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Cleveland to Host GOP Convention in 2016

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  • #1028594

    News
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    Republicans Will Hold Their 2016 Convention In Cleveland
    AP/The Huffington Post
    Posted: 07/08/2014 11:51 am EDT

    The Republican National Committee has decided to hold its 2016 convention in Cleveland, Ohio, chairman Reince Priebus announced Tuesday. Speaking on Fox News, Priebus said the convention would begin on either June 28 or July 18 in 2016.

    A RNC panel had narrowed down possible host cities to Cleveland and Dallas, Texas. The decision is pending a ratification vote by the full committee in August.

    READ MORE: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/08/republican-convention-2016_n_5567257.html

    #1028592
    MichaelC
    MichaelC
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    Big news for Cleveland.

    #1028598

    jbcmh81
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    This may end up being good news for Columbus, as well. With the GOP picking Cleveland in a highly contestable swing state, will it give the Dems a lot more incentive to also come to Ohio, specifically Columbus? Not that conventions tend to do anything towards swinging a state one way or another, but I can’t imagine this decision will do anything but make it less likely that they go outside of the state. I hope the city has been on it’s A-game.

    #1028608

    gramarye
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    The primary issue from that is that I think the Republicans would consider it splendid sport to see if they could shell the Democratic convention from the roof of the Cleveland Convention Center. All in good fun, of course, but some might take it the wrong way. :-P

    #1028609
    hugh59
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    You would think they would want a city with a few Republicans in it, but then, several of the last conventions were in republican free zones.

    #1028613

    RBloodworth
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    I could be wrong, of course, but I think this officially puts the final nail in the coffin of Columbus’ DNC aspirations (as if we stood much of a chance in the first place). Yes, both major parties theoretically COULD hold their national conventions in the same state, but I can’t see that happening. As if people don’t already think that Ohio gets too much attention during election season… I’d say that either Philadelphia (longtime Dem stronghold, swing state, strong patriotic imagery) or Phoenix (chance to expand the political map for Democrats, growing city, TONS of Hispanic voters) has the lead in this race.

    #1028624

    jbcmh81
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    I could be wrong, of course, but I think this officially puts the final nail in the coffin of Columbus’ DNC aspirations (as if we stood much of a chance in the first place). Yes, both major parties theoretically COULD hold their national conventions in the same state, but I can’t see that happening. As if people don’t already think that Ohio gets too much attention during election season… I’d say that either Philadelphia (longtime Dem stronghold, swing state, strong patriotic imagery) or Phoenix (chance to expand the political map for Democrats, growing city, TONS of Hispanic voters) has the lead in this race.

    I disagree. I don’t think it reduces the chances for Columbus at all. Just the opposite. Cleveland is out of the running, of course. And Birmingham never had a chance at all. That leave Phoenix, Philly and Brooklyn. Democrats already have the Hispanic vote wrapped up, especially since Republicans killed any chance of immigration reform. So they don’t really need to go to Phoenix. And Arizona is a very hostile state towards Hispanics to begin with once you get into policy, so to put the convention there just looks bad. So that leaves Philly and Brooklyn. Brooklyn is part of NYC, of course, and wouldn’t have much trouble hosting, but the Democrats don’t really get anything out of being there. So that leaves Philly and Columbus. I think that’s what it will ultimately come down to, imo. It would be difficult for the Dems to ignore a swing state like Ohio when polling for the president/Democrats is not particularly good right now, especially when the GOP will go there. They need to put their eggs where they most count, so I think that puts the edge to Columbus. If the city can work out whatever transit issues there might be, it can do it.

    #1029680

    geoyui
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    So with Lebron returning to the CAVS, there has been concerns surrounding what if the CAVS reach the finals in 2016. The GOP Convention and the NBA Finals would have some scheduling conflicts, so if that were to happen, could Columbus host some CAVS home playoffs games?

    If this were to happen, it would be pretty sweet IMO.

    James’ return to Cleveland could complicate RNC

    If the RNC insists on its preferred date and weeks of early access to hang balloons and bunting, the Cavaliers could be forced to look at other venues for post-season play. Ohio State University’s basketball arena in Columbus is one such option.

    #1029681

    RedStorm
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    So with Lebron returning to the CAVS, there has been concerns surrounding what if the CAVS reach the finals in 2016. The GOP Convention and the NBA Finals would have some scheduling conflicts, so if that were to happen, could Columbus host some CAVS home playoffs games?

