Without a definitive leader in the Republican Presidential race this year, the South Dakota Republican Caucus will actually have an influence on the choice of nominee for President. In years past by the time the South Dakota caucuses met, the nominee had already been established.
Not this year. The South Dakota Republican Party actually has an opportunity to help choose their Republican Presidential candidate.
On March 1st at 8 PM we South Dakota Republicans will caucus in support of our individual choices. We will be able to stand up and be counted in favor of the person we want as President of our United States.
Those chosen by vote will be eligible to vie for a seat on the floor of the National Convention in Tampa, Florida next August.
What’s so exciting about that? There is a growing chance that this will be a brokered convention.
A Brokered Convention?
There is a real possibility this year that there will be no candidate with the required 1144 votes to capture the nomination in the first vote. If there is no front runner with a the required (50% +1) votes on the first vote, the choice is put in the hands of the delegates on the floor. This could very well be one of those special events in your life you replay for your grandchildren.
South Dakota Republicans, the trail to Tampa starts in your County Seat March 1st. To be nominated as a delegate to the Republican National Convention plan to be at your county caucus. With very few exceptions, this is where the journey starts.
This is an exciting time for South Dakota. We finally get a turn at bat. We get a choice, rather than having our choice made for us. If you want to be at what could be a history making Republican National Convention and if you want a voice as to who should be your next President, see you at the caucus.
What is happening in Delaware is is one major factor in my decision to leave New Jersey and move out here to God’s country. Here is a part of the blog I wrote on why I left New Jersey.
Many people have asked me why I moved from New Jersey to South Dakota, Two reasons – money and politics. When New Jersey had the fiasco with Brett Schundler and Jim McGreavy I knew it was time to get out. For those who don‘t know, Brett Schundler won the primary against the Republican “machine” candidate. Brett was an “outsider” and a conservative who believed in smaller government and fiscal responsibility. Because of that the NJ state Republican party went limp. They did not endorse, support or help finance Brett’s campaign. In fact the senate majority leader (the senior man in the Republican party in NJ) would not even endorse him. That’s when I knew I had had enough. I tell people that is was not the Democrats that drove me from New Jersey, it was the Republicans.
The rest is not important for this note.
The Republican party leaders in Delaware are derelict in their duty to support the candidate their Republican party has chosen. If Christine looses this race it will not be because of a stellar campaign by the Democrat machine. It will be the fault of the republican machine failing to support their duly elected candidate. The Republican people of Delaware need to get together now and fire their party leadership. If that does not happen, there’s plenty of room for good conservatives out here in South Dakota… and it’s good livin’ too.
I think it is important to hold our elected officials accountable. I do this not only with blogging and talking to neighbors and friends, I do it with letters to the editor like the one here.
This letter is specific not only to South Dakota but to Brown and Spink counties. It is a comment on a recently elected state Congresswoman in my district.
She just couldn’t wait…..
Showing her true colors State Congresswoman Elaine Elliott-D (district 2) jumped right into this year’s legislative session by co-sponsoring a bill to raise our taxes and fees. She is listed as a House Co-Sponsor of Senate bill NUMBER ONE!
A bill that will do the following:
1. Raise the License fee (registration) for all non-commercial vehicles.
2. Raise the License fee (registration) for all commercial vehicles.
3. Raise the License fee (registration) for all recreational vehicles.
4. Raise the License fee (registration) for all motorcycles – large and small.
5. Raise the tax on GASOLINE and DIESEL
6. Raise the tax on ETHANOL and ETHANOL blends
7. Raise the tax on BIO DIESEL
8. Raise the tax on “Special fuels” (I guess in case they missed something.)
9. Raise the Use Tax (Sales tax) on all vehicle purchases, NEW and USED.
10. Raise the fine for operating a vehicle that is over weight.
Anybody see a pattern here?
Mrs Elliott couldn’t wait to get to Pierre in order to stick it to the citizens of Spink and Brown counties. Let’s remember this in November and “send her back to her day job”.