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  • Cleveland relaxes rules on protest marches at GOP convention (incoming leftist swarms)

    06/30/2016 7:45:46 AM PDT · by 20yearsofinternet · 2 replies
    Fox News ^ | 6/29/2016 | AP
    CLEVELAND – The relaxation of rules on protest marches during the upcoming Republican National Convention and the shrinking of a designated event zone downtown is an "important victory" for free speech rights, a civil rights group said Wednesday. A federal judge said last week that the city's regulations for the four-day convention, which starts July 18, were unconstitutional and ordered city attorneys to negotiate new rules with the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio. The ACLU of Ohio had sued the city on behalf of two groups planning protests and rallies the first day of the convention and a homeless...
  • Senators and delegates remain cool to ‘dump Trump’ plot

    06/29/2016 2:34:15 PM PDT · by Innovative · 28 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 29, 2016 | David Weigel
    On cable news, Twitter and a few conference calls, the debate over dumping Donald Trump at the Republican National Convention is fierce. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan's insistence that delegates could vote their "conscience" is read as the high-sign to undo the primaries; Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's (R) musing about the same is a clue that he is ready to save the party. But with three weeks to go before the convention nominates a candidate for president, Trump's recent hires and his discovery of a teleprompter (a device he once suggested should disqualify any user from the presidency) have...
  • McCain: Delegates Free to 'Make Up Their Own Minds' on How to Vote at Convention

    06/29/2016 7:38:37 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 58 replies
    As a group of Republican delegates continue their push for the freedom to vote their conscience when casting presidential nominating ballots at the Republican National Convention, John McCain said Tuesday that it's within their rights to vote how they see fit. "I think it's up to every delegate to make up their own minds," McCain told THE WEEKLY STANDARD in the Capitol. "I do not tell them what to do, I never have." Although McCain said he wasn't expressing an opinion on what delegates should do, the former GOP presidential nominee's words of support for the delegates' freedom of conscience...
  • No Speaking Slots? Ted Cruz and John Kasich Brush Off Trump’s Threat

    06/27/2016 6:17:41 PM PDT · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 145 replies
    New York Times ^ | 6/27/2016 | JEREMY W. PETERS
    Ted Cruz and John Kasich have a message for Donald J. Trump: They don’t care if they are not invited to speak at his convention. As Mr. Trump tries to plan a convention that will run as smoothly as possible, he said in an interview with The New York Times last week that he would not invite either Mr. Cruz or Mr. Kasich, both former rivals for the Republican presidential nomination, to speak at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland unless they endorsed him. That is fine, both said on Monday. A spokeswoman for Mr. Cruz, Catherine Frazier, said the...
  • Dozens of Leftist Groups Plan RNC Protest Coalition

    06/27/2016 7:50:47 AM PDT · by rktman · 28 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 6/27/2016 | Lee Stranahan
    The leftist website Fight Back! News is promoting a list of about 40 groups planning to protest at July’s Republican National Convention in Cleveland. The “Coalition to Stop Trump and March on the RNC” rally is scheduled for July 18, the first day of the Republican National Convention. FightBack reports that the “protest will put forward the slogans, “Dump Trump, Say No to the Republican Agenda. Stand against Racist, Anti-immigrant and Anti-Muslim Attacks. We demand Peace, Justice and Equality” and goes on to say:
  • EXCLUSIVE: Likely Settlement Will Allow Pro-Trump Group To Protest Safely At Convention

    06/27/2016 4:55:29 AM PDT · by orchestra · 11 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 6/26/2016 | Alex Pfeiffer
    Rules previously put in place by the city of Cleveland would have left pro and anti-Trump groups sharing protest space, but a likely settlement to be reached will allow groups to have their own space to protest. The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit against Cleveland due to grievances over a restrictive 3.3 square mile security zone and a parade route that was potentially out of the sight and sound of delegates it would be meant to protest. The group Citizens for Trump, who was involved in the lawusit with the ACLU, was particularly worried about their safety...
  • Trump: Cruz, Kasich must endorse or no convention slot

