Caucus time nearing in SD

It’s getting near that time when delegates will be chosen from South Dakota to go and vote at the 2012 GOP convention in Tampa, Florida.

The hardest part about caucusing this year could be rolling the dice on who to support. In 2008 it was essentially understood that delegates wanting to attend the convention needed to caucus for John McCain.

How do I become a National Convention delegate?

It is a three-part process to become a delegate to the National Convention.

First, there will be a county ?caucus? held at 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 1, at the county seat in your county. The meetings will be advertised in the legal newspaper in the county so be sure to watch for the location. At that county caucus meeting, you will break up into groups according to what Presidential candidate you support. In your ?Presidential group,? you will elect three people from amongst yourselves to go on to the next levels in the process ? the Regional and Statewide ?Caucus? meetings.

Second will be the Regional Caucus at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 10, at the Casey Tibb?s Rodeo Center in Ft. Pierre. At that meeting, you will split up by Presidential candidate you support and then by regions:

1. Minnehaha 2. Davison, Douglas, Hutchinson, Turner, Lincoln, Bon Homme, Yankton, Clay and Union 3. Aurora, Grant, Clark, Codington, Hamlin, Deuel, Kingsbury, Brookings, Sanborn, Miner, Moody, Lake, Hanson, and McCook 4. Jerauld, Roberts, Marshall, Day, Brown, Spink, Beadle, Hand, Hyde, Faulk, Edmunds, McPherson, Potter and Walworth 5. Butte, Harding, Perkins, Corson, Ziebach, Dewey, Sully, Hughes, Haakon, Stanley, Jackson, Jones, Lyman, Mellette, Shannon, Bennett, Todd, Tripp, Gregory, Campbell, Buffalo, Brule and Charles Mix 6. Custer, Fall River, Lawrence, Meade and Pennington

Region 1 (Minnehaha County) will select five delegates and one alternate. Regions 2-5 will select four delegates and four alternates. Region 6 will select five delegates and five alternates. You have to decide at this meeting if you are planning to run as a delegate or an alternate – you can?t switch later. Those people who are elected at the Regional level will advance on to the Statewide Caucus.

Third is the Statewide Caucus at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 10, at the Casey Tibb?s Rodeo Center in Ft. Pierre. You will split up according to the Presidential candidate that

you support and will select from those people who won at the Regional level 25 delegates and 25 alternates. The names of those people who are elected will go on the June 5 primary ballot under the name of the Presidential candidate they support.

If you are one of the delegates or alternates selected, there is one final hurdle before you get to go to the National Convention ? your candidate has to receive at least 20 percent of the vote in the primary. If more than one Presidential candidate receives over 20 percent of the vote, they will split the number of delegates and alternates going to the National Convention on a proportional basis.

Who will be the candidate(s) that don’t clear 20% in our June primary?

16 Replies to “Caucus time nearing in SD”

  1. insomniac

    This has the making of being the most exciting convention in decades! Perhaps since Reagan/Ford in ’76.

  2. Springer

    aye oee, IP, Larry, etc – it must be wonderful to be so wise and intelligent??! Some things just never change (sadly).

  3. grudznick

    Which of you fellows sent me that letter that said I’m “bannished” from caucusing this year? I know my friend Bill would have not sent it from Sioux Falls, so it can’t be him. Plus, he usually sends pictures.

  4. Stan Gibilisco

    Well, Mitt Romney just died for me. He’s willing to consider imposing a value-added tax (VAT). I’d just as soon see a return of the draft. Romney’s nothing more than Obama Lite.

    Newt Gingrich is the only guy left standing for the Republicans in my view.

    Heck, I might as well vote Libertarian and hit the sack on election night knowing that I followed my spirit. We’re all going down the drain no matter who wins, anyway.

    1. BF

      Stan, you just might get your wish. I’m hearing claims from the Ron Paul folks that they have a lot (perhaps most) of the GOP delegates lined up so far. Recall that delegates can vote for whomever they please.

      1. Stan Gibilisco

        I drew draft lottery number 29 in 1972. I was all ready to enlist in the Air Force so I could use my electronics and communications skills to become an officer. Then Nixon called off the whole thing. I can’t say I’m sorry about that.

        Originally, I put my support behind whoever would have the best chance to beat Obama in the general election. That was Romney, and it’s apparently still Romney. But his statement to the Wall Street Journal in which he refuses to rule out a VAT — well, he might have finally brought me to my senses. He might actually be worse than Obama.

        No one wants to seriously bring up details about tax reform in an election year. Why? Because they’re afraid that if they show their real cards, we’ll vote against them. Dang — I think I jolly well might vote for Ron Paul. I agree with almost everything that he says, for godsakes.

        1. Les

          Very good Stan, I will vote for Paul as well. I’m also hoping he has more delegates lined up than meet the eye. I do not agree with Paul when he states Romney could beat Obama and think anyone including Paul to beat Obama will need a miracle.

          That said, my friends headed to enlist and being younger than most I had a little time. The lottery came when I needed it. 326, the only lottery I’ve ever won and undoubtedly the most important.

          Electronic communications Stan, my world as well. How about the fair tax? Why does it seem to get no support?

  5. BF

    My hope is that the candidates for POTUS this time are Obama, Paul, and Santorum. Three completely different points of view, representing what I think is a good representative sampling of the American voting populace.

    Am I leaving out the stratospheric income earners by excluding Romney?

    Yes.

    They will have plenty of involvement via their special, SCOTUS- mandated, elitist, privileged political status whereby money equals free speech and corporations are people. They don’t need a candidate… especially not one like Romney who doesn’t really stand for anything anyway.

    Having super-pacs backing Romney would be redundant, wouldn’t it?

    I mean, there’s no “there” there. Just money.

  6. Anonymous

    Just want to thank you for your great canidates your putting out .Obama will beat all you send, not that he is any good but you dont have anything better to beat him.