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RNC Chairman Michael Steele says it’ll be ‘the people’s convention’ in Tampa

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From Preston Rudie: Republican National Committee Chair Michael Steele visited Tampa Thursday for the first time since the city was selected to host the 2012 Republican National Convention. He said the 2012 event will be billed as “the people’s convention” and will feature a convention village while relying heavily on local businesses. “We have a commitment to use and elevate and to support local grown, home grown talent,” Steele said. Steele also told a group of reporters and others who worked to…

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RNC Chairman Michael Steele says it’ll be ‘the people’s convention’ in Tampa

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From Preston Rudie: Republican National Committee Chair Michael Steele visited Tampa Thursday for the first time since the city was selected to host the 2012 Republican National Convention. He said the 2012 event will be billed as “the people’s convention” and will feature a convention village while relying heavily on local businesses. “We have a commitment to use and elevate and to support local grown, home grown talent,” Steele said. Steele also told a group of reporters and others who worked to…

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Tampa lands 2012 Republican National Convention

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Mark Proctor, Mr. Republican in Hillsborough, confirms: It’s official!  Tampa will host the 2012 Republican National Convention. Michael Steele just called Al Austin to congratulate Tampa for being selected to host 2012 convention.

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GOP committee to select host for 2012 convention next week

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Backers of Tampa’s bid for the 2012 Republican National Convention could find out next week if the city will be selected to host the national political event. Members of the Republican National Committee are expected to meet Wednesday in Washington, D.C., to discuss bids for the convention, and will make a recommendation on which city the event should be held in, according to RNC spokesman LeRoy Coleman. That recommendation will be presented to the full 168-member RNC, consisting of party…

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Election 2009: The Day After

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2:03 p.m. – According to reports to be filed with FEC by Bright House Networks, just over $80,000 was spent on political TV advertising by all candidates in the St. Petersburg Municipal Elections. 1:30 p.m. – Johnny Bardine on Jim Kennedy’s win: “When I first met with Jim, it was obvious that he was earnest, hardworking, thoughtful. He deserved to stay on city council but wasn’t sure how to run a campaign. Nick Denmon and I sat in his office…

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Tempers flare at RNC re: Jim Greer’s election

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Old grudges die hard, and at the Republican National Committee (RNC) meeting this week, some wounds from this year’s contentious election for chairman are being reopened. Jim Greer, chairman of the Florida Republican Party and a key ally of RNC Chairman Michael Steele, is running to head the party’s influential Rules Committee, with Steele’s backing. That doesn’t sit well with some conservatives, who see Greer as a centrist. Former South Carolina Republican Party Chairman Katon Dawson, who came in second…

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Slate on Marco Rubio

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In the country of no ideas, the 100-idea’d man is king. At least that’s the hope of Marco Rubio, the 38-year-old former speaker of the House in Florida who is now gunning for the Senate seat being vacated by the retiring Mel Martinez. The 2010 primary between Rubio and Gov. Charlie Crist is being hyped as a showdown between the moderate wing of the Republican Party—Crist supported Obama’s stimulus package—and its conservative base. But the election is also a referendum…

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