    06/26/2016 3:38:19 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 272 replies
    "If there's no endorsement, then I would not invite them to speak," Trump said of other top Republicans in an interview with the New York Times.
  • (Gov. Scott )Walker says delegates should vote their conscience on Trump

    06/25/2016 10:53:40 AM PDT · by Innovative · 99 replies
    Business Insider ^ | June 21, 2016 | Scott Bauer, Associated Press
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said Tuesday he agrees that delegates to the Republican national convention should be free to vote their conscience, even if that means not supporting presumptive nominee Donald Trump. Walker is a former presidential candidate and a delegate to the convention next month. He told reporters following a groundbreaking at a sausage factory that he will follow Wisconsin Republican Party rules and cast his ballot for Texas Sen. Ted Cruz in the first round because Cruz won the state primary.
  • POLITICO delegate survey: Dump Trump lacks the votes (Anti-Trumpers Outnumbered Big)

    06/24/2016 6:34:34 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 48 replies
    Politico ^ | 06/24/16 06:35 PM EDT | Kyle Cheney
    The presumptive nominee’s foes appear to be outnumbered on the panel they’d hoped would pave the way to a new nominee. [ Caption under photo: "The Trump campaign has enjoyed the full backing of the RNC since Ted Cruz left the race. It’s had access for weeks to lists of convention delegates and has begun building a team of more than 150 staff members and volunteers intended to work the convention floor, as well as the rules committee." ] Republicans looking to dump Donald Trump at next month’s convention have passion, energy and a fierce sense that their party will...
  • Anti-Trump lawsuits planned to challenge bound delegates

    06/24/2016 1:49:27 PM PDT · by blueyon · 57 replies
    Washibgton Examiner ^ | 6/24/16 | Gabby Morrongiello
    Members of the "Free the Delegates" movement are expected to file separate lawsuits in Arizona and Virginia on Friday, challenging the constitutional restraints on binding delegates to a candidate at next month's Republican National Convention. A source familiar with the forthcoming court filings claimed that some individuals seeking to unbind all 2,472 delegates in Cleveland next month are being intimidated by state-level GOP officials. In some cases, the source said, party leaders have threatened to revoke delegates' credentials to the national convention. Regina Thomson, who serves as executive director of Free the Delegates, could not be reached for further details....
  • Could Delegate's New Lawsuit Derail Trump's Nomination?

    06/24/2016 2:41:14 PM PDT · by Innovative · 132 replies
    NBC News ^ | June 24, 2016 | Alexandra Jaffe
    A Virginia delegate to the Republican National Convention filed a class action lawsuit in federal court Friday challenging a state law that binds delegates to support the primary winner at the nominating convention. The outcome of the lawsuit could have significant implications for Donald Trump's nomination, as it will be a test case of a key argument being pushed by some Trump opponents who want to see him stopped at a contested convention.
  • Never Trump movement gets little help from convention rules panel roster

    06/24/2016 9:24:28 AM PDT · by MaxistheBest · 13 replies
    Politico.com ^ | 06/24/2016 | KYLE CHENEY
    The Republican National Committee has released the list of the 112 members of the upcoming convention rules committee — a panel that will be the focal point of a struggle by anti-Donald Trump delegates to block the mogul's nomination at the Republican National Convention next month. But Trump foes hoping the panel will help their cause are in for a disappointment, as the roster is stacked with officials who publicly support making Trump the nominee.
  • Former Romney Adviser on Trump Alternative: ‘Until Donald Trump Has the Nomination…All Things Are..