    If this were to happen, it would be pretty sweet IMO.

    James’ return to Cleveland could complicate RNC

    If the RNC insists on its preferred date and weeks of early access to hang balloons and bunting, the Cavaliers could be forced to look at other venues for post-season play. Ohio State University’s basketball arena in Columbus is one such option.

    How hilarious would it be that Cleveland finally clinches a championship…but it’s won in Columbus? Poor Cleveland. The vindictive side of me hopes this happens. Mostly for trolling purposes.

    #1029722

    GViewProgrammer
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    I don’t get it I know Cleveland is doing better but I was there less than a year ago and couldn’t order a pizza staying downtown(Doubletree). How are they somehow more equipped than Columbus to handle a convention?!?

    #1029727

    wpcc88
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    I don’t get it I know Cleveland is doing better but I was there less than a year ago and couldn’t order a pizza staying downtown(Doubletree). How are they somehow more equipped than Columbus to handle a convention?!?

    you’re not the only one.. my parents live in Cleveland and I was just there a couple of weeks ago.. it’s not much of a renaissance if you as me but I guess to each their own.. people from their and who live there just have a hard time admitting that downtown actually sucks because they all live in the ‘burbs

    #1029729

    nohio
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    https://www.facebook.com/ClevelandComebackCity

    highlights the recent developments in
    Cleveland -not counting many other recent developments that can be found on the web-
    The recent completion of a 350M dollar renovation of the renowned Cleveland Museum of Art -all funds raised privately- the explosion of renovating old buildings downtown including adding the renowned Heinen’s supermarket downtown which will increase Cleveland’s downtown population up to over 15k people-it already leads the state in downtown residents with approximately 12k or more right now with a 96% occupancy. The completion of the convention center -new 600 plus convention hotel will be done by the time the RNC rolls into town and 3 other hotels being built and renovation of others including the Hyatt at the Arcade and the only Ritz Carlton in OH at Tower City Center.

    Mammoth development in University Circle -partnering with CWRU -the leading research university in OH-new condos and apts. coming on line in the next couple years in the unparalleled University Circle area. Once again the Cleveland Clinic and its 40k employees was named 4th best hospital in the nation -no. 1 in 2 specialties -cardiology (20th year running) and urology.

    What Columbus and Cleveland are both doing is admirable. Cleveland is making great strides but has a more difficult task due to its industrial base that has been on the decline for over 40 years. I am very proud of both cities.

    #1029738

    wpcc88
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    What Columbus and Cleveland are both doing is admirable. Cleveland is making great strides but has a more difficult task due to its industrial base that has been on the decline for over 40 years. I am very proud of both cities.

    and also the many, many years of political corruption.. however until Frank Jackson is out of office I will never truly believe in Cleveland.. and do they count W 25th/Ohio City in the downtown resident numbers? because I’d love to see where they got the 15k number

    #1029747

    nohio
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    http://www.cleveland.com/business/index.ssf/2013/09/heinens_plans_downtown_clevela.html

    The article above is from last Autumn- all of the projects mentioned have started and new ones have been announced. Population of downtown Cleveland does not include W.25-Ohio City West side market area nor University Circle.

    I agree with your assessment of Frank Jackson- as I said it is a work in progress -I wish both cities great success.

    #1029767

    GViewProgrammer
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    Again that is all great on paper, and I do think development of downtown Cleveland is good as a whole for the state. I just was honestly taken back by how hard it was to do anything after about 6. I mean Columbus is bad for that downtown too but I could at least walk to 16bit or Wall St, and I am pretty sure that Donatos delivers. To me the Doubletree is the equivalent of the Southern in Columbus. I just couldn’t believe I couldn’t order a pizza and then we got out of our show (Animal Collective at the HOB) and all of the bars were closed (except the casino, even fourth was mostly/all closed). Granted it wasn’t a sports day but you would think bars would be open if there is such a large downtown population.

    Maybe the industrial history is what limits it. It seems to cut everything off from the east and the rivers and lake do the rest. I hope Cleveland does a great job because it will help the state as a whole, but IMHO Columbus was better suited and I bet all of those old money suburbanites in Cleveland Heights are the real reason they grabbed it.

    BTW that being said the Arcade is still one of the coolest buildings I have seen.

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