Archive for September 17, 2011
LOS ANGELES – Minutes ago in front of the California Republican Party convention delegation at the JW Marriott at L.A. Live, CRP Chairman Tom Del Beccaro announced Congressman Ron Paul as the winner of the 2011 California Straw Poll.
A full breakdown of the results is copied below. A total of 833 ballots were cast during the 2011 Straw Poll which included a write-in opportunity for the first time.
The 2011 California Straw Poll was held on Saturday, September 17th between 9:00AM – 5:00PM, where CRP members, associate members, and registered guests were allowed to choose their favorite from among the 11 official Republican presidential candidates.
2011 Straw Poll Full Results (Votes, %)
Congressman Ron Paul (374, 44.9%)
Governor Rick Perry (244, 29.3%)?
Mitt Romney (74, 8.8%)
Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (64, 7.7%)
Jon Huntsman (17, 2.0%)
Herman Cain (15, 1.8%)
Newt Gingrich (14, 1.7%)
Thad McCotter (7, 0.8%)
Rick Santorum (7, 0.8%)
Gary Johnson (2, 0.2%)
Fred Karger (1, 0.1%)
Write-ins (15, 1.8%)
(CNN) – As someone who calls himself the “champion of the Constitution,” GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul is celebrating Constitution Day with another one of his “money bomb” fundraisers.
The online event attempts to raise a large sum of cash in 24 hours, a tactic that’s proved successful in the past for the Texas congressman.
While the campaign said they don’t have a specific goal for Saturday, Paul raised $1.8 million from contributors during the last money bomb, held in August.
Campaign spokesman Gary Howard said the previous three events in this election cycle raised about a million each.
Paul made headlines with his money bomb technique during his last bid for president. In December 2007, he raised $6 million in one day, following a fundraiser the previous month that raised $4.2 million in a 24-hour period.
Contributors are allowed to donate up to the legal maximum of $2,500 to Paul’s website, where a real-time tracker displays the amount of money as it comes in, as well as donor names.
As of 1 p.m. ET, just past the halfway point for the day, the tracker said the campaign had so far raked in about $243,000
While the cash rolls in online, Paul will be rolling out on the campaign trail Saturday with two speeches in Los Angeles, including the keynote at the Republican Liberty Caucus of California.
According to the latest CNN/ORC International Poll, Paul has gained momentum in the race for the White House in recent weeks. Among current GOP candidates, Paul placed third with 13 percent, following former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in second place with 21 percent and Texas Gov. Rick Perry in first with 32 percent.
His numbers were up from a similar poll at the end of August, which showed Paul in fifth place with six percent.
LAKE JACKSON, Texas – The Ron Paul 2012 Presidential Campaign announced today the grand opening of its Michigan campaign headquarters located in Ann Arbor.
A grand opening celebration for the new office, which has already commenced operations, will take place on Thursday, September 22nd at the Michigan headquarters, located at 122 South Main Street, Suite 110-C, in Ann Arbor.
The event will feature a press conference followed by an all-day welcoming atmosphere for both volunteers and the at-large public. The afternoon will begin with a noon press conference and celebratory ribbon cutting, continue with an open house and volunteer registration, and conclude with a debate-watching party.
“We’re pleased to establish a headquarters in Michigan, which stands to gain a lot from the pro-growth policies of a Ron Paul presidency. Ron Paul’s message of Constitutionally-limited government, sound money and a traditional non-interventionist foreign policy is sure to win over Republican voters,” said Ron Paul 2012 National Campaign Chairman Jesse Benton.
The Ron Paul 2012 Presidential Campaign has selected Adam de Angeli to coordinate efforts in the state. Mr. De Angeli worked for Dr. Paul’s 2008 presidential bid, where he developed software for the campaign’s precinct leadership program.
“Adam brings a lot to the table as an experienced political organizer as well as software developer. The tools he builds for Michigan may well be adapted for other state campaigns,” said Dimitri Kesari, Ron Paul 2012 Deputy National Campaign Manager.
“The strategy in Michigan is simple: engage every supporter to engage every voter. We will recruit, equip, train, and mobilize volunteers across the state to win their precinct for Dr. Paul,” de Angeli said.
“Ron Paul is the only candidate capable of building such a volunteer network, because Ron Paul is the only candidate whose message truly resonates with those who hear it.”
The campaign urges all volunteers to sign up on www.ronpaul2012.com/mi.
Details of the event are as follows. All times Eastern.
Thursday, September 22, 2011
11:30 a.m. – Doors open, public welcome
12:00 p.m. – Ribbon cutting and press conference
12:30 p.m. – Open to the public and volunteers
6:00 p.m. – GOP debate-watching party
The United Auto Workers union won $5,000 signing bonuses for its workers and a promise to reopen an assembly plant in Tennessee as part of its tentative new contract with General Motors, according to people briefed on the negotiations.
In what is being viewed as a landmark deal, the union also preserved health care and pensions and improved profit-sharing for its roughly 48,000 members who work at G.M.
Officials at G.M. and the union declined to discuss specific terms of the deal. But people briefed on the negotiations said that workers would receive a signing bonus of $5,000 in lieu of cost-of-living wage increases. Entry-level workers, who are paid about $14 an hour, are expected to receive an increase of $2 to $3 an hour.
The company has also agreed to reopen its idled assembly plant in Spring Hill, Tenn., the people said.
The U.A.W.’s tentative, four-year agreement with G.M., announced late Friday, also opens the door for the automaker to bring back laid-off workers and move jobs back into the United States.
G.M. is the first of Detroit’s Big Three to reach a deal with the union. Details of the agreement were being withheld until the union can inform members, who will vote on ratification over the next two weeks.
