Stalin Quote FeatruedMany people in and outside of Colorado can’t believe the voting debacle which took place in the Republican Party State Assembly this weekend. The first thing you need to understand is we’re not living under a Democracy anymore whether it’s in the country or within the party which is supposed to be a supporter of Constitutional rights.

You’ll also have to understand, I’ve had to weed out a lot of lies and information that has been put forth to peel down to the truth.



Back in December, I had decided to really get involved with the Republican party on the local level because there were a lot of rumors of voter fraud and corruption within the party itself. I figured I had nothing to lose since I’ve been a lifelong Republican and support Conservative ideas.

I suspected our vote didn’t really count and wanted to verify people’s claims as well. So I went to the December meeting of the La Plata County Republican Central Committee and volunteered to be a Precinct Captain.

It never occurred to me I wouldn’t be able to cast a vote for my presidential candidate, Donald Trump. Who would have thought Colorado GOP State Republican board members would underhandedly take away our right to vote.

stolen votesI met with the local chair, Travis Oliger and he explained to me he had gone to a state run meeting of the GOP and there was a unanimous vote of the board of the party to get rid of our votes and choose unbound delegates so they would be “free agents” and vote for whoever they wanted to at the National Convention. He was repeating the rhetoric from the top brass which told him it would be better this way so they wouldn’t be committing to one candidate.

He also said if Coloradans took a straw poll at anytime after February 1, the delegates would be bound and if the candidate which they were bound to got out of the race, all of a sudden we’d lose our delegates and our votes wouldn’t count.

Not coming from a caucus state, I thought this was pretty stupid and a dumb way to do things. I definitely disagreed with this process because if I were to become a delegate from my precinct, how am I going to know what my people want me to vote for if I don’t ask them?

From December through this entire process, myself and a handful of people from Colorado have done everything in our power to warn people their votes were about to be stolen and given to a delegate chosen by the party heads if we didn’t do something.

The Denver Post even wrote a story telling the people of Colorado their votes were usurped by State Chairman Steve House and his board. Either not very many people read it or they didn’t get what was happening.

I gave speech after speech, talk after talk on how just 24 people voted unanimously to take away our vote.

reince preiebus 1This move came right after the National Chair, Reince Priebus had said on Fox News, Donald Trump would never be the nominee for the Republican party. The GOPs strategy to take down Trump and his supporters began right when they realized he had momentum and support in this swing state.

When you’re in a swing state, voters are divided almost evenly between Republicans, Democrats and Independents which means, the Independents can swing either way, tipping the scales to either party.

As Trump gained momentum, they became nervous and began plotting how to usurp our votes and make sure their candidate would prevail.

Since the GOP is able to change it’s rules at will, they decided to change the rules, take away our caucus votes and toss us a few local votes pretending as if we were voting on “delegates” from our area and sending them to represent us in the State and National Conventions.

Right. What a crock. In fact, these people who were “elected” as delegates for the State to go to the National Convention are the same cronies the party can control.

What happens in politics is a lot of schmoozing and back room deals. It happens every day, all the time regardless of the party or whatever good intentions a politician had when they started their political career.

republican backroom dealsIt’s the same for delegates. Party big wigs look at their power players and figure out who they can manipulate and who will do their bidding. Sometimes, they may have to actually show their hand but the person being swayed is already corrupt and doesn’t care. Others, such as local level delegates, can be easily swayed with a little glitter which is what Ted Cruz did on Saturday in Colorado Springs.

People at the local levels get all excited because they’re a “delegate” on an important mission and part of the “process” not realizing they are heading into a little funnel which is already filled with about 50 people already hand chosen by the State GOP execs.

All those people are doing is going through a formality to pretend as if it’s some “choice of the people” when in reality it’s smoke and mirrors.

They let these local chairs and boards feel as if they’re important by giving them some menial responsibility making it seem as if they matter. Sometimes it might be just strategically asking a local chairperson to sit on the Rules Committee or lead the Pledge of Allegiance at an “important” event.


This is the wooing of the delegates and the local chairs to get them in position to be able to tell them whatever they want, spoon feeding them their “decisions” as a great thing.

This is exactly what happened.

corruption 1As we neared the March 1 caucus, it was clear, the votes of the people meant exactly zero. You go to the caucus, elect a few people to represent you to the county who don’t have any idea what the precinct wants – good luck with that.

These delegates from the Precincts go to the County Assembly at the county levels and sit in chairs, listen to a few resolutions if there are any, all the delegates who want to go to the State Convention put their names in and if they make that, there still isn’t anyone who they represent because they don’t know who they’re voting for. Basically, it’s another free-for-all without direction.

These people who are delegates elected at the County, show up at the State Convention, put their names in the hat for being a National Delegate and as we were told, were supposed to remain unbound once again to the National Convention in Cleveland. And still, they aren’t representing the people in their areas because they supposedly have no idea who the people want to have as their Presidential Candidate.

Why in the hell would we elect people we have no idea what they think, to represent us in an extremely important election which is a critical year this time, in the history of the United States?

Do you really think the people of Colorado are that stupid? I’m going to say most of us are not, but I can’t speak for all of us.

Now we’ve got these 37 delegates who are basically a free-for-all which the state chose before we even got to the State Convention.

obama_swearing-in_laughter-e1348079545400How do I know this? Because they were running campaigns to be the National delegates before we’d even been to the State level. The people sending out their propaganda had just been elected by their counties to go to the state. Why would these people spend this kind of money to send mailers out to local chairs and vice chairs as if they were running for a Senate seat if they weren’t fairly sure they were going to be elected?

We’re talking about a lot of money here.

Delegates are supposed to pay for their own way to go to these events with the National Convention costing each person approximately $10,000 in fees and expenses. Do you really think a local yocal who is into politics, believes in the Democratic process, can afford to spend $10,000 or more to go to the National Convention? No.

Therefore, you can bet, the only people attending the National Convention are the elitists who are in the #NeverTrump camp. It’s been planned and we’re the Guinea Pigs for the entire nation.

What is amazing to me is that Cruz has the nerve to stand there in his rallies and say Donald Trump whines when he doesn’t get the votes. He forgot to tell the audience we didn’t get to vote. We never had a say. How do we even know how the delegates would have been proportioned? We have no idea because 24 people decided we couldn’t vote and then 37 delegates decided to go with a liar and a thief in Cruz.

ingraham krauthammerI can assure you, we have many, many Trump supporters here and we are going to expose these people for the corrupt entity they are and we will either restructure the entire GOP party or it will be done.

I am done with this debacle and the corruption and I intend to be very loud about it.

Listening to these people on Fox try to lump all of us into some sort of group with the 24 people who decided this violation of our rights is really getting on my nerves. Laura Ingraham is wrong! These pundits haven’t even uttered the words “24 people decided for the entire state of Colorado!” Again, media lies.

Krauthammer is also wrong. We the people never got to vote on whether the rules should change. This has been a slap in the face to all the people in Colorado!

I’ll be publishing the names of the delegates shortly and you can bet, there are a lot of people who are going to be contacting these people.

The entire system is unfair and there should be no caucuses. In truth, our vote doesn’t count in a Primary either if you follow the dots. These delegates are only bound on the first vote. After that, you’ve just lost your vote again!




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94 Comments

Karen Fitzgerald · April 11, 2016 at 11:21 pm

I have thought of you so much past few days really unsure what to think about your silence. This more than explains! I knew months ago that you were brilliant but I had no idea what you were doing on behalf of our country! April THANK YOU for speaking the truth for America. Please know I will have you way up on the very top of my prayer list. You are an amazing, courageous Patriot and I’m so proud to know you. Take good care of yourself and keep up the excellent work!