    06/24/2016 8:04:49 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 38 replies
    ABC ^ | Jun 24, 2016 | NOAH FITZGEREL
    Former Romney Adviser on Trump Alternative: ‘Until Donald Trump Has the Nomination…All Things Are Possible’ By NOAH FITZGEREL Jun 24, 2016, 5:01 AM ET There remain deep rumblings inside the establishment of the Republican Party about presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. This week’s episode of ABC’s "Powerhouse Politics" podcast paints a picture in which the Republican National Committee may focus its efforts on down-ticket races to hedge the risk of losing the White House in November to presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, leaving a Trump operation with little infrastructure of its own scrambling to catch up. Noting the frustration...
  • Federal Judge Strikes Down Security Buffer Zone for GOP Convention

    06/24/2016 7:20:49 AM PDT · by wtd · 20 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | June 23, 2016 | Bryan Stascavage
    Federal Judge Strikes Down Security Buffer Zone for GOP Convention A federal judge found unconstitutional a heightened-security area proposed to surround the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio on Thursday, saying the 3.5 square mile “event zone” unfairly restricted free speech.
  • Trump Campaign Moves to Block Convention Coup

    06/23/2016 8:21:33 PM PDT · by Innovative · 46 replies
    NBC News ^ | June 23, 2016 | Jane C. Timm
    Donald Trump's campaign believes it has the support of enough delegates to prevent a convention coup next month in Cleveland, and is building an expansive team to make sure of it. The campaign's whip team, as first reported by Politico and outlined in interviews with multiple Trump strategists involved in the effort, includes 150 paid staffers and volunteers that will act as a direct line to delegates at the Republican National Convention. Trump's team insists it's not a direct response to the growing grassroots effort to change the convention rules to make it easier to oust Trump as the party's...
  • Federal Judge Throws Out Cleveland’s GOP Convention Security Plan

    06/23/2016 11:25:53 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 64 replies
    Federal Judge Throws Out Cleveland’s GOP Convention Security Plan Byron Tau June 23, 2016 1:37 p.m. ET CLEVELAND—A federal judge on Thursday struck down the city of Cleveland’s rules limiting protests during next month’s Republican National Convention, finding the city’s strict security regulations violated the U.S. Constitution. U.S. District Court Judge James Gwin ruled the city’s establishment of a large zone around the July convention site within which protesters’ ability to demonstrate would be strictly limited contravened the Constitution’s guarantees of the freedom of speech and assembly. “Under the First Amendment, I do find that the city hasn't sufficiently, narrowly...
  • RNC Opposes Pro-Trump March and Rally in Court

    06/23/2016 4:48:10 AM PDT · by Pinkbell · 48 replies
    Breitbart ^ | June 22, 2016 | Roger Stone and Paul Nagy
    The beginning of the end game has begun as the corrupt elites – politicians, media, and financiers – bring all hands on deck to stop Donald Trump by every means possible starting at the convention in Cleveland. The RNC Committee on Arrangements chaired by Steve King (Cruz’s National Campaign Co-Chairman and a hostile attacker of Donald Trump) has sided with the City of Cleveland in opposing pro-Trump groups from having a peaceful rally during the convention week by filing a Motion to Intervene in a pending lawsuit, along with a huge brief stating their opposition to such an assembly. The...
  • Time-lapse video shows first 36 hours of Quicken Loans Arena's RNC transformation

    06/21/2016 8:04:20 PM PDT · by GilGil · 14 replies
    Cleveland.com ^ | 6/19/2016 | Mary Kilpatrick
    A time-lapse video recorded by convention organizers shows the first 36 hours of the arena's transformation — from a few hours after Game 6 ended, to the start of construction. About 250 people will work inside the Q each day to ready the arena for the RNC. The Republican Party typically needs six to eight weeks to convert a space into the RNC convention floor. This year, the GOP only has four weeks — but officials have said they are confident the Q will be ready in time for the convention.
  • Pro-Romney forces given reins to GOP convention rules, positioned to launch anti-Trump coup

