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    2012 RNC Host Committee still has $3.1 million in the bank

    Tampa has a problem we wish we all had — how to spend more than $3 million. The Tampa Bay Host Committee raised about $58 million in preparation for the 2012 Republican National Convention, reports Preston Rudie...

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    Lady Gaga rejected million-dollar offer to perform at RNC, lawsuit says

    It will take more than $1 million dollars for Lady Gaga to support her opposing political party. The “Born This Way” singer, who has openly championed liberal causes such as gay marriage, recently turned down a huge chunk o’...

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  • From Bon Jovi to Mitt Romney: The wizards behind the screens at the #RNC2012

    The wizards behind the scenes managing the 13 screens of images behind Republican speakers on the stage in the Tampa Bay Times Forum hail from a small New Jersey-based company called Control Freak Systems, LLC. Their normal...

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  • Who is the mystery convention speaker?

    Republican convention planners appear to have a surprise planned for those tuning in Thursday night, the Wall Street Journal reports. “Buried deep in the convention schedule released Monday is a vague reference to a mystery speaker scheduled for the...

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  • No more changes planned for GOP convention schedule

    The Romney campaign says there are no more schedule changes planned for the 2012 Republican National Convention. Romney strategist Russ Schriefer said “no change over the next three days” expected.  Schriefer said the storm was being monitored...

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  • GOP mulling truncated convention; could limit events to roll call and speech

    With Isaac headed toward New Orleans, Republican National Convention officials are considering a number of worst-case scenarios including a quick roll call and a truncated speech by Mitt Romney. Officials conceded on the record for the first...

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  • With GOP in town, business has yet to pick up at local strip clubs

    Even though Tampa’s strip clubs have advertised special deals for Republican delegates attending the GOP convention, the Tampa Bay Times says business hasn’t picked up. “They all braced for a windfall from the Republican National Convention — three times...

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  • Florida delegation enjoys Monday breakfast in ‘primary purgatory’

    Florida delegates at the Republican National Convention are based in Palm Harbor, about an hour north of Tampa, a penalty for moving the state’s presidential primary earlier than the national Republican Party would have liked. South Carolina...

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  • RNC planners could extend convention to Friday

    Here we go… Republicans are leaving open the possibility of extending their Tampa convention by a day, a senior Republican official told National Journal. The convention currently is scheduled to end Thursday, but major disruptions in Tampa or along...

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  • Lynyrd Skynyrd cancels Sunday night RNC concert

    Southern rock icons Lynyrd Skynyrd have canceled a Sunday night RNC concert because of the looming threat of Tropical Storm Isaac. No word on whether the invitation-only show — to be performed in Liberty Plaza, a tented...

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