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
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.
Floor is open so you can make the case for your favourite pick.
RNC Site Selection Committee Recommends Cleveland for 2016
Posted July 8, 2014
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.”
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:
WHO: 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
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
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.”
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.
Facilities 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
Location 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
Facilities 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.
Location 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.
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.
Facilities The Sprint Center can hold 18,000+ for events. It has 72 suites. The Kansas City Convention Center has 388,800 square feetof 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.
Location 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.
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.”
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
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
On Monday, Helen Van Etten, the Republican National Committeewoman for Kansas, said the Republican National Committee's site-selection committee is due to trim two or three cities out of its list of candidate sites for the 2016 convention within the next week or two. She did not say exactly when the choice will be made but said it will be entirely up to Committeewoman for Utah Enid Mickelsen's site-selection committee. - Kansas City Business Journal
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.
That presents a big problem for the national party committees. A quarter of the spending on the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., and 28 percent of the funds for the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., came from taxpayer money. Historically, the other 75 percent is covered by loans and donations, largely from corporate sponsors and a few wealthy donors. - National Journal
But the GOP wants unlimited donations allowed to make up for it
Supporters of campaign finance restrictions decried the GOP’s new push to lift the ban on unlimited donations to bankroll their presidential conventions.
They say current rules prevent potential conflicts of interest by prohibiting parties from soliciting major checks from outsiders for the high-profile events.
But Republican Party chief Reince Priebus said Tuesday a change is needed to help host cities — which might be Dallas in 2016. Last week, Congress eliminated an $18 million subsidy for each party for nonsecurity operating costs.
Priebus wants parties to be able to raise “soft money” — made up of donations free of certain federal limits — to make up for the loss. - Dallas News