    06/21/2016 1:07:59 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 102 replies
    Washington Times ^ | June 20, 2016 | Ralph Z. Hallow
    The specter of Donald Trump’s presidential nomination being ripped from under him in a nastily contested Republican National Convention next month is alive — again. Anti-Trump forces appeared to have been defeated after he ousted his remaining opponents from the race in early May and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Speaker Paul D. Ryan and Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus all signaled that Mr. Trump had sewn things up. But weeks of bad press stemming from Mr. Trump’s criticism of a federal judge and uneven handling in the aftermath of the Orlando, Florida, terrorist shooting have kick-started efforts...
  • Capitol Insider: Kasich plans public events during GOP convention in Cleveland

    06/20/2016 9:08:17 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 17 replies
    John Kasich reiterated last week that he’s still not sure of his formal role at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland that is to nominate Donald Trump in a month. But that doesn’t mean the Ohio governor won’t be visible. He is quietly putting together both public events and private meetings during the four-day gig in his home state. “What he does publicly will be focused on his vision of a Republican Party based on conservative principles that brings everyone together and gives all Americans a chance to rise,” said spokesman Chris Schrimpf. “It could be a combination of his...
  • Anti-Trump delegates raising money for staff and a legal defense fund

    06/20/2016 5:10:02 AM PDT · by detective · 38 replies
    MSN News ^ | June 20, 2016 | Ed O'Keefe
    Supporters of a growing anti-Donald Trump movement announced plans Sunday to raise money for staff and a possible legal defense fund as they asked new recruits to help spread the word with less than a month until the Republican National Convention. Having started with just a few dozen delegates, organizers also said Sunday that they now count several hundred delegates and alternates as part of their campaign. "As we carefully consider not only the presidential nominee but the rules of the convention, the platform of the Republican Party and the vice presidential nominee, remember that this is true reality TV...
  • Dump Trump? Paul Ryan leaves door open to Republican convention revolt

    06/19/2016 12:02:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    The Manchester Guardian ^ | June 19, 2016 | Dan Roberts, Washington Bureau chief
    Pressure for one last attempt to dump Donald Trump built among Republicans on Sunday, as the party’s leader appeared to encourage a possible revolt that could still see an alternative nominee chosen at next month’s national convention. After a week in which the presumptive nominee appalled many colleagues with his reaction to a shooting massacre in Orlando, House speaker Paul Ryan made clear he would not try to obstruct any rebellion against Trump by delegates in Cleveland. “They write the rules, they make the decisions,” he told NBC’s Meet the Press. “All I want to make sure is to make...
  • GOP Sen Johnson: Trump Nomination Still ‘Reasonably Uncertain’

    06/19/2016 12:34:27 PM PDT · by usafa92 · 45 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 6/19/2016 | Pam Key
    Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union,” when asked about his support for presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump in light of talks over delegate revolts, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) said no one could predict the outcome of the GOP nomination process, adding, “I think things remain reasonably uncertain.” Johnson said, “Nobody can really predict what’s going to be the outcome of our nomination process. I know there’s a number of movements afoot. I’m not part of that process. I have my own race here in Wisconsin, I’m going to concentrate on the areas of agreement, growing our economy, strengthening...
  • First on CNN: Priebus probes state GOP leaders over anti-Trump push

    06/19/2016 8:22:18 PM PDT · by Innovative · 79 replies
    CNN ^ | June 17, 2016 | Sara Murray, CNN
    Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus has been quietly having conversations with state party leaders to discuss the latest push by convention delegates to nominate anyone other than Donald Trump. Priebus has spoken with GOP party chairmen in multiple states in recent days in part to get a better sense of how large the anti-Trump faction is among their convention delegations, according to two people familiar with the conversations. While Priebus has made clear in these conversations that he is not spearheading the latest push for a coup, his involvement sends a signal that the RNC is taking this effort...
  • What to Expect When Trump Meets 900 Evangelical Leaders Tuesday

