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2016 Republican National Convention

GOP 2016 date is earliest since 1980

by: Matt

Wed Jan 14, 2015 at 21:45:43 PM EST

With a date of July 18th this is the earliest GOP convention since the 1980 Reagan convention in Detroit which started on July 14, 1980.

It also the earliest of either major party since the Clinton Dem convention in NY which started July 13, 1992.

Is going back to July conventions a mistake? With social media, and all the web-based news outlets, it's certainly easier to get coverage in the dead of summer than it might have been 22 or 34 years ago. But a late August convention, leading into September just as many voters are starting to pay attention, still seems preferable to me.

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GOP announces July 18-21st for #RNC2016 in Cleveland

by: Oreo

Wed Jan 14, 2015 at 19:42:40 PM EST


WASHINGTON – The Republican National Committee has selected July 18-21 as the official dates for the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio.

"I'm pleased to announce the 2016 Republican National Convention will kick off on July 18," said RNC Chairman Reince Priebus.  "A convention in July is a historic success for our party and future nominee.  The convention will be held significantly earlier than previous election cycles, allowing access to crucial general election funds earlier than ever before to give our nominee a strong advantage heading into Election Day.  
“We're excited to continue working with our partners in Cleveland and we look forward to showcasing everything the city has to offer to our delegates and the world in 2016.”
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Cleveland's Hopkins Airport will be ready for #RNC2016 influx

by: Oreo

Wed Jul 23, 2014 at 11:43:46 AM EDT

Hopkins' terminal also will be refreshened by the summer of 2016 when GOP delegates fly in.

The $20 million renovation of the terminal's façade and ticketing lobby was supposed to wrap up in 2017. However, Smith said this week that the airport will accelerate the work to have "substantial completion by May 2016."

Other improvements already scheduled to be done by mid-2016: Upgrades to airport signs at Hopkins and Burke Lakefront Airport, a new waiting area and parking lot canopy system at the Hopkins rental car facility, and terminal refurbishing and construction of a new Landmark Aviation Executive hangar for private jets at Burke. - Plain Dealer

 We all know how important it is to have your airport "refreshened" before a convention

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Cleveland Reactions

by: Matt

Wed Jul 09, 2014 at 22:39:35 PM EDT

  • Jonathan Bernstein says convention choices and dates won't make a difference
  • 538 also says the convention host city has little effect in November.
  • But why did the RNC pick Cleveland over Dallas? Money, a downtown, and, Ohio, Ohio, Ohio
  • The convention will be held at the Quicken Loans Arena. But will they hold the 4th night outside?
  • The RNC will be held June 27th (groundbreaking) or July 18th (not so much) depending on how the Cavaliers do that year
  • Politico explains why the RNC is having an earlier convention. Hint: It's all about the money. The DNC, not worried about the money, still plans for a late August/early September gathering.
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What does the #RNC2016 choice of Cleveland mean for #DNC2016?

by: DocJess

Wed Jul 09, 2014 at 05:56:14 AM EDT

And so it's "The Mistake by the Lake". Ah Cleveland. Now, actually Cleveland has come a long way from the headline after the 1980 Census that said "Will the last one out, please remember to shut the lights?" Cleveland is a sports town, a music town (Hall of Fame not to mention the suburban Polka Hall of Fame) and the site of The Drew Carey Show. In addition to no hurricanes, there won't be any lake effect snow in the summer. And actually, it's a pleasant place.

So. Our final selection list is Birmingham, Cleveland, Columbus, New York (Brooklyn), Philadelphia and Phoenix. You can vote for your choice here. Let us know in the comments for which city you voted.

If I had to guess, I'd say that Cleveland and Columbus were now out of the running, because, well, do we really want two conventions in the same state? I've never thought that Phoenix was a great choice since so many people are still boycotting the state due to their illegal harassment immigration policies. Alabama? Really? If we were going to pick a southern state for voter registration reasons, tactically, Georgia and Mississippi make more sense. Then again, neither put in a bid. So that brings us to Philly and Brooklyn. 

This may be hopefulness on my part, but I'm really rooting for Philly. And not just because I could sleep at home every night. First, it's easier to get around than Brooklyn. Second, we have the hotel rooms. Most importantly, while Brooklyn has been undergoing a very successful resurgence in terms of housing, restaurants and other amenities, Philadelphia is plagued by very real urban decay problems. The school district, for example, is a complete disaster. The tax code for small businesses is causing a huge amount of fleeing to the burbs. The taxes brought in by the convention could really help the school district and point an eye to what is going on in a lot of older cities. Not to mention the dollars that would pour into Philly prior to the convention. 