The union’s president, Bob King, said in a statement that union members would get a larger share of the profits from G.M.’s comeback from its federal bailout and bankruptcy in 2009.
“When G.M. was struggling, our members shared in the sacrifice,” Mr. King said. “Now that the company is posting profits again, our members want to share in the success.”
G.M.’s lead negotiator, Cathy Clegg, said the agreement allows G.M. to continue adding jobs as it increases market share in the United States.
“We worked hard on a contract that recognizes the realities of today’s marketplace, enabling G.M. to continue to invest in U.S. manufacturing,” she said.
Industry analysts said the union achieved its goals of balancing economic gains in the agreement with solidifying G.M.’s cost structure for future growth.
“I think the U.A.W. went way beyond holding the line here,” said Harley Shaiken, a labor professor at the University of California, Berkeley. “The union made some real gains in the contract in the context of where G.M. becomes a more competitive company.”
“They are bringing back work from other countries,” Mr. Shaiken added. “In this environment, to be creating jobs is not an insignificant achievement.”
Increasing jobs in the United States was a critical goal for U.A.W. leaders under pressure to show that the government’s bailout of G.M. is producing positive economic benefits.
Mr. King took the unusual step of acknowledging the Obama administration’s support of the industry in his statement: “None of this would have been possible without the efforts of President Obama, who invested federal funds to help turn the company around, protect the auto supplier base and keep good-paying jobs in America.”
The union said that it had successfully fought off G.M.’s proposals to weaken pensions and obtain major concessions on health-care benefits.
Mr. King’s next task is to seek broad support among local union leaders and G.M. workers for the tentative deal. U.A.W. leaders from plants across the country are expected to gather in Detroit on Tuesday to hear the details.
“No one’s going to like the entire contract,” said Jim Graham, president of U.A.W. Local 1112 in Lordstown, Ohio. “I’m not going to like all of it. But if I like 90 percent of it, I’m behind it.”
He added: “I have no doubts it will get ratified.” Then Mr. King will most likely move to Chrysler, which is smaller and less profitable than G.M., and may not match the $5,000 bonuses.
A version of this article appeared in print on September 18, 2011, on page A22 of the New York edition with the headline: G.M. Offers Bonuses To Workers In New Deal.
I suppose it’s entirely appropriate that I’m spending Constitution Day at an event dedicated to American liberty. I suppose it’s also appropriate that today, we all have the chance to support the greatest champion of the Constitution and American liberty of our time.
The first Liberty Political Action Conference has featured many great speakers: Senator Rand Paul, constitutional lawyer Bruce Fein, evangelical leader Chuck Baldwin, radio hosts Mike Church and Jerry Doyle—and even actor Vince Vaughn.
But Ron Paul’s keynote speech last night—and many of us have heard many of Rep. Paul’s speeches—was simply fantastic. Hitting on the familiar themes of individual liberty, a more prudent foreign policy and sound money, Paul delivered arguably one of his best speeches to date. Explaining the principles of liberty in layman’s terms, Paul’s passion and wit shined through—and the audience loved it.
While most in attendance would probably attest that it was a special speech, that said, the now redundant headline that “Ron Paul Packs’em In” everywhere he goes, is not exactly an unusual event.
But this is precisely what makes last night, today, and this grassroots movement for liberty, so special.
We are living in a unique era. The very future of this country is in question in countless unprecedented ways, and those from across the political spectrum now show serious concern for America’s long term prospects.
On the Democratic side, we see a Left that has exhausted their post-New Deal, post-Great Society ideology to such a ridiculous degree that even many of President Obama’s most loyal supporters express serious doubts about the sustainability of these ideas. The liberal inclination to go “big and bold” with endless Washington solutions is handicapped by a national temperament that increasingly rejects big government, and a growing national consensus that we simply don’t have the money for the Democrats’ tired agenda.
On the Republican side, we have a presidential field that is marginally better than the GOP of recent past to the degree that they now try to talk like Ron Paul—but for too many of them, their rhetoric doesn’t even come close to matching their records, and the public’s trust remains tepid at best. Too many Republicans leaders are also still too wedded to George W. Bush’s Republican Party, believing America must continue to police the world at any and all costs, constitutional restraints and common sense be damned.
In so many ways, our status quo politics is intellectually bankrupt—and millions of Americans, Left and Right, Democrat and Republican, are simply unwilling to saddle the next generation with both parties’ big government agendas and the accompanying financial and moral burdens.
Ron Paul offers not only the most sane solutions, but the only solutions to bipartisan statism—in simply asking his fellow countrymen to return to the principles of individual liberty that made this country great in the first place. It is not a complicated message, but it is a crucially important one—and the only one that can reverse America’s current dismal trajectory.
Paul’s strong poll numbers are just one indication that Americans are waking up to this message. So is the dominance of his ideas in this election. So is the fact that Paul’s popularity endures at events like LPAC this weekend, and quite literally everywhere else the congressman steps foot.
But we must keep the momentum going. On this Constitution Day, let us celebrate and support the only person running for president who is actually worthy of our celebration and support.
For Ron Paul, every day is Constitution Day. Now we must do everything we can to get the rest of America to join him.
Eyewitness Account: Huge Crowd of Ron Paul Supporters at the California Republican Party Convention!
[CIM: Video links corrected from original post. And just think, the scared lame stream media has but one message to force down your throats, that Ron Paul is unelectable, maybe reality and what they are passing off as news is just their scripted dialog. Just saying ]
* * Let’s give them a ‘Money Bomb’ they’ll never forget! * *