    April LaJune · April 11, 2016 at 11:30 pm

    Thank you Karen! I think it’s imperative Americans know what’s really going on. If they only knew the truth of everything, they would swear we lived in a Communist country. We think we’re free, but in reality, we’re mere puppets of both parties. Until people get serious to take back our country, we will never be truly free.

      David Brockie · April 12, 2016 at 4:20 am

      We are ready to take our Country back! But to do that, we need a George Washington, Samuel Adams, Ben Franklin, and a Patrick Henry to organize and lead us!

Gerrick Bear · April 12, 2016 at 5:28 am

The Cruz team executed a plan based on the new rules, rules that the Trump team got at the same time. But the Trump team thinks like Trump thinks, that they are above the rules, so they pretty much ignored them until it was too late. While they were concentrating their time, money and people elsewhere, the Cruz team put in place the operation it would take to win by the new rules. When the Trumpsters finally figured it out, they were so far out of place it was all but over for them. In fact, I heard a Trump operative say today, “We knew we couldn’t win, so we gave up!” BUT, now they come back, whining like always when they lose, that it is someone else’s fault, and try to make it up in nasty Tweets and Press Releases, blaming Cruz for everything except what he did, PLAY BY THE NEW RULES!! You are being quite disingenuous and dishonest with your long tale!!

    April LaJune · April 12, 2016 at 1:41 pm

    You’re apparently unable to get it. There shouldn’t be “delegates” for one thing. Secondly, having no vote of the people is the issue. A handful of people at the State level took away our votes. That’s already a violation of people’s rights as per the Constitution of the United States. The state did this deliberately to shut out any people voting for Donald Trump. How’s that fair? Apparently you’re fine with yourself not being able to cast a vote since is is obvious things went your way. Corrupt rules don’t make things fair. Changing the rules to suit your corruption doesn’t make it right. It doesn’t make it right to take away the vote of the people. No one in Colorado with the exception of 24 people voted to change the rules to suit them. That’s the point you missed. 24 people should not be making the rules for the entire state of Colorado. What part of this is rocket science? It’s really easy. You can say “Cruz played by the rules.” It still doesn’t make it right. We have been fighting the loss of our rights ever since we became aware of this. Glad you like Communism, but I prefer the Constitution and a Democracy where I have the right to vote without delegate representation. You need to take your Cruz blinders off and stop acting like a liberal. You’re exactly what’s wrong with this country. I would be saying the same thing if your right to vote for Cruz was usurped. Get a clue and stop trying to spread liberal propaganda through the GOP!

      andy · April 12, 2016 at 8:34 pm

      Hi April,

      Thank you for exposing these bastards. I’d hope you post those “bought” delegates so we all know who they are. BTW, don’t try to reason w/ these booger squatters because they’ve been brainwashed by the liar and cheater’s psy-ops via Cambridge Analytica and Strategic Communication Labs (CA’s father). These people are very nasty, CIA and MI6 style. They have been “consulting” in various political processes around the world w/ their psy-ops. http://www.voltairenet.org/article190187.html. One last point, if any of these booger squatters come up w/ the same logic, the, you should ask them if the low-energy is still in the race, would the liar and the cheater gets the delegates? Thank you again. You are a patriot and a great American.

      thurmrob · April 12, 2016 at 9:41 pm

      Thanks April,
      I just found your blog and you are exactly right. It is hard to have a “We the People” when they have been removed from the process. It isn’t that the voters are apathetic it is because the party determines who is on the ballot effectively removing any choice. It is another way to steal the election.

      Lynne · April 13, 2016 at 12:10 pm

      The name calling is where you lose me. Is the change of rules an issue? Sure. But no one did anything about it. That’s the people’s fault for not paying attention to the system. They gave away their votes when they don’t pay attention, and that’s who you should be mad at. The system was not rigged to hurt Trump, its to help the establishment at the expense of those outside the establishment – Trump and Cruz both. Cruz adapted, Trump did not – the more I see of Trump, especially in these types of situations, the less impressed I am of him. I’m sick of the whining and the blame others mentality. Trump seems to be just more of the same which has gotten us no where. No thank you.

        April LaJune · April 13, 2016 at 5:28 pm

        The system is definitely rigged. First of all, if you try to call the Colorado GOP they won’t answer the phone and never have returned any calls I’ve made or anyone else I know who has made calls. They won’t respond to emails. They also don’t post their “rules” on the website. You can look on The GOP National Website and also the Colorado State GOP website. None of the rules are there and if they are there, which I haven’t found, they are very well hidden. When I went to look at the local rules, they were very well hidden also and it took digging to get those. Also, what happened to the resolutions passed in the counties, including La Plata County which said the Colorado GOP couldn’t change the rules without the consent of the people? Do you see that on the State list of resolutions? Where did those go and it wasn’t even brought up at the State Convention although it went through the hoops and votes. It’s really ridiculous you would assume the people of Colorado aren’t trying to do anything about this. Do you not understand the media is controlled? In La Plata County it’s like pulling teeth to get a conservative story in the news. We can’t use the radio stations because they are owned by liberals. Liberals own the papers. Liberals own the TV station here. How dare you assume we’re just sitting here as ignorant pawns in this game of political rhetoric. We’re doing everything we can and Cruz is the establishment’s choice since everyone else has failed. You’re naive and blind. Trump is exposing the corruption we’re trying to fight!

          john heimburger · April 13, 2016 at 6:24 pm

          Communication is what promotes progress and understanding! “No communication” promotes unethical behavior — not unlike Obama and Cruz shutting down their birthing/college records, and that of Cruz’s mother as well. What’s to hide Eduardo? Hiding something serious maybe?

      Frank Dombrowski · April 13, 2016 at 6:54 pm

      I am able to get it.
      The delegate system was put into place by our founding fathers. They know the problems that would arise should the country elect politicians by way of majority vote alone.
      A country based on majority vote to elect it’s officials is a Democracy which in laymen’s terms means mob rule.
      The US is a Constitutional Republic. Something Trump knows nothing about

        April LaJune · April 13, 2016 at 9:53 pm

        Are you new? You’ve got the same stupid logic that elitists who think they know more than the people know. Who the hell do you think you are to tell me who I can vote for. Not only that, we’re in the age of technology. Digital technology and I don’t need delegate representation. Are you even aware that back in the Founding Father’s day communication was extremely limited? Have you even studied history? You think they were thinking back then there would be computers with instant communication. Oh My God! You’re part of the elitist problem in this country. I don’t have to have tons of money or influence to be able to make a good decision. I have a brain in my head as do the rest of the people in this country who would be considered the majority. Please – you’ need to stop promoting idiocracy. The only thing you got right in that statement was The US is a Constitutional Republic. Other than that, you’re smoking crack!

    Kelley · April 12, 2016 at 8:01 pm

    Memorize this: IT’S NOT ABOUT TRUMP!!

    It’s about 24 politburo apparatchichs stealing the right of the people to vote.

    Furthermore it would not have made a nickel’s worth of difference if Trump was aware of the corruption. The 24 did what they planned to do, and Trump had NO SAY SO regarding what they decided to do..

    Rachel Gunther · April 12, 2016 at 11:58 pm

    If the situation was reversed and it was Trump benefiting from these “new rules”, would you be so cavalier in your dismissal of the Cruz’s loss? And you do know that playing by the rules or following the rules is an Oxymoron for the Cruz campaign. And where did you get the idea that Trump is above the law? He is NOT the experienced politician here. Your guy is…very experienced in sneaky, fraudulent, deceitful practices so characteristic of an insider. Basically he knew all along, in collusion with the establishment, that he would be STEALING, Yes STEALING, delegates from Trump via the “new rules”. And was very okay with doing it.

