2012 GOP National Convention - Journal Star News

2012 GOP National Convention

Updates from the Republican National Convention in Tampla, Fla. Use the chat feed at right to comment and see live tweets from Nebraskans at the convention.



  • Fahleson: Check-in, Credentials and Cocktails



    Isaac is still not here--all reports are that it will hit the Tampa area around 2 a.m. Monday morning.   Because of the anticipated impact on transportation (example:  buses crossing the bridges into Tampa have a tendency to blow over in high winds--something we want to avoid) the Convention will convene tomorrow and immediately go in to recess until Tuesday. Now the 4-day schedule will be condensed into 3, but I'm confident we'll get the necessary work done to formally nominate Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan.  

    Last night, I had the pleasure of attending a special reception sponsored by the Wisconsin and Mississippi GOP honoring Chairman Reince Priebus and Gov. Scott Walker. and former RNC Chair and Gov. Haley Barbour. Gov. Walker made it a point to tell me how much he likes Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman and how he's looking forward to Wisconsin defeating the Huskers in Lincoln (I told him to not get his hopes up).  My wife Sara and 14 year-old daughter Abigail were able to join me for that event, which was on the 38th floor of a building in downtown Tampa and provided a nice view of the  convention hall and incoming weather.
     Our hotel
    by Zach Pluhacekon Aug 28, 2012 at 4:24 PM
     My unofficial credentials from the Convention.
    by Zach Pluhacekon Aug 28, 2012 at 4:24 PM
     Delegate check-in at the Nebraska hospitality suite
    by Zach Pluhacekon Aug 28, 2012 at 4:26 PM
     NEGOP Staffers Jessica Heineman, Raven Shirley and Andrew LaGrone cheerfully getting credentials ready for the incoming NEGOP delegates and alternate delegates.
    by Zach Pluhacekon Aug 28, 2012 at 6:29 PM
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    Most of our delegation is arriving today.  I'm hosting a hospitality room for the delegation, where they will receive their official credentials, host bags and enjoy an adult beverage or two while they wait.  

    Tonight we'll head off to the big welcome event at Tropicana Field, where the Tampa Bay Rays play.  Again, plenty of fun and revelry before we get started with our official business.

    Monday's schedule for our delegation has been altered due to the weather.  We're going forward with our breakfast on Monday morning, but instead of it being in a tent on the beach (which is being taken down as I write before Isaac hits), we'll be eating at a local restaurant, and we'll still have a lunch with the Iowa delegation in Tampa.  But tomorrow evening is now free with the postponement of official business, so we're treating it like a Nebraska "snow day."  We plan to gather to play board games and participate in good old-fashioned Nebraska fellowship.  With the New Jersey and California delegations staying in nearby properties, perhaps we can convince them to come out in the storm to join us.  Gov. Christie--are you up for a game of Scrabble?

  • Fahleson:  A Late Night, but a Positive One



    Yesterday was the actual first day of the Republican National Convention for our delegation.  After a nice lunch at the Columbia Restaurant in Tampa's Cuban district, we went to the convention hall to conduct the official business of the convention (adoption of the credentials report, rules, platform).  Because the schedule was upended with the postponement of Monday's business, our Tuesday social events conflicted with the new amended schedule.  After the delegation heard a great speech from future U.S. Senator Deb Fischer, it departed for dinner on a boat cruise with Gov. Dave Heineman.  I, along with National Committeeman Pete Ricketts and National Committeewoman De Carlson, remained behind at the convention to announce the roll call vote for Nebraska.  During the roll call I gave "shout outs" to the No. 1-ranked Husker Volleyball team, the College World Series, the Sandhills, Gov. Heineman and Sen. Deb Fischer.

    After the dinner event the full delegation returned to the convention hall to hear speeches from a number of top Republicans, capped by keynote addresses by Mitt Romney's wife Ann and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.  

    Ann Romney gave perhaps the greatest speech of all time by a presidential candidate's spouse.  She spoke of Mitt--a devoted and loving husband and father--and why he is uniquely qualified to be president at this critical time.  

    Gov. Christie spoke of doing what's right to make our country great again.

    The event was very positive, upbeat and especially exciting.  A highlight for me was that while headed to an event in the convention hall, I boarded an elevator with Sen. Marco Rubio, who kindly agreed to a photo with my family.  That's a keepsake.

    Unfortunately, the transportation leaving the convention left a little bit to be desired.  Three hours plus from convention hall to our hotel.  Transporation for the convention falls within the purview of Tampa.  Tampa has a Democrat Mayor and City Council.  Go figure.
    Walking to the convention from our buses.  Fitting that it's adjacent to Nebraska Avenue. 
    by Zach Pluhacekon Aug 29, 2012 at 2:57 PM
    On convention floor with Wisconsin GOP Chair and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.  
    by Zach Pluhacekon Aug 29, 2012 at 2:57 PM
    Fahleson family in Nebraska delegation seats on convention floor 
    by Zach Pluhacekon Aug 29, 2012 at 2:57 PM
    Sara Fahleson, Mark Fahleson, Abigail Fahleson, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio 
    by Zach Pluhacekon Aug 29, 2012 at 2:57 PM
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  • Fahleson: Photos from Thursday

    Me with the two GOP convention pages from Nebraska 
    by Zach Pluhacekon Aug 31, 2012 at 12:10 PM
    Balloon drop ready to go 
    by Zach Pluhacekon Aug 31, 2012 at 12:12 PM
    Clint Eastwood 
    by Zach Pluhacekon Aug 31, 2012 at 12:12 PM
    Gov. Romney entered the floor for his acceptance speech right next to the Nebraska delegation seats 
    by Zach Pluhacekon Aug 31, 2012 at 12:13 PM
    by Zach Pluhacekon Aug 31, 2012 at 12:15 PM
    Post convention concert by Journey.  Enjoyed taking my wife and daughter (who actually knew some of the songs!). 
    by Zach Pluhacekon Aug 31, 2012 at 12:13 PM
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