When Was The Colorado Caucus For The Republican Party?

Here’s an odd bit of info:  the Colorado state caucus for the Republican party was March 1.  You wouldn’t know it from the news headlines, which just yesterday, April 9, declared Ted Cruz the winner of the caucus with 34 (or 37, depending on how you look at it) delegates.

To this day, if you Google “Colorado caucuses” or “Colorado primary”, it states under the Republican side:  “The Colorado Republican caucus was on Mar 1. Results aren’t available for this caucus.”

Caucuses are, to the eyes of many, a fairly “rigged” type of democracy.  However, the Colorado caucuses seem to take it to a whole new level.

One might think the caucuses were just yesterday.  “Ted Cruz completed his sweep of Colorado’s 34 delegates on Saturday while rival Donald Trump angled for favor a half-continent away in New York’s all-important April 19 primary,” writes the Chicago Tribune.  They neglect to write that many of these delegates were just voted in at a Republican Convention on April 9th.

However, that convention isn’t THE Republican Convention.  The national Republican Convention will be from July 18 – 21 in Cleveland, Ohio.  The Colorado state Republican Convention, where they choose delegates to attend the national convention, is what just took place on April 9.  So, it seems like a primary for a primary, or, more accurately, a caucus for a caucus.

Writes the New York Times:

Before this week, registered voters selected local delegates, who tend to be more conservative party loyalists, ones Mr. Trump has had trouble winning over. Those delegates, in turn, have been voting this week on delegates to the national convention, most of whom are pledging their support to one candidate or another.

So, registered voters in Colorado select local delegates who then voted for state delegates who will then go to the national convention.  This seems like voting, “twice removed.”

The website Bustle writes that while most states hold state-wide elections, Colorado Republicans canceled the state’s straw polling last year that was supposed to take place on March 1.

Writes Bustle:

Although Colorado Republicans canceled the state-wide polling, local districts still held voting on March 1 to decide on the 37 delegates who would attend the state’s GOP convention on April 9. Those delegates remained unattached to a presidential candidate until this weekend.

Cruz netted 13 delegates at Colorado’s recent state Republican convention on Saturday, write sources. He had had already reportedly “locked up” the support of 21 Colorado delegates by Friday, according to The Chicago Tribune.

More than 3,000 local delegates at Colorado’s Republican state convention picked those 13 state delegates.

Sources write that Cruz has a total of 34 delegates for the state of Colorado (the 21 plus 13).

There is a total of 37 delegates up for grabs in Colorado. What about the other 3?

The New York Times writes:

The remaining three delegates are party leaders who are automatically appointed.

Also, notice that Colorado’s “straw poll” was cancelled for March 1, and an “unofficial straw poll” was held.

The Washington Times writes that the results of the “unofficial straw poll” on March 1 were gathered from caucus attendees in about 20 precincts who reported their counts to a Facebook page, Colorado Republican Caucus Results 2016.  “Fewer than 500 votes were reported out of an estimated 60,000 caucus-goers,” writes The Washington Times.

Back at the recent state convention on April 9, Cruz supporters sported bright orange T-shirts at the conference with a list of his delegates printed on the back, claimed sources.

Trump’s organizers distributed a list with incorrect information for four of his delegate candidates. Trump’s campaign contended the errors were due to changes to the ballot by the state GOP and did not rule out challenging the results.

Suspicions among Trump supporters reportedly increased after the results were announced Saturday night, writes The Chicago Tribune.  The official Colorado Republican Party account tweeted: “We did it! #NeverTrump.” Colorado GOP spokesman Kyle Kohli said the tweet was unauthorized and it was swiftly deleted. The party was investigating who wrote the tweet.

Trump supporters were frustrated by Colorado’s arcane process, which involved a series of caucuses at different locations before the convention, writes the Associated Press. “It doesn’t seem like a real fair system,” said George Rosel, 60, an engineer and Trump supporter who came to the convention from the Denver suburb of Highlands Ranch. “It seems kind of rigged.”

Of the 34 delegates Cruz won, only 30 are technically pledged to his campaign; four are party officials who are unpledged but have promised to support Cruz, and the campaign placed them on its slate.