      April LaJune · April 13, 2016 at 5:55 pm

      Let me tell you something Rachel. It doesn’t matter who a person is going to vote for, the fact that 24 people took away the vote from the people of Colorado is the issue. And the fact that Ted Cruz who touts himself to be a supporter of Constitutional values and fair practices and didn’t stand up against this corruption, has mocked the voters of Colorado and is mocking the fact the rules are completely unfair since they can be changed at whim shows he is corrupt himself. The pompousness of your acting as if this is only about Trump is your assumption. It’s also ridiculous for you to act as if we haven’t been fighting this for some time. Yes, we are fully aware of the rules which we have continuously tried to throw out this rule saying they can change the rules whenever they like without the consent of the people. How do you like Obama doing this? He uses his executive orders to change the rules at whim and you whine about that but when you use the rules to get your way, suddenly this is okay? You’re just as hypocritical as Cruz is! He of all people, should be standing up against this. Instead, he’s using the corruption he preaches against to mock the system, mock the voters and pretend as if he’s a Holy Roller Christian. I’ve about had it with you and these pompous hypocritical liars who think everything is fine in voting land when and only when, you can manipulate things your way. It’s not fair for anyone, including Democrats, Liberals, Independents, Republicans and anyone who is voting. Get that straight!

cdm · April 12, 2016 at 5:30 am

Funny. At the precinct level those running to be delegates told why they should be selected And who they supported. Guess you missed that part.

    April LaJune · April 12, 2016 at 1:35 pm

    I didn’t miss that part. One precinct does not reflect the entire state for one thing. Your dismissal of the corruption is amazing if you were there. In my particular precinct I closed my meeting before anything like this was discussed because we had an Independent and a few people who wouldn’t say who they were with in the caucus. We were told we could not discuss who we were voting for or it would be considered a straw poll. At the La Plata County Republican Central Committee County Assembly, not once did anyone say who they supported. The only thing that happened was one woman who knew I supported Trump, thought I was a delegate and tried to make a motion that each delegate would say who they were for. She was really angry because I was discussing Trump with another person who was a delegate. I would guess by your comment, you’re fine with the vote of the people being squashed. In that case, you would be part of the problem.

    AS · April 13, 2016 at 2:33 am

    Thank you for trying to be involved. I know how outraged I am over what happened here in COS on Saturday, I can only imagine how you feel. Looking forward to that Delegate list as no one else has the balls to release it.

      April LaJune · April 13, 2016 at 5:45 pm

      I’ll be posting it in the next day or so. Thank you!

    Freedom · April 13, 2016 at 5:20 am

    cdm…you will like Russia and the way they handle their view of corruption. It will be rampant and out in the open more and more here in the USA with people like you to propagate it.

L Nazz. · April 12, 2016 at 5:31 am

Wow. Good for you exposing this unbelievable mess. I am not from Colorado but would be having a fit with you. I hope your fellow citizens rise up in anger with you. You are correct that Colorado was an experiment. I can see this easily happening in the once Golden State of California with the way our liberal idiot leaders roll. And I will be among the very pissed off if I even think something like this is in the works. Good luck to you. The rest of the U.S. Is watching and I for one will do whatever I can to help you revolt against the establishment GOP. They no longer represent the majority of us. And they need to be dismantled.

judi lake · April 12, 2016 at 5:57 am

Thank you April – all of us are infuriated! What we’ve suspected for a very long time is true – I hope you sent this to Trump camp and if I can help you in any way please feel free to call on me! We can’t stand down!

Harry Stearns · April 12, 2016 at 8:19 am

Good luck to you…..the whole system is BS….time to push back….we support your quest at GLP

Donna · April 12, 2016 at 8:48 am

Hello April. I saw your website posted on GLP, and came here to read. Thanks for giving us a birds eye view of what took place. I hope you don’t mind, I’ve shared this around, including the Trump campaign, and Michael Savage, who is super angry right now. No, I don’t follow him, but heard he had a good show .https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rokzwTBY4Mc

I’m signing in, and will be watching for a next report. Thanks so much for all you’ve done, but have faith ,Trump is smarter than all of these clowns put together.

Donna

mc · April 12, 2016 at 1:40 pm

I’m sending this to Drudge and Rush

    Cheryl · April 12, 2016 at 4:19 pm

    Forget Rush, he’s just fine with it.

Bruce Feher · April 12, 2016 at 2:02 pm

SCREW the GOP/RNC!

They do not care about you! Their only interest is protecting their cozy racket!

I changed my registration to Nonpartisan (Independent) after voting almost exclusively Republican for over 45 years! I’m done with them and I urge you to dump them too!

Show the GOP/RNC you won’t stand for their crap by doing three things;

1. Change your registration like I did, only do this after your primary or caucus.
2. Sign our petition
3. Share this post EVERYWHERE!

TRUMP ALERT! The establishment is gunning for Mr. Trump! They do not want him to win because they know he’ll expose their con game! PLEASE Sign and Share this petition.
The GOP/RNC want a brokered/contested convention and they will use every dirty trick in the book and then some to get their way! PLEASE sign my petition and let them know that you won’t stand for it. Thanks. https://www.change.org/p/to-the-republican-national-committee-we-are-watching-you

    April LaJune · April 12, 2016 at 5:39 pm

    Well, I’m not jumping ship until Trump does because I can’t vote for him if I change. Therefore, I’m only a registered Republican until that happens. After that, I’m out. In Colorado, you have to be a registered voter 22 days prior to an election, although, there again, the rules are so lax you can be an illegal alien and vote in multiple precincts if you want to. There’s no system to check these things.

    Jerry Reed · April 12, 2016 at 10:00 pm

    I want to sign. Where is the petition?

      April LaJune · April 13, 2016 at 10:13 pm

      There are several protests. I’m sure there will be a petition shortly, but at this time, I haven’t seen one.

Libertati Aut Ad Mortem · April 12, 2016 at 2:22 pm

Here is the address to the RNC headquarters in CO? Why aren’t outraged voters in CO busting down the doors? Do something, you idiots. Democrats would not accept their vote being stolen? Are you sheep?

Colorado Republican Party
5950 S. Willow Drive, Suite 210 | Greenwood Village, CO 80111 Phone: 303.758.3333

    April LaJune · April 12, 2016 at 5:37 pm

    First of all, we’re not idiots and these people have been hiding. We’ve tried but like most Conservatives we have jobs. A 24/365 watch at the door is not possible unless we’re retired with plenty of financial backing. Are you kidding me? We’d be marching in the streets if we didn’t have bills to pay and mouths to feed. That’s what these people count on. They count on us having responsibilities at home which distract us from the task at hand. Therefore, again, we’re not idiots. We’re Patriots and I have been fighting this NIGHT AND DAY for a very long time!

    david · April 13, 2016 at 1:13 pm

    mail box is full not taking calls we dont count

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    April LaJune · April 12, 2016 at 5:35 pm

    Well – this would be the long way, but the easier way is what I stated. Get rid of the parties and let the citizens vote. Winner is the populist.

Cheryl · April 12, 2016 at 4:17 pm

Great article, I have posted both to FB and Twitter. People NEED to know how our voices are being choked off by a handful of people.The good people of Colorado need to stand as one and declare they are NOT going to take this. The whole Country is watching this closely and the majority are totally furious and appalled that this is taking place. The corruption is stunning and I for one have had enough. Time to take a stand people, stand up, speak up, speak out before it’s too late and we find ourselves under a full blown dictatorship banana republic.

Diana Ross · April 12, 2016 at 4:39 pm

Good luck to you, I hope this doesn’t happen here in Florida!!! Who knows,
government has already been crooked!!!

