John Davis

Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson is in Southwest Florida today speaking at campaign events in Fort Myers and Naples. 

Johnson has been at the Republican National Convention where he was invited to speak at the pro-Ron Paul event, P.A.U.L. Fest.   Johnson, a former two-term Republican governor of New Mexico brought his socially liberal, fiscally conservative message to a small crowd of students and area residents at Florida Gulf Coast University. 

Political Tuesday: The Republican Convention

Aug 28, 2012

Florida Republicans gathering in Tampa had little to do as they waited out Tropical Storm Isaac. But there was plenty of buzz surrounding two former Florida governors, Jeb Bush and Charlie Crist.

Miami Herald Editorial editor Myriam Marquez shares her perspective from the RNC.

RNC Marchers Take to the Streets of Downtown Tampa

Aug 28, 2012
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The first day of the Republican National Convention might have been canceled, but that didn't stop a march by a coalition of about a dozen protest groups. The wet weather put a damper on their numbers, but apparently not their spirit.

It was in some ways anti-climatic. A protest that had been in the planning stages for months - with projections of more than 5,000 people clogging Tampa's downtown - fizzled in the rain.

Estimates ranged from 300 to 500 protesters at Perry Harvey Park. There seemed to be as many journalists as protesters.

Florida Delegates First Day

Aug 28, 2012

Even as events were canceled because of the weather, Florida’s delegates to the Republican National Convention managed to stay busy Monday. 

The Florida delegation started the party Sunday night with a convention kickoff at Tropicana Field. Then buses brought them back to their hotel for another reception. 

Steve Zieman from Gulf Breeze in the Panhandle drank a beer and smiled after getting an update on Isaac. He almost didn’t make it. He noted, “I had to decide whether or not the storm was really going to go on that course. But I wanted to support America.”

Small Turnout for First Major RNC Protest

Aug 28, 2012

Tropical Storm Isaac not only postponed today's RNC activities in Tampa, but dampened the turnout for the first major protest.

An estimated 300 to 500 protestors took part in the "March on the RNC," compared to the 5,000 that organizers had predicted.

Dianne Mathiowetz  of Atlanta, Georgia, made the trip. She's marching both here and at the Democratic Convention next week, saying there's no real difference between either side.