In other news, NBC News recently ask Trump’s campaign manager Paul Manafort whether threatening delegates is fair game in the search for the 1237 required to secure the republican nomination.

Manafort responded, “It’s not my style, and it’s not Donald Trump’s style … But it is Ted Cruz’s style.” He then called the Cruz campaign’s methods “Gestapo tactics, scorched-earth tactics.”

“We’re going to be filing several protests because reality is, you know, they are not playing by the rules,” Manafort said.

(Updated report)





Russell Brand Looks At Tory Election Propaganda


Earlier this month, Britain was in an election cycle, and Russell Brand looked at the Conservative (Tory) political election propaganda.  The Tories ran a host of political campaign ads, including on Facebook. One in every £17 pounds the Tories spent on the last general election campaign goes towards drumming up support on Facebook.

Brand analysed their policies, past promises and election tactics as well.

In the video, Brand mentions Quantitative Easing (QE), an economic maneuver governments can take in an attempt to improve the economy. What is Quantitative Easing?

Investopedia states that QE is an “unconventional monetary policy in which a central bank purchases government securities or other securities from the market in order to lower interest rates and increase the money supply.”

Liam Byrne

“Quantitative easing increases the money supply by flooding financial institutions with capital in an effort to promote increased lending and liquidity.”

Tories also ran attack advertisements that featured a famous note from a former Chief Secretary to the Treasury that implied that a Labour government would run the country to ruin by not controlling the budget.  The note reads “Dear Chief Secretary, I’m afraid there is no money.”

(Updated article)


Did Tories ‘Play Dirty’ With Media Tricks?

Recently, BBC journalists and executives told a Labour Party adviser that the BBC was threatened by Conservative (Tory) Leaders about “what would happen” if they didn’t fall into line over the election coverage.

The BBC gets funding from the government and other sources, something like PBS in the United States.

In related news, the British newspaper The Independent wrote that media owner Rupert Murdoch berated journalists at his papers for not doing enough to “stop the (left-of-center) Labour Party from winning the election.”

Liam Byrne

Murdoch “warned them that the future of the company depended on stopping Labour from getting elected,” writes The Independent.

Murdoch’s news outlets – including Fox News in the U.S. – tend to lean right-wing or have a conservative outlook.

After Mr. Murdoch paid a visit to his company’s The Sun newspaper, they devoted a two-page spread to the election – with the left-hand page containing a 10-point “pledge” to voters written by David Cameron.

Britain’s The Mirror published an article by Lucy Powell that gives examples of the Tory assault on the British media.

“The first was when John Major gave a speech on ‘The chaos of Labour with SNP pulling the strings,'” writes Powell.

“This marked the fourth day in a row of the BBC leading with that story even though Ed had already ruled out a deal with the SNP,” she writes.

“I could understand the Tory press parroting the Central Office line but I couldn’t understand why the BBC was pushing the story so hard,” she went on.  Was the BBC pushing the story because of implied threats from the government?

The Mirror article claims that scaring voters about the SNP was clearly designed as a “squeeze” message for UKIP and Lib Dem voters to encourage them to vote for the conservative Tories because they didn’t want a Labour government.

The second moment came The Tories took out huge wraparound (front page and back page) adverts in the weekly free papers in each seat.

The attack ads featured a famous note from a former Chief Secretary to the Treasury that implied that a Labour government would run the country to ruin by not controlling the budget.

Ads put out on Facebook, including some allowing users to hand over their email addresses, are costing the Tory party a “whopping £100,000 a month,” according to The Guardian.  That would mean one in every £17 pounds the Tories spent on the last general election campaign goes towards drumming up support on Facebook.

The budget is “a long-term issue dating back to the crash, which the Tories succeeded very early in blaming on Labour’s economic policies, despite the fact they were signed up to them themselves,”  writes Powell in The Mirror.




Highlights Of British Parliamentary Elections

According to the British publication The Telegraph, David Cameron – the Leader of the right-of-center Conservative Party (also called the Tories) – won a surprise landslide majority and will be the Prime Minister for another term.