    April LaJune · April 12, 2016 at 5:32 pm

    All the states are crooked. Doesn’t matter the state.

Harry · April 12, 2016 at 4:42 pm

if the republicans win, you gotta trust the numbers. If the democrats win, you can’t trust the numbers. Remember the voter fraud that went unproved? The country is growing up, evolving, progressing. Though some want in back in the dark ages where blacks drink from their water fountains and women were kept home barefoot and pregnant.

    April LaJune · April 12, 2016 at 5:32 pm

    You’re funny. You can’t trust any of them. That’s the point. If anyone wins other than Trump, you’ve lost your freedom. The majority is supporting Donald Trump if you factor in the millions of people who registered to vote as a Republican just to vote for Trump, then include the Independents and Democrats who are wanting to vote for Trump but weren’t able to because they were not affiliated with the Republican party. Then you’ll also have to factor in all those turned away at the polls who would have cast their votes for Trump if they had been allowed to vote. All of these people add up to kicking the ass of any of the Republican or Democratic candidates other than Donald Trump. The reporters and pundits, politicians and liberals won’t tell you that.

Ann Perez · April 12, 2016 at 4:46 pm

Last night Ted Cruz said at a rally in San Diego about Trump complaining about Colorado delegates: “65,000 people voted and they didn’t vote for you”. I was wondering when and how the 65,000 people in Colorado voted since we are hearing differently. Someone pointed out that he just said 65,000 people didn’t vote for Trump, but didn’t say they voted for him.

    April LaJune · April 12, 2016 at 5:29 pm

    If in fact 65,000 people voted in the state of Colorado, they didn’t vote for any candidate. They only voted for delegates at the Precinct level and then 95% of those were knocked out at the county level and whittled down to the 37 (34 plus 3 Alternates) to the delegates already chosen by the State.

Anna Parks · April 12, 2016 at 4:54 pm

Please continue to keep citizens of all states informed of the “bias” (fraud IMO) that has taken place in the great state of Colorado. As a long time registered Republican I’m appalled at the puffed-up arrogance of your Committee Chairman and delegate officials blatant disregard for the wil of millions of voters to have a voice. Baffling. I believe through the 15th Ammendment the state should be penalized for not providing voters a ballot.
God Bless you all-

Roxanne Paine · April 12, 2016 at 5:24 pm

Thank you for telling what I experienced in this process far better than I ever could have done. Don’t stop, the more input the better we are aware.

Charles Medlock · April 12, 2016 at 5:33 pm

Trump is pro America, pro military, pro family, pro business, pro life, pro veteran, pro marriage between man and woman, pro Christianity, pro winning pro 2nd ammendment, pro law and order and pro free speach.

Cruz will beat his principled chest while government goes into gridlock. That’s what they both want.

Liberals will continue our incremental slide into their pc, nwo, Socialist Hell.

Change course, break the back of the political control system that promised Hillary the Whitehouse in 2008.

This may be our last chance to save the USA.

VOTE TRUMP!!

    April LaJune · April 12, 2016 at 5:45 pm

    The problem is, if we vote for anyone besides Trump, we’ve bowed to the establishment. Cruz is a con and a liar. It’s been proven over and over again. He went to the Colorado State Convention, threw some glitter at the delegates, used his “preacher style” pounding pre-rehearsed rhetoric and they drank the Kool-aid. No amount of warning has changed this. They are star-struck and listening to Communist propaganda tactics being put out over the media in the form of commercials, talk shows, talk radio and “pundit” commentary. Print, radio and social media. It’s the same tactics used by Red China and Cuba when they wanted to indoctrinate the people. They fall for it in droves. Slapping them upside the head doesn’t even work. It’s the same as Hitler. He won the election by fancy words and glitter. Then he turned into one of the worst killers in the history of the world. At least Hillary is obvious. These Republican candidates with the exception of Donald Trump are the same destructive forces in different clothes.

Harry · April 12, 2016 at 6:19 pm

Colorado? Isn’t the state Florida ( 2004 ).

Lisa Elaine · April 12, 2016 at 7:00 pm

Unbelievable but I’m not surprised!
Colorado residents need to stand up!
No one takes my right to vote away!

Roger Halstead · April 12, 2016 at 8:56 pm

This has been obvious since the “Old Guard” changed the rules during the convention to prevent Dr. Rn Paul from speaking.

Mary Ann Duty · April 12, 2016 at 9:43 pm

I’m from Texas. I’m listening to Fox news mostly. Not that I trust all of that you understand. Thank you so much for your report. Thank you for the facts. I ABSOLUTELY KNEW THERE WAS MORE TO THE STORY. Please count me in in anyway I can to help. I understand the satisfaction if you are a Cruz supporter. But do rationalize the equation. WHAT IF THE SHOE WERE ON THE OTHER FOOT AND YOU WERE IN SUPPORT OF THE OTHER CANDIDATE ? I can see both sides of the story. And I can weigh in FAIRLY. Many cannot. THIS BS MUST STOP. April, I pray that the Krautheimer and Laura Ingram at FOXNews and O’Reilly and Sean Hannity get hold of your real story. It must go public. Please send it to someone there.

Leonard B Glasser · April 12, 2016 at 9:55 pm

Hi April, Posted to my Facebook, thank you and Colorado you hang in there guys!

Marc L Sabin · April 12, 2016 at 10:54 pm

My compliments to those who see this dirty political process for what it is and will not allow the wool to be pulled over their eyes. Here is a message I posted to Neil Cavuto’s Facebook page after listening to Steve House tout the efficacy this messed up process here in CO:

“Neil: In your segment with Mr. House of the Colorado GOP, he was not fully disclosing the issues that afflict the Caucus process in this state. As a former precinct leader and having attended this past caucus at the precinct level I have a negative opinion of the GOP in this state. The caucuses are disorganized and not well run. Instructions to attendees are scarce at best and wrong at worst.

One district assembly this past Friday had to meet outside due to problems and many had no idea where is was until the last minute. Attendance is not representative of the general membership of the party and small constituencies dominate the events. Attendance is limited and many do not participate because of the belief that it is largely a waste of time.

Time and again citizens have tried to replace the caucus with a primary that would be far more representative. The data bases used by the GOP are grossly incomplete and in error. It would have been a waste of his time for Mr. Trump to attend the fiasco that the GOP calls a legitimate event in selecting its candidates for public office.”

Nicole · April 12, 2016 at 11:05 pm

April, you have my undying respect. Your passion, your sincerity, and your patriotism are truly rare today. While you had me by the end of your blog, when I read this particular comment: “If anyone wins other than Trump, you’ve lost your freedom. The majority is supporting Donald Trump if you factor in the millions of people who registered to vote as a Republican just to vote for Trump, then include the Independents and Democrats who are wanting to vote for Trump but weren’t able to because they were not affiliated with the Republican party. Then you’ll also have to factor in all those turned away at the polls who would have cast their votes for Trump if they had been allowed to vote. All of these people add up to kicking the ass of any of the Republican or Democratic candidates other than Donald Trump. The reporters and pundits, politicians and liberals won’t tell you that” you had me.”, I was seething and in complete agreement.

I have always been a defender of the electoral delegate system, yet in hindsight, I was also a GOP-Bot. I am sincerely and wholly convinced that the permanent political class are truly and absolutely all the same, regardless of party affiliation. I voted in the primary in Massachusetts so I could cast my vote for Rand Paul.

I am fully cognizant that my vote counted for nothing but it was the most beautifully peacefully rewarding vote I’ve cast in many years because I know it was for an honorable, intellectually and constitutionally honest man. I remain proud of that ‘worthless’ vote. This being said; from the outset of this chaotic election cycle, I have absolutely and unapologetically fervently supported what Donald Trump has brought to this filthy, corrupt, table.

