Ed Dills canceled any Senate District 2 meeting scheduled to occur during the County Assembly. State Senator Hisey would like to conduct a town hall later in the year when public meetings can return to normal.
The State GOP Central Committee will meet on 20 March at Noon at the Denver Marriott South at Park Meadows. The Central Committee will approve the proposed Emergency Bylaw changes.
My Division meet today to assign state delegates to open positions. We had 7 positions to fill, but we could only fill two of them. The significance of the deficiency is the responsibility for filling the open delegate positions now gets elevated out of our hands. The division leader said the delegates will now be filled by the party chair, but I believe that is wrong and they will go to the House District Chair to fill and not the party chair.
All this time I though I was the life of the party. Turns out, not so much.
When looking at the EPC GOP’s public facing website and social media, it is easy to come to the conclusion that they are not good at messaging. You could chalk that up to volunteers not being experienced at running websites or not interested in posting on social media. I chalk it up to the party not having a plan. A plan would give the volunteer of the day the ability to see how their actions should fit into the organization as a whole. But something more sinister could be afoot. We could be witnessing an insurrection at the EPC GOP HQ.
Normally, you must attribute to stupidity those actions that you can attribute to malice. As humans, we are very good at assigning patterns to behavior whether those patterns exist or not. I am no different. In the case of the EPC GOP, I originally started off with the opinion that the party lacked a plan and the poor public perception of the EPC GOP was due to that fact. I pieced together my opinion after spotting pattern after pattern that convinced me that my hypothesis was correct as the EPC GOP seemingly stumbled from one thing to another without a cohesive message.
My opinion that the EPC GOP needs a strategic plan sent me on the path of attempting to get the party to build a plan. This journey has been ongoing for about a year and a half. Over that journey, I’ve seen other patterns emerge from the party. The more I dug, the more I realized that the party didn’t have plan, and they didn’t even know how to put a plan together. I learned, that in fact, it was stupidity, and not malice that was driving the problems I saw.
But recently, a new pattern has emerged. A pattern more sinister in origin and more harmful to the party. The vice-chair is undercutting the chair. She is taking active steps that dilute and contradict the message of the chair from the party. Actions like developing a website separate from the El Paso County website. Actions that appear willful by the party can be thought of as indications of the vice-chair working against the will of the chair. Things like the vice-chair asking a campaign to drop out of the caucus and assembly process and petition on to the ballot, or a mysterious form stating “Individuals who have not paid their delegate or alternate fee will not be seated at the county assembly and will be disqualified as a delegate or alternate to the State Assembly.” only showing up in some of the precinct caucus packages. Patterns emerge that support the idea that the disjointed actions and mistakes made by the party may be the result of a vice-chair cutting down the chair’s authority.
It is not only indirect actions that contribute to the pattern. Even the words of vice-chair betray the idea of an insurrection. In a phone call with the vice-chair, she said openly the only plan the party has is to gain precinct leaders. Or as she operated behind the scenes to attempt to push out bonus members using unfounded smears. All of these actions help shape my opinion that at a minimum we have two officers in the party not on the same page.
Patterns come and go and humans see them. They can be attributed to the randomness of the universe, stupidity, malice, a methodical march to power, or all of the above. A cure though, does exists. A public facing strategic plan that coordinates all of these actions would go a long way in proving the party as a whole is on the same page. Transparency must be our objective.
If you are new to the County Assembly process, you may not know what to expect. This year the County Assembly is scheduled for 28 March 2020 at Sand Creek High School. The El Paso Republican Party has apportioned 1489 Delegates and 1489 Alternate Delegates over all of the 291 Precincts in El Paso County. The apportionment depended on the number of active republican voters in your precinct, but every precinct was given at least two delegates and two alternate delegates.
The Assembly will begin at 9 am, but expect to get there early so that you can be signed in to the Assembly. The El Paso County Party will form a credentialing Committee to ensure all delegates are authorized to participate according to the County Bylaws. If the credentialing committee disqualifies a delegate, or if a delegate is not present, alternates will be elevated to Delegate status at that time. Until then, the alternate delegates are generally segregated to a separate room.
After credentialing is done, the credentialing committee will make an official credentials report. The general assembly will hear the report and offer any amendments. When the amendment process is complete, the general assembly will vote on the adoption of the credentialing report. Generally these votes are made by voice, but in the case of close vote, a count may be taken.
Next the general assembly will move on to the process of ratifying the newly elected Central Committee Members. These include the new precinct leaders voted into office at their respective precinct caucuses.
After the ratification of the new Central Committee member is complete, the general assembly will move to elect 567 delegates and alternates to the State Assembly. This process will be similar the ratification process for the new Central Committee Members. After the delegates are selected, the general assembly may make time for the politicians looking for access to the primary ballot to give speeches. The speeches are generally limited to a few minutes each. Finally, the general assembly will hear any resolutions or any other business that the members may propose.
After the general assembly has conducted its business, delegates will break up into their respective House and Senate Districts to conduct business important to their respective districts. This is arguably the most important thing the delegates will do during assembly. Generally, the House District meetings occur first with the Senate and County Commissioner District meetings occurring later in the day. The general assembly attempts to deconflict all of the meetings so that delegates can move between meetings and make their votes.
After the breakout meetings, votes for the House Districts, Senate Districts, and County Commissioner Districts will occur. The general assembly will meet one last time to conclude the County Assembly. The Teller committee will provide vote counts. The General Assembly will conduct any new business important to the Assembly.
The County Assembly is a long, but interesting day. If you are interested in local politics, the County Assembly is the place to be.
We have updated the Precinct Mapper application to give directions from your address to the County Assembly. The Precinct Mapper can be found here.
We are looking to collect the precinct caucus participation numbers across El Paso County. If you were at a precinct caucus we’d love to know the total number of people that showed up for your caucus.
* Early reporting of attendance numbers by House District:
House District 14: 81 people
House District 15: 92 people
House District 16: 46 people
House District 17: 29 people
House District 18: 32 people
*Early reporting of caucus attendance number by precinct:
Precinct 114: 2
Precinct 115: 3
Precinct 116: 4
Precinct 118: 0
Precinct 126: 4
Precinct 151: 9
Precinct 152: 4
Precinct 156: 9
Precinct 177: 1
Precinct 180: 2
Precinct 185: 3
Precinct 189: 2
Precinct 221: 4
Precinct 224: 10
Precinct 448: 8
Precinct 523: 11
Precinct 720: 0
Precinct 722: 2
Precinct 723: 1
Precinct 724: 3
Precinct 804: 3
*Number are subject to change.