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Failure to Raise Debt Ceiling Could Hurt Conventions

Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn and Charlotte N.C. Mayor Anthony Foxx went to Washington this week with the same message: Don't let the partisan rancor over the national debt get in the way of a proposed $110 million federal appropriation for security at next year's Republican and Democratic national conventions. "In spite...

New Las Vegas Arena Plans Announced

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...

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

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...

24 Cities Invited to bid on 2016 Republican Convention

24 cities were invited by the Republican National Committee to bid for the 2016 Republican National Convention. Not all will bid, and some, like Seattle, were surprised to even be invited. And according to the RNC, several other cities have requested RFP information since November. But, as of November,...

Former Utah Governor to lead #RNC16 Site Selection Committee

The Republican Party has tapped former Utah Rep. Enid Greene Mickelsen to lead its committee that will pick the site of the GOP's 2016 national convention. Mickelsen will work with a committee, to be picked Friday, that will decide between competing cities for the chance to host the big gathering...

Sunday With the Senators: Is all lost?

I wish I could be as optimistic as when I wrote my last projection in August, when my number was 53. I've seen the Saturday polls, and it's taken me all day to pull out my research and face things. The first thing I want to say is that we will not...

DNC arrives in Birmingham for #DNC2016 site selection visit

The site selection team for the 2016 Democratic National Convention comes to Birmingham today for a two-day visit to the Magic City. Birmingham is the first of the remaining five finalist cities that will receive a visit from the team, which will be evaluating the city's capability of hosting the...

Dallas looking at bidding for 2016 conventions

After the Super Bowl, could a national political convention be in Arlington's future? The Arlington Convention & Visitors Bureau confirmed Tuesday that the Democratic National Committee briefly considered Arlington as a location for its 2012 convention. A DNC spokesman declined to comment. The city ultimately did not make a bid for...

Columbus in 2016?

The City of Columbus expects to be a serious player in the competition for a political convention four years from now. City leaders will begin exploring the possibilities in a meeting next month with representatives of both political parties. Paul Astleford, CEO of Experience Columbus said, "There is some serious interest on the...

Cleveland City Council passes #RNC2016 ordinance

Cleveland City Council will vote this evening on an ordinance which will designate $2.5 million for the Republican National Convention in 2016 and will provide assurances that the city will be spic and span and (one suspects) safe once the Republicans and their various media coteries arrive. During a lengthy...