Decision 2012

Texas dems residing in rustic water park resort

Much like their Republican counterparts, the Texas delegation at the Democratic National Convention is housed at a resort far from the convention location.

While Texas republicans enjoyed a luxury spa retreat, the democrats are staying at a Concord, NC lodge style resort, complete with an indoor water park. They’re staying at the Great Wolf Lodge, about half an hour north of Uptown Charlotte. The loge is guarded by two giant wolves, outside. Inside, meanwhile, red, white and blue banners and balloons hang from the log walls and antler-chandeliers, right along side huge fire places and likenesses (we think!) of stuffed bears and wolves.

Click below for some photos from the delegates’ hotel:

Hinojosa: Texas is more than a ‘donor state’

Texas Democratic Party Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa believes the state can turn blue again, and he’s banking the Latino population can achieve that goal.

"Texas should not only be a donor state where people come and take money, but rather it should be a state that has a real possibility to turn blue for the Democratic party. A little bit of lovin,’ as I say, to the Texas Democratic Party, will result in big gains nationally for our Democratic party," Hinojosa told Paul Brown during "Capital Tonight," Monday.

Watch the video below to hear more from Hinojosa, including a look-ahead to Mayor Julian Castro’s keynote address.

RNC Photos: Republicans rally behind Romney and Ryan

The Republican National Convention has been convened in Tampa this week. Check out some photos from the convention in the gallery below:

RNC Photos: Behind the Scenes

Our YNN and Capital Tonight crews are hard at work at the Republican National Convention in Tampa. Check out some of their behind the scenes work in the gallery below:

RNC Photos: Texas Delegation

Check out photos of the Texas Delegation at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla.

Republicans expected to pay tribute to Ron Paul at RNC

Tuesday marked the end of the first official day of the 2012 Republican National Convention.

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In day two, expect to see another packed schedule. For Texas delegates, the day starts in Wesley Chapel, Fla. at the Saddlebrook resort. They will hear from Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, Comptroller Susan Combs and George P. Bush, son of former Florida Governor Jeb Bush.

Delegates are expected to arrive at the Tampa Bay Times Forum at 5 p.m. Central time Wednesday where they will start the day with a video tribute to Ron Paul as he completes his final term in Washington.

Paul’s son, Rand will also speak along with Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal and Vice Presidential Nominee Paul Ryan.

Tune in for a special edition of Capital Tonight at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m., where you can catch our one-on-one interview with Governor Rick Perry.

Actor Jon Voight speaks to reporters at RNC

Academy Award-winning actor Jon Voight, speaking to reporters at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, said it was important for American voters to get past the distractions reported by the media and focus on things the government can solve like “getting people back to work.”

He said President Obama has done nothing to get Americans back into jobs. When YNN’s Capital Tonight crew asked Voight if his brother, Chip Taylor, agreed with him, Voight replied, “We don’t talk a lot about politics in the family.”

Chip Taylor is a singer-songwriter who divides his time between Austin and New York. His first songwriting hit was “Wild Thing” by the Troggs in the 1960s.

Photos from day one of RNC

Texas delegates enjoying sweet digs

The Texas delegation may be staying a ways from the Republican National Convention site, but there’s no question that they’re enjoying some pretty fancy accommodations. The delegation was assigned the Saddlebrook Resort in Wesley Chapel, about 25 miles from downtown Tampa.

The grounds include an 18 hole golf course, a spa, an enormous pool (complete with poolside bar) and several restaurants. One delegate we spoke with today says he brought his wife and six kids along so they could enjoy the resort, while he’s busy with official business at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

Here’s a slideshow of the resort 300 Texans will call home for the next four days:

Republican National Convention delayed

Threats of severe weather from Tropical Storm Isaac will delay the start of the Republican National Convention, in Tampa. The convention was slated to begin with a full day session, Monday. Instead, RNC officials say the convention will convene Monday, then immediately recess until Tuesday.

Due to the Tampa Bay Forum’s location, there still stands the possibility that the entire arena may be evacuated. Arena officials on the floor today were talking about emergency preparedness and the possibility of bringing in sandbags.

There’s no word yet on how that will alter the speaking schedule.

Here’s the official statement from RNC President and CEO Bill Harris:

“Our chief priority is the safety of the residents of Florida, of those visiting the Convention, and all those in Gulf Coast states who may be impacted by Tropical Storm Isaac. We have been working closely with the campaign, the party, and state and local officials for months to ensure a successful, enjoyable convention. Federal, state and local officials assure us that they are prepared to respond, if needed, and the scheduling changes we are announcing today will help ensure the continued safety of all participants – our foremost concern. We are also committed to keeping the delegates and guests of the convention well informed about the situation, and we will continue providing updates in the hours and days ahead.”

RNC Committee Chairman Reince Priebus released this statement:

“Due to the severe weather reports for the Tampa Bay area, the Republican National Convention will convene on Monday August 27th and immediately recess until Tuesday afternoon, August 28th. After consulting with Governor Scott, NOAA and local emergency management officials, we are optimistic that we will begin an exciting, robust convention that will nominate the Romney-Ryan ticket.”