Republican National Convention

Politics
5:36 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

Romney and Ryan Bid Farewell to Tampa Bay

Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan campaign in Lakeland, FL
Eric Mennel / WUSF News

Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan held a rally in Lakeland, Florida today, saying "thank you" to the Tampa Bay area. They spoke to an estimated crowd of 2,000, and they made a special push to court disenchanted supporters of President Obama.

Congressman Ryan echoed an image from his convention speech earlier this week, one of college graduates looking up at fading Obama posters in their childhood bedrooms. Governor Romney called on supporters to bring those same voters into his camp.

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Politics
4:30 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

RNC Yields Little News Coverage of Tampa--Unless You Count The Daily Show

About fifteen thousand members of the media were in town for the RNC--but perhaps you didn't notice, given the limited coverage of Tampa within the last week.

We've read the stories of strippers.

And listened to them on air.  Some snippets of news reports include:

"Like it or not, Tampa has a reputation when it comes to strip clubs..."

"Yup, Tampa strip clubs are dressing up before dressing down..."

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Republican National Convention
4:23 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

Worshippers Observe RNC Party Politics

Conservative political columnist Cal Thomas speaks to attendees at Bell Shoals Baptist church in Brandon.

We’ve talked  a lot about the protests and parties surrounding the Republican National Convention, and there have been a lot of them. But there’s a religious aspect to the convention as well.

Bell Shoals Baptist Church in Brandon invited conservative political columnist Cal Thomas to speak at its Sunday services. Two-thousand worshipers attended the 11 o'clock service.

"Cal we are so thankful you're here with us today. We look forward to hearing what God is going to say through you," said Pastor Stephen Rummage as he welcomed the guest speaker up to the pulpit.

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Politics
2:07 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

'Florida Matters: The Convention' Post-RNC Show

The first five episodes of "Florida Matters: The Convention" were broadcasted from the Tampa Convention Center. The final show came to you from WUSF's Tampa studios.
Dalia Colon WUSF

The Republican National Convention may have officially closed up shop Thursday, but Tampa Bay residents still had plenty on their minds Friday morning--from politics to economics, to how Tampa looked to the world.

On the final edition of Florida Matters: The Convention, listeners joined the conversation with our guests:

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Culture
12:54 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

"Mr. Satan Goes to Wall Street" Comes to Republican National Convention

Justin West and Heather Merlis jam outside the Cafe Hey
Steve Newborn WUSF

I was in search of a good protester or two - which, after the first two days of the Republican National Convention, became rather hard to find in downtown Tampa. So I went to Cafe Hey, a coffee shop in the shadow of Interstate 275 that had become a de-facto hangout for the radical set. There, I came across Heather Merlis and Justin West, who was strumming a guitar on the sidewalk outside the cafe.

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Culture
11:36 am
Fri August 31, 2012

In Defense Of Tampa

Never mind the palmetto bugs. There's a lot to like about Tampa, Fla.
Mladen Antonov AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri August 31, 2012 5:46 pm

It's been a rough week for my adopted hometown.

First, it looked like our worst nightmare would come true: a direct hit from Hurricane Isaac with tens of thousands of visitors in town for the Republican National Convention.

We were spared the worst of Isaac — but then came a raft of snarky stories about Tampa.

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It's All Politics
11:30 am
Fri August 31, 2012

Fact Checkers Ding Romney On A Few Familiar Points

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney on Thursday at the Republican National Convention in Tampa.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

Originally published on Wed September 5, 2012 10:01 am

Among the things the Republican Party's presidential candidate is hearing this morning about the address he gave Thursday night is that "in a speech heavy on anecdotal history but short on policy details, Mitt Romney avoided major falsehoods."

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Republican National Convention
11:10 am
Fri August 31, 2012

RNC: Protesters Gather For Final Demonstration

Protesters from Romneyville Hold Final Demonstration

They were dressed in masks. Some wore black bandannas over their faces. They were shirtless, beating drums, and one guy wore a boot on his head.

"Wake up, wake up! We want freedom, freedom!" They shouted.  

More than 100 protesters marched to Gaslight Park joined by Mitt Romney's effigy. Dozens of officers watched from the sidelines-- some on bikes and others on horseback. 

Politics
10:40 am
Fri August 31, 2012

Conversation About Workers at AFL-CIO Rally at GOP Convention

Larry Milhorn sports his "Blue Collar" sash before the rally
Steve Newborn WUSF

After the Occupy Wall Street People and the anarchists seemingly fled downtown Tampa after several days of protests, the working class came out Wednesday outside the gates of the Republican National Convention. About 150 people - including postal workers, school employees and public officials - paraded through the downtown streets to petition for worker's rights.

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Environment
5:15 am
Fri August 31, 2012

Six Dodge Arrest in TECO Protest

Protester at TECO's Big Bend Power Plant is cut from a pipe he locked himself into
Mark Schreiner WUSF 89.7 News
  • Mark Schreiner reports on Thursday's protest at TECO's Big Bend Power Plant in Apollo Beach.

No arrests were made, although operations at TECO's Big Bend Power Plant in Apollo Beach were interrupted for a few hours Thursday due to a Republican National Convention-related protest. Five protesters chained themselves together in the middle of a road at the plant, while a sixth chained himself to a truck.

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Election 2012
1:37 am
Fri August 31, 2012

Transcript: Florida Sen. Marco Rubio's Convention Speech

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio speaks at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla. on Thursday.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Fri August 31, 2012 12:58 am

  • Listen to Marco Rubio's Speech

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It's All Politics
1:37 am
Fri August 31, 2012

Jeb Bush Gives Shoutout to His Brother at Convention That Largely Ignored Him

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush speaks Thursday at the Republican National Convention.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

Originally published on Thu August 30, 2012 10:21 pm

Jeb Bush acknowledged that he had something he wanted to get off his chest, and he did.

Appearing Thursday at a Republican convention that has barely mentioned his brother — two-term President George W. Bush — Jeb Bush took a point of personal prerogative (he is, after all, also the son of a former president), to honor his brother and scold the man who followed him into the Oval Office.

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Election 2012
1:35 am
Fri August 31, 2012

Transcript: Clint Eastwood's Convention Remarks

Clint Eastwood speaks at the Republican National Convention on Thursday.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

Originally published on Fri August 31, 2012 4:23 pm

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It's All Politics
1:34 am
Fri August 31, 2012

A Fine Night For Romney, But No Game Change

Mitt Romney accepts the Republican nomination for president at the party's convention Thursday.
Charles Dharapak AP

Originally published on Fri August 31, 2012 1:17 am

It's been the political world's obsession for weeks leading into the Republican National Convention in Tampa.

Would nominee Mitt Romney manage what would be miraculous for any candidate, and in a handful of days and one big speech wash away the problems of a modern candidacy?

Turns out Romney's moment Thursday night was a fine one, if not a great one.

His speech continued the campaign's concerted effort to reach out to skeptical female voters, reminding the audience that his strong mother ran for Senate.

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Environment
9:18 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

Watch: Environmental Protest at Big Bend

Police work to free Earth First! activists from lock boxes outside Big Bend power station as protesters watch.
Alex Cook

Protesters in town for the RNC took a bus ride down to Apollo Beach on Thursday to support an environmental protest at TECO Energy's Big Bend power station.  

Environmental activist group Earth First! had chained themselves together in the road leading up to the plant, and police worked to free them from their constraints.  No arrests were made, and the protesters left peacefully.

Earth First! spokesperson Leah Rothschild said they chose the Big Bend station for their action because it's Florida's dirtiest power plant and TECO helped fund the RNC.

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