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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- Cincinnati has also withdrawn their bid.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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Democrats hoping for Vegas #RNC16

by: Oreo

Fri Mar 07, 2014 at 10:40:28 AM EST

EXCLUSIVE: Las Vegas is one of the RNC's finalists for the 2016 convention, and plenty of Republicans are calling it the favorite, based on the hope that casino magnate Sheldon Adelson would contribute generously, obviating the financial worries that plague most host committees. But Playbook has learned that American Bridge, the Democratic tracking and opposition research outfit founded by David Brock and run by Brad Woodhouse, plans to devote up to three dozen trackers with video cameras to Sin City if the GOP picks it. American Bridge has committed to deploy what a source called a "tracking operation on steroids" to cover the plethora of venues sure to attract Republican politicians and operatives.

Per a Democratic source: "American Bridge's plans would scatter trackers with video cameras from one end of the Strip to the other and would include a rapid response war room in the city to turn the footage into instant products -- even potentially television ads -- exposing whatever activities and hypocrisies they catch on film. … American Bridge's efforts ... would be looking to capture everything from  the late night carousing of politicians to simply filming candidates who claim to be the bastion of family values entering and exiting bars and casinos."

--AMERICAN BRIDGE has already opened a website that promises: “[I]f the RNC does choose Las Vegas, this is the site for all the action. What happens in Vegas... will go right here.” www.sincitygop.com - Politico

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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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Nevada's Lt Governor thinks #RNC2020 is more likely than #RNC2016

by: Oreo

Sat Dec 07, 2013 at 12:43:11 PM EST

Lt. Gov. Brian Krolicki is a long-range and positive thinker.

Since 2006, he has worked on bringing the Winter Olympics to Northern Nevada, and he is hopeful about 2022. Now that’s long range.

He’s working on bringing the Republican National Convention in 2016 to Las Vegas. Now that’s positive.

Let me be frank. I don’t think that will happen. But it lays the groundwork for 2020, so it’s not entirely a waste of money.

Krolicki said the organizers are working with a budget of “a modest seven figures” to try for the GOP convention. - Las Vegas Review Journal

The new arena planned for Vegas won't open until Spring of 2016 which is well after the site selection will be completed. I personally don't think it's a deal breaker. Russia is still building arenas and stadiums for the Sochi Olympics in February.

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New Las Vegas Arena Plans Announced

by: Oreo

Tue Nov 05, 2013 at 09:43:41 AM EST

If the 2016 Republican National Convention is held in Las Vegas, this is where the gavel will drop.


Arena partners AEG and MGM Resorts International unveiled renderings Monday of their $350 million, 20,000-seat venue on the Strip, showing exterior images evoking the Strip’s high energy and bright lights as well as Southern Nevada’s scenic mountains and desert.

AEG, the Los Angeles-based powerhouse entertainment and arena company, and MGM Resorts, which owns 10 Strip casino-hotels, have joined forces to build the sports and entertainment venue without public money on 12 acres between New York-New York and Frank Sinatra Drive. MGM will demolish two temporary office buildings on the site that are left over from the CityCenter project.

Groundbreaking is expected in April or May with a projected opening 22 months later, in spring 2016, said Tim Romani, president and chief executive of Denver-based ICON Venue Group, the project manager.

The arena will feature premium seating, suite and club offerings on different levels as well as in bunkers below the event floor. It will host at least 100 concerts, boxing, mixed martial arts, sports, awards shows and other events each year. - Las Vegas Review Journal

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Las Vegas forms Host Commitee to bid for 2016 Republican National Convention

by: Matt

Sat Nov 02, 2013 at 15:59:11 PM EDT

Las Vegas is officially going after the 2016 Republican National Convention:

A newly formed group, Nevada Host Committee, plans to make a formal bid to hold the 2016 Republican National Convention in Las Vegas.

"Las Vegas is the number one convention destination in North America. We do it better than anyone else in the country," Nevada Lt. Governor Brian Krolicki said. "We believe this is a tremendous opportunity for Las Vegas and all of Nevada."

But concerns remain about a venue:

But the city may be missing a venue large enough to host the Republican National Convention itself.

Although UNLV is studying the development of a “mega events center” that would be large enough to host the convention, that study won’t even be complete before the end of 2014.

Krolicki dismissed such concerns about a suitable venue, saying that the Nevada Host Committee, Inc. has already “fully and successfully” addressed that issue.

“We absolutely are comfortable with a venue strategy that we've identified,” he said. “At this time it's inappropriate to go into details.”

Very strange that they're making the venue strategy a secret. We'll have more on the Vegas venue issue in an upcoming post.

And as Jess noted, a city noted for sin, and which has a strong union and minority presence, is not exactly in the GOP's sweet spot.

Here's more on the bid:


FOX5 Vegas - KVVU
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2016 GOP Convention update

by: Matt

Tue Oct 22, 2013 at 13:00:00 PM EDT

Some news from recent weeks:

Kansas City Democratic Mayor Sly James traveled to Boston in August to pitch KC for the 2016 Republican National Convention:

Now some of you are scratching your heads;  wondering why on Earth I would make such a trip?  The answer is simple. Kansas City deserves to be in that kind of spotlight.

But Kansas City is short many hotel rooms.

Did you know the decision would come down to politics?

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay wants an I-70 convention package, with the Dems in St. Louis and the GOP in KC.

A Las Vegas bid seems to depend on Sheldon Adelson's support (i.e., money). Especially since there's no suitable venue, and Adelson may need to build one.

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