On August 29, 2015 we gathered in picturesque Winnemucca, Nevada, to complete the work that we started at our Spring Meeting concerning our standing rules for the upcoming 2016 caucuses. The meeting was spirited but, we completed our work by finalizing the caucus rules, and even finished on time! A very special Thank You to the Humboldt County Central Committee for hosting a very successful event.
Earlier this year, when the Nevada Legislature convened, one of the many things that they were charged with was deciding whether or nor Nevada would remain a caucus state or go back to a primary. When the session ended without passage of any of the primary election bills, the decision was made that Nevada would remain a caucus state. Although the Nevada Legislature has the final say, their decision to continue with a caucus was in line with the vote of the Republican Central Committee at the March meeting, which also favored a caucus over a primary.
Once the legislature decided not to support a primary process to establish Nevada’s presidential preference, the NRCC needed to finalize the rules for the caucus, which is the party’s responsibility to operate. Over the last year, a large and very diverse committee of people spent countless hours constructing our rules. They invited all suggestions and took the time to consider all that were submitted. The final work product was sent to the membership with the call to the August meeting.
Prior to the meeting, we were asked by several Presidential campaigns to allow them to preview the rules being considered. Six campaigns, including Governor Jeb Bush, Senator Marco Rubio, Senator Ted Cruz, Senator Rand Paul, Dr. Ben Carson & Governor Scott Walker liked what they saw, but unanimously agreed on a couple of modifications to the rules that would guarantee a fair, transparent and accountable process.
Their proposal was circulated in advance of the meeting. The NRCC membership disagreed with part of their proposal, and successfully amended that section on the floor. The remainder of the bylaws as developed over the last year were adopted by the body on a majority vote, following a 2/3 vote of the body to end debate and move for approval.
The partnership between the campaigns, the Republican National Committee and the members of the Nevada Republican Party to ensure a successful caucus in Nevada is nothing short of historic, and under the direction of our Caucus Director, Greg Bailor, will result in a successful, well attended caucus in 2016.
The rules as passed also guarantee that the votes cast by Nevada Republicans at the caucus will be honored when the Nevada delegation travels to Cleveland. Candidates that earn delegates at the caucus can be assured that they will be properly represented at the 2016 Republican National Convention, and that the voice of every Nevadan that chooses to participate in the caucus will be heard.
Over the next six months we’ll be working with every single Nevada county to ensure that the 2016 caucuses are successful. The Republican National Committee has partnered with the Nevada Republican Party, and together we’re committed to helping each and every county as needed to insure that their needs are met and that they can deliver a successful caucus experience that lets the voice of Nevada voters be heard.
Caucuses can be held in any convenient location. In sparsely populated rural counties, there can literally be a caucus meeting in every single precinct if that makes it more convenient and eliminates travel concerns. In more urban areas, voters may prefer to hold several precinct meetings at regional central locations. The key point is that each county has the option to construct the caucus locations to meet their specific needs. Greg Bailor and the state party will be here to help you with location planning and the logistics to have a successful caucus. Once your plan is in place, we’re ready to assist you with publicity and spreading the word to maximize attendance.
We have six months to hold a caucus that we can all be proud of, and to be successful we must all work together. The Nevada Republican Party will be there to help and we look forward to working together to elect a Republican President in 2016!
The Nevada Republican Party