Here And Now: RNC Day 3 Edition
Good morning. Liz is sleeping in a little after co-hosting our statewide coverage until midnight last night.
Today looks like another busy day at RNC. The convention doesn’t officially start until 7pm. Speakers include Sen. John McCain, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, and finishing off the night will be Paul Ryan.
Also speaking is Kentucky US Senator Rand Paul, who could get an interesting reaction this evening after yesterday’s floor fight initiated by supporters of his dad, Ron Paul.
But the schedule is busy earlier in the day as well. After her speech last night, Ann Romney will join VP Paul Ryan’s wife Janna For a “Women for Romney Victory” and “Women for Mitt Breakfast” in downtown Tampa.
It’s also busy at the NY delegation this morning. House Speaker John Boehner is slated to address the delegation, as our Nick Reisman reported. Also speaking is former Governor George Pataki who was on the show last night.
Back in New York, Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle, who skipped the convention, is hosting an agriculture roundtable this morning.
Also, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is making anannouncement in Keene at noon, with local officials.
Now for the headlines…
Hurricane Isaac is dumping large amounts of rain on New Orleans causing severe flooding. No word yet on whether it will impact the convention.
It has been a six year quest for Mitt Romney to secure the Republican Party’s nomination for president.
Many pundits feel Chris Christie did more to promote himself than outline a reason for voters to back Mitt Romney in his keynote address.
Ann Romney’s speech received almost universal praise from a wide range of media outlets.
Boston Globe, which has covered the Romney’s as close as anyone, says Ann helped put her husband’s profile into greater focus.
Some members of the New York delegation admit that they are not as important as they have been in previous years.
Larry Levy writes that Mitt Romney’s biggest challenge for the convention is to improve his likeability.
Back in New York…
Assembly Speaker Sheldon silver says he has regrets that he didn’t report all incidents of sexual harassment by Assemblyman Vito Lopez and paid off two victims with more than $100k in taxpayer money.
JCOPE is looking into the allegations.
One name being floated to replace Vito Lopez as Brooklyn Party Chair is Assemblyman Karim Camara.
The NY Post reports that investigators are looking into possible kickbacks from Sen. Huntley’s staff to her.
Bloomberg administration says they are not going to scale back their “soda ban.”
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