The closer we get to the pending uncloaking of the GOP; the more we see exactly how dirty they have proven to be. They are dirtier than the dirtiest of the democrat politicians in that the democrats are arguably openly dirty fighters while the GOP fraudulently claim honor, honesty, integrity etc.thus elevating the heinousness of their transgression. I’m unsure if there is in fact a solution for We, the People, but one thing is absolutely clear.

This permanent political class has to come to an end. Rather appropriately in my humble opinion, a quote from Clyde from “Law Abiding Citizen”(one of my favorite movies): I’m just getting warmed up, this is Von Clauswitz shit, total fucking war! I’m gonna pull the whole thing down, I’m gonna bring the whole fucking diseased corrupt temple down on your head. It’s gonna be biblical!

Joe Fiedler · April 13, 2016 at 1:24 am

The entire system is corrupt. Dems and GOP alike. The delegate system is corrupt. This country is run with an envelope exchanged,a handshake,and a wink. That’s why we must elect someone who is above that. Donald Trump is the first person in modern history who cannot be bought.

    April LaJune · April 13, 2016 at 5:48 pm

    This is why he is so dangerous to them. He’s exposed the corruption and both sides don’t like it. We the people must rule!

Chuck Oliver · April 13, 2016 at 1:24 am

Having been a delegate in the past I can guarantee you there is a lot of illegal things go on. You get schmoozed by politicians who want you to vote a certain way. I was not offered gifts because we were few in numbers from a county in southern CO. What happened recently is a complete sham to the voters of CO. I am ashamed to be a Republican from Colorado. After the election in November I will never be a Republican again.

    April LaJune · April 13, 2016 at 5:48 pm

    I’m with you. I am not loyal to a party which is not loyal to the people. I am also not going to be part of a system which is clearly corrupt. At least now people are starting to see what we as journalists have known for years!

Teresa · April 13, 2016 at 2:33 am

thank you for speaking out and making the American people aware. My Mom lives in Evergreen and her precinct was Conifer high school. She showed up on caucus night sent to a room that didn’t exist then told oh no you’re suppose to be at the middle school. She went there and they told her it was shut down and to go home. She understood they were only voting for delegates but still wanted to be a part and try to help Trump. It seems they did there own thing. I have had a Cruz supporter who ran a precinct in Colorado tell me I was lying and so was my Mom. It’s disgusting what is happening to our country. Look forward to following your blog and thanks again.

    April LaJune · April 13, 2016 at 5:46 pm

    Thank you very much. We’re also noticing there are many delegates which came from the Counties who had supported Trump and at the State Convention were mysteriously off the list. They were told it was a “clerical error” or a “computer glitch”

AS · April 13, 2016 at 2:46 am

There is a rally on Friday in Denver, for the comment that stated the people were sheep.

Also, where do we find the names of those 24 who voted for us. I suspect I already can name a few, but would like to know.

    April LaJune · April 13, 2016 at 5:44 pm

    They are the board of the Colorado State GOP which you can find here: http://cologop.org/officers/ plus their Members at Large. Apparently at the State meeting of the County Chairs which our chair attended, they had a vote and it was unanimous.

Theo · April 13, 2016 at 4:31 am

April, what happened was actually worse than you portray. In August, they decided to cancel the straw poll, announcing that it was so delegates would be unbound at the national convention, as you explained. Except that was false. After they made the fake announcement, they quietly wrote rules for the binding of delegates to take place at the congressional and state conventions, by party activists, rules submitted to national in October. GOP state chair Steve House was actually heard in a radio interview saying they cancelled the straw poll because they didn’t want the caucus flooded with new voters. So the real plan was not to have unbound delegates at the national convention, but to suppress new voters and keep them from influencing who delegates are bound to. Delegates to the national convention ARE bound, to Cruz, by the votes of party activists who voted at the congressional and state convention. I can send you links and documentation if you want it.

    April LaJune · April 13, 2016 at 5:30 pm

    Yes. I knew that but didn’t really have any proof. Please send them to me through my email. We need to expose this continual corruption and fight it all the way!

Pat Schlegel · April 13, 2016 at 5:17 am

Thank you for standing up! I am eager to hear more from you. This whole thing sickens me. I was born and raised in Colorado so this stings twice as bad.

Freedom · April 13, 2016 at 5:29 am

Nothing like this happened in Florida in 2004 Harry.People got to vote.

Richard Adams Sr. · April 13, 2016 at 2:57 pm

Can someone please explain to me how this wasn’t clear back in August. I am a Trump supporter and when I called this process crooked, they have come back and said, “the rules have been clear since August.” Is that true or not and if so, what happened? Please, I’m not a troll. I just want to know the truth. It is an outrage no matter what.

    April LaJune · April 13, 2016 at 5:21 pm

    They expect people to know by osmosis and through the county Chairs. What they don’t do is send out notices or ask opinions. Unless a person is active in their community on the local level and asks, they wouldn’t know. Here’s a perfect example. Go to the Colorado GOP website. Can you find these rules? Here’s the link: http://cologop.org/ there? Not only that, where is the resolution that was passed in La Plata County regarding the vote of the people? I happen to know we’re not the only county who had passed this type of a resolution. Do you see it there? And where were the resolutions to read prior to the State Convention? The State GOP won’t answer their phones or email so how in the heck are you supposed to know?

Al Maurer · April 13, 2016 at 5:55 pm

“Not coming from a caucus state” says it all.

Colorado’s delegates have always been unbound. The Central Committee wanted to avoid the situation created in 2012 by the Romney camp that a bound delegate (such as you want) would be allocated by the RNC if that candidate bowed out. That’s what they did to us in 2012.

So if we couldn’t have the straw poll we’ve always had, the CC decided that we wouldn’t hold the vote at all. (Probably a bad choice, but there you have it.) But you still got to vote, didn’t you? You still voted for the people you sent to the State Assembly, didn’t you? And if you were one of those people, you still voted for up to 26 people on Saturday, didn’t you?

Did you fail to faithfully represent the people who elected you to go to the state assembly? If so, shame on you. If you did not fail, you got to vote. You have nothing to complain about.

Let’s see whether you’re honest enough to post this.

    April LaJune · April 13, 2016 at 10:00 pm

    What kind of moron are you? Really? You think a caucus is some sort of rocket science and 80 years of having a stupid caucus makes it right. You think your vote at the precinct level makes a difference? LOL- you didn’t read the article. Did you get the part that this is smoke and mirrors? Did you get the part where the delegates are pre-chosen? Did you get the part about just because a rule is in place and people overlook it doesn’t make it right? Are completely brain-dead? Did you even look at what you wrote before you posted for all to see how stupid you are? Voted? Voted blindly, that’s what happened. We also voted under the instructions which are NOT posted on the GOP website or on the Colorado GOP website, posted in no prominent place and under the dictatorship of an elitist group dictating to the people what will and will not happen. Are you honest enough to get that? Or are you so blinded by the razzle dazzle of being under the Republican GOPe spell your completely inept? As far as I can tell you’re the dishonest one. I’m not going to delete a person’s response for being an idiot. Thanks for showing the world another elitist piece of garbage who is part of the problem!

    And what you stated about 2012 isn’t exactly true. What actually happened is the delegates were bound before except in 2012 when they did the same thing they did this year. I also never said I wanted the delegates bound. What I said was the caucus process is stupid as is the delegate election. It’s all smoke and mirrors and stupid!

    Not only that, are you kidding me? You really think the precinct level people elect the State delegates? What part are you missing? The part where you voted for a delegate you know at the precinct level who goes to the county? Seems you missed a step, oh smart one!