Not to mention the historic significance of the selection of Philly. Even though there's a chance of a challenge from the left from Jerry Brown or Al Gore, that possibility is remote. Andrew Cuomo, Martin O'Malley and other potential gubernatorial challengers? Good foils, but they'll fall away. This will be the convention that nominates the first female presidential candidate for a major party in American history. Why not in the city that hosted the Constitutional Conventions? Signed the Declaration of Independence and sent out the Constitution for state signage? Home of the Liberty Bell. Some of the cobblestones walked on by the Founding Fathers are still in place. This is Philadelphia. One of the prior capitols of the United States. 

Here's hoping for Philly. Hey DNC Convention team, come see our parks, our restaurants, our pride. Check out the Reading Market just below the Convention Center. Walk our streets, remember our history. 

Go Philly! 

Floor is open so you can make the case for your favourite pick. 

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RNC announces Cleveland as the host for #RNC2016 (contingent on contract negotiations and vote)

by: Oreo

Tue Jul 08, 2014 at 12:46:07 PM EDT

RNC Site Selection Committee Recommends Cleveland for 2016

Recommendation contingent on successful contract negotiation and approval from full RNC

WASHINGTON – Today, the Republican National Committee’s Site Selection Committee announced Cleveland, Ohio will be their recommendation to host the 2016 Republican National Convention.  The RNC and Cleveland will now enter into exclusive negotiations on key details for the 2016 convention.  The Site Selection Committee’s recommendation will be presented to the full Republican National Committee when they meet in Chicago in early August.   

 The Site Selection Committee’s recommendation remains contingent on successful contract negotiations and a final vote by Republican National Committee Members at the RNC’s summer meeting in Chicago.
Following today’s announcement, Site Selection Chairwoman Enid Mickelsen and RNC Chairman Reince Priebus issued the following statements: 
Site Selection Chairwoman Enid Mickelsen:

“It’s my honor to announce Cleveland as the Site Selection Committee’s recommendation to host the 2016 Republican National Convention,” said Mickelsen.  “Cleveland is a phenomenal city, and I can’t think of a better place to showcase our party and our nominee in 2016. This committee was tasked with difficult decisions and was presented with several strong options to host our convention. I’m confident Cleveland is the right pick for our next national convention. Cleveland has demonstrated they have the commitment, energy, and terrific facilities to help us deliver a history-making Republican convention.
“I extend my deepest gratitude to Dallas.  Dallas is a world class city with wonderful venues and fantastic people and I’m certain they’ll make a great host for our party in the future.  The Dallas team were excellent ambassadors for their city and showed both the committee and the RNC all the wonderful things the city has to offer.”
RNC Chairman Reince Priebus:
“A Cleveland convention offers our party a great steppingstone to the White House in 2016, and I’m encouraged by the committee’s recommendation.  The team from Cleveland has gone above and beyond the call of duty and I think they’re representative of a city eager to show the country all the fantastic things they have to offer. 
“The RNC set a new standard for conventions during this process. Not only will the convention be held earlier in 2016, but there are also substantial guarantees in place for funding that put us well ahead of previous conventions and will give our nominee the best opportunity to succeed.”
“I also want to thank Dallas. The hospitality shown by their city, their team and the Republican community in Dallas has been tremendous.”

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Cleveland picked as host city for #RNC2016

by: Oreo

Tue Jul 08, 2014 at 11:56:03 AM EDT

Reince Priebus just announced on Fox News that Cleveland will host the 2016 Republican National Convention.

Now all they need is LeBron and it will be Cleveland's best summer ever.

The announcement all but eliminates Cleveland as a host of the 2016 Democratic National Convention. The remaining cities are Birmingham, Columbus, New York, Philadelphia, and Phoenix.

A press conference will be held at 3pm today. The Cleveland Host Committee tweets at @CleRNC and will be live tweeting the event.

Announcement on the Cleveland’s Selection to Host the 2016 RNC National Convention


CLEVELAND, OH – Today, Tuesday, July 8, members of the 2016 Republican National Convention Host Committee will hold a press conference to announce Cleveland as the winner of the 2016 Republican National Convention.

