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Douglas County Republicans considering loyalty clause

October 28, 2013

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— Douglas County Republican Party officials are considering the addition of a loyalty clause to their bylaws.

The group's central committee will consider the proposal Nov. 4, along with numerous other bylaw changes.

The state Republican Party has a provision that any person holding an elected party position — precinct leader and up — loses his ability to vote in party matters if he publicly endorses or contributes to a non-Republican candidate in a partisan election in which a Republican is running.

The Douglas County GOP doesn't have that provision but will consider adding it during the meeting.

Clayton Barker, executive director of the state GOP, said Douglas County's bylaws haven't been updated since the 1980s.

So party officials have produced a number of proposed changes.

Douglas County GOP Secretary Kathleen Ammel said the bylaws changes are needed to "make it conform more to the state and other counties' bylaws."

The Kansas Democratic Party does not have a similar loyalty clause.

Other proposals before county Republican officials include reducing the executive committee from seven to three and adding a clause that the county GOP would remain neutral in Republican primaries and non-partisan races.

Comments

Fred Whitehead Jr. 12 months ago

Ah Yes, supression and repression. Typecal Republican values. I"d vote for that.

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Lane Signal 12 months ago

Do they call this the Sheep Provision? Those who have their own opinions need not apply.

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Cait McKnelly 12 months ago

Loyalty to the party over loyalty to the country.
The only political groups I have ever been aware that required this were emperors, the Communist Party in Russia and Hitler.
What happened to the "free thinking" state in which I grew up?

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12 months ago

"The only political groups I have ever been aware that..."

Such loyalty oaths can be found just about everywhere, not just in places Godwin fears to tread:

Virginia Democratic Party Loyalty Oath: "“I certify that ... I do not intend to support, endorse or assist any candidate who is opposed to a Democratic nominee or endorsee in the ensuing election.” http://www.sungazette.net/arlington/news/democratic-loyalty-oath-not-likely-to-disappear-soon/article_1b4b6f80-4699-11e1-a009-0019bb2963f4.html

Florida Democrat Loyalty Oath: "I, , having been duly sworn, say that ... during my term of office, I will not support the election of the opponent of any Democratic nominee nor will I oppose the election of any Democratic nominee; http://www.manateecountydemocrats.com/downloads/LoyaltyOath.pdf

Texas Democrats have a loyalty oath for Presidential candidates: AUSTIN, Texas — A federal appeals court ruled yesterday that the Texas Democratic Party has the right to impose a loyalty oath on candidates seeking the party’s nomination, rejecting a challenge by former presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich of Ohio. http://www.firstamendmentcenter.org/5th-circuit-upholds-texas-democrats-loyalty-oath

That doesn't make them a good idea; they're still a stupid idea. But they are a widespread idea, and not just among scary people.

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