Politics

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.

Ron Paul Has Fun With RNC Snub

Aug 28, 2012
Gage Skidmore

U.S. Rep. Ron Paul had a little fun with his exclusion from the Republican National Convention.

At a Tampa rally Sunday, Paul said he got an unexpected call.

"There's been a lot of talk about whether or not I would get to speak at the convention. And of course I had about written than off. But today I got a call from the RNC. And they said they changed their mind and they're going to give me whole hour and I can say whatever I want - tomorrow night."

Of course Monday's Republican National Convention session was canceled over concerns about Tropical Storm Isaac.

Scott Bows Out of RNC as Convention Loses a Day

Aug 26, 2012

It happened in quick succession last night, right after hurricane forecasters suggested Isaac could make landfall in the Panhandle as a Category Two hurricane. Governor Rick Scott was in Plantation, giving an update at the Broward County Emergency operations center. He told reporters,

"I'm going to withdraw from all of my rnc activities on my Monday. I was honored to have the opportunity to give a speech at the convention but I'm going to cancel my speech, cancel all of my rnc activities on Monday."

RNC Protestors Expected to Arrive in Waves

Aug 26, 2012

As many as five thousand protestors are expected to descend on Tampa for the convention next week. The Coalition to March on the RNC held a press conference today to talk about their planned march for Monday. Eric Mennel reports from Tampa.

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