    06/19/2016 5:15:20 PM PDT · by blueyon · 74 replies
    CP Politics ^ | 6/19/16 | Anugrah Kumar
    Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's closed-door meeting Tuesday with 900 top evangelical and social conservative leaders will be a time of questions and answers on issues such as the Supreme Court, sanctity of life and religious freedom, according to an organizer, who said a similar meeting is being discussed also with Trump's rival Hillary Clinton. "Of the more than 50,000 questions that came in, many of them focused on those three issues. Others focused on issues related to leadership, national security, and faith," Johnnie Moore, the spokesperson for My Faith Votes, a non-partisan organization focused on engaging the 25...
  • Cleveland's Restrictions at GOP Convention Site Spur Lawsuit

    06/18/2016 5:48:54 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 21 replies
    VOA ^ | 06/18/2016
    The American Civil Liberties Union has sued the city of Cleveland, site of next month's Republican National Convention, accusing the city of illegally restricting areas where protesters and residents can congregate. The suit, filed this week on behalf of the city's homeless, objects to the 8.5-square-kilometer "event zone," a secondary security area outside the stricter security perimeter that will circle the convention site, Quicken Loans Arena. The lawsuit contends that security restrictions and rules regarding public demonstrations in the event zone are "arbitrary, unnecessary and unjustifiable." The plaintiffs also include Citizens for Trump, an activist group backing presumptive Republican nominee...
  • Several GOP delegates working to block Trump's nomination: report

    06/17/2016 1:29:35 PM PDT · by Mechanicos · 165 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 17, 2016 | Ben Kamisar
    At least 30 delegates are mounting a longshot attempt to deny Donald Trump the GOP presidential nomination on the convention floor, The Washington Post reported Friday. The delegates hope to change party rules next month to take away delegates who are pledged to the presumptive nominee but who may not actually support him. The attempt comes on the heels of a tough stretch for Trump, who has seen his favorability plummet and any lead over Democrat Hillary Clinton evaporate over his attacks on a Hispanic federal judge, comments this week about banning Muslims and other controversies. http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/presidential-races/283912-several-gop-delegates-working-to-block-trumps-nomination
  • Dozens of GOP delegates launch new push to halt Donald Trump

    06/17/2016 11:32:23 AM PDT · by Innovative · 60 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 17, 2016 | Ed O'Keefe
    Dozens of Republican convention delegates are hatching a new plan to block Donald Trump at this summer’s party meetings, in what has become the most organized effort so far to stop the businessman from becoming the GOP nominee. The delegates are angered by Trump’s recent comments on gun control, his racial attacks on a federal judge and his sinking poll numbers. They are convinced that Trump is an insufficiently conservative candidate and believe they will find enough like-minded Republicans within the next month to change party rules and allow delegates to vote for whomever they want, regardless of who won...
  • Operation “Summer of Chaos” exposed: Obama,Soros,BLM, plan to activate martial law before Election

    06/16/2016 7:34:14 AM PDT · by ResisTyr · 42 replies
    Intellihub.com ^ | 14 June 3016 | Shepard Ambellas
    10,000 bought and paid for BLM dissidents to create chaos at the Philadelphia Democratic National Convention in late July
  • John Kasich to Joe Scarborough: I'm Not Interested in Being a 'Spoiler' at RNC

    06/16/2016 6:21:26 AM PDT · by Innovative · 30 replies
    NBC News ^ | June 16, 2016 | Kailani Koenig
    Ohio Governor John Kasich insists he is not interested in being Donald Trump's running mate, or in launching a potential third-party bid for the White House — but that doesn't mean that he hasn't been strongly urged to consider it.
  • Release the GOP Delegates

