NRA Board elections
Got my voting issue of the Rifleman. I always recommend a simple practice: I never vote for all 25 (out of 31) that you are allowed to. Usually, all are qualified, but there are a handful that are really essential to operations and activism, and some who are good for that, some carry a heavy workload, some just sit on one committee. Since most people vote for 25 out of 31, the result is that the vote count spreads are very thin, and a hundred or so votes can make the difference for those near the cut-off. The danger in voting for 25 is that one of your "good but not essential" candidates might beat out one of your "essential" candidates.
My personal judgement is that the following are essential:
Jim Porter: lawyer, past president, chairs Legal Affairs Committee, sits on four other committees.
Carol Bambery, pro-gun attorney, chairs Bylaws Committee and the National Firearms Law Seminar, vice-chair of two committees, member of two more. (click here for more information).
Sandy Froman, pro-gun attorney, past President, sits on three committees.
Tom King, State activist, chairs Small-Bore Rifle, sits on four more committees.
Lance Olson, State activist, chairs Gun Collectors, sits on three more.
Bob Sanders, pro-gun attorney, sits on Legal Affairs and on the Civil Rights Defense Fund.
Steve Shreiner, busy Colorado activist, sits on GrassRoots, holds Bronze Star with V for valor and Silver Star, both from Vietnam.
I'm probably biased -- four out of seven are pro-gun attorneys, and I have more opportunity to see them in action. On the other hand, I know they all show up for each meeting unless there is a compelling reason otherwise.
On the Grover Norquist recall, I'm voting no. The committee recommended that vote, after his accuser failed to show up for the hearing, and the committee found that he was stuck in California on the date when his accuser claimed he was in his office in DC.