The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

World, nation, state

March 4, 2014

Transportation, financing tops in landing political convention

WASHINGTON — Hotels, transportation and finances - not political considerations - will matter most to Republican officials choosing a 2016 national convention site, party leaders said Monday after hearing bids from cities across the country.

Eight cities are vying to host the convention, which likely will be held between late June and mid-July of 2016. Kansas City, Mo., Phoenix, Columbus, Ohio, Cleveland and Denver were on the agenda of a special party committee Monday. Las Vegas, Dallas and Cincinnati are expected to make their case later this month. A final decision is expected in late summer.

Reince Priebus, Republican National Committee chairman, made his priority clear: “Securing the finances.”

The second consideration is logistics. Many Republicans grumbled about Tampa, Fla., site of the 2012 convention. Hotels were often half-hour rides away, and Hurricane Isaac forced cancellation of the first day’s events.

“Delegate experience,” said Priebus, has become a more significant issue for the party this time.

Kansas City Mayor Sly James said after the city made its presentation that officials were focused on the nuts and bolts of fundraising, hotels, transportation and security - not the political leanings of a host city or whether it was located in a swing state.

“When you look at major urban cities that have the ability to host something like this, most have Democratic mayors and Democratic leanings,” said James, a Democrat, after the city’s 25-member delegation explained its plan to the nine-member selection committee.

The convention could bring international attention and $200 million to $300 million in direct economic benefits, James said.

“There is nothing bigger for a city than this, other than the Olympics,” James said. “You cannot buy the type of prestige and media coverage that a convention brings to a city.”

Politics is hardly a factor, though with three cities from the traditional swing state of Ohio, the question kept coming up. Priebus was asked at a news conference about Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, who last week vetoed legislation that would have permitted businesses to refuse service to gays for religious reasons.

Social conservatives are an influential Republican constituency, but Priebus said the controversy would have no impact on the convention decision. “I trust Gov. Brewer made the best decision she had to make. It doesn’t play a role in our process,” he said.

Nor is he buying the notion that a convention’s site helps a party’s nominee. In 2012, party nominees lost their conventions’ host states; President Barack Obama lost North Carolina, site of the Democratic convention, and Republican Mitt Romney lost Florida.

Party officials would not hint at anyone’s chances. Denver officials stressed how they hosted the 2008 Democratic convention and got decent notices. Las Vegas cites its convenience - thousands of hotel rooms, most walking distance to the convention site - and its vast experience hosting all kinds of conventions.

The Kansas City team said that it can provide more than 6,000 hotel rooms within 10 minutes’ walking distance from the city’s arena or convention center, and another 5,000 rooms within 25 minutes by privately chartered shuttle buses.

“All of their hotel needs can be satisfied with nobody spending more than half an hour in transit,” James said.

James declined to say whether the city plans to use any public funds to help cover security costs, construction or other expenses necessary for hosting the convention, and if so, how much.

Kansas City boosters have been tightlipped when asked for specifics about convention funding, citing state laws and a desire to keep the details of the bid secret from rival cities.

1
Text Only
World, nation, state
  • Troubled childhoods may prompt men to volunteer for military service

    In the era of the all-volunteer U.S. military, men who served are more than twice as likely as those who never did to have been sexually abused as children and to have grown up around domestic violence and substance abuse, a new study has found.

    July 24, 2014

  • As poverty continues to rise, fewer Ohioans are receiving state aid

    The number of Ohioans receiving public assistance continues to drop even while poverty increases, raising questions about how the state helps the poor.

    July 24, 2014

  • ’Saltwater’ from fracking spill much different from ocean water

    In early July, a million gallons of salty drilling waste spilled from a pipeline onto a steep hillside in western North Dakota’s Fort Berthold Reservation. The waste — a byproduct of oil and gas production — has now reached a tributary of Lake Sakakawea, which provides drinking water to the reservation.

    July 24, 2014

  • 40 bodies from jet solemnly returned to Dutch soil

    Victims of the Malaysian jetliner shot down over Ukraine returned at last Wednesday to Dutch soil in 40 wooden coffins, solemnly and gently carried to 40 identical hearses, flags at half-staff flapping in the wind.

    July 23, 2014

  • U.S. pushes for truce as Gaza battle rages

    The United States announced signs of progress in cease-fire talks Wednesday, but prospects for a quick end to the fighting were dim as Palestinian families fled fierce battles in southern Gaza and the death toll rose to more than 700 Palestinians and 34 Israelis.

    July 23, 2014

  • GROUNDED U.S., other countries ban flights to and from Israel

    A Hamas rocket exploded Tuesday near Israel’s main airport, prompting a ban on all flights from the U.S. and many from Europe and Canada as aviation authorities responded to the shock of seeing a civilian jetliner shot down over Ukraine.

    July 23, 2014

  • REPORT: Retaliation by supervisors common at VA

    A pharmacy supervisor at the VA was placed on leave after complaining about errors and delays in delivering medications to patients at a hospital in Palo Alto, California. In Pennsylvania, a doctor was removed from clinical work after complaining that on-call doctors were refusing to go to a VA hospital in Wilkes-Barre.

    July 22, 2014

  • Veteran's Ducks Iraq vet cited for owning 14 therapeutic pet ducks

    An Army veteran who hurt his back during the Iraq War is worried a citation will result in him losing his 14 pet ducks, which he says are therapeutic.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Stacked Apartment.jpg New York building shows how mod design stacks up as cool

    In a city piled high with ambitious architecture, a seven-floor structure off the beaten path boasts a distinction of its own: It’s billed as the first multistory, modular-built apartment building to open in the nation’s apartment capital.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Scores dead in first major ground battle in Gaza

    The first major ground battle in two weeks of Israel-Hamas fighting exacted a steep price Sunday: It killed 65 Palestinians and 13 Israeli soldiers and forced thousands of terrified Palestinian civilians to flee their neighborhood, reportedly used to launch rockets at Israel and now devastated by the fighting.

    July 21, 2014

House Ads
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
AP Video