegates, and carry a strong message to the Republican National Convention that Liberty is the way of the future."

"Moving forward, however, we will no longer spend resources campaigning in primaries in states that have not yet voted. Doing so with any hope of success would take many tens of millions of dollars we simply do not have. I encourage all supporters of Liberty to make sure you get to the polls and make your voices heard, particularly in the local, state, and Congressional elections, where so many defenders of Freedom are fighting and need your support."

"I hope all supporters of Liberty will remain deeply involved - become delegates, win office, and take leadership positions. I will be right there with you. In the coming days, my campaign leadership will lay out to you our delegate strategy and what you can do to help, so please stay tuned."

"For Liberty,"
"Ron Paul"
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I just hope there are people in those states who are plugged in enough to overcome the lack of campaigning.
+Arthur Gwynne i don't see why not. While the media is trying to play this as a full suspension, I see it as focusing on low-lying fruit and maximizing the minimal contributions real people can give. The fight is not over...far from it.
+Arthur Gwynne I've talked this up for some time. Specifically, listen to the part in regards to the RNC's ruling on a MR delegate from 2008. The RNC has already ruled that they do not respect state or congressional binding...period.

That does not release any delegate from any legal requirements (should they exist and, as of yet, everyone has come up empty on).

This is not related to Robert's Rules though. To be clear, Roberts Rules are only accepted by bodies that accept them. Those bodies are free to alter the rules in a body rules document (which the RNC has done with rule 38 and clarified with the 2008 ruling).

That aside, if we (anti-mr) have a 2/3 majority of delegates at the convention...there is nothing to stop the will of the parliamentary body.
+Arthur Gwynne See the break down here as well.

I agree with these findings. Also, in the 5 state laws I reviewed regarding binding of delegates I found no law that said anything other than one, single, line (simplified): "You must vote for the winner in the first round". Nothing regarding if you must vote. Nothing regarding how you will be penalized if you don't vote the correct way (or not at all). Nothing legally binding to penalties at all.
+Arthur Gwynne delegates are only bound to the roll call for nomination (when they say "who is voting from Romney from your state). As shown by this article (and other sources) this binding requirement could not exist or, at second best, can be abstained. However, if we have 2/3 majority overall there is nothing that anyone can do to control the parliamentary body. With a majority from 6 states and a majority we can suspend the rules at any time. With a majority from 5 states and a 2/3 majority we can do anything else we want (amend the rules for example) within the confines of the temporary RNC rules (rules 20-42 I think) until the rules are approved by the body (then within the confines of all RNC rules).

Vote counting happens by voice by default (per Robert's Rules). After that a division may be called for and will happen if won by a majority (voice vote to call the majority...but can also be called to division). Division with count off can also be called so that numbers can be heard by all parties. Roberts Rules are there to ensure fairness and openness in the process.
I'm just really nervous as to what's going to happen, especially after the Natl GOP's threat to NV and what happened in OK
+Arthur Gwynne it's probably going to be a dirty fight (that they'll blame on us evil Ron Paul people if and when MR loses the nomination or presidency bid). It will greatly depend on how the campaign tries to manage the delegates though. Unfortunately we won't find that out for some time.

As far as I know, and stand right now, I am pledged to support +Ron Paul in every legal way possible as the GOP nominee and next president of the U.S.
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