    06/14/2016 9:16:49 AM PDT · by poconopundit · 32 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 6 /13/2016 | Eric O’Keefe, David B. Rivkin Jr.
    Main points of the story: Delegates won’t be legally ‘bound’ going into the convention. Although 20 states have passed laws that purport to bind delegates, these statutes can’t be legally enforced. This year the Rules Committee will be packed with supporters of Sen. Ted Cruz, who has not endorsed Mr. Trump. A political party is a private association whose members join together to further their shared beliefs through electoral politics, and they have a right to choose their representatives. Treating parties like mini-democracies reduces choice in the general election by crowding out the features that give each party its unique...
  • JUST 35 DAYS TO GO

    06/13/2016 8:07:00 AM PDT · by knarf · 12 replies
    Republican National Convention ^ | June 13, 2916 | knarf
    I predict an escalation of weirdness in these next few weeks
  • REPUBLICAN TRAITORS CONVENTION

    06/13/2016 8:00:56 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 4 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 06/13/16 | Matthew Vadum
    Why are some Republican Rats abandoning the ship as it rises on a swelling tide of popular support? Some factions with the Republican Party are doing their best to hand over the keys to the White House to the irretrievably corrupt pathological liar Hillary Clinton because they dislike presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump. This suicidal gesture will help Barack Obama complete his fundamental transmogrification of America. The movement is being led by high-profile Republicans like two-time loser Mitt Romney and unsuccessful California gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman who have proved over the years that they understand so little about electoral politics...
  • BUILD BRIDGES, NOT WALLS HILLARY SAID, SO THEY BUILT A FENCE

    06/11/2016 10:42:03 AM PDT · by SJackson · 18 replies
    Hillary told Univision (the Mexican Cable TV Station) that we should be “building bridges, not walls.” Of course in reference to Donald Trump’s stand that we need to secure our borders with a ‘wall.’ So in preparation for the DNC Convention in Philadelphia, they are erecting a huge fence to keep out…Sanders supporters? Wait, isn’t a fence like a wall? If they can build one, why can’t we? “I think the idea of building walls as an answer to issues that confront our country is just not the right approach. We should be building bridges, we should be building understanding.”...
  • Jeff Sessions: Wall at Democratic National Convention a double standard

    06/11/2016 7:05:58 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 29 replies
    al.com ^ | June 10 2016 | Howard Koplowitz
    Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., accused presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee of applying a double standard by planning to construct fencing around this summer's Democratic convention. "It's interesting that the Democratic National Committee will have a wall around their convention to keep unapproved people out while at the same time, their presumptive nominee, Hillary Clinton, pushes for open borders policies that are even more radical than President Obama's," Alabama's junior senator said in astatement. "She would refuse to deport dangerous criminal aliens until after they have been convicted of committing heinous crimes against Americans, close detention...
  • Wells Fargo Center, Xfinity Live! to Be Inside DNC Security Perimeter

    06/10/2016 8:13:25 AM PDT · by DEEP_e · 13 replies
    NBC10.com ^ | Brian X. McCrone
    Security at the Sports Complex during the Democratic National Convention next month will include “no-scale fencing” to enclose the Wells Fargo Center and Xfinity Live!, the Secret Service special agent in charge said in an interview Thursday.
  • Anti-Trump Republicans seek last-ditch 'delegate revolt'

    06/10/2016 1:56:13 PM PDT · by Innovative · 50 replies
    CNN ^ | June 10, 2016 | Tal Kopan,
    The faction of the GOP that is unhappy with Donald Trump as the party's presumptive nominee has one last plan to stop the mogul: staging an all-out delegate revolt at the Republican National Convention. The far-fetched idea is the latest reflection of a campaign cycle that has been anything but ordinary, and stems from a continuing dissatisfaction among some conservative stalwarts with how Trump is behaving and running his campaign. But two longtime GOP veterans says they wouldn't bet on the effort working.
  • Talk grows of replacing Trump at GOP convention

