The RNC Spring Meeting in Los Angeles was an important meeting in many regards. Our conservative caucus met for a dinner and breakfast before the meetings, and where there only used to be a handful of members in this caucus, we are now over 100 (a clear majority of the 168-member committee).
First of all there was, and still is, much consternation over the 2012 rules. Rule 16 was changed; the net effect of those changes is:
No presidential candidate (including a presumptive nominee) shall have the power to remove a duly-elected convention delegate
Duly-elected delegates shall vote as they are bound (per state party rules) until the binding conditions no longer apply; to do otherwise results in the delegate being deemed as having resigned (and the state party chairman having the authority to override the vote)
Any statewide presidential preference vote that permits a choice among candidates for the Republican nomination for President in a primary, caucus, or convention must be used to allocate and bind the state’s delegation to the national convention
However, there is yet a push to take another look at several other rules for the RNC meeting this summer.
I met with Reince Priebus, Morton Blackwell and a few others prior to the regular meetings to broker a deal in an attempt to satisfy those who felt disenfranchised by the 2012 rules changes. We were about 85% in agreement until a break was called, and I had to leave earlier for the resolutions committee meeting where my Core Resolution was being taken up. Talks broke down after the break and Blackwell was not willing to compromise any further, so his original rule change (to strip out all 2012 changes and go back to the 2008 rules) […]