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International Politics Meets Domestic Politics

Next week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will speak before a joint session of Congress at the invitation of the Republican Party.  There are many reasons why this speech is unprecedented, but the biggest reason may be that this speech occurs smack in the middle of the Israeli elections...

GOP 2016 date is earliest since 1980

With a date of July 18th this is the earliest GOP convention since the 1980 Reagan convention in Detroit which started on July 14, 1980. It also the earliest of either major party since the Clinton Dem convention in NY which started July 13, 1992. Is going back to July conventions...

2010 Census — Arizona

In Arizona, they have gained an additional seat as a result of the 2010 Census.  The big issue for Arizona in redistricting is going to be the combination of population shifts and the growth of the Hispanic population. After the 2010 Census, the target population is 707,000.  Maricopa County (Phoenix)...

GOP looking at a July 10 start for 2016 Convention

Are we seeing the end of the Labor Day conventions? Republicans most likely will hold their 2016 convention in late June or July that year, GOPers close to the process tell The Buzz. The betting line is that a July 10 date will win out, those Republicans say. That would represent...

Why isn’t New York bidding for the 2012 conventions?

One type of renovation at Madison Square Garden will begin this summer when the Knicks try to sign players like LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh. Another type, one that will modernize the 42-year-old arena, will move into high gear next year with the first of three summer shutdowns. Each...

2010 Census — Week 6

Connecticut stayed even with 5 seats.  The new target number in Connecticut is 715,000 residents.  Growth was a little faster on the eastern side of the state and a little bit slower on the western side of the state.  The largest district (and the only one significantly above the...

2010 Census — Georgia and Florida

Of the states released this past week, two states gained seats in Congress -- Florida and Georgia.  Since both are pre-clearance states under the Voting Rights Act and both have significant minority populations, the legislatures in the states are merely the first step in the process with guaranteed court...

2010 Census — Week 7

Of the states released this past week, two states gained seats in Congress -- Florida and Georgia.  Since both are pre-clearance states under the Voting Rights Act and both have significant minority populations, the legislatures in the states are merely the first step in the process with guaranteed court...

Charlotte talking, but not acting, on 2016 Republican National Convention bid

When it comes to the notion of hosting the 2016 Republican National Convention, Democrats and Republicans in Charlotte agree on three points: It would be nice to have. It’d be a lot of work. And it’s getting late if anybody wants to lay the groundwork for a serious bid. “That’s been...

Convention Hurricane talk revisited

We've talked about weather affecting conventions plenty of times. You can see all of the posts from 2008 here. Last cycle a hurricane delayed the Republican National Convention and it was a thousand miles away. The St Petersburg Times continues that talk for Tampa in 2012. As he looks ahead to hosting next year's Republican National Convention, Tampa Mayor Bob...