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Maine’s Willis Taking on Ginsberg Power-Grab Rules

Liberty Roll is proud to announce that Maine Republican Committeeman and Liberty Roll charter member, Mark Willis, is the chief sponsor of the “Resolution to Maintain the Integrity of Procedural Practice at the National Convention.” Mr. Willis will be urging the Republican National Committee to take action on the resolution, which seeks to revert the RNC to operation under a pre-Ginsburg-power-grab version of the rules.

“The Maine delegation, in accordance with their standing resolution passed in early 2013, will continue to call for the 2012 rules to be considered null and void.” Stated Willis, “To do otherwise would legitimize these improperly passed rules and cut the grassroots out of the 2016 election completely.”

The resolution addresses grievances that an incorrect call was made by the chair over the voice vote on the floor of the 2012 Republican National Convention Tampa, Florida, and the loud and numerous calls for division and points of order that followed and were ignored. This reversion is necessary in order to return to the integrity for which the Republican National Committee and the Republican Party itself were once known.

Long active in the GOP, Mark Willis was elected to the office of National Committeeman in Augusta, Maine in May of 2012. He is a veteran of the United States Army where he was a counterintelligence agent from 1993 to 1999, serving in Haiti as well as Bosnia.

 The Resolution reads as follows:

Maintain the Integrity of Procedural Practice at the National Convention

Whereas, RNC Rule 30 directs that the Rules of the House of Representatives of the United States shall be the guiding rules of the Republican National Convention and;

Whereas, House Rule 19(1)(a), which states, “Whenever the previous question has been ordered on an otherwise debatable question on which there has been no debate, it shall be in order to debate that question for 40 minutes, equally divided and controlled by a proponent of the question and an opponent,” established that 40 minutes of debate from the body of the National Delegation to the RNC was required prior to the adoption of the 2012 Rules and;

Whereas, following the ordering of the previous question, on adopting the RNC Rules Committee Report, delegates rose to claim the time to speak in opposition to the Report, pursuant to Rule 19(1)(a), yet the delegates were not recognized to speak and;

Whereas, the 40 minutes of debate established under Rule 19(1)(a) was not afforded to the delegates and;

Whereas, Rule 19 of the United States House of Representatives further asserts, “2(a) After the previous question has been ordered on passage or adoption of a measure, or pending a motion to that end, it shall be in order to move that the House recommit (or commit, as the case may be) the measure, with or without instructions, to a standing or select committee. For such a motion to recommit, the Speaker shall give preference in recognition to a Member, Delegate, or Resident Commissioner who is opposed to the measure. (b)(1) Except as provided in paragraph (c), a motion that the House recommit a bill or joint resolution on which the previous question has been ordered to passage shall be debatable for 10 minutes equally divided between the proponent and an opponent…. (c) On demand of the floor manager for the majority, it shall be in order to debate the motion for one hour equally divided and controlled by the proponent and an opponent.”  and;

Whereas, having been denied the opportunity to speak in opposition, delegates rose to move that the Report of the Committee on Rules and Order of Business be referred back to the Committee, with instructions, and that the motion be debated for 10 minutes pursuant to Rule 19(2)(a). These delegates were not recognized. Delegates continued to assert points of order seeking recognition for the above purposes throughout the presentation of the Report of the Committee on Rules and Order of Business and continued to be denied recognition and;

Whereas, the actions of the convention chair violated the Rules of the House and the Rules of the National Convention and;

Whereas, the passage of the 2012 Rules of the Republican Party was executed without having followed the proper procedure and;

Whereas, remedial action is necessary in order to maintain grassroots faith in Republican party adherence to the rules and recognition of the procedural process and;

Therefore, be it resolved that the Republican National Committee rejects the legitimacy of the method of passage of the 2012 Rules of the Republican Party

Be it further resolved that the Republican National Committee shall revert to operation under the Rules adopted by the 2008 Republican National Convention,.

For a recap of what transpired at the Spring RNC meeting regarding the rules: Final Rules Outcome of the RNC Spring Meeting

Please take a moment to Read, Sign and Share the following petition to support the Resolution.

Resolution to Restore the Voice of the Grassroots

This petition is now closed.

End date: Aug 15, 2013

Signatures collected: 618

618 signatures

Featured Author Bryan Daugherty (29 Posts)

2012 Maine National Delegate and Grassroots Activist - Follow on twitter @BWDaugherty


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  • Barbara Andersen

    Hey….wanted to let you guys know that we did address this to the ARP in May @ the Homer meeting. We got absolutely no response. We resubmitted this on July 4th electronically to each individually along with many, many other complaints and charges. Subsequently, our secretary, Alice Leuchte, resigned. She will be headed to North Carolina next year, so look out…here she comes. Here is what we submitted:

    _______________________________________________________________May 22, 2013

    We Alaska Delegates and Alternate Delegates, stand with this submission and by our signatures below verify
    being present in Tampa, witnessing all of the below to be true and our dissatisfaction with the National
    Republican Party. We express our sincere desire to request consideration of the below and expect Alaskan
    Leadership to take action regarding same. On behalf of we fellow Republicans, we trust your ethical stand and
    expect your fervent participation at the Summer Meeting of the RNC in Boston, Massachusetts on August 13-
    17, 2013. We look forward to seeing a written report or video of same showing our leadership in action.

