Life is slowly getting back to normal in Tampa after the Republican National Convention concluded Thursday night. Some businesses, restaurants and schools there offered these tips for Charlotte residents about how to handle a national convention coming to town.   

The main events were in downtown Tampa, and that area turned into a secure zone on steroids, in the words of Marshall Rainey.

Political convention season is in full swing, Republicans wrapped up theirs last night in Tampa. Next week, we’ll hear from Democrats…from right here in Charlotte. WFAE political analyst Michael Bitzer joins Duncan McFadyen to talk about the (particularly busy) week in politics.

MCFADYEN: So, who was your favorite speaker at the RNC? Who do you think was most effective at communicating the message?


It’s been decades since political parties actually selected a nominee at their national conventions. Duncan McFadyen takes a look at what modern conventions are used for.

Back in 1996, Nightline host Ted Koppel packed up and left the Republican National Convention. He called it more of an “infomercial than a news event.”

And that hasn’t changed for either convention in the last 16 years.

During coverage of the RNC August 29th, NPR’s Ron Elving said, “Everything is just a ratification of things that have been decided somewhere else. What these have

Modern national conventions are often described as being nothing more than “infomercials” for the two major campaigns and political parties.

But for those delegates attending the conventions, it is a chance to show the public who the members of the parties are and what each party stands for.

First, some background on how the delegates got to each party’s convention.  Both parties select their convention attendees in a series of elections, usually beginning at the local level and working their way up to the state level.

The Republican Platform And The RNC

Aug 29, 2012

Around here pretty much all the talk is about the Democratic National Convention but the Republican party holds a convention too and it starts this week in Tampa. The possible threat of hurricane conditions is not the only thing that has the convention buzzing. The Republican Party Committee has included tough language in their platform against abortion and immigration. GOP faithful hope the convention will add momentum to Mitt Romney's campaign which is locked in statistical dead heat with President Obama. We look at the news coming out of the Republican National Convention.

Pay Attention! It’s Time For Pol. Conventions 101

Aug 27, 2012

With the Republican and Democratic national conventions about to take place, it might be good to have a Convention 101 lesson. 

Don’t worry — there won’t be an exam (well, not until Nov. 6 — but there will be more study guides along the way).

First, we think of conventions as being unruly and hotly contested meetings, but unfortunately, modern conventions haven’t lived up to this historical image.