    06/08/2016 9:48:06 PM PDT · by detective · 111 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | June 8, 2016 | Jon Ward
    There is growing talk on the right of replacing Donald Trump, the Republican Party’s presumptive nominee for president, and even chatter about a possible alternative. As Trump has floundered over the past week after questioning a federal judge’s impartiality because of his Mexican ancestry, Trump’s critics within the GOP have stepped up their efforts to thwart him. Some anti-Trump conservatives, who have tried for months to recruit an independent candidate, have begun looking more closely at attempting to persuade delegates at next month’s GOP convention to nominate someone other than Trump. “There is a rapidly moving train toward the convention...
  • Trump says Ari Emanuel offered to take charge of his convention film

    06/01/2016 12:12:58 PM PDT · by Jedidah · 99 replies
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | June 1, 2016 | Tracy Swartz
    Hollywood agent Ari Emanuel has offered to take charge of a film celebrating Donald Trump's presidential campaign that would air next month at the Republican National Convention, Trump said in a new interview. "He's a very good friend of mine," Trump said about Emanuel in a story posted online Wednesday by The Hollywood Reporter. "He calls me a lot. I call him a lot and we talk. He's very political. Even though he's not political, he's political. He gets it." . . .
  • Absences at convention by establishment leaders won't harm Trump

    05/31/2016 10:10:01 AM PDT · by detective · 44 replies
    American Thinker ^ | May 31, 2016 | Rick Moran
    GOP convention planners are trying to deal with the fact that few governors, Senators, and senatorial candidates will be attending the gathering in July. Along with dozens of House members likely to skip the conclave, the absence of establishment Republicans may undercut Trump's call for party unity, say some analysts. But other say that Trump doesn't need these politicians anyway - he won without them and will go on without their support if necessary.
  • North Carolina police pulls out of Republican National Convention (NAACP same week Cincinnati)

    05/29/2016 9:23:29 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 25 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 28 2016 | Staff
    A North Carolina police department backed out of sending 50 police officers to the Republican presidential convention in Cleveland in June over concerns about whether the city is prepared to host an event that is expected to bring at least 50,000 visitors to northeast Ohio. Greensboro police made the decision earlier this week to pull its officers from the event, saying the city isn’t providing workers’ compensation for coverage for out-of-town officers and is requiring them to get physical exams they’d have to pay for themselves. Deputy Police Chief Brian James wrote in a memo to the city’s police chief...
  • Cleveland police in riot gear won't wear body cameras during RNC

    05/29/2016 5:23:31 AM PDT · by Rebelbase · 55 replies
    al.com news ^ | May 27, 2016 | Cory Schaffer
    CLEVELAND, Ohio — Many Cleveland police officers will not be wearing body cameras if protests turn violent during the Republican National Convention, officials said. Police officials have told officers that a host of logistical issues, including an inability to attach the cameras to police riot gear, means officers will not be able to wear the devices. The department says officers will use other methods to record police interactions with protesters and the public during the convention. But the head of a police union and the executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio expressed concern that the officers...
  • Trump campaign eyeing big stadium for acceptance speech (Cleveland's football or baseball stadiums)

    05/28/2016 1:20:09 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 87 replies
    CNN ^ | Updated 12:38 PM ET, Sat May 28, 2016 | Jim Acosta
    Donald Trump's campaign is considering booking one of Cleveland's big sports venues for his acceptance speech in July, two GOP sources familiar with the planning of the upcoming GOP convention say. The sources said First Energy Stadium, home of the Cleveland Browns, and Progressive Field, home of the city's Indians baseball team, are the two sites under consideration for Trump's acceptance speech on the final night of the convention. One of the sources said the campaign is closing in on signing a contract for use of one of the two venues, with the football stadium currently the favorite for Trump's...
  • Democrats sweat next convention blowup

