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GOP hopes Cleveland debate and convention will turn must-win Ohio red

Well Trump may steal the headlines on Thursday, but the GOP is hoping for something more strategic:

But Republican leaders are delighted by one aspect of the debate: the attention it will shower on Ohio, a state they hope to bring back into the Republican fold in the 2016 election. The ultimate bellwether state in presidential politics, Ohio is the site of next Thursday’s debate because, just under a year from now, it will host the 2016 convention in the same Cleveland sports arena.

“We will have thousands of Ohio Republican volunteers and activists converging on Cleveland next summer,” said Mark R. Weaver, a Republican strategist in the state. “They will be re-energized, signed up and ready to rock.”

Despite the intense television exposure of a national convention, the hoopla-driven events have proved to be poor predictors of a party’s success in a state. Both Democrats and Republicans lost the battleground states where they picked their nominees three years ago.

By some accounts, a home-state convention is a double-edged sword, which may explain why Republicans have not won the state where they chose their nominee since 1992. Continue Reading...

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Taxpayer funding for national political conventions stripped #DNC16 #RNC16

Expect to see leaner conventions from now on…

Congress managed to do its job last week, passing legislation to boost research funding for pediatric disorders and presenting a bill to President Obama that the White House says he’ll sign. The nation should be dancing in the streets (Congress actually accomplished something and for sick children, no less!) but the national party committees are less-than-pleased about the cost.

The Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act, which was championed by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, provides $126 million over 10 years to fund research into pediatric autism, cancer, and other diseases. But it’s paid for by taking away taxpayer funding for national political conventions. Continue Reading...

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Phoenix is hot… but we don’t have hurricanes #RNC16 #DNC16

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton courted both Republicans and Democrats here this week in an effort to persuade leaders of one of the political parties to hold its national convention in Phoenix in 2016.

“Phoenix will be rolling out the red carpet for whichever party is wise enough to choose Phoenix for their convention,” Stanton said Friday.

Stanton, a Democrat, joined Mesa Mayor Scott Smith, a Republican, in making a pitch to members of the Republican National Committee at the group’s winter meeting here this week. Stanton and Smith were here for a separate meeting of the nonpartisan U.S. Conference of Mayors. Continue Reading...

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Salt Lake already looking towards 2016

They haven’t even lost 2012 yet, but already Salt Lake is looking ahead:

“Sometime in the future I think there is a very good chance Utah will get it.  Now, if we win the Presidency in 2012, then obviously going into 2016 whoever is President gets to make that selection, it’s not quite the same process.  But if we don’t, then I think there is a very good chance that we could get it in 2016.  But sometime it’ll come to Utah,” said [Utah Republican Party chairman Dave] Hansen.

And Western Republicans aren’t happy: Continue Reading...

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Democratic Convention Watch: Florida and Michigan Delegate Status – 5/17

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Florida and Michigan Delegate Status – 5/17

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With the looming 5/31 meeting of the DNC Rules & Bylaws Committee, it seems that there is increasing pressure to find a workable solution that allows all sides to get most of what they want while saving face.

It may be that no one wants to find out how the RBC would try to cut the baby of Florida and Michigan in half, so it’s in everyone’s interests to find a solution that works. Continue Reading...

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Democratic Convention Watch: Superdelegate Comments

Thursday, May 01, 2008

Superdelegate Comments

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In order to speed up the superdelegate list and relieve our commenters from the annoying error message that blogger can’t seem to fix we’ve decided to make a change with superdelegate comments.

Please post all superdelegate comments here. As always… only comment on new or rumored superdelegate endorsements. All other comments should be in a relevant comment or in our Open Thread. Continue Reading...

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Democratic Convention Watch: Florida DNC appeal may bring back FL superdelegates

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Florida DNC appeal may bring back FL superdelegates

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Starting to percolate on the newswire is an appeal by DNC Floridian Jon Ausman. He is stating that DNC rules prohibit the Rules Committee from:

a.) stripping Florida’s superdelegates of being seated at the national convention and
b.) stripping Florida of all of its pledged delegates. He states that the penalty called for is a penalty of 1/2 of delegates (similar to what the RNC did to Florida and Michigan). Continue Reading...

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Democratic Convention Watch: Hurricanes hurt Tampa’s GOP bid

Friday, September 29, 2006

Hurricanes hurt Tampa’s GOP bid

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I’ve argued here and here that it’s just not fair to rule out coastal cities as hosts of political conventions because of hurricanes. Five conventions have been held in hurricane prone cities in recent years: Houston – 1992, New Orleans – 1988, Miami Beach: 1968 (Rep) and 1972 (both Dem and Rep). Add Tampa, Orlando, Jacksonville, Charlotte, and even Philadelphia, New York and Boston, and you’ve got a lot of potential cities that could be hit by a hurricane. Well unfortunately for Tampa, Tropical Storm Ernesto was headed toward Florida in late August, and it looks like the GOP did not want to take a chance:

Tampa bid organizers said [Ken] Mehlman, [chairman of the Republican National Committee] told them the threat of hurricanes cost them the convention. Continue Reading...

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Democratic Convention Watch: Denver Dem expects a mid-November decision

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Denver Dem expects a mid-November decision

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The Denver Business Journal reports:

Denver attorney Steve Farber, a partner at Brownstein Hyatt & Farber and a chair of the [Denver 2008] host committee [said] “They’ll probably negotiate two contracts and pick one. I think we’ll hear [from the Democratic National Committee] in mid-November.” Continue Reading...

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Democratic Convention Watch: GOP selects St. Paul/Minneapolis

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

GOP selects St. Paul/Minneapolis

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While the Democrats moved first in picking convention dates and visiting cities, the GOP, realizing they needed to move fast to get their first choice, announced today that they have chosen St. Paul/Minneapolis as the site of their 2008 convention. New York, Cleveland and Tampa/St. Petersburg were also in the running. The convention will be held at St. Paul’s Xcel Center, just as the Democrats were going to do. This leaves the Democrats with Denver and New York as their final two choices.

CQ notes: Continue Reading...

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