Bjorn Netland · April 13, 2016 at 8:53 pm

Outrageous!

Wake up · April 13, 2016 at 10:39 pm

Wow. I thought I was upset about this! April, i think I love you. Thank you for doing all you can regarding this blatant corruption and eventual take over by the political parties.
Thankfully we still have a voice at the final voting stage. Trump may not be on the ballot as a republican, but he would probably choose to run as an independent at that time. Perhaps he chose the GOP to show us how corrupt the process is?
If he doesn’t run on another ballot when he is robbed of the nomination, there is always the write in vote.

America needs to wake up! We’ve given away too many rights! The elite are trying to destroy us. Depopulation is already under way as they kill thousands+ over wars that shouldn’t have been fought and other events they’ve controlled that we don’t know about yet. Civil unrest is only going to worsen. Hate crimes are going to skyrocket! Obama is crying racism over things that aren’t race. He’s trying to start wars at home! This debacle with Colorado had got to be our last straw, fellow Americans…or we are going to lose big.

Skylar · April 14, 2016 at 2:53 pm

For what it’s worth….I’m from Denver and have a good friend heavily involved in the political process on the GOP side. The last couple of months he was trying to explain the process to me but it was so convoluted I still had no clue who actually does the voting. Now I do. Now I get it.
My response….I changed my party affiliation yesterday from GOP to unaffiliated.

Skylar · April 14, 2016 at 3:06 pm

For what it’s worth…here is a link to an article regarding Colorado delegates being forbidden for voting for Trump.
http://www.infowars.com/colorado-republicans-passed-around-resolution-to-deny-trump-delegates-back-on-march-22/

    April LaJune · April 14, 2016 at 4:17 pm

    This particular “resolution” doesn’t really say if it went past the Precinct, which I would guess it didn’t. But let’s just say it did go through the precinct, I’m almost positive it would have been shot down at the county and would have ended there. These “powers” controlling the party are not in the habit of getting behind resolutions which would show blatant corruption. They prefer smoke and mirrors and manipulation!

      Skylar · April 14, 2016 at 4:54 pm

      Should have clarified…my aforementioned friend who is heavily involved spent 12 hours at the state convention Saturday. I asked him about the “resolution” being passed out Saturday for the “Colorado delegates being forbidden for voting for Trump.” He said yes it was passed out but “not from CO GOP, but from a group named “Colorado Republicans for Liberty.”
      He said it was a wink, wink, nod, nod, type of thing.

Skylar · April 14, 2016 at 4:36 pm

Since I wasn’t there I really don’t know for sure but if you click on the links “they” are reporting that it was handed out at the state convention on Saturday. Here is a clue, “Georgew46 @prisanne Clearly not from CO GOP, but from a group named “Colorado Republicans for Liberty.”

Kimberly King · April 14, 2016 at 5:18 pm

Thank you April & God Bless You for speaking and sharing the truth. The people of Colorado have the right to have their voices heard and not silenced.

Carol Cumbie · April 14, 2016 at 7:08 pm

The big deal for everyone was once people that had been delegates before were taken off the polls because they are Trump supporter. That was wrong. It would not matter if it was Cruz or Trump. I believe things have to be run fairly. Romney changed things.
https://www.facebook.com/320067734478/videos/10153927546279479/

Khan Tri Mehmr · April 15, 2016 at 2:06 am

Wow, quite a screed! I’m impressed by the way you handle people that contradict your view. Pretty much right to the ad hominem. And your paragraphs go on and on and on..

I don’t think you’re capable of restructuring the Republican Party. The caucus system seems to be too much for you. Simpler is not necessarily better.

Since you think politics is nothing but puppetmasters pulling strings, I wonder why you think one-man, one-vote primaries are any better. Surely primary elections can be rigged, probably a lot easier. In a caucus……oh, why bother. You obviously think it’s a massive scam. There’s nothing I could say to change anything you think.

You claim to be conservative, so I will just ask: Why the big hate for Cruz?

Thanks for your attention.

    April LaJune · April 15, 2016 at 2:26 am

    It appears as reading comprehension defies you so I’ll try to make it really simple. The rules are rigged – read the blog and you’ll see – very clear they are not fair and in favor of the power running the show. Not a hard concept and not hard to wrap your head around. Your vote doesn’t count in a caucus since you’re voting for a “delegate” who can change to whatever they like after the first ballot at the National Committee. Unless you know exactly what this guy is going to do, you’re voting blind and this guy can negate your vote plus the votes of everyone in the state if he likes. I don’t have that much trust in any person to represent me, especially in politics.

    As for the primaries, it’s the same thing. Again, you’re voting for a “delegate” to represent you, again unbound.

    As for the “on and on and on” comment. Would you prefer me to just cut off the article so you can read it in tiny bites or would you prefer the truth?

    Do you really think I can put this much information in a tiny tweet? I’m so happy one word sentences and half an explanation suits you. This is my blog, not yours. If you want a quick answer here it is: 24 people voted to take away our vote using corrupt rules that will never change, cheated during the State Convention and Cruz took advantage of the people. Short, sweet, to the point leaving you with a ton of question. But you don’t want an explanation it appears.

    As for Cruz. I don’t like a guy who pretends to be a Christian Constitutionalist who 1) keeps lying about what Donald Trump is saying (against Biblical principles) 2) preaches at every scripted speech and can’t seem to be candid and a normal guy which tells me he’s lying and 3) had at minimum, two chances to stand up for Constitutional issues such as a) defending Trump’s right to speak as well as his supporters right to listen and b) the people of Colorado’s right to vote for Presidential nominee which he continually tries to pretend he’s for the people.

    Ted Cruz is not a Constitutional Conservative. He is a right-wing puppet being used by the Establishment because they lost their two golden boys and their third bought candidate ain’t doing to well.

    And thanks for the comment. Nice to have another person without a brain in their head try to analyze a problem he clearly doesn’t understand.

Khan Tri Mehmr · April 15, 2016 at 10:32 am

Nice response. Sorry I’m not up to your level of brilliance.

So, no primaries or caucuses, since it’s “rigged”. I’d assume then no party system, since they’re the riggers. Then it’s direct democracy, right? Like “American Idol”, just sit back on your sofa eating Doritos and voting for Trump or the populist du jour.I think I got it.

Caucuses = too hard and boring.
Trust no one.

TGH · April 15, 2016 at 4:13 pm

April, You are amazing. With the patience of a Saint in responding to the trolls for the RNC /GOP and the Cuban Canadian Cruz. The Texans who voted for Edwardo Cruz did not even check his “papers to verify if he was an American Citizen. Back to the issues you have so very clearly explained in this blog. I live in Wisconsin and am embarrassed because at the tip of this festering wound on our Democracy are the vile scum: Reince Priebus, Scott Walker (Americans for Prosperity) and Paul Ryan. I am a Vietnam Vet and have served my Country since 1972. April thanks again for your clear brilliance in lancing the infected boil of decay which has infected our democracy. God Bless You and Donald J Trump.

Phil Beckman · April 17, 2016 at 4:49 am

There is a lot of misinformation in this post. I was a delegate elected (yes ELECTED) from precinct 231 in El Paso County, and Chair of my Caucus. I was not for Cruz. I was a Rubio guy, I don’t know where to begin,with my critique, it would take me a few hours to answer all this, so let me tell you I am not responding to everything, just a few of the things I think you got wrong.

I filed to run for National delegate, FOR Rubio in early February (people being candidates for National is not a big deal, you download the form, fill it in and send it in, nothing sinister about it, it cost nothing other than a postage stamp.