    05/28/2016 10:43:21 AM PDT · by Signalman · 10 replies
    Politico ^ | 5/27/2016 | Daniel Strauss
    In the wake of a recent Nevada state party convention that descended into chaos, Democrats are sweating out a similar event in Wyoming on Saturday. When Democrats meet in Cheyenne to select delegates to the July national convention, the same elements that created such a volatile mix in Nevada will be present: anger and frustration over Bernie Sanders’ delegate haul, superdelegates who backed Hillary Clinton before the state caucuses took place, and threats to state party officials. Story Continued Below At a gathering of state Democratic chairmen in Philadelphia last week, Wyoming was identified as one of the upcoming states...
  • Marco Rubio Willing to Speak for Donald Trump at Convention (And Release his Delegates )

    05/26/2016 5:26:20 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 50 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 26 May 2016 | Charlie Spiering
    Sen. Marco Rubio is not only going to go to the Republican convention that will nominate Donald Trump as the presidential nominee, he would be willing to speak for his former rival and release his delegates to him. “My sense is I’m going to go to the convention,” Rubio said in an interview with Jake Tapper aired on Thursday. Rubio admitted that he would he “honored” to speak for the Republican nominee if Trump asked him to speak at the convention. ... Rubio said that if his campaign hadn’t released his delegates to Trump for the convention, he would be...
  • Trump hasn't closed the deal—WE still decide who the nominee will be

    05/26/2016 1:09:38 PM PDT · by Innovative · 118 replies
    CNBC ^ | May 26, 2016 | Curly Haugland and Sean Parnell
    Delegates to the Republican National Convention will gather in less than two months and are expected by most to nominate businessman Donald Trump for president. But it's not quite so simple or certain – Trump will still have one last sales job ahead of him, persuading the delegates to choose him at the convention before he can claim the nomination. This is because each and every delegate has complete freedom to vote their conscience at the convention, including who the party's nominee should be. This may come as a surprise to many, particularly those who are reading about Trump's recent...
  • Feinstein cites '68 chaos in warning against Sanders convention plan

    05/20/2016 3:12:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | May 18, 2016 | Eugene Scott and Eric Bradner
    California Sen. Dianne Feinstein warned that Bernie Sanders' intention to take his candidacy to the Democratic convention in July could spark unrest similar to the chaotic 1968 convention in Chicago and the riots surrounding it. "It worries me a great deal," Feinstein told CNN's Manu Raju. "You know, I don't want to go back to the '68 convention, because I worry about what it does to the electorate as a whole -- and he should, too." Her comments were the latest evidence that Democrats are increasingly fretting that the divide between supporters of Sanders and backers of Hillary Clinton will...
  • Washington state GOP convention backs Cruz over Trump

    05/22/2016 9:05:37 AM PDT · by Flick Lives · 98 replies
    The Seattle Times ^ | Jim Brunner
    PASCO — Donald Trump has all but sewn up the GOP presidential nomination. But as thousands of Washington Republicans converged on a rodeo arena for their state convention over the weekend, the gathering didn’t look like a political party yet united behind a Trump-led ticket. Red Ted Cruz T-shirts outnumbered Trump ball caps on the convention floor at the TRAC Center, and supporters of the Texas senator won 40 of the 41 elected delegate slots for the Republican National Convention in Cleveland this summer — even though Cruz has dropped out of the race. ...snip... Amid talk of Republican unity,...
  • GEORGE P. BUSH: A BUSH CAN SURVIVE IN TRUMP POLITICAL WORLD

    05/21/2016 3:49:32 PM PDT · by lqcincinnatus · 66 replies
    AP ^ | May 21, 2:40 AM EDT | WILL WEISSERT
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  • David Koch Pledges Millions To Gary Johnson’s Presidential Bid

    05/19/2016 10:20:03 AM PDT · by C19fan · 55 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | May 19, 2016 | Drew Johnson
    Billionaire businessman and philanthropist David Koch has pledged “tens of millions of dollars” to help bankroll the campaign of Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson, according to a source within Johnson’s campaign. Koch’s money will be made available should Johnson, a former two-term Republican governor of New Mexico, secure his second consecutive Libertarian Party presidential nomination, the source said. The Libertarians will select their presidential ticket during the party’s national convention later this month in Orlando.