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Thiessen expects strong local GOP caucus turnout

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Spencer High School to host Jan. 3 event

Kris Thiessen, Clay County Republican Party chairperson is anticipating a second strong turnout for the party caucus on Jan. 3, 2012.

"Four years ago, the caucus was about 30 to 40 percent larger than in the past," Thiessen said. "This year they're saying we should expect a 30 to possibly 40 or 50 percent increase. That's exciting. People are interested."

And she's hoping that those who have never participated in past caucuses take the opportunity to join the process this time around.

"I think there's a lot of people out there who don't know what we do at the caucus," Thiessen said. "They may feel intimidated and may not come and take part in the process. It's not a scary thing. It's kind of fun."

The Clay County Republican Caucuses will be conducted at Spencer High School. Registration will begin at 5 p.m. near the school's auditorium with speakers representing each candidate given the opportunity to address the room starting at 6:15 p.m. Each speaker will be allowed five minutes to endorse their particular candidate. To date, GOP Presidential candidates Mitt Romney and Ron Paul have confirmed representation.

"I imagine there will be somebody speaking for each candidate before we get to that date," Thiessen said. "All speakers will be from Clay County."

At 7 p.m., the county gathering will break into the respective precincts which will then meet in different rooms in the school building.

As the precinct caucuses begin, each will select a chairperson, secretary and recorder. Following an open candidate discussion, where everyone will be allowed an opportunity to speak, a paper ballot vote will be conducted. A representative for each candidate will be allowed to witness the recorder tally the votes. Results will be turned over to the Clay County Recorder to call into the state.

Once the vote is concluded, the precincts will devote the remainder of the evening to crafting planks for submission to the four-person Clay County Platform Committee. The committee will compile the submissions for a vote at the county convention to be conducted at a later date.

The precinct caucus will also select both county delegates and youth delegates to represent their respective caucuses at the county convention.

"People who are 17, but will be 18 before election in November, may participate in the caucus voting," Thiessen said. "Younger people who wish to come observe, and see what the caucus process is like, are welcome; as are people who want to see process but don't wish to vote."

She added, "Anyone who will not be 18 in time to vote, but still wants to attend the county or state convention, can sign up to be a youth delegate for the caucus."

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Will it be as schizophrenic as the whole campaign so far? I chuckle imagining people trying to come to a consensus on a candidate based on their qualifications and the excuses being made for the shortcomings that are in direct conflict with the stated ideals of avowed Republicans. The one standard I challenge the voters to is to support a candidate without basing your choice on your hatred for President Obama, if that's possible. I guarantee Obama basing will get as much discussion time as candidate qualifications.

-- Posted by helped_myself on Tue, Dec 13, 2011, at 9:32 AM

Was Obama qualified to be president? About as much as Jimmy Carter I guess. Whoever wins will be getting OJT for the leader of what used to be the most powerful nation in the world...hopefully, it can regain it's stature as such.

But the question really is...are you better off than you were 3-4 years ago...? Better yet, how's that hopey-changey thing working out for you?

-- Posted by Dennis the Menace on Tue, Dec 13, 2011, at 9:05 PM

Yes Dennis, the Reps have been so inspiring. I want to thank all of you for putting the National interest first and working with the President who was overwhelming elected by the entire nation...you may be proud.

-- Posted by Cookster on Wed, Dec 14, 2011, at 7:10 AM

All 1st term presidents, including Republicans, have OJT. If you're looking for experience, then that dictates an incumbent should be re-elected.

I'm sorry you've been brainwashed to think America isn't great. It's seen better times but also much worse times. I think the country is better off than it was in the fall of 2008. The financial free fall was stablized, thanks to both Bush and Obama. The citizens are more engaged than ever thanks to the Tea Party and Wall St. Occupiers.

As far as change, it was GOP Senate Leader McConnell that stated the Republicans only focus during President Obama's term is to make him a one term president. Even in the face of the most obstructionist opposing party in recent history, President Obama has accomplished a lot.

-- Posted by helped_myself on Wed, Dec 14, 2011, at 9:58 AM

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