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Re: JAX potential new host of 2020 GOP convention
« Reply #150 on: July 07, 2020, 02:15:35 PM »
No city in this country is better suited for hosting a political convention this year.

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Re: JAX potential new host of 2020 GOP convention
« Reply #151 on: July 07, 2020, 02:36:52 PM »
No city in this country is better suited for hosting a political convention this year.

No city in this country should be hosting a political convention this year.  Fixed it for you.

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Re: JAX potential new host of 2020 GOP convention
« Reply #152 on: July 07, 2020, 02:45:29 PM »
Curry is now in quarantine.
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Re: JAX potential new host of 2020 GOP convention
« Reply #153 on: July 08, 2020, 09:22:19 AM »
https://www.firstcoastnews.com/amp/article/news/health/coronavirus/trump-gop-still-weighing-options-for-rnc-location-as-covid-19-numbers-climb-in-florida/77-3be81574-f85f-4234-ac71-deb7cdb8c38e

JACKSONVILLE, Fla — President Donald Trump said Tuesday the GOP is "always looking at different things" when discussing whether the Republican National Convention will still be hosted in Florida as cases of COVID-19 spike in the state.

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Re: JAX potential new host of 2020 GOP convention
« Reply #154 on: July 08, 2020, 10:43:57 AM »
No city in this country is better suited for hosting a political convention this year.

This reminds me of when Susie Wiles said Brad Thoburn was "Uniquely Qualified" to be the COJ Planning Director as they were petitioning City Council to waive the requirement that the Planning Director have 10 years experience (he had 0)

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Re: JAX potential new host of 2020 GOP convention
« Reply #155 on: July 08, 2020, 04:04:44 PM »
Attorney WC Gentry is representing a group of DT residents and businesses suing the City, the RNC and the Trump campaign, and ASM Global to stop the convention. Per Nate Monroe. 
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Re: JAX potential new host of 2020 GOP convention
« Reply #157 on: July 08, 2020, 06:18:44 PM »
Attorney WC Gentry is representing a group of DT residents and businesses suing the City, the RNC and the Trump campaign, and ASM Global to stop the convention. Per Nate Monroe.

Here is the link to the article:  https://www.jacksonville.com/news/20200708/suit-filed-to-label-jacksonville-rnc-public-lsquonuisancersquo-shrink-event?utm_source=SFMC&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Florida%20Times-Union%20news-alerts%202020-07-0821:06:24&utm_content=GMPG_FTU&utm_term=070820

If it wasn't so serious, this convention could be the subject of a comical reality show.  I guess that's appropriate since its "star" is a reality show personality who is still living as if the country was one too  8).

I note many national articles showing Trump and others making lots of "backtracking" comments about how this convention gets done, if at all.  A real circus.
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Re: JAX potential new host of 2020 GOP convention
« Reply #158 on: July 08, 2020, 08:23:23 PM »
Some Real Estate Person was quoted in the Jacksonville Business Journal saying that "Charlotte really messed up" passing on the RNC (not quite what Charlotte did, but we all know the story).  Big news here in Charlotte late last month: Centene, a Fortune 50 Company based in St. Louis, is building a regional HQ here.  $1 billion investment starting with 3200 employees, average salary $100,000.  At the press conference, Centene's CEO announced that he plans for the job count to total more like 6,000.

In the St. Louis press, when asked why not the investment in St. Louis, he commends Charlotte's and NC's leadership, and cites the city's and state's quick and thoughtful and community-based responses to upticks in crime, to affordable housing, and even to COVID.  He went so far as to note the statewide mask mandate here, and the decision to bypass the RNC because it went against data and the medical team's recommendations.  Hosting a Trump RNC is no issue.  It's Florida's and Trump's defiance of science and health expert recommendations for a relatively shallow objective that is so revolting.  Enjoy.


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Re: JAX potential new host of 2020 GOP convention
« Reply #159 on: July 09, 2020, 09:00:37 AM »
One Republican operative with knowledge of the discussions said the recent spike in cases in that state has created a tremendous amount of uncertainty.

https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/506488-pandemic-mars-trumps-gop-convention-plans
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Re: JAX potential new host of 2020 GOP convention
« Reply #160 on: July 09, 2020, 09:03:41 AM »
One Republican operative with knowledge of the discussions said the recent spike in cases in that state has created a tremendous amount of uncertainty.

https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/506488-pandemic-mars-trumps-gop-convention-plans

If only there were trained professionals in place to warn them of the dangers of opening early, not wearing masks, not social distancing, and how dumb this idea was before they announced it.  IF ONLY!

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« Reply #161 on: July 09, 2020, 09:33:00 AM »
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The Republican National Committee plans to make COVID-19 testing available to those attending the convention.

And yet, teachers and other educators apparently have to fend for themselves after being forced back into "brick and mortar" schools in a few weeks.

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Re: JAX potential new host of 2020 GOP convention
« Reply #162 on: July 09, 2020, 12:29:56 PM »
“The Republican convention in Jacksonville next month could be moved to an outdoor stadium as cases of the novel coronavirus in the state increase,” the Washington Post reports.

“While no decision has been made, Republican officials are studying two outdoor professional sports stadiums near the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena where the convention is currently slated to be held. They are also looking more broadly into the logistics of pulling off an outdoor convention.”

“An outdoor convention could pose its own set of problems, however. Florida is particularly hot in the summer, with temperatures often climbing to 100 degrees, and rain is also a threat.”
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Re: JAX potential new host of 2020 GOP convention
« Reply #163 on: July 09, 2020, 12:44:40 PM »
“The Republican convention in Jacksonville next month could be moved to an outdoor stadium as cases of the novel coronavirus in the state increase,” the Washington Post reports.

“While no decision has been made, Republican officials are studying two outdoor professional sports stadiums near the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena where the convention is currently slated to be held. They are also looking more broadly into the logistics of pulling off an outdoor convention.”

“An outdoor convention could pose its own set of problems, however. Florida is particularly hot in the summer, with temperatures often climbing to 100 degrees, and rain is also a threat.”

There are plenty of high school gyms they could use if they are worried about heat and rain!  With social distancing, could probably manage maybe 200 people.  That's about equal to what Charlotte will have with their voting delegates.  Only high rollers though as they must each then spend an average of $500,000 during the 2 or 3 days they are here so we can hit Curry's $100 million economic impact number.  ;D

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Re: JAX potential new host of 2020 GOP convention
« Reply #164 on: July 09, 2020, 12:57:23 PM »
“The Republican convention in Jacksonville next month could be moved to an outdoor stadium as cases of the novel coronavirus in the state increase,” the Washington Post reports.

“While no decision has been made, Republican officials are studying two outdoor professional sports stadiums near the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena where the convention is currently slated to be held. They are also looking more broadly into the logistics of pulling off an outdoor convention.”

“An outdoor convention could pose its own set of problems, however. Florida is particularly hot in the summer, with temperatures often climbing to 100 degrees, and rain is also a threat.”

I saw that WaPo reported that.

To me, that's a colossally stupid idea. Let's put aside the brutal heat and humidity and pretend it never rains in the summer in Florida for a moment. Here are the options:

1. Try to fill the Stadium. Unless the Stones are going on right after Trump, this isn't happening. Plus, while not indoors it's not like we're distancing here.
2. Put 15k people (rough Arena capacity) in the Stadium. This doesn't work because it blows the optics issue. Heck, people rip Jags fans if they have 55k in the stadium because it looks empty. While I'd argue that you could distance much better by putting 15k in a 67k seat stadium, why move the convention to Jacksonville in the first place then? Charlotte has an NFL stadium that would have worked just fine if you were willing to do that.