Thursday, August 28, 2008


America's Independent Party has nominated Brian Rohrbough of Colorado as their vice-presidential candidate to serve on the AIP ticket with Alan Keyes.

Mr. Rohrbough is national president of American Right to Life, and his son was killed in the Columbine High School shootings.

Up till now the vice-presidential slot has been filled by "favorite sons" from the states. We had Marvin Sprouse as the Texas "stand-in", and since the convention was held two days after the
deadline, he remains the official candidate. If Keyes wins a plurality in Texas, the change will be made by the electors.

Which is probably to our advantage, since "Sprouse" is easier to spell than "Rohrbough".


Our paperwork has been accepted for Alan Keyes to be an official write-in candidate for President of the United States in Texas. Hip-hip-hooray!

The required number of electors is 34, but we got 49, so we can have plenty of back-up in case any of our signatures is not accepted.

Marvin Sprouse, state chairman, met workers for lunch and then participants went together to the Secretary of State's office to turn the forms in, complete with signs and funny hats. The folks at the SOS office got in on the merriment, even furnishing some of the hats.

Most of our thanks go to Marvin, who literally drove all over the state to get signatures. Also to Nancy Goettman of San Antonio and all the other local grassroots workers, for their assistance.

Friday, July 4, 2008


Anyone who wants some commonsense training on how to spread Alan's message should take part in Marvin Sprouse's conference calls Monday nights starting at 7 pm Central time. The first call will take place on July 7.

This is for Keyesters all over the nation, but since Marvin is our Texas chairman, we Texans need to pay special attention.

The phone number is (712) 421-7406, and the code is 7265#. Be there if at all possible.

Sunday, June 29, 2008


California's American Independent Party has voted to change its affiliation from the Constitution Party to America's Independent Party, a new party organized by supporters of Dr. Alan Keyes to serve as a vehicle for his election for President.

This makes the new party the third largest in the nation in registered voters. And that, even before the website is finished!

Certain liberal factions have been trumpeting, "As California goes, so goes the nation" in view of recent court decisions from that state. Here's hoping that the adage will be a wake-up call for us, and taps for them!

Sunday, June 22, 2008


I took my own advice and went to the Juneteenth celebration here. As far as fun is concerned, it wasn't much. Texas is still a Southern state, and as a result most of the black people were the pitmasters at the cook-offs, while the white guys sat around and shot the breeze to the background of 35-year-old country music. So much for good jazz.

However, it was impressed upon me once again that the best results are one on one. I found a lot of people who supported Alan but didn't know he's still running, before I, unprotected by the natural SPF of African-Americans, Hispanics, and cowboy types, had to get home to avoid sunburn.

Monday, June 16, 2008


June 19, or "Juneteenth", is a peculiarly Texan observance for the African-American community. It marks the date when Texas slaves heard about the Emancipation Proclamation, two years late. In recent years it has spread beyond Texas until it is observed over most of the United States.

Unlike Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday in January, which celebrates civil rights, it is a free-form, family, picnic-style holiday. However, it offers opportunity to circulate among the participants and tell them that there is another African-American candidate for President who is conservative and does not look on minorities as victims.

Since June 19th is on Thursday, many celebrations will extend into the weekend. Our own town's will continue through this Saturday, and mainly consists of cook-offs for every possible "soul food" delicacy (including fajitas--go figure!) and plenty of jazz, of course.

Don't miss this opportunity to have some fun and promote Alan Keyes.

Thursday, May 29, 2008


This morning I got on my scooter and went to our local elections office, which is two or three blocks away from my home. The elections administrator is a friend of mine, as her family attends my church.

The voting machines we use are from Hart, a small notebook-like gizmo about the size of a legal-sized pad. The voter controls his answers by way of a disk he spins with a finger. I had voted several times this way, and once had been an election clerk with these machines. I asked her how this kind of setup would handle a write-in.

She said that write-in candidates would be posted on a card in every voting booth, and the system would bring up either an alphabet or a "QUERTY" (I don't know which) on the screen where the name could be could be spelled out using the disk.

As for spelling, she said that she would give the voter "the benefit of the doubt"; however I suspect that many counties would not be as understanding, so we need to remember "Alan has one "L" and an "A", and Keyes has two "E's".

She told me that they had run write-in elections on a local basis before--one of the write-in candidates had actually won.

We talked somewhat at length about the Hart machines being "hacker proof". She was a bit miffed that people were always wanting to go back to paper ballots when the paper ones were a lot easier to cheat on than the new machines.

While I was there I signed by oath to be a deputy registrar until the end of December. I decided that it would be better for my retirement community, as many might forget to mail it in.

Sunday, May 18, 2008


The best way to start a write-in campaign is to visit the elections office of your particular county. We need some education, and we need to be familiar with the people we will be working with.

Elections officials are supposed to be non-partisan, and this trek will prove whether your own elections people really are. It's best to find a particular individual to work with throughout the campaign.

Your first objective will be educational--learning how to find Alan Keyes on the write-in ballot. Yes, he may be on the ballot, especially in counties with electronic voting machines. He will be in a place that is hard to find, however. And it's your job to tell people how to access him when they vote.

Then, you will need to be sworn in as a deputy registrar, which will oil the hinges of your registration campaign which ends a month before Election Day. If the elections office isn't too accessible from your home, though, forget about this step, for you will be required to turn in the voter registration cards within a very short period of time. The availability of parking needs to be factored in.

The only reason you will need to be a registrar is to collect the cards yourself instead to having the voter mail them in. I will need to be a registrar because I live in a senior community and people around here tend to forget things like mailing cards in.

In any case, you may need to pick up a supply of the blank cards. Unless you live in a very uncooperative county, they will be readily available.

Since this is Sunday, I will have to go over to the voter office sometime nest week. I will post my own results then.

Friday, May 9, 2008


If this looks like a blog used in the Alan Keyes ballot access petition campaign, it is meant to be that way. We changed the name and URL of the blog, but that is all.

The question is, how do you run a write-in campaign, especially for President of the United States? Name recognition is the key. We want to plaster Alan's name, his picture, his voice, and especially his ideas all over Texas.

Tall order, you say? We want to prove that a grassroots campaign will work, tied together with internet posts, a web site, emails, and a lot of conference calls with the candidate and with his helpers (You notice I didn't say "handlers". Alan can not be handled, and if anything, he handles us!)

It's a big job for a big state, and we Texans will do it big, as we always do.