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@abulsme Updates from 2012-03-31 (UTC)

  • Reading – Yes, Romney's won, and it's okay to say so (Jonathan Bernstein) http://t.co/dGxCGOdf #
  • RT @daringfireball: Jeff Bezos Discovers Apollo 11 Rockets at Bottom of Atlantic Ocean: http://t.co/0RBTmLoD #
  • RT @pourmecoffee: Mega Millions jackpot at record high. Winner gets $540 million and a sudden desire to vote for Mitt Romney. #
  • I just swallowed a fly. Flew right in and down my throat while I was talking. :-( Very unpleasant even after several minutes. Urgh! :-( #
  • RT @ZekeJMiller: I'm pretty sure it's about time to start calling Romney the presumptive nominee, and not the front-runner. #
  • Reading – Poll Analysis: Obama strengthens lead over Romney (Darryl, HorsesAss) http://t.co/UOPwOApW #
  • Reading – Settlement over e-Book Pricing to Undo Apple's Agency Model for Pricing? (Eric Slivka) http://t.co/Nufa5tbb #
  • Definitely should have left earlier. Had to park many blocks away. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • In the building. Got hand stamped. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • I now have my delegate badge. Woo! #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • It's getting hot in here. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Thought I had a Ron Paul sticker. Don't actually. Using a brochure stuck in my shirt pocket instead. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Gavel in five minutes. Playing video of Ray Charles version of America the Beautiful. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Gavel! #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Politically colored prayer! #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Making the alternates and guests move away from the main floor. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Introducing local Republican candidates. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Pledge of Allegiance. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • National anthem. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Second verse? Nobody ever does that! Little kid yelled out "THE END!" after the first one! #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • God Bless America now. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Actually a decent number of people here who are not old white men. Maybe 40% women. Majority under 50! #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • 1% non-white if they are lucky though. Maybe not even. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Reagan Dunn, candidate for State Attorney General (I think) speaking now. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Yup. AG. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Rob McKenna, candidate for Governor, now up. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Oddly, the big signs around the edges are for Hadian for Governor. Only little signs for McKenna. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Everybody mentioning Obamacare at SCOTUS and how badly that went for Obama this week. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Unsurprisingly, all the speakers are advocating for Republicans to be elected to every office and take majorities. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Now Kim Wyman, candidate for Secretary of State. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • She is for fair elections! Woo? #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Now Hadian, also a Republican candidate for Governor. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • He is an Iranian immigrant. Big applause for saying got citizenship legally & conversion from Islam 2 Christianity. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Cell data no longer working. Tweeting by text. Or trying to. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Crowd was much more excited for Hadian than McKenna. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Somebody for Lt Gov now. Finkbeyer or something like that. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Another AG candidate. Stephen Pigeon. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Hadian was much more red blood conservative. So is Pigeon. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Talking about Obama being a Socialist and such. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Ask a real Socialist about that and they will laugh. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Now Daniel Miller. Running for 2nd congressional district. Ron Paul guy. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Saying govt tanking economy on purpose. :-/ #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Doesn't have website yet. Also :-/ #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Larry Stickney now. Campaign manager for John Costner for congress. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Says Obama is worst president in history. Big applause. I can think of worse. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Koster. Not Costner. Oops. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Credential committee ready. Woo! #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • 1st – 233 del. 10th – 78. 21st – 185. 32,46. 38,176. 39,206. 44,317. Total 1241. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Credentials report accepted. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Listing promoted alternates now. "Ooo… This is going to take awhile.". #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • 3G back! For now… #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Listing of promoted alternates done! More candidates while credentials updated. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Bob Somebody running for something. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Bob didnt repeat his name or I would have made sure to get it. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Now Richard Saunders running for WA Supreme Court. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • 50% batt now. Only 2 hours in out of long day. But I haven't used my @mophie yet! #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • I continue to believe judgeships should not be elected offices. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Didn't catch who is talking now. Withdrew from a congressional race to support Koster instead. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Ah. James Watkins. Now running for State Auditor. Another position that shouldn't be elected. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • 3G gone again. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Now Dan Matthews. Running against Rick Larson. Congress. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Former Air Force guy and 747 pilot. Talking a lot about defense, Boeing, etc. Some property rights stuff too. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Looking for some missing promoted alternates. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Now Art Koday (sp?) running for Senate. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • 2G data working this time. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Talking anti-abortion stuff. Now gun stuff. Now anti-UN. Now anti-Obamacare. Wants cheap gas and low taxes. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Waiting for credentials again. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Now John Shoop. Wearing cowboy hat. Running for congress. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Now Barb Baily. For state Senate. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Alternates all promoted. All delegates seated. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Now electing permanent chair for convention. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Did a voice vote. First guy declared winner before vote on others. People demanding all candidates get voted on. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Also demanding each candidate get to speak before vote and list of candidates on big screen. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • This part is usually pro forma. Smells if delaying tactic. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Second candidate is Ron Paul person. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Two of the nominated candidates have declined. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Three candidates for chair left. All gave speeches. Standing vote now. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Request to clear floor of non delegates before vote. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • 3 cand are the expected guy, the Ron Paul supporter, and some other guy who just said he was new and would be fair. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Now just raising hands with badges since some people can't stand. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • They are counting the raised hands for the first candidate by hand. Three counters. This will take forever. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Crowd getting rowdy because they have to keep their hands up. First guy clearly will win, but count demanded. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Arms still up for the first of the three candidates. Lower than they were though. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • They are playing the Jeopardy song. Really. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Wonder if they paid the royalties on that. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Need 662 for a majority if I heard right. So maybe they will only count the first guy. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • That should be 622. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Hands were up for 15 minutes. 