Cameron’s top team remained as he reappointed several cabinet-holders to the positions they held beforehand.

Ed Miliband resigned as the Leader of the (left-of-center) Labour Party after the worst Labour result since 1987.

The Labour Party’s “Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer” Ed Balls lost his seat in a “shock result” to the Conservatives’ Andrea Jenkyns.  This was apparently an important post and a hard blow for Labour.

After huge losses for the centrist Liberal Democratic party, the Leader of that party, Nick Clegg, resigned.

The Liberal Democrats were hit particularly hard, and the party has been reduced from 57 seats in Parliament in 2010 down to just eight now.

Nigel Farage, the leader of the smaller right-wing nationalist party UKIP (U.K. Independence Party) also reportedly will resign.  The party only got one MP into Parliament.

The Scottish National Party (SNP) was a winner, taking 56 out of 59 Scottish seats possible.

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, proposed that England make a “federal offer” of more autonomy to Scotland.

FTSE (a London stock exchange indicator similar to the Dow Jones or S&P 500) rose by £50 billion pounds as markets cheered the result of the elections.

So the take-away from the suspenseful election seems to be that the big winners were the Tories (Conservatives) and SNP.

(Updated article)


British Election Tomorrow, May 7th


Parliamentary elections in the U.K. will be held tomorrow, May 7th.

Below are the names of the different parties and leaders. The most likely candidate for Prime Minister would be David Cameron of the Conservative Party or Ed Miliband of Labour.

The Telegraph has The Conservatives and Labour polling neck-and-neck at 35%.

Leader, Party
David Cameron – Conservative Party (Tories)
Ed Miliband – Labour Party
Nick Clegg – Liberal Democrats
Peter Robinson – Democratic Unionist Party
Nicola Sturgeon – Scottish National Party
Leanne Wood – Plaid Cymru
Margaret Ritchie – Social Democratic and Labour Party
Natalie Bennett – Green Party of England and Wales
Nigel Farage – U.K. Independence Party (UKIP)
David Ford – Alliance Party of Northern Ireland

There may be a “hung Parliament,” where no party has an absolute majority. In that case, a bigger party such as Labour or The Conservatives will have to join together with a smaller party (and form a “coalition”) in order to govern.

CNN takes a look at some of the highlights of this year’s election.

Two ‘Second-Tier’ Republicans Enter Race For President

Dr. Ben Carson, a retired neurosurgeon and conservative pundit, has confirmed that he will seek the Republican presidential nomination in 2016.

Carson, who has never run for public office, is expected to be the only high-profile African-American to enter the GOP’s presidential primary as he tries to use his success as an author and speaker into a competitive campaign against established politicians.

“I’m willing to be part of the equation and therefore, I’m announcing my candidacy for president of the United States of America,” he said in an interview Sunday night on Ohio’s WKRC television station.

He plans to make a more formal announcement during a speech from his native Detroit on Monday.

Carly Fiorina made her 2016 presidential plans official Monday morning, announcing her candidacy on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

She will also be running as a Republican candidate.

Actually, she first declared her candidacy via Twitter just minutes before making her television appearance, tweeting a link to the newly minted Carlyforpresident.com.

Fiorina was the CEO of Hewlett-Packard from 1999 to 2005, according to MSNBC, and would run as a Republican candidate.  Fiorina ran for the U.S. Senate in California in 2010, losing to the incumbent, Democrat Barbara Boxer.



British Labour Leader Cries At Gay Film

In a effort to show his human side to the electorate ahead of next month’s election for British Parliament, Labour Party Leader Ed Miliband has revealed he recently shed a tear.

The Labour Leader’s sob was over Pride, a film about the gay community helping striking miners, which saw him shedding a tear on his wife’s shoulder.

When asked if he had ever cried over a film, “Red Ed” said: “Have you seen Pride? It’s about the lesbian and gay communities in London and they go and help the miners in Wales.

“Justine and I watched it recently. I blubbed.”

In the same Absolute Radio interview, Miliband also said being called a geek was “a compliment”.