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How would Tampa mayoral hopefuls handle 2012 RNC? listen

02/02/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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It may seem like a ways off, but leaders throughout Tampa Bay are preparing for the summer of 2012, when the Republican National Convention will descend upon the region. The handful of candidates for Tampa mayor have different ideas about how to deal with the onslaught of politicos – and protesters – that’s sure to come.

The federal government is giving the city of Tampa $50 million to help cover RNC security costs. How that money will pan out in terms of boots on the ground, artille...

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New Republican chair says he's ready to clean house listen

02/02/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The 2012 Republican National Convention is about eighteen months away, but questionable spending has already put the party under fire. The new Republican National Committee chair was in town today, and he stressed his new staff would be more careful with RNC money.

New RNC chair Reince Priebus said he met with the convention’s host committee and is confident they’ll help make the event a success.

He stressed that the host committee is an entirely separate entity from the RNC commit...

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RNC chair says protests of 2012 convention in Tampa will be handled the same as in the past listen

02/02/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Along with massive political conventions come massive political demonstrations, and Tampa’s 2012 RNC will likely be no different. How Tampa will handle protests – some of which may get violent – isn’t yet known. Today, RNC Chair Reince Priebus said he hopes law enforcement will handle demonstrations in the same way they have during past conventions.

Lawsuits stemming from police brutality alleged to have occurred during the St. Paul and New York Republican Conventions plagued those...

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GOP chair Steele: fire Pelosi listen

09/20/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Republican National Committee chair Michael Steele was in the Tampa Bay area today, stumping for his party’s candidates. The GOP leader took aim at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a California Democrat.

Mainstream country music blares over the PA as Republican activists and candidates slowly file into the large, un-air-conditioned room. Parked outside of the Hillsborough Republican party headquarters is a red and white tour bus plastered with a simple message: “Fire Pelosi.” Speaking to ...

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