    Another grievance that the grassroots hold over the actions of the 2012 RNC proceedings is the manner in which
    the rule changes were said to have been passed. You may recall the incident during the RNC in Tampa in which
    John Boehner announced that “the ayes have it” while chairing over the vote of the Rules Committee Report. To
    those in the audience and those who later watched the video, it was clear that the vote was too close to call, yet
    Boehner proceeded and ignored shouts from the delegation to bring the vote to an official count. We consider
    this action to have effectively passed the 2012 rules illegitimately. It was later seen that the vote had been
    scripted on the teleprompter prior to the vote itself being taken.

    The National Convention Delegation vote is one of the very few opportunities for the grassroots to have their
    voices heard within the RNC, and the described actions of John Boehner during his time of chairing over the
    Rule Committee Report effectively stripped the grassroots of their voice within the decisions of the RNC.

    It is for these reasons that we would like to see a motion brought before the entire body of the RNC to revert all
    of the rules back to their 2008 form on the grounds that the 2012 Rules Committee Report was not passed by a
    legitimate majority vote of the National Delegation in Tampa, FL, and on the grounds that you wish to take
    action to truly address the grievances of the grassroots and encourage further participation of the grassroots
    within the Republican Party on the national level.

    Penned, Florence Sebern, Colorado Rules Committee Member, used by permission

    The following was submitted to Reince Preibus at the RNC Spring Meeting in Los Angeles by Mr. Jeremy
    Blosser of Texas in conjunction with Bryan Daugherty of Maine, Nicole Revels of North Carolina, used by
    permission.

    Motion: That it be the determination of the Republican National Committee that the amendments to the RNC
    Rules presented to the 2012 Republican National Convention did not receive a proper vote of adoption and are
    therefore not recognized as adopted.

    Effect: The RNC shall continue to operate under the Rules adopted by the 2008 Republican National
    Convention.

    Rationale:

    1) When the Chair of the Convention announced that without objection the previous question on the Report of
    the Committee on Rules and Order of Business was ordered, multiple delegates objected but were not
    recognized. These delegates rose to a point of order and continued not to be recognized.

    2) Following the ordering of the previous question, delegates rose to claim the time to speak in opposition to the
    Report of the Committee on Rules and Order of Business pursuant to Rule XIX(1)(a) of the United States House
    of Representatives, which states: “Whenever the previous question has been ordered on an otherwise debatable
    question on which there has been no debate, it shall be in order to debate that question for 40 minutes, equally
    divided and controlled by a proponent of the question and an opponent.” These delegates were not recognized.
    These delegates rose to a point of order and continued not to be recognized.

    3) After being denied the opportunity to speak in opposition, delegates rose to move that the Report of the
    Committee on Rules and Order of Business be referred back to the Committee, with instructions, and that that
    motion be debated for 10 minutes pursuant to Rule XIX(2)(a) of the United Stated House of Representatives,
    which states: “2(a) After the previous question has been ordered on passage or adoption of a measure, or pending
    a motion to that end, it shall be in order to move that the House recommit (or commit, as the case may be) the
    measure, with or without instructions, to a standing or select committee. For such a motion to recommit, the
    Speaker shall give preference in recognition to a Member, Delegate, or Resident Commissioner who is opposed
    to the measure. (b)(1) Except as provided in paragraph (c), a motion that the House recommit a bill or joint
    resolution on which the previous question has been ordered to passage shall be debatable for 10 minutes equally
    divided between the proponent and an opponent…. (c) On demand of the floor manager for the majority, it shall
    be in order to debate the motion for one hour equally divided and controlled by the proponent and an opponent.”
    These delegates were not recognized. These delegates rose to a point of order and continued not to be
    recognized.

    Delegates continued to assert points of order seeking recognition for the above purposes through the presentation
    of the Report of the Committee on Rules and Order of Business and continued to be denied recognition.
    Allowing debate is a core principle of procedure that is recognized and protected under House Rules. The actions
    of the Chair in not allowing forty minutes of debate or a motion to recommit after ordering the previous question
    on the adoption of the report of the Committee on Rules and Order of Business violated the Rules of the House
    and the Rules of the RNC and did not allow the Report to receive a proper vote of adoption.

    Barbara Andersen
    District 28
    ARP State Delegate 2012
    RNC National Delegate 2012

    Karmen Classen
    District 30
    ARP State Delegate 2012
    RNC National Delegate 2012
    Pamela Goode
    District 6
    ARP State Delegate 2012
    RNC National Alt. Delegate 2012
    Laura Wade
    District 10, Finance Chair
    ARP State Delegate 2012

    Brent Richey
    District 5
    Daniel Wade
    District 10, Precinct Captain
    ARP State Delegate 2012

    Daryl Lanzon
    Chairman, District 16
    Tom Idleman
    District 10
    ARP State Delegate 2012
    RNC National Alt. Delegate 2012

  • Cindy Lake

    Great work, Mark. Thank you.

    Has James Smack (NV) signed on?