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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 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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First cut for #RNC16 coming soon

by: Oreo

Tue Apr 01, 2014 at 15:37:56 PM EDT

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
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Pete Coors to head Denver bid for #RNC16

by: Oreo

Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 15:56:27 PM EST

After Bob Beauprez’s entrance into the Colorado governor’s race this week, the Republican has relinquished his role as chairman of Denver’s effort to win hosting duties for the 2016 Republican National Convention. A familiar face — Pete Coors — is taking over. Coors, the chairman of Molson Coors Brewing Co. and MillerCoors, ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. Senate in 2004.

Coors is stepping in immediately for Beauprez, a former congressman who gave up his role in the RNC bid effort after kicking off his gubernatorial campaign Monday. (But first, he joined other members of a bipartisan delegation in Washington, D.C., to deliver Denver’s presentation to the site selection committee.) - Denver Post

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8 cities named as finalists for #RNC16

by: Oreo

Thu Feb 27, 2014 at 12:13:54 PM EST

All of the bids are in and the cities bidding for the 2016 Republican National Convention are Cleveland, Cincinnati, Columbus, Denver, Dallas, Kansas City, Las Vegas & Phoenix.  Chairman Priebus announced the full list of bidding cities on twitter this morning.  The next phase for cities will be the bid presentation day this coming Monday, March 3rd in Washington, DC.  Cities will present their bids throughout the day and Chairman Priebus will have a media availability at noon to discuss the process.  Background on what’s next below.

 @Reince: Congratulations to Cleveland, Cincinnati, Columbus, Denver, Dallas, Kansas City, Las Vegas & Phoenix for moving on to the next phase.

What’s Next?

  • March 3rd, bidding cities will travel to Washington DC to present their bids to the full RNC site selection committee. 
  • Mid March – RNC Site Selection Committee will announce selected cities to travel to for site visits.  This may include all bidding cities or a narrowed list.
  • Late Spring – RNC Site Selection Committee will make city site visits. 
  • Late Spring – Finalist(s) cities will be selected following site visits.
  • Late Summer/Fall – Convention City will be voted on by full RNC.


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Denver bids on #RNC16

by: Oreo

Tue Feb 25, 2014 at 13:32:04 PM EST

Denver on Monday formally submitted its bid to host the 2016 Republican National Convention, arguing that its success with the 2008 Democratic convention shows it can handle such a large event.

"This is a city and a region that has proven we can do this," Mayor Michael Hancock said at a press conference.

Colorado also has appealing symbolic value to the RNC. Once reliably red, it has leaned Democratic in the past two presidential elections because of an influx of young, educated coastal professionals and a growing Hispanic voting population. Those are two groups Republicans are trying to win back. And Republicans would be nominating their presidential candidate in the same place Barack Obama was picked to head the Democratic ticket in 2008. - AP

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Key supporter for Kansas City leaves to help Colorado #RNC16 bid

by: Oreo

Thu Jan 30, 2014 at 09:09:13 AM EST

Cathy Nugent, a former key supporter of Kansas City’s bid to host the 2016 Republican National Convention, now is working to keep the convention from coming to Kansas City.

On Monday, a representative of the Colorado Republican Party — as well as numerous sources within the Republican National Committee — confirmed that Nugent is working to support Denver’s bid to host the 2016 nominating convention.

Media reports said Nugent, who considered herself the creator of the RNC 2016 concept and orchestrated Kansas City’s early convention efforts, left the committee after a disagreement about her contract with the city. She left within the past month. - KC Business Journal

This isn't a huge surprise as a rift between Nugent and the city went public back in December

Nugent is angry, frustrated, even bewildered.

“I’ve been the face of this,” she said this week. “And now, all of a sudden, where is she?”

So what happened? Officials all over town praise Nugent for giving birth to a once-crazy idea that no longer seems crazy. They acknowledge Kansas City would be nowhere without her. They say the city offered her a contract, then backed away. - Kansas City Star


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Denver to kick off bid for #RNC16 tomorrow

by: Oreo

Thu Jan 16, 2014 at 09:22:48 AM EST

The official kickoff for the effort to secure Denver as the site of the 2016 Republican National Convention begins Friday at the Brown Palace.

Democratic Gov. , former U.S. Sen. Hank Brown, a Republican, and other bold-faced names from both sides of the aisle will be present, organizers said. Former Congressman , a Republican, is chairing the effort.

Ryan Call, chairman of the Colorado Republican Party, has said having Denver as the site would be apropos because it will be “bookends of eight years of an Obama regime.” - Denver Post

 Colorado will be a huge target for the Republicans in 2016. I think Denver has a very strong chance of winning the bid. The RNC will look to win back a swing state after losses in 2008 and 2012.

Denver proved it can handle the task with the 2008 Democratic National Convention. 

One big question has to be asked. In a state where marijuana is legal and multiple mass shootings have occurred... does the GOP want any part of it?

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#RNC16 invites 3 additional cities; list up to 27 #Charlotte #Nashville #SanDiego

by: Oreo

Thu Jan 09, 2014 at 14:24:08 PM EST


The Republican National Committee has invited Charlotte to bid on its 2016 political convention, and Mayor Patrick Cannon said Wednesday that he will meet with city staff members to discuss whether Charlotte should submit a proposal.

Charlotte was considered a good host of the 2012 Democratic National Convention, and North Carolina could be a closely contested state in the next presidential election – two factors that could help the city’s bid. - Charlotte Observer

 In addition to Charlotte, Nashville and San Diego were added to the list we reported on Sunday.

Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Ohio, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville, New Orleans, New York City, Oklahoma City, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, San Diego, Seattle, St. Louis

Salt Lake City has decided not to bid

Even though Salt Lake City was runner-up to host the 2012 Republican National Convention, state GOP leaders have decided not to bid again after all.

"The enthusiasm has to be tempered with the realities you're going to face," State Republican Party Chairman James Evans said, just a few months after enthusiastically announcing the party planned to pursue the 2016 convention. - Deseret News


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Denver to bid on 2016 Republican National Convention #RNC16

by: Oreo

Thu Nov 14, 2013 at 12:55:33 PM EST

Denver knocked it out of the park for the 2008 Democratic National Convention and the GOP would love to turn Colorado red again.

The Colorado GOP is preparing to make a bid for Denver to host the 2016 Republican National Convention — potentially delivering the state a repeat of the economic boost it received when it hosted the Democratic National Convention five years ago.

Party president Ryan Call confirmed the news to The Denver Post on Wednesday.

In addition to Denver's already proven record at hosting the massive four-day international event that draws roughly 50,000 visitors, a 2016 GOP convention in Denver would be apropos, Call said, because it will be "bookends of eight years of an Obama regime." 


"A Republican convention in Denver will not feature Greek columns at Mile High Stadium," Call said, referring to the stage built in 2008 for President Barack Obama's acceptance speech. "But it will showcase the issues important to the West and to America."

Call acknowledged that both Denver Mayor Michael Hancock and Gov. John Hickenlooper would need to throw robust support behind the bid for the application to look attractive to national officials. - Denver Post

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Watch A Live Politico/Denver Post Pre-Debate Event

by: Oreo

Wed Oct 03, 2012 at 11:33:36 AM EDT

Watch a live event in anticipation of the first 2012 Presidential Debate between President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney presented by Politico and hosted at The Denver Post on Wednesday morning. Participants include Colorado U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, Obama senior campaign adviser Robert Gibbs, National Counsel for Romney for President Ben Ginsberg and Denver Mayor Michael Hancock.
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