1st counts from counters did not match. Not even close. Off by hundreds. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Now voters for 1st candidate are counting off one by one. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Up to 100 for 1st guy. (Kellett) #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Someone counted wrong. People mad. But was corrected. 200 now. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • 300. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • They are on the other side of the room now, so I can't hear count any more. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Realized I did not bring a pen. Would suck if they don't have pens for the voting later. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • 500. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • 600. Will they stop when they get to 622? #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • 622. chair wants to go to 640 to protect against disputes. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • 640. Kellett declared permanent chair. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Will validate total number of delegates before officially switching chairs. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • 1241 still official number of delegates. Chair officially switched. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Actual business of convention now starting. Three and a half hours after we started. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • New chair making point he does not currently endorse any of the four presidential candidates. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Now rules committee report. Will we have another long count to approve rules? #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Nope. Ayes have it. Almost unanimous. But someone asking about amendments. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Proposal to change rules to change way nominations are closed. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Rule proposal allowed easier closing of nominations. Would result in fewer candidates for next level. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Hit 20% batt. Turned on @mophie. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Request to post text of amendment on screen so we can see it before voting. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • They say that is not possible. Really? Reading it again instead. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Lots of people speaking for and against amendment. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • 571 delegates in my LD (44). It will take forever once we get to the actual caucus. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Question called. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Presubmitted candidates already will require 2-3 hours for the 30 second speeches, even without new nominees. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Cloture called. Actual vote too close to call on voice vote. Asking people to stand again. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • BTW I submitted my form to be a delegate to next level, but 90 minutes late so probably won't be on printed ballot. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Standing vote declared to not have 2/3 majority for amendment. Amendment fails. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • New amendment to let each caucus decide how long delegates have to speak instead of fixed 30s. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Somebody left their Lexus outside with the engine running. All morning. Still there apparently. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Now speeches for and against amendment. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • This question now called. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • This amendment also fails. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Now motion to approve full rules. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • LDs can't change their own rules. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Rules adopted. We are now four hours in. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Reviewing requirements for the people who get elected. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Giving instructions on where to go when we split up by LD. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • People started to leave. He said wait, not done, sit down. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Main meeting reconvene at 3. Earlier if LDs finish sooner. (Yeah right!). #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Main merging adjourned. Everybody is supposed to grab their lunches then go to the rooms for their LDs. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Assuming there will also be a run on the bathrooms. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Grabbed my box lunch. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • I have gotten my sheet of paper with the slate of candidates recommended by the Paul campaign. My name is on it. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • I have pens in the car. Just forgot to grab. Have a feeling I will need a pen. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • LD 44 caucus called to order. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Two delegates left. Determining if there are alternates. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Nominations for permanent chair. Three. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • First guy wins easily. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • No long counting. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • I am on the written ballot despite missing the deadline by 90 minutes. Woo! #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Really wanting a pen now. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • The chair is explaining the election and elimination procedures. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • 316 dels. Need 159 votes to be elected. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Someone pointing out duplicate names on ballot. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Borrowed a pen. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Asking everyone to cross out duplicates after 1 by 1 making sure don't actually have people with same name. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • They also have extra pens up front. Have to be black for balloting. My borrowed pen is blue. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • @okwichu That's what the guy said… #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Doing nominations from floor now. Have been for a bit. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • @okwichu they said black works most reliably. Use black "as much as possible". #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • After all nominations 156 people on ballot. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • 315 delegates here after two people left with no alternates. 158 votes to go to state. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • 4 people withdrew from ballot. Down to 152 candidates. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Make that 5. 151 now. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • If you don't want to speak you don't have to. Maybe I won't. :-) #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Speeches starting. This should take about an hour. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • I did speak. Just name number and who I support. And a comment about how long this is. :-) #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Speeches of printed ballot done. Now the people nominated today. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Speeches done!!!!! #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • First round voting now. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Am using my blue pen but trying to be dark. Hope it works. Voting Open Convention Slate on first ballot. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Turned ballot in. Blue pen will probably screw everything. Next time bring pens. Black pens. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • At RP session last week they mentioned a lot of the Mormon men may leave at 4:30 for an important church meeting. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • If all the Romney people plus a few more vote their recommended "Unity Slate" we will be done after one ballot. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • If people ignore slates and just vote for people they liked, we will be here a lot longer for runoffs. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • @okwichu How did the blue/black pen thing work out in #ld41 Any ballots unreadable? #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Now waiting for the first ballot to get counted by machine. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Somebody's birthday. So we are going to sing. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Mike Baumgarder. Running for US Senate. Talking to us while we wait for state. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Baumgartner. Oops. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Spoiler: This won't actually be done at 5. (0 UTC) #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Potty Break. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Paul guy just stopped to tell me they removed someone from the slate. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • It is because in his speech he said he was now for Romney. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Time to catch it would have been BEFORE first vote. :-/ #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #

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