You say “It never occurred to me I wouldn’t be able to cast a vote for my presidential candidate, Donald Trump.”
—In ALL 50 states, you do not vote for “Trump” or “Cruz” or “Rubio,” etc., you vote for DELEGATE candidates that have attached themselves to your favorite presidential candidate. The Colorado system is at least honest enough to state the the process is ELECTING DELEGATES. In your precinct, you should have voted for whoever was willing to stand up and be a delegate for Trump. In my precinct, (I was chair), I asked who wanted to be a delegate, people raised their hands, I wrote their names on a big flip chart, then asked them to speak briefly, say why they wanted to be a delegate and invited them to say whom they were supporting and a few words about why. There were 5 or 6 who wanted to represent Cruz, 2 that wanted to represent Carson (still in the race on March 1st), one for Rubio (me) and one for Trump. Yes, ONE. And he only drew 4 votes overall, counted right there in the classroom in the presence of everyone. So he did not go to any assembly. It’s not Rubio’s fault, it’s not Cruz’ fault or the “establishment’s fault that the top-down Trump campaign did not lift a finger to help their own cause in Colorado. They didn’t care. To them everything is big rallies. People will spend 3-4-5 hours going to a Trump rally but refuse to attend their 2-hour precinct caucus. Why? They love entertainment more than their country?

Supposedly the process was set up to stop Trump. Colorado has selected its delegates this way to the National nominating Convention (this year in Cleveland) for over 100 years. It was not invented to stop Trump. I’ve been a delegate 4x to State. This was no different than before, 3 elected at each Congressional District Assembly and the remainder elected at the State Assembly (13) plus the “automatics”: The State GOP Chairman (Steve House, who is elected through the Precinct Leaders, and District Chairs, —3 years ago Steve was elected to a 4-year term in a grass roots revolt against the previous chair, Ryan Call, who had been a strong Romney-supporter and considered “not conservative enough. The other 2 “automatics” are the 2 representatives Colorado sends to the RNC. They are elected at the State GOP Assembly. This same pattern is true of every other state, including the states Trump won. At State Assembly we elected these two (who are unbound, but will usually follow what the GOP State as a whole decides. Both winners said loudly “NO rule changes in the middle of the contest, not to rule 40 (must win majority of delegates in 8 states to be considered, and must win in Cleveland with a MAJORITY of delegates). one previous member lost the election and her seat, replaced by Vera Ortegan from Pueblo, an immigrant from Columbia, and the other winner was John Lueng, a Chinese-American, or as Donald would say, a CCCHHHinese-American. Not sure who they’ll vote for, but I’m guessing not Trump.

In the most recent presidential years there was a straw poll “beauty contest” taken at precinct caucuses, it was never binding, it was apart from the Precinct delegate process we have always used. The RNC changed some rules for this time around, the new rule was that any “straw poll” taken at the precinct caucuses had to be binding, Republicans are big “states rights” advocates, the Colorado GOP did not want the RNC dictating to Colorado a change in how we choose our delegates. So the reason the straw poll (which was never “an election” anyway) was so we could continue the historic Colorado process.

At State, there were Trump delegates who made it, my estimate is about 20% of the whole. Most people had
“Cruz” or “Trump” or “Kasich” buttons or stickers or hats, There were lots of Bronco-orange T-shirts worn by Cruzers. The shirts had the 13 members of Cruzes slate written on the back of the shirts. There were no outbursts, everyone was patient, the only disruptor I saw was some guy yelling from the El Paso alternates gallery during the reading of the Declaration of Independence by a high school student, I could not make out what he was aging, he sounded like foghorn, very indistinct, but very loud. After awhile the police came. Great speeches from some people, the candidates for US Senate each got a chance to speak. The not-so-well funded Darryl Glenn brought down the house, he won 70% of the vote, none of the others that tried to go through the Assembly process reached the 30% threshold, so they so are done. Glenn will be on the top of the ballot for the June 28 primary for state and local candidates, the 4 or five candidates using the expensive petition process will be listed under him. It’s one thing I like about the process, some ordinary person with no money can break through and shake things up. In the 5th District Assembly, “establishment” incumbent Doug Lamborn got clobbered by 32-year-old Calandra Vargas, virtually unknown, after a fiery speech, nominated from the floor at the last minute. How much did this effort cost her? $39. In a pure primary system she wouldn’t have had a prayer, she’d need tens of thousands of dollars.
Wow, I was going to finish my taxes tonight. Let me refer you to Ari Armstrong, to speak to a lot of these issues:

http://ariarmstrong.com/2016/04/breaking-jim-hoft-flubs-story-about-deny-trump-flyer/

By the way, you do not have to change your registration for the November general election, you can vote for whoever you want, regardless of party registration or lack thereof. I’m always surprised by confused people who proudly tell me they are “independent” because they “don’t always vote Republican” (or Democrat). In the General elections, you can always vote for anyone you want of whatever party. Registered Republicans do not “have to” vote for Republicans. Independents are only doing one thing: –Opting out of the caucus or primary where parties choose their candidates. I know many “independents” are well-meaning, but they are not making good sense.

    April LaJune · April 17, 2016 at 3:32 pm

    Again, you’re part of the problem. Glad you got to be an elitist in this election but Colorado isn’t a winner take all state. It’s pretty much the Colorado voters didn’t get to vote. If you’re Precinct, County etc. did a straw poll at that time it would have been binding and against the rules in the State of Colorado according to the rule changes which were in place. That means you’re little shin-dig there was illegal.

    Not that I care. I’m totally for defying these rules, however, you should have defied them way before the caucus and we as counties, should have said we’re not doing that straight to the State GOP. Problem is, if we did that the RNC (national) can disqualify the entire state and say we’re violating the rules.

    Under what you just said there are blatant rules violations and the entire delegate total should be thrown out as per the rules of the GOP in The Rules of the Republican National Committee under Rule No. 17 which directly speaks to the violations of the rules and the enforcement of the rules.

    And, I can assure you, in my county, there are more Trump supporters than Cruz supporters. The majority of the county executive board and general membership supports Trump. You think the “ground game” of Cruz was great! No – you’re mistaken.

    Cruz has a schmoozing the delegates game which doesn’t equate to a ground game. A ground game is in play if the people are voting of which, they aren’t in Colorado or Wyoming.

    I resent your holier than thou view but I would expect this from a delegate. You’re also negating the fact being a delegate costs a lot of money.

    You also mention a $39 like this woman only spent that amount on a campaign. Again, you’re delusional. You can’t win any election on $39. I’m sure there were a lot more expenses which have been swept under the carpet. Business cards alone cost that much.

    And, I’m fully aware people don’t have to change their affiliations to vote for whomever they like in a General Election. We’re not talking about a General Election here. We’re talking about a Caucus and a Primary which the voters of Colorado were denied to vote for President and get to put their candidate of choice on the ballet.

    I’m supposed to trust you to carry my vote? Are you kidding me? I don’t even know you but by what you’ve written, I would not vote for you as my delegate representative since you are one of the elitists trying to usurp my voting rights!

