From the Christian Science Monitor in the USA:
As in 2008, Republicans scramble to adjust speaking and travel schedules to cope with the hurricane. The vote to formally nominate Mitt Romney shifts to Tuesday – for now. Stay tuned.
I hope (very much against hope) that this delay will cause the Republican party bureaucrats to think again about the undemocratic nature of this convention.
It is undemocratic on the outside; as the local police of Tampa have already threatened to jail people for expressing dissent outside the convention hall.
It is undemocratic on the inside; as those Republican delegates who want to vote for Ron Paul or other candidates other than Romney will not get the right to speak at the convention.
So, more a monarchical “coronation” than a really “republican” event. How would be eighteenth century American revolutionaries who fought the British monarchy think about this?
Day one of the Republican National Convention in Tampa Bay, Florida, has been essentially called off due to Tropical Storm Isaac. The city’s police department received $50 million from Congress ahead of the convention, purchasing armored vehicles and high-tech surveillance cameras equipped with behavioral recognition software: here.
Two attendees at the Republican National Convention were thrown out of the convention center in Tampa on Tuesday after throwing nuts at a black CNN camerawoman and saying, “this is how we feed the animals”: here.
From Voice of Freedom Park, Tampa, Florida: Interview With Food Not Bombs Activist Nathan Pim: here.