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Another GOP â??rules war’ looms over Tampa

A new rule would permit a vote of three-fourths of the RNC to allow a mid-term convention between presidential election years to make alterations in Rules 1-24, which govern the presidential nomination process.

TAMPA, Fla. — Although Republicans dodged a major fight in Tampa Monday night over a change in rules regarding who selects delegates to the next presidential convention, the GOPâ??s â??rules warsâ? are not yet over. Sometime Tuesday afternoon, delegates assembling for their national convention will deal with another controversy — this time over just when rules for national conventions are spelled out.

â??Theyâ??ll be talking about Rule 12 today,â? David Norcross, former GOP National Committeeman from New Jersey and an expert on party rules, told Human Events Tuesday afternoon. He was referring to a vote on Friday of the Rules Committee that would have permitted a major change in the timing of rules governing the 2016 convention. Republicans traditionally decide their rules for the next national convention at the close of the last one, and there can be no changes in between.

Under Rule 12, however, this would change dramatically. The new rule would permit a vote of three-fourths of the Republican National Committee to allow a mid-term convention or another vehicle between presidential election years to make alterations in Rules 1-24, which govern the presidential nomination process.

Opponents immediately had visions of the Democrats, who opened the door to â??evolving rulesâ? at their 1968 convention, and have had rules change at mid-year or other times since.

As it was in the delegate selection battle, conservatives such as National Committee members Jim Bopp of Indiana immediately began leading the charge against Rule 12. A minority report opposing the changes has been written and the debate and subsequent vote on it today will likely be a rare moment of excitement in Tampa.

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John Gizzi has come to be known as â??the man who knows everyone in Washingtonâ? and, indeed, many of those who hold elected positions and in party leadership roles throughout the United States. With his daily access to the White House as a correspondent, Mr. Gizzi offers readers the inside scoop on whatâ??s going on in the nationâ??s capital. He is the author of a number of popular Human Events features, such as â??Gizzi on Politicsâ? and spotlights of key political races around the country. Gizzi also is the host of â??Gizziâ??s America,â? video interviews that appear on HumanEvents.com. Gizzi got his start at Human Events in 1979 after graduating from Fairfield University in Connecticut and then working for the Travis County (Tex.) Tax Assessor. He has appeared on hundreds of radio and TV shows, including Fox News Channel, C-SPAN, America's Voice,The Jim Bohannon Show, Fox 5, WUSA 9, America's Radio News Network and is also a frequent contributor to the BBC -- and has appeared on France24 TV and German Radio. He is a past president of the Georgetown Kiwanis Club, past member of the St. Matthew's Cathedral's Parish Council, and secretary of the West End Friends of the Library. He is a recipient of the William A. Rusher Award for Journalistic Excellence and was named Journalist of the Year by the Conservative Political Action Conference in 2002. John Gizzi is also a credentialed correspondent at the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. He has questioned two IMF managing directors, Dominique Strauss-Kahn and Christine LaGarde, and has become friends with international correspondents worldwide. Johnâ??s email is JGizzi@EaglePub.Com

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