Details of the event are as follows:
City of Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson
Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald
Cleveland 2016 RNC Host Committee Executive Chair, Terrance “Terry” Egger
Cleveland 2016 RNC Host Committee Co-Chair, Christopher M. Connor, Chairman & CEO, The Sherwin-Williams Company


David Gilbert, President & CEO, Positively Cleveland
Joe Roman, CEO of Greater Cleveland Partnership
Jon Pinney, Special Council to the Cleveland 2016 RNC Host Committee
Rob Frost, Chairman of the Republican Party of Cuyahoga County

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Host city for #RNC2016 to be announced today #Cleveland #Dallas

by: Oreo

Tue Jul 08, 2014 at 09:23:14 AM EDT

GOP officials are expected to announce the host city for the 2016 Republican National Convention around Noon Eastern Time today.

In the 2008 election, the GOP selected Tampa Bay on May 12, 2010. The decision comes almost two months later even though the convention is expected to be held in June instead of August. One thing we won't have to worry about this cycle is hurricanes.

Ohio Governor John Kasich thinks it's an easy choice

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Cleveland and Dallas selected as #RNC2016 Finalists

by: Oreo

Wed Jun 25, 2014 at 14:07:56 PM EDT

Ryan Mahoney, Deputy Press Secretary for the GOP, has just announced that Cleveland and Dallas are the finalists for the 2016 Republican National Convention.

Denver and Kansas City are out of the race.

WASHINGTON – Today, the Republican National Committee’s Site Selection Committee selected Cleveland, Ohio and Dallas, Texas as finalists to host the 2016 Republican National Convention. The committee’s decision was based on a thorough review of bids, presentations, and visits to each of the cities.

Following today’s meeting of the RNC’s Site Selection Committee, Chairwoman Enid Mickelsen issued the following statement: 
“After extensive review the site selection committee has chosen Cleveland and Dallas as finalists for the 2016 convention.  Cleveland and Dallas demonstrated their ability to host a phenomenal convention in 2016, and the RNC is excited about the prospect of hosting our convention in either of these great cities. After visiting both cities, I can say to my fellow Republicans that we should be excited for the 2016 convention. These world class cities know how to roll out the welcome mat, and more importantly they have the ability to provide our next presidential nominee a launching pad that will put a Republican in the White House in 2016.
“The committee extends our sincere thanks and gratitude to Denver and Kansas City  for their hard work and dedication to this effort.  Both teams should be proud of their work. They were great ambassadors for their cities, and we felt fortunate to visit and get to know them. This was a tough decision for our committee because all four of these cities made excellent bids.
“As we move closer to choosing a host for our convention, I’m more confident than ever that we’ll have an outstanding partner to showcase our Party and our Republican nominee in 2016.”


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Site Selection Committee to hold press conference from Cleveland today at 11 #RNC2016

by: Oreo

Tue Jun 03, 2014 at 09:52:33 AM EDT

Follow along on Twitter at #RNC2Cle

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Site Selection Committee to begin visits to finalist cities next week #RNC2016

by: Oreo

Thu May 29, 2014 at 14:33:07 PM EDT

According to CBS4 in Denver, Cleveland will be the first city to be visited to decide who will host the 2016 Republican National Convention.

The dates of the visits are as follows:

Cleveland:           Monday June 2 – Wednesday June 4

Kansas City:        Wednesday June 4 – Friday June 6

Denver:                Monday June 9 – Wednesday June 11

Dallas:                   Wednesday June 11 – Friday June 13




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A Tale of Four Cities #RNC2016

by: Oreo

Fri May 23, 2014 at 13:59:15 PM EDT

Yesterday the Republican National Committee narrowed the contenders to host the 2016 Republican National Convention to four cities. Today we'll take a closer look at the specifics for each city and the chances of winning the bid.


Quicken Loans Arena seats 20,562, including 2,000 club seats and 88 luxury suites
New convention center with 750,000-square-foot exhibit hall floor and 35 meeting rooms
FirstEnergy Stadium can hold over 71,000 people.

Hotel Rooms
22,000+ hotel rooms regionally with 3,000+ downtown according to Positively Cleveland
Update: Positively Cleveland has added that new hotels are under construction which will raise the number of rooms available for the convention.

By 2016 the city will have 19 hotels downtown and offering nearly 5,000 rooms


Cleveland's central location makes it a good choice to host the convention

Political Significance
Ohio is vital to Republicans' chances in the 2016 election. The state has voted for the winning candidate in all of the last 10 elections. If Ohio wasn't so important I don't think Cleveland would be a finalist.

Weather in July
Average High 83
Average Low 64
Record High 103

Our take
As nice as it would be to hold the convention in Cleveland, I think there's not much of a chance. After the hotel and transportation issues in Tampa Bay in 2012, delegates will want to be close to the venues. With only 22,000 hotel rooms available in the region, some of the delegations will have quite a drive to the arena. See update above... more hotels are being built.

