How to Deal With Campus Weenies

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Harvard has something to learn from Ohio State University:

Ohio State Vice President Jay Kasey paid the protesters a visit shortly after the occupation began, with a message from the president.

“Dr. Drake will never receive a list of demands and he will not negotiate with you,” Kasey calmly informed the group before moving on to the next part of his conversation, which included the university’s own list of demands.

“If you refuse to leave, then you will be charged with a student code of conduct violation,” Kasey said. “If you are here at 5:00 a.m. we will clear the building and you will be arrested.” He added, “We will give you the opportunity to go to jail for your beliefs.”

“What do you mean by ‘clear the building?’” one of the stunned students asked.

Kasey didn’t mince words: “Our police officers will physically pick you up and take you to a paddy wagon,” he answered. “The people who work in this building should be protected also.”

The protesters vacated by 12:30.

A List of States Where Trump is Facing Delegate Setbacks

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Quote of the Day

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April 14, 2016
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Ted Cruz:

“I believe the first ballot will be the highest vote total Donald Trump receives. And on a subsequent ballot, we’re going to win the nomination and earn the majority.”

How Team Cruz Won Colorado

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April 13, 2016
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Through hard work: Colorado has 64 counties. As a state party official (Vice Chairman) I log a lot of miles in support of county GOP operations. In the past two months I’d been to many county meetings, Lincoln Day Dinners and other fund raisers, attended both county and congressional assemblies, plus other less-formal grassroots...

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The Delegate Battle

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The Last Candidate to Play the Delegate Game This Well Was…

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April 12, 2016
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…Ronald Reagan in 1976:

Like Trump today, the Ford team complained about Reagan’s tactics. As Craig Shirley recounts in his masterful history of the 1976 campaign, Ford’s chief delegate hunter, James Baker, complained to Time magazine that Ford’s people were being “out hustled” by Reagan, declaring “These Reagan people don’t care; they’re absolutely ruthless. They want all of it.” Reagan traveled across the county addressing state and local conventions, and called uncommitted delegates inviting them to private dinners (adding “By the way, do you mind if I bring along John Wayne and Jimmy Stewart?”).

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Ted Cruz is out-hustling Trump. On Saturday, Cruz spoke at Colorado’s state GOP convention and shut Trump out, winning all 34 of the state’s pledged delegates. Trump complained: “There was no voting. I didn’t go out there to make a speech or anything.” Well, whose fault is that?

Poll: How Many Trump Delegates Will Defect To Cruz After the First Ballot?

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April 12, 2016
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Two-thirds of the Republican national convention delegates are allocated by state conventions or state parties. Such delegates are unbound after the first or second ballots. So:

How many Trump delegates will defect to Cruz after the first ballot?

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How Ted Cruz Will Salvage Delegates From New York

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April 12, 2016
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With voter targeting:

The Texas senator is targeting the state’s heavy Orthodox Jewish population, its most conservative districts upstate and those New York City districts with the fewest registered Republicans.

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There’s parts of NYC where there’s virtually no Republicans voting. By congressional districts, you can pick off a delegate with 2,000 votes,” Republican strategist Susan Del Percio of New York told MSNBC, noting that New York’s 8th Congressional District – where Brighton Beach is – is in a district with just 27,000 registered Republican voters. Cruz’s campaign strategy signals his interest in these sparsely conservative districts. He campaigned on Wednesday in the Bronx, where there’s just 17,000 Republicans in the state’s 15th District, and after making matzo, Cruz headed to meet with Brooklyn business owners at a Marriott near the Brooklyn Bridge. That’s in the state’s 7th District, which has 19,000 registered Republicans.

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While the state’s overall winner gets 14 delegates, New York doles out the other 81 delegates proportionally: A candidate who wins a majority of the vote earns all three of that district’s delegates. It’s a key threshold for all the candidates – if the winner gets under 50 percent of the vote, the second-place candidate earns a delegate too.

“Even though it’s considered Trump’s, the threshold to get delegates is 50 percent,” McLaughlin said. If Trump “doesn’t get 50 percent in the 27 congressional districts, though he may win, he’ll only gets two delegates.”

The third delegate? It’ll go to Cruz if he can come in second in those districts.

Quote of the Day

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New York Mayor Bill DeBlasio:

“Sorry, Hillary. I was running on C.P. time.”

Cruz Now Meets Rule 40’s Requirements

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A majority in at least eight states:

The Colorado win now gives Cruz the 8th states he needs to meet the Rule 40 (b) requirement, adding CO to TX, ME, KS, ID, ND, UT and WI. More importantly, though, from Utah until now Cruz has won the delegate race: 128 delegates for Cruz, 7 delegates for Trump, 0 delegates for Kasich. Cruz is crushing it. The race has become a race for delegate accumulation, and by shutting Trump down in Utah, North Dakota, Wisconsin and Colorado, Cruz has shifted the terrain enough to make it much harder for Trump to get to 1237. Should Cruz keep Trump under 50% in New York, and force a split of New York’s delegates, and have Kasich and Cruz both be over 20%, the split in delegates may be something like: 54 Trump, 11 Kasich, 30 Cruz. Then Trump’s hill will become steep to the point of impossible.

Cruz Turns Iowa Into Winner-Take-All State

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Iowa’s convention delegates are supposed to be allocated through various complicated mechanics, so that no single candidate gets all the delegates. But Ted Cruz’s organizing efforts have locked up practically all the delegates:

Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz captured 11 of the 12 national party convention delegates chosen at four party meetings held across Iowa on Saturday.

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Iowa will send a total of 30 delegates to the national convention — the 12 selected on Saturday, 15 “at-large” delegates elected as a slate at next month’s state convention and three statewide party leaders.

Cruz supporters may be poised to secure even more of those slots after packing the party committee that will choose the slate of 15 at-large delegates. Across the four conventions, Cruz backers won five seats on the eight-member nominating committee, giving them a strong voice in filling out Iowa’s Cleveland delegation.

Quote of the Day

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April 7, 2016
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Bill Clinton, to [Only] Black Lives Matter protesters:

“You are defending the people who killed the lives you say matter.”

How long before Hillary apologizes and says she disagrees with her husband?