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    Michigan Faith & Freedom Coalition Kent County Town Hall

    By Kevin Rex Heine, Section News
    Posted on Tue Jul 12, 2011 at 12:38:39 PM EST
    Tags: Michigan Faith & Freedom Coalition, Republican presidential nominee selection process, town hall forums, Kent County, Oakland County, Grand Traverse County, potentially five additional public policy forum events, MIGOP State Policy Committee, Mike Cox, Independence Caucus of Kent County (all tags)

    The Michigan Republican Party's State Committee is scheduled to choose a method of selecting the Republican Presidential Nominee for Michigan on Saturday, August 13th, 2011.  Additionally, the Michigan GOP's Policy Committee is slated to make a decision on Tuesday, July 12th.  Their vote will recommend to the full State Committee which process should be followed in Michigan regarding selecting the GOP's nominee by Michigan Republicans and possibly the general public.  However, many feel that we have not yet had an open and transparent process to solicit the opinions of grassroots activists and concerned Republicans across the state.

    Therefore, concerned citizens, MIGOP State Committee members, and grassroots activists are being invited to voice their opinion in a series of town-hall style forums.  (Details on the Kent County event follow the break.)


    The Faith & Freedom Coalition, Michigan Chapter, will be hosting a public policy discussion forum in Kent County on the Michigan presidential primary selection process.  This forum will be held on Monday, July 18th, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., at Holy Trinity Lutheran School (4201 Burlingame Avenue SW) in Wyoming, Michigan.

    Please join us as we have an open discussion about the options to determine the next GOP Presidential nominee.  We have invited elected Michigan Republican State Committee Members, party leaders, grassroots activists, and concerned citizens to listen to each other so that the Michigan Republican State Committee can make an informed decision on this critical topic for our important state and nation.  Options on the table are:

    • An open primary

    • A closed (party registered voters only) primary

    • A party caucus (either with identified party activists or open to the general public)

    • A nominating convention with existing Republican Delegates to County Convention (with or without a preference for elected delegates to be chosen first to go to state convention)

    • A "firehouse" caucus where party members and possibly the general public vote at firehouses and other buildings across the state on a certain date (similar to Iowa's caucus system)

    Beyond that, the question will also be considered of whether Michigan should go "early" to be relevant (since Florida has a primary election in early February and that state's primary seemed to end the nomination contest in 2008) or whether Michigan should we take a the approach that later may be better in this cycle.

    The purpose of this forum (like the one being held in Oakland County on July 25th and the one being held in Grand Traverse County on August 1st) is not to make a decision at this time nor to provide a policy opinion.  Rather, we are seeking public input in order to provide information to support a policy committee decision that will be made in mid-August.  We are anticipating an attendance of about 200 people, and anyone who has a fair-minded and reasonable opinion will be encouraged to offer it.

    All who are planning to attend are encouraged to RSVP on either the Kent County I-Caucus Information Site facebook page or the Michigan Faith & Freedom Coalition facebook page.  (The MIFFC page also has RSVP options for the Oakland County and Grand Traverse County events.)

    MICHIGAN REPUBLICAN STATE COMMITTEE MEMBERS:  Elected Michigan Republican State Committee Members will receive preferred/reserved seating, and are encouraged to attend and participate in this important forum since they will be choosing the method and date of the party's nomination selection option at their August 13th State Committee meeting.

    ON-GOING 24/7 DISCUSSION ON GOP PRESIDENTIAL SELECTION PROCESS:  Post your comments and discuss with others your thoughts, ideas, and concerns on the Michigan Faith & Freedom Coalition facebook fan page (www.facebook.com/MIFAITH).

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    by JGillman on Tue Jul 12, 2011 at 01:32:17 PM EST
    I thought I would prefer a closed system of some sort, but seeing some validity in the caucus arguments.  With small caveat being closed balloting.

    A convention?  Oh hell no.  That would guarantee us a Romney or McCain-II. A real loss of meaning to an election where even Alvin Greene would beat Obama.

    But I am looking for more arguments before I actually solidify my preferences.

    I personally . . . (none / 0) (#4)
    by Kevin Rex Heine on Tue Jul 12, 2011 at 04:20:01 PM EST
    . . . like the arguments presented by the MI Caucus For Victory 2012.  They present a solid case for a county-by-county, precinct-by-precinct caucus system.

    Committee action (none / 0) (#7)
    by Pogo on Thu Jul 14, 2011 at 07:06:38 AM EST
    .....the State Committee's Policy Committee unanimously passed a resolution recommending a closed primary to the full State Committee.


    Note edit at the end.

    • However . . . by Kevin Rex Heine, 07/14/2011 07:48:25 AM EST (none / 0)
      • Puzzle pieces by JGillman, 07/14/2011 08:42:17 AM EST (5.00 / 1)
    Opportunity knocking again? (none / 0) (#8)
    by Pogo on Thu Jul 14, 2011 at 07:29:26 AM EST
     In 2002 with a non incumbent running open seat...

        *  583,385 Gubernatorial votes were cast in the Republican gubernatorial  primary.
        * 1,046,673 votes were cast in the Democrat gubernatorial primary.

     In 2010:

        * 1,043,619  Gubernatorial votes were cast in the Republican gubernatorial  primary.
        *  524,785 votes were cast in the Democrat gubernatorial primary.

    • Exactly. by JGillman, 07/14/2011 07:32:51 AM EST (none / 0)
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