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Mo. GOP reschedules St. Charles County caucus

Friday, March 23, 2012

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- One of Missouri's largest Republican areas will try again to participate in the GOP presidential nomination process after a fracas forced the cancellation of the first caucus.

The Missouri Republican Party announced Friday that the St. Charles County caucus has been rescheduled for 7 p.m. April 10 at the convention center in St. Charles. State Republican Party Chairman David Cole will serve as temporary chairman until participants choose a caucus chairman.

The March 17 caucus at a high school gym in St. Peters turned chaotic and adjourned without selecting delegates for Missouri's congressional district conventions in April and the state GOP convention in June. Some of the crowd was upset by rules imposed by county Republican leaders, including a ban on audio and video equipment.

Supporters of Ron Paul and Mitt Romney also were upset about county GOP chairman Eugene Dokes' decision to recognize only one nomination for caucus chairman. Two Paul supporters were arrested for trespassing when they were allegedly told to leave but refused to do so. One of them tried to reconvene the caucus outside.

"Since Saturday, we have reviewed our options to determine the best way to move forward while ensuring that the voice of St Charles has been heard," Cole said. "We have concluded that the only proper remedy for this situation is to schedule a new St Charles County caucus."

St. Charles, Missouri's third largest county, is heavily Republican. Rick Santorum celebrated there in February after winning Missouri's non-binding primary, which was little more than a straw poll.

Cole said it is important that the county play a role in the selection process. He also said audio and video recording devices will be allowed at the April 10 caucus.

"I want to make it clear to the people of St. Charles County that we will conduct this caucus in a fair, honest and transparent manner," he said.

Dokes said the plan for the rescheduled caucus, including allowing recording equipment, is fine with him.

"All I care about at this point is the county will get the representation it needs in the presidential selection process," Dokes said.

Despite the problems in St. Charles County, Cole said most of the state's caucuses were well-run. St. Louis city and Jackson County will hold their caucuses Saturday. The rescheduled St. Charles County caucus will be the last of the state's local caucuses.

The congressional district caucuses and statewide convention will select most of the 52 Missouri delegates to the Republican National Convention, and caucus-goers are free to make their own selections.

Cole said he favors a return to a binding primary for 2016 and he anticipates that leaders of both parties will consider a primary.

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"Most of the state's caucuses were well run."


-- Posted by Givemeliberty on Sat, Mar 24, 2012, at 7:31 AM

Eugene Dokes is a Hero

This really is cause to rejoice for America!!! Think about it.... Eugene Dokes is a hero of equality! May his name be uttered through time in reverence!

Finally we have a lying cheating establishment entrenched black conservative Republican!!!

Now we can close the book on this affirmative action and diversity bull and start judging people rather on the content of their character!!!!

No more need for political group-speak. We are finally, and truly can be,,, recognized as individuals with unalienable rights at last! Think of the all the laws and bureaucracies that will just fall away now that we have reached this incredible plateau of humanity!!!!!

No more need for all these advocacy groups. We can actually use our Constitution to define and defend our liberties as individuals without tens of thousands of regulations. No more lobbyist needed to pit one group of free individuals against another group of free individuals so that the government can regulate both and take the rights from all involved!!!!

Thanks to Mr Dokes! Because of you we can finally be free and responsible individual citizens with liberty for all and special treatment for none!!!!

Yay!!! We have finally made it America!!! Abe Lincoln and Dr. King are high-fiving in heaven today.

-- Posted by fyi2day on Sun, Mar 25, 2012, at 1:43 AM

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