Fundraising Goal REACHED!

WE DID IT! THANK YOU!!!

In order for our state party to have a voice at our upcoming national meeting in Pittsburgh later this month, we needed to raise a total of $1000 to meet our state affiliate obligation. We are now $91 IN EXCESS of that task and still have $286 in outstanding pledges pending. To everyone who helped put us OVER THE TOP, Thank you and God Bless!

Nashville Convention Wrap Up

Former Virginia Congressman, Virgil Goode has been nominated as the Constitution Party’s presidential candidate for 2012. At the national party convention in Nashville, Tennessee on Saturday, Mr. Goode garnered 203 nomination votes. Darrell Castle (TN), the CP’s 2008 vice presidential nominee, received 120 votes, Robby Wells (SC) 58, Susan Ducey (KS) 15, and Laurie Roth (WA) 6.
Read more

Resolution on CP Presidential Candidates

At its April 5, 2012 conference call meeting duly assembled, the CPWV Executive Committee adopted the following resolution regarding endorsement of presidential candidates by our delegates to the national party nominating convention in Nashville, Tennessee.

Whereas, individuals have approached the Constitution Party and the Constitution Party of West Virginia to seek nomination for political office who have not before been affiliated with the Party,

Whereas, we seek candidates who are committed to the Party’s platform,

And, whereas we are interested in attracting candidates who are committed to the long term growth of the Party,

Resolved, therefore, that we the members of the Constitution Party of West Virginia direct our delegates to the National Convention to support only candidates for President who pledge their unqualified endorsement of the Seven Principles of the Party platform, Read more

Nashville Delegation Fund-Raiser

We are SIXTY ONE PERCENT (61%) towards our goal! ~$920 raised so far. B.Q. sent $99. A.J. pledged $25. J.R. pledged $25. J.B. pledged $30. D.S. pledged $100. J.J. pledged $100. C.S. Chipped-In $25. N.R. pledged $100. K.L. pledged $50. J.W. sent $100. G.S. sent $50. B.D. sent $50 and has pledged to send another $50. R.M. sent $10. R.C. sent $40. P.H. sent $25. J.H. pledged $25. M.F. pledged $25. S.B. sent $10. A.M. pledged $20. G.W. pledged $10. K.H. M.R., K.N., R.K., T.W., B.L., M.S., D.Q. and A.B. also sending checks. Thank you all! Remember that we made a commitment to reimburse our delegation for their travel expenses (over $700) to Nashville. Please help us raise the remaining 39%.

Since PayPal takes almost 6%, we would prefer it if you would please send us a personal check instead (made out to “CPWV”) to:

Constitution Party of West Virginia
PO Box 458
Daniels, WV 25832

The Constitution Party of West Virginia has six (6) delegation votes for our presidential candidates this year. So far, there are eight (8) declared candidates for our national party’s presidential nomination. Read more

The Electoral College

At our February 25, 2012 meeting, the Executive Committee of the CPWV unanimously approved the following proposed National Party platform position to be introduced by our delegation at the upcoming national party nominating convention to be held in Nashville, TN in April:

Article II, Section I of the U.S. Constitution states, in part: “Each state shall appoint, in such manner as the legislature thereof may direct, a number of electors, equal to the whole number of senators and representatives to which the state may be entitled in the Congress: but no senator or representative, or person holding an office of trust or profit under the United States, shall be appointed an elector.” This established our Electoral College.

Although the Constitution does not require the states to adhere to any specific manner in electing these electors or how they cast their votes, it suggests, by its wording, that prominent individuals well known in each congressional district, and throughout the states at large, would be elected or appointed as presidential electors. Under one such arrangement, a voter would vote for three individuals, one to represent his district and two “at large” representatives to represent his state. Under another “district ticket” arrangement, the state could be organized into single presidential elector districts equaling the whole number where the voters would then choose only one candidate for each. Either way, these electors, in turn, would then carefully and deliberatively, as participants in the Electoral College assembled, choose the next president. Under this system, each electoral district could select a different candidate if so desired. The candidate with the most electors nationwide would become the next president.

This was the general procedure used until the 1830’s at which time all the states, except for South Carolina, changed to a “general ticket.” Virginia had used the whole number single elector districts method. The Palmetto and Old Dominion states have since conformed and Maine and Nebraska are now the only two states which have returned to the congressional plus at-large district ticket. Inherently, the “general ticket” system causes corruption by the inequitable transfer of power from congressional districts to the states and large cities at the expense of rural communities. And, because individual names of presidential electors are no longer placed on the ballots (having been replaced with typically unlisted slates of party nominated electors) the presidential electors are largely unknown to the voting public.

The Constitution Party therefore encourages states to eliminate the “general ticket” system and return to the procedure intended by the Framers. We additionally encourage the placement of the individual names of presidential electors along with only their city of residence directly on the ballot and in lieu of combined slates or political party affiliation. Furthermore, eliminating the listing of actual political party presidential nominees will go a long way towards developing an informed electorate. Our Constitution established a republican form of government, not a democracy, and as such we are vehemently opposed to the National Popular Vote Plan and any other efforts to either abolish or mitigate the Electoral College.

National CP Meeting, Harrisburg, PA April 29 & 30

The National Committee meeting will start Friday morning, April 29, 2011 at 8:30am at the Harrisburg East Holiday Inn. After lunch there will be a short tour of the Pennsylvania Capitol. The Eastern States Regional meeting will convene Friday at 5pm.
The banquet will be at 7pm. Confirmed speakers for the meeting include Sheriff Richard Mack – former sheriff of Graham County, Arizona, and long-time crusader for freedom and individual rights; John McManus – President of the John Birch Society; Dr. Taylor Haynes – Recipient of an unprecedented Wyoming write-in vote; Robert Owens – Chairman Constitution Party of Ohio; and Congressman Virgil Goode – (R-VA 1997-2009)

Read more

Meet Constitution Party’s Howard Phillips

Candidate says GOP has ‘forfeited any claim on conservative support’

In California, it’s known as the American Independent Party. In Missouri, it’s the U.S. Taxpayers Party, and in Arkansas, the Conservative Party. But by whatever name, supporters of Howard Phillips for president believe they are the party of America’s founding fathers.

Former Arkansas State legislator Jim Bob Duggar (L) with Howard Phillips.

Former Arkansas State legislator Jim Bob Duggar (L) with Howard Phillips.

Officially recognized as the  Constitution Party’s presidential nominee, Phillips will appear on ballots in 42 states this November. He was first nominated in 1992 as the U.S. Taxpayer Party’s presidential candidate in the party’s inaugural convention and again in 1996. Then at the 1999 Labor Day weekend convention, delegates re-identified themselves as the “Constitution Party” and again nominated their founder. Now in his third presidential candidacy, Phillips explained his party’s philosophy.

“We have to have a vision of victory,” he said. “We have to have a plan of winning. Ours is very simple: It is to reduce the federal government to the powers delegated to it by the states and enumerated in the complete text of the Constitution.”

Asked to explain the differences between Constitutionalists and other political parties, the candidate said the differences can be boiled down to each party’s “source of authority.”

Read full article by Julie Foster at WorldNetDaily.