Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Sounds like it's a good idea to arrive early Saturday morning to the Republican Convention, just in case there's a battle over who will serve as convention chairman.
As my colleague Steve Mistler noted yesterday, GOP Chairman Charlie Webster is asking delegates to arrive at 8:15 a.m. because he's heard rumblings that the Ron Paul campaign plans to "take over" the convention. A few days ago, a State House Republican also advised me not to miss the procedural stuff at the beginning, including the selection of a convention chairman and adoption of party rules.
Other things I'll be watching:
*Adoption of the platform. Two years ago, I was up in the crows nest barely paying attention to the platform discussion when I began to realize something was different. The Tea Party successfully put a new platform in place, catching many of the mainline Republicans completely off guard.
*Speeches by the four Congressional candidates. While I've heard Senate President Kevin Raye and Senate Majority Leader Jon Courtney speak many times, I've not seen (or heard) Patrick Calder from Portland or Blaine Richardson of Belfast.
*Gov. LePage's speech on Sunday. The governor pretty much always makes news, especially if he wanders from his prepared speech.
*Sen. Snowe's speech, which will immediately follow the governor's address. Will she blast both parties for their conduct in Washington? Or will she take a softer tone?
*The six Senate candidates. Who gets the most applause? Who comes out swinging? Who packs the stage with supporters? Have many delegates already made up their minds?
It'll be a busy weekend. Check back frequently for updates from me and Steve.
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