      Phil Beckman · May 15, 2016 at 3:44 pm

      I’m a truck driver, not an “elitist,” thank you. A couple of points: You are right, Colorado is not a “winner take-all” primary. Nor is it a “Proportional” primary, it’s a caucus. And it is entirely possible for caucus states to come out unanimously for their most preferred candidate. There were plenty of Trump people running for national delegate, listed as such, at the the State Assembly. They simply didn’t get enough votes, there were more Cruzers. If 65% of the people there were Cruz supporters (and from my 8-9 hours milling around among the delegates, it was about that number) , and know they need to vote the slate, then no other candidate is going to get any delegates, they don’t have enough support. Your county may have been heavily for Trump. My county (El Paso) was heavily for Cruz, and contains over 30% of the registered Republicans in the state. For whatever reason, rural counties across the nation have generally been more pro-Trump than more urban counties. It’s just a fact. The delegates elected were from the slate chosen by the Cruz campaign to represent them.Unfortunately the frankly incompetent Trump campaign did not bother to try to get its slate up and running until the last minute. It’s not anyone’s fault other than Trump and his people. I spoke to the County vice-chair here. County GOP committees keep and make available literature for all the Republican candidates involved in the races, and distribute them to the precincts for their use. Trump supporters would call the County HQ (one paid employee by the way, for 171,000 Republicans in the county) and they would ask for Trump’s brochures like everyone else has there, to help them get people out to precinct caucus for him. But the Trump campaign never supplied any literature to the county. The county office tried get some from Trump, but until the very last week before the caucus, there wasn’t even a single Trump office in Colorado. –Nobody to call. The whole Colorado/Trump issue comes down to “You snooze, you lose.” That may not be very nice, but it’s exactly what happened. I do favor a Presidential primary, though it’s $5 million a pop, the caucus is essentially free to the taxpayer, though self-financed by the elected delegates. I know you didn’t snooze, it’s good you went to caucus, wish your your precinct chair did his homework, but he didn’t.

Phil Beckman · April 17, 2016 at 6:08 am

By the way, this is the National Delegate Intent to Run form.

http://gopelpaso.com/national-delegate-intent-to-run-form/

Some people file early because they feel they have a pretty good chance to win. That’s what I did. They have actually bothered to get to know their neighbors, and think their chances are good. Also, early filers are more likely to get picked by the candidates campaign for their official slate. We had 13 slots for Rubio ready to go but then he dropped out, some people then asked to have their names taken down, I didn’t, but it was obviously a very weak position to run from. Trump didn’t bother to organize what delegates he had, and the Trumpers at State knew it, they all looked a little depressed that they had been abandoned. He should have hired better people, people who knew something beyond where to put the microphone. I do prefer the El Paso County somewhat simplified system, where delegate positions for State and CD are not filled at the County Assembly, but passed down to the Precincts according to population. We had 2 spots for State, and 2 for CD. We elected, at precinct, 3 Cruz fans and 1 Rubio supporter (me). Trump was not well-represented, NOT MY FAULT.

I’m sorry somebody had the idea that if people stated who they favored it would constitute a “straw poll” and it had to be squelched. They must have misunderstood, though I did hear a few others that had the same interpretation. I think the State GOP Central Committee did not make this clear, that criticism is deserved. We rebelled against it and it was unanimous on all sides and we wanted our own precinct straw poll. Cruz beat Rubio by one vote, Trump and Carson did poorly, 4 votes each, Kasich was skunked at zero. It was pointed out that the RNC rule was “no state-wide straw poll” so at my at my House District Assembly we also rebelled and did a straw poll. Cruz had 66%, Kasich came in 2nd with 18%, Trump got 7%. Then that afternoon, the County Assembly did a straw poll: Cruz 71%, Trump 18%, Kasich 11%. El Paso County (Colorado Springs) does contain 31% of the state’s registered Republicans, and just from all my conversations, I come across a lot more Cruz people than Trump, I believe 71% Trump actually does represent the views of this county, though some of us are not exactly ecstatic about him. For me, he’s philosophically closest to Rubio, who, apart from the “comprehensive immigration” thing, has been very consistent over time, unlike Donald Trump, who has been all over the map, including providing serious support to liberal candidates in very recent time, including Harry Reid AFTER the passage of ObamaSnare. I don’t understand that. He says he did the wrong thing because that way he could get favors from politicians. Putting your company ahead of your country. Hmmm. I don’t like that. Nope. not for me.

Phil Beckman · April 17, 2016 at 6:25 am

“There shouldn’t be delegates”

Well, America is a Representative Democracy, and has been from the Founding. It is not a novel or strange idea. Did you get to vote on ObamaCare? Neither did I. But I did vote for my Congressman, who voted against it, so I cannot claim “my vote didn’t matter.” You voted for “Not Obama,” but he got ALL the Electoral votes of Colorado. 53% of Florida’s voters didn’t vote for Trump, yet Donald got ALL of Florida’s 90 delegates. Did the 53% get their vote stolen by the Trump campaign? Is he going to give 53% of Florida’s delegates back to the other candidates? Donald isn’t complaining “it was rigged”, is he? If you want to change the system, you have to get in the system (and people will immediately start complaining you’re “establishment” and trying to “manipulate” things).

    April LaJune · April 17, 2016 at 3:12 pm

    Are you even in this country? Did you even read the article? Yes, there shouldn’t be delegates in a Presidential election. You’re sitting there and acting as if the people in Colorado got to vote on something other than delegates. We’re not talking about policy here. We’re talking about being able to vote for the highest office in the land. Just like Congressman. You say you voted for your Congressman. Great! WE THE PEOPLE should be able to vote for President just like we vote for PEOPLE who REPRESENT us making POLICY!

    You say 53% of the people in Florida didn’t vote for Trump. The 53% were spread between candidates so don’t act like this was some sort of en mass voting against Trump. The majority of the votes went to Trump which, in Florida is a winner take all state. That’s not what happened in Colorado. We didn’t vote for President at all. Wyoming was denied their right to vote also. You can’t compare 53% as if it’s some sort of magical Never Trump issue. If you have more than two candidates in anything, that’s what’s going to happen. My God – that’s a ridiculously idiotic argument!

    The system is rigged. I am involved on the inside and I’m telling you from FIRST HAND EXPERIENCE, even if I was COUNTY CHAIR I couldn’t change it. You know why? Because guys like Reince Priebus will block you at every turn. Because the Rules Committee looks at the rule recommendation and can toss the changes in the trash. The Resolution Committee can toss your resolutions in the trash. KNOCK, KNOCK are you even in there? Making delegates Micro-Politicians adds to the corruption and now Cruz and his camp can just buy delegates which is exactly what they are doing. You say it’s a “representative” government.

    That would be true IF and only IF we had Holy Delegates who weren’t elitist, weren’t corrupt and weren’t bought. You’re living on a delusional planet. You might want to come down to earth and actually read the rules which have apparently escaped you. Also – if you’re completely oblivious as it appears you are – the rules change AFTER the candidates have spent millions of dollars on a campaign. Rules shouldn’t be changed AFTER the game! Are you willing to play a game prior to the rules being set? That’s just stupid and frankly, so is your comment!

    PS: Trump delegates who “made it” were just two and they are alternates, thanks to the underhanded system which mysteriously lost their paperwork due to “computer glitches” and “clerical errors.”

martha conner · April 18, 2016 at 12:42 am

in other words the RNC think you are as stupid and inane as they appear to be behaving.

Shawn Lewis · April 18, 2016 at 2:53 pm

Nice article April! Keep up the good fight!

Katy · April 18, 2016 at 8:28 pm

Thank you April. Did you send this to Trump? Also, good answer to the ‘puppet’ Gerrick Bear.

    April LaJune · April 19, 2016 at 4:16 pm

    I believe Trump’s camp has seen this. We’ve been in contact and are waiting on some documents right now. Thank you for your responses and we’ll keep up the fight!

stas magbitang · April 23, 2016 at 2:37 am

CRUZ is translated to English as CROSS ( ask the Latinos ). Cruz right now is experiencing the “KARMA” . IF HE WINS HE’LL BE THE CROSS OF AMERICA…AND PRIEBUS IS THE BEARER OF RNC “REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CORRUPTION”….

    April LaJune · April 23, 2016 at 5:08 pm

    He won’t win and as far as I can see, lying isn’t a Christian thing to do. Both Cruz and Priebus need to go!

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