Republican National Convention

Cleveland Picked over Dallas for 2016 GOP Convention

It appears the 2016 Republican National Convention will take place in Cleveland. According to the Associated Press, a Republican National Committee panel is recommending Cleveland. The full 168-member RNC is expected to ratify the choice next month.

Finances were a key part of the decision-making process. The previous two GOP conventions have been extremely expensive for the party during election years. GOP Chairman Reince Priebus insisted the host city not leave the party picking up the tab, estimated at about $60 million.

Of course, Ohio has been a swing state in recent years, while Texas has been a solid “red” state for the past two decades.

Democrats have not yet decided where their 2016 convention will be held.

Dallas, Cleveland Named 2016 RNC Finalists

Dallas and Cleveland are the two finalists to host the 2016 Republican National Convention. The GOP site selection committee made the announcement, Wednesday. The decision eliminates Denver and Kansas City from the running.

If Dallas wins the bid, the convention would be held at the American Airlines Center, downtown. That is the same arena where the Mavericks and Stars play. Republican leaders are pushing for an early summer convention, which could pose a scheduling conflict with the NBA and NHL finals.

On the plus side, Dallas won’t have any problems with fundraising. Officials say they’ve already secured 45-million dollars toward the 60-million needed.

The site-selection committee is scheduled to make another visit to Cleveland. A final decision is expected on August 8.


Perry to reveal political plans after legislative session wraps

Capital Tonight’s Paul Brown sat down with Gov. Rick Perry Wednesday from the Tampa Bay Times Forum. Gov. Perry told us about his political aspirations and why he appointed Michael Williams as the state’s newest Education Commissioner.

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.

Dewhurst running for Lt. Governor again in 2014

Lt. Governor David Dewhurst made an unexpected appearance at the Republican National Convention Tuesday, and made some news while he was there.

Dewhurst confirmed he will run for re-election in 2014, despite Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson and Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples also in the running for his job.

According to our crews on the ground, Dewhurst spoke to the Texas delegation Tuesday morning and pledged his support to his former rival Ted Cruz in the race to fill Kay Bailey Hutchison’s U.S. Senate seat.

Our Paul Brown just spoke with Dewhurst in Tampa. Here is his extended conversation.

A handful of state leaders have expressed interest in running for Dewhurst’s Lieutenant Governor seat, including Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples.

YNN Political Reporter Alana Rocha caught up Staples just north of Tampa Tuesday. Check out her interview in the video below.

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