More than 50,000 guests flocked to Tampa, Fla., in 2012 for the Republican National Convention, occupying more than 78,300 room nights in area hotels.  - Columbus Dispatch



American Airlines Center seats 18,532 and has 142 luxury suites. The arena has already been reserved for July 18-21, 2016
The Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center has over 1,000,000 square feet of exhibit space, a 9,816-seat arena, a 1,750-seat theater, and a pair of ballrooms.
AT&T Stadium holds 80,000 people. It is more than a 20 minute drive from downtown.

Hotel Rooms
30,000 rooms in Dallas and 75,000 in the Metroplex. Over 11,000 rooms within 2 miles of the arena.

Easy to get in and out of and centrally located in the county, Dallas has no worries here.

Political Significance
Texas' days as a Red State may be waning in the coming decades. The Host Committee very smartly points out the following, "With 42 percent Hispanic, 28 percent Anglo and 25 percent African American residents according to the U.S. Census Bureau, Dallas is the ideal place for the Republican Party to continue the current outreach to growing and evolving segments of the population who will be critical in the 2016 election". The question is does the RNC truly agree with the significance of diversity in the party?

Weather in July
Average High 96
Average Low 77
Record High 111
No significant weather would pose any risk to the convention.

Our take
If the GOP is smart they know they need to stop the bleeding in the cities of the Lone Star State. Texas will be an easy win in 2016 so it won't help them win any electoral votes. The next few cycles however could see Texas slowly turning purple.

The July Dallas heat will be tough to handle for a lot of people not used to it.



Pepsi Center can hold over 20,000 people for special events. It has 95 luxury suites.
Colorado Convention Center has over 700,000 square feet of space.
Denver Performing Arts Complex across the street from the Convention Center has over 10,000 seats.
Sports Authority Field with a capacity of over 76,000. Walking distance from Pepsi Center.

Hotel Rooms
42,000 hotels in metro area and over 8,400 in walking distance to the convention center.

Easy travel in and out of the city. Light rail extension to airport is scheduled to be completed in 2016.

Political Significance
Colorado is now a battleground state and helped to put the Democrats over the top in both 2008 and 2012. The central location in the increasingly important Mountain West makes it a good choice.

Weather in July
Average High 88
Average Low 56
Record High 103
No significant weather would pose any risk to the convention.

Our take
Denver has proven it can hold a convention that makes a difference. The 2008 Democratic National Convention arguably put Barack Obama over the top in Colorado. 300 days of sunshine annually aren't all that bad either when it comes to planning an event that can depend on good weather.

On the negative side, marijuana is legal in Colorado and way too many mass shootings have taken place there. Both issues would be covered endlessly by news organizations in regards to the GOP platform.


Kansas City

The Sprint Center can hold 18,000+ for events. It has 72 suites.
The Kansas City Convention Center has 388,800 square feet of column-free exhibit space on one floor; 48 state-of-the-art meeting rooms; a 2,400-seat fine arts theater; an arena that sits more than10,700 people and a unique outdoor festival plaza
The Kauffman Center for Performing Arts could also be utilized for convention events.
All three locations are within walking distance to each other.
Arrowhead Stadium holds over 79,000 people and is an 11 minute drive from The Sprint Center.

Hotel Rooms
30,000 rooms within a 30 minute distance to arena.

Kansas City's central location makes it a good choice to host the convention.

Political Significance

Missouri has voted for the Republican candidate in 7 of the last 10 elections. If adding electoral votes is a factor in the decision, it won't help here. Across the state line, Kansas is one of the reddest of the red states so not a lot of gain would come from this side of the border.

Weather in July
Average High 90
Average Low 72
Record High 112
Tornadoes are the only significant weather in the area. There have only been 6 July tornadoes in Kansas City since 1950. 

Our take
It may be good for the GOP to hold their convention somewhere they're so heavily favored. If Hillary Clinton runs and continues to poll double digits ahead of the Republicans, a red meat, fire-up-the-base convention might be a good thing.

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GOP announces Cleveland, Denver, Dallas, and Kansas City as finalists for #RNC2016

by: Oreo

Thu May 22, 2014 at 15:40:50 PM EDT

From GOP.com

WASHINGTON – Today, the Republican National Committee’s (RNC) Site Selection Committee for the 2016 Republican National Convention, met via conference call, selecting Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, and Kansas City to receive official site visits from the RNC’s 2016 site selection delegation.  The official site visits represent the next phase in the site selection process and will allow key RNC officials and the full Site Selection Committee to tour cities and venues vying to host the 2016 Republican National Convention.   The committee’s decision was based on an extensive review of bids, presentations, and reports compiled from technical visits to each city.

