Sunday, June 25, 2006

New Straw Poll

A new online poll is up at Straw Poll '08. You can cast your vote for Mitt here:
http://www.strawpoll08.com/

Friday, June 23, 2006

National Review Rankings are out....

and Mitt Romney is a "comfortable" #2. Just a few months ago Mitt Romney was casually lumped in with others in the race. Now people are seeing real daylight between him and the rest of the pack. As his profile rises we will see many more critics emerge, but this is just a natural process with any candidate.

A great way to help Mitt Romney in Washington

The following is a comment from RP98007 on June 22nd and seems like very sound advice. All politics are local, so please make your voice heard.

Here is something VERY IMPORTANT. And the deadline for acting is July 24 to 28, 2006. Become a Republican PCO so you can support Mitt Romney in the March 2008 precinct caucuses in Washington.

In 2008, either 100% or 2/3 of the GOP delegates from Washington will be selected by the caucus system. GOP party rules provide for 1/3 to be chosen by a primary, provided that we have a primary.

In 2004, the Democrats got the legislature to eliminate the presidential primary for that year. Democrats don't choose any of their delegates from primary results. This may likely happen again in 2008, since the GOP leadership doesn't like the primary that much either (if the Democrat primary is meaningless, lots of folks can cross over).

But at the minimum, 2/3 of delegates come from the precinct caucuses.

GOP rules automatically make the PCO -- precinct committee officer -- a delegate. Additional delegates are allowed based on GOP voting strength in the precinct. In practice, PCO's tend to be at least 25% of the delegates chosen at the precinct level.

However, only about 1/3 of the 6,600+ precincts in Washington have Republican PCO's. Generally, if a vacancy exists, the county GOP chair can appoint to fill it, and will normally appoint the first person who expresses interest.

But the PCO's are elected for two year terms in the September primary. The next primary election for this is September 19, 2006, and qualifying is set for the week of July 24 to 28, 2006.

If you file for PCO, odds are that you will be elected from your precinct without any opposition. If not, then you have a 50/50 chance of winning in September (and no public humiliation if the other person wins). You will be serving in that position in March 2008 when the presidential precinct caucuses are held in Washington.

So please go down to your county courthouse, visit the Auditor's Office (in King County, the Elections Office) during business hours in the week of July 24 to 28, 2006, fill out a PCO declaration of candidacy, and pay your $1.00 filing fee.

Monday, June 19, 2006

Gov. Romney increases influence in Iowa.

Governor Romney's Commonwealth PAC for Iowa just became a little more prominent. Romney spent a long weekend campaigning at state GOP conventions in Idaho and then Iowa. During a breakfast for Iowa delegates, he announced the "Iowa Advisory Committee" to help state and local Republicans in the upcoming election. Read more here, here, and check out Jeff Fuller's commentary here....

Thursday, June 15, 2006

2008 Presidential GOP race as I see it now.

mar K started a diary over at Red State. Please head over there and voice your support for Gov. Romney.

Friday, June 09, 2006

Twelve things we can do to help Romney

My name is Shawn and I will help Casey with the blog. I live in Everett and I am an avid Romney supporter. I hope that I can positively contribute to the site by posting my thoughts on how Romney can help Washington State and how we can help Romney in Washington State.

I found a great article on the Iowans for Mitt Romney blog: http://iowansformitt.pbwiki.com/How%20to%20Help%20Mitt%20Romney%20Win%20the%20GOP%20Nomination

I personally will do some of these things and I encourage others to do the same.

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

"Two GOP moves would hinder McCain run"

This is an older article, but very interesting. Michigan and Washington, which both play an important role in the GOP primary, will probably be much harder for McCain to win. Changes in both state's primary voting system will mean more power to conservatives, thus more votes to the "non-McCain" candidate.
"In both Michigan and Washington, the people deciding who should be the next president of the United States are almost certain to be, as a whole, more conservative than the people who did so in 2000."

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Big article from Newsweek

Mostly a Q&A session on healthcare BUT "Americans for Mitt" was mention. That's pretty cool.

Schools out for summer (kinda)

Just finished up Spring quarter at the University of Washington, so you should see much more blogging on this site. I will need to go this summer to finish my degree, but it shouldn't be quite as intensive as the last couple of months.

Also, if anyone out there in Washington State wants to start blogging then please send me an email. I am very willing to have more contributors for this site. Take care!!

Mitt Romney's letter to the Senate

It's not about us, it's about the children.....

Dear Senator,

Next week, you will vote on a proposed amendment to the United States
Constitution protecting the institution of marriage. As Governor of the state most directly affected by this amendment, I hope my perspectives will encourage you to vote “yes.”

Americans are tolerant, generous, and kind people. We all oppose bigotry and disparagement, and we all wish to avoid hurtful disregard of the feelings of others. But the debate over same-sex marriage is not a debate over tolerance. It is a debate about the purpose of the institution of marriage.

Attaching the word marriage to the association of same-sex individuals mistakenly presumes that marriage is principally a matter of adult benefits and adult rights. In fact, marriage is principally about the nurturing and development of children. And the successful development of children is critical to the preservation and success of our nation.

Our society, like all known civilizations in recorded history, has favored the union of a man and a woman with the special designation and benefits of marriage. In this respect, it has elevated the relationship of a legally bound man and woman over other relationships. This recognizes that the ideal setting for nurturing and developing children is a home where there is a mother and a father.

In order to protect the institution of marriage, we must prevent it from being redefined by judges like those here in Massachusetts who think that marriage is an “evolving paradigm,” and that the traditional definition is “rooted in persistent prejudices” and amounts to “invidious discrimination.”

Although the full impact of same-sex marriage may not be measured for decades or generations, we are beginning to see the effects of the new legal logic in Massachusetts just two years into our state’s social experiment. For instance, our birth certificate is being challenged: same-sex couples want the terms “Mother” and “Father” replaced with “Parent A” and “Parent B.”

In our schools, children are being instructed that there is no difference between same-sex marriage and traditional marriage. Recently, parents of a second grader in one public school complained when they were not notified that their son’s teacher would read a fairy tale about same-sex marriage to the class. In the story, a prince chooses to marry another prince, instead of a princess. The parents asked for the opportunity to opt their child out of hearing such stories. In response, the school superintendent insisted on “teaching children about the world they live in, and in Massachusetts same sex marriage is legal.” Once a society establishes that it is legally indifferent between traditional marriage and same-sex marriage, how can one preserve any practice which favors the union of a man and a woman?

Some argue that our principles of federalism and local control require us to leave the issue of same sex marriage to the states—which means, as a practical matter, to state courts. Such an argument denies the realities of modern life and would create a chaotic patchwork of inconsistent laws throughout the country. Marriage is not just an activity or practice which is confined to the border of any one state. It is a status that is carried from state to state. Because of this, and because Americans conduct their financial and legal lives in a united country bound by interstate institutions, a national definition of marriage is necessary.

Your vote on this amendment should not be guided by a concern for adult rights. This matter goes to the development and well-being of children. I hope that you will make your vote heard on their behalf.

Best regards,

Mitt Romney