Republican National Convention

Politics & Government
4:15 pm
Sun August 26, 2012

As Isaac gets closer, Michigan Republicans party in Tampa

The governor's reception at the Florida Aquarium drew more than 300 people on Sunday afternoon.
Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio

Isaac is coming, but for Michigan’s delegation to the Republican National Convention the parties go on.

They used to call them ‘Hurricane parties’.  People getting together to have a good time as one of nature’s most destructive forces bore down on them.   They can now change the name to 'Republican Hurricane Parties.'

As  Isaac churned its way north, Michigan’s delegation to the RNC went ahead and held their planned governor’s reception at the Florida Aquarium.   

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Politics & Government
8:59 am
Sun August 26, 2012

Republican National Convention preps for Isaac

Republicans storm into Tampa, but make way for Tropical Storm Isaac which is expected to intensify today
Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio

Tropical storm Isaac is bearing down on Florida.   But for now Michigan’s delegation to the Republican National Convention plans to keep to it’s pre-convention schedule.

Members of Michigan’s delegation had planned for a once in a lifetime experience in Tampa this week, but they didn’t expect it to be a hurricane. 

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Politics & Government
4:01 pm
Sat August 25, 2012

Talking 'Positive' at the Republican National Convention

Banners hang in the main terminal building at Tampa International Airport greeting people coming to town for the Republican National Convention
Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio

Michigan’s governor says he’s bringing his message of “relentless positive action” message to this week’s Republican National Convention.

“Positive” is not usually a word associated the rhetoric at national political conventions.

But Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, who’s made “relentless positive action” the mantra of his administration, hopes that’s not the case at the Republican National Convention which opens Monday in Tampa.

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Politics
12:30 pm
Sat May 19, 2012

Ron Paul supporters unhappy with results of Michigan Republican Party Convention

Republican presidential canidate Ron Paul

The Michigan Republican Party holds its convention in Detroit today.

The state GOP is choosing delegates to the party’s national convention in Tampa-Florida this summer.

Supporters of Ron Paul say they were denied delegates they deserved.

Paul failed to win a single committed delegate in Michigan’s February 28th presidential primary. But Paul supporters hoped to lay claim to a large share of the state’s officially uncommitted delegates. They got six out of 30 voting delegates headed to Tampa. But Paul supporter John Ettinger of Linden in Genesee County says they deserved more.

"It was a completely rigged numbers game no matter what," says Ettinger.

Matt Frendeway is the Michigan Republican Party spokesman. He says Paul supporters simply failed to win enough delegates to the state convention to get what they want.

“That’s what campaigns are about," says Frendeway.

Frendeway says the party followed long-established rules for allocating national convention delegates. Most of Michigan’s delegates went to Mitt Romney, who won the state’s GOP primary.

Politics
2:53 pm
Thu May 3, 2012

Vice President Snyder?

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder delivering the 2011 State of the State address

That's what one conservative analyst is saying today.

In a column for Tampa Bay Online, Chris Ingram bases his prognostication on hotel room locations.

More specifically, hotel room locations for the Republican National Convention this August in Tampa Bay.

Ingram writes that Romney and Massachusetts got the best rooms for the convention... and Gov. Snyder and Michigan got the second best spot:

But there is a reason Michigan got the second-best hotel assignment: Gov. Rick Snyder. My bet is he's Romney's man for vice president.

What does hotel room location have to do with anything?

Ingram writes:

Access to the convention site, proximity to the best restaurants and bars, being inside the security zone, and not having to ride a bus (a really big deal if you're a Republican) are almost as important as fighting over abortion and gays in the party's meaningless platform.

Ingram notes Snyder's success at getting his pro-business agenda passed through the Michigan legislature, his background in private business, his credentials (an attorney with an MBA), and his appeal to moderates as more reasons Mitt Romney could pick Snyder as his running mate.

"Too bad he doesn't speak fluent Spanish," Ingram writes.

So what are the odds? Who do you think Romney will pick?

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