Prior to the site selection committee vote, Cincinnati respectfully withdrew their bid from the process based upon the criteria set forth by the RNC for the main arena.  Las Vegas also respectfully withdrew their 2016 bid based on the RNC’s criteria for a traditional arena facility and enough on-site preparatory time to accommodate the 2016 convention. 

After receiving notification from Cincinnati and Las Vegas, the committee conducted votes on the remaining cities and determined each would receive a visit.

Timing and dates for official visits will be coordinated with Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, and Kansas City and an announcement will be forthcoming with more details for each visit. 

Following today’s meeting of the Site Selection Committee, Chairwoman Enid Mickelsen issued the following statement: 

“Today the committee determined that Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, and Kansas City will receive official visits from the full RNC site selection delegation.  All cities excelled in nearly every aspect of their bids and presentation this year, but these four cities stood out from the field from the start of this process and deserve a deeper look by the full committee.

“Prior to the committee’s vote, Cincinnati and Las Vegas notified the RNC that they would no longer pursue their bid to host the 2016 convention.  While the committee understands their decision, both cities made a compelling case for 2016 and would make excellent hosts should they pursue efforts to host a future RNC convention.

“I applaud the effort and commitment shown by all cities involved, and I thank all parties for their dedication to this endeavor.  The 2016 convention will provide a unique opportunity to showcase our Party as well as the host city itself, and I’m confident we will choose the best possible setting to nominate our next Republican president.”


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RNC to announce finalist cities for #RNC2016 today

by: Oreo

Thu May 22, 2014 at 14:31:04 PM EDT


The RNC site selection committee was expected later Thursday to announce the latest cut among six cities still vying for the major event, including Las Vegas, Dallas, Kansas City, Mo., Denver, Cleveland and Cincinnati.

But the news was not looking good for Nevada, state Republicans said.

“I anticipate we are going to be arguing for 2020,” said U.S. Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev. “This is like the Olympics. You don’t get it your first stab at it.”

Heller said he received a text on Wednesday from Lt. Gov. Brian Krolicki, chairman of the Nevada Host Committee pitching the RNC, that indicated Las Vegas was not expected to advance as a finalist in the bidding for the convention. - Las Vegas Review Journal

Check back later today to see the list of finalists

- According to John Ralston @RalstonReports Las Vegas withdrew from consideration.

When you realize you are not going to have the money and your arena is questionable, you withdraw before being rejected.

- Cincinnati has also withdrawn their bid. Reports are saying Dallas and Kansas City are finalists. No word yet on Denver or Cleveland.

- Cleveland is also reportedly a finalist. Looks like nobody will be rejected since Las Vegas and Cincinnati backed out.

Update - The Kansas City Host Committee has announced that Kansas City is officially a finalist.

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And then there were 5... Phoenix and Columbus out for #RNC16

by: Oreo

Wed Apr 02, 2014 at 15:42:32 PM EDT

RNC’s Announces Next Phase of the 2016 Republican National Convention Site Selection Process

Posted April 2, 2014

WASHINGTON – Today the Republican National Committee’s (RNC) Site Selection Committee (SSC) voted to narrow the list of sites in contention for the 2016 Republican National Convention from eight to six cities. Cities moving on to the next round of consideration are Cincinnati, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Kansas City, and Las Vegas.  
A small team of RNC staff will visit the six cities for a more in-depth and technical look at financing, convention venues, media workspace, and hotels. The SSC will reconvene soon after the RNC’s Spring Meeting to make a determination on which of these six cities will receive official site visits from the full RNC delegation.

Following today’s vote, SSC Chair Enid Mickelsen released the following statement: 

“After a painstaking review, I’m pleased to announce that six cities have moved on to the next round of consideration for the 2016 Republican National Convention. The eyes of the world will be on the RNC and our host city in the summer of 2016, and these six cities have shown they have what it takes to move forward. 

“In any other year, Columbus and Phoenix could have topped the list, but with so many strong cities competing, the committee had to make the difficult decision to narrow the field.  Phoenix and Columbus are great American cities, and I hope they’ll pursue a future bid for an RNC convention.  
“I want to thank each city for their tireless efforts and hard work throughout this process, and I look forward to this next phase as we select a city to help us nominate the next Republican President of the United States.” - GOP.com
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