The fight for the RNC chairmanship is so very on. Voting begins Friday night.
Here's a pretty good summary of maneuverings to date. When a party controls the White House, the President effectively hand-selects the chairman. But this year, with no heir apparent, we have a wide-open race with six candidates.
There are only 168 people who actually get to vote for RNC chairman, so sometimes the RNC elects someone who the general public has never heard of.
But lest anyone think that this is a closed process, remember:
Go to caucus.
Get elected precinct committeeperson and you get to vote for the executive board of the county party (which, incidentally, happens on February 7 in Larimer County).
If you're on the executive board of the county party, you get to vote on the Chairman and National Committeepersons of the state party.
If you're the Chairman or National Committeeperson of the state party, you get one of the 168 votes for RNC chairman.
So you, too, can have a say in who leads the RNC.
Colorado gets three votes:
Chairman Dick Wadhams (who has endorsed Saul Anuzis)
National Committeeman Mark Hillman (who has endorsed Ken Blackwell)
National Committeewoman Lilly Nunez
National party chairmen essentially serve three roles:
They raise money.
They serve as spokesperson for the party.
They hire and manage the RNC staff.
That's not always the same skill set. Someone might be a telegenic and charismatic spokesman but lack the discipline to get on the phone and dial-for-dollars. Sometimes the best organizers and administrators are completely inept at making the case to the public.
The innovation was hailed as "world changing" by public interest
advocates who trumpeted "WiFi for the people." Venture capitalists
dusted off their dot.com PowerPoint slides, showing the enormous
opportunity. "Ultimately, it all boils down to disruptive economics," touted
(PDF) one VC at a 2005 trade show. "The history of technology shows
that Cheap and Good Enough always wins over expensive and
New York City, New Orleans, Portland, Chicago, Houston, Atlanta, Miami,
Washington D.C., Boston all moved to seed wireless clouds. Earthlink,
Google, Microsoft, Intel, Earthlink and a gaggle of corporate boosters
joined the crusade. By Summer 2006, a law review article
pronounced the issue decided: "Citywide WiFi as a public service is no
longer a bureaucratic pipe dream, but has the backing of America’s
Today the muni WiFi experiment is a shambles. The Philadelphia system
was abandoned by Earthlink in June, and sold for scrap. It never
performed as promised, and served fewer than 6,000 subscribers out of a
population of 1.6 million. It had promised to serve tens of thousands
of low-income households; the final tally of such users: 902. Those who
did sign-up for $6.95 per month found slow speeds and spotty coverage.
Alas, even tech-savvy early adopters eager to sip lattés while browsing
via broadband were disappointed...
Boston, Houston, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Chicago—all have gone bust. New
York City, early on the bandwagon, got bogged down in politics, and now
has simply given up. "We don't think municipal WiFi will succeed," offers a city official.
Fueled by the double helix of technological bravado and political hype, the war cry for muni WiFi was "market failure."
So imagine my shock when I saw how some nurses recently treated my elderly aunt.
Annie was a stoical Yorkshire woman, and a devout Christian; she’d
dedicated her life to helping others, training as a nurse and midwife
before moving to Africa, where she set up several hospitals and nursing
She was so committed to helping the poor that she undertook a
postgraduate study on kwashiorkor - a muscle-wasting tropical disease
caused by malnutrition.
Yet, with appalling irony, 50 years later my aunt spent her twilight
months wasting away in an NHS hospital - as a result of malnutrition.
Only this time the cause was a very British disease: neglectful care.
Nurses consistently failed to wash her for months, feed her or give her
anything to drink - basics that any patient should expect. By the time
my aunt was discharged into a nursing home - frail and disorientated
-she weighed just 36kg.
Even though I knew she had been becoming more dependent on others
before this, I was shocked by what I found when I visited her: she was
slumped sideways in a large chair, with her hair unkempt and in a gown
four sizes too big.
Part of the gown had fallen off her right shoulder, exposing her
naked chest in full view of the patient in the bed next to her - an
I was very upset, but when I complained to the nurse in charge, she just shrugged her shoulders.
The agenda focuses on five major themes -- job creation/preservation
and workforce issues; transportation; energy; health care; and water
Reporter Herald (Including Sidebar on the Marostica transparency proposal):
Lobbying for job creation will be the Northern Colorado Legislative Alliance’s top priority this legislative session.
“We have got to get these existing businesses back to thriving,” said
Maury Dobbie of the Northern Colorado Economic Development Corp. on
Tuesday morning during the legislative alliance’s 2009 legislative