WBEZ | RNC http://www.wbez.org/tags/rnc Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Republican chair calls Obama's gun control proposals a 'power grab' http://www.wbez.org/news/republican-chair-calls-obamas-gun-control-proposals-power-grab-104968 <p><p>WASHINGTON&nbsp; &mdash; The head of the Republican National Committee is dismissing the gun control provisions announced today by President Barack Obama as an &quot;executive power grab.&quot;</p><p>Reince Priebus says Obama &quot;paid lip service to our fundamental constitutional rights&quot; -- and then &quot;took actions that disregard the Second Amendment.&quot;</p><p>House Speaker John Boehner&#39;s office is non-committal, but it is signaling no urgency to act on Obama&#39;s proposals.</p><p>In a statement, the National Rifle Association quickly challenged Obama&#39;s proposals. It said, &quot;Attacking firearms and ignoring children is not a solution to the crisis we face as a nation.&quot; The NRA says the only people who will be affected will be &quot;honest, law-abiding gun owners&quot; -- while children will &quot;remain vulnerable to the inevitability of more tragedy.&quot;</p><p>But Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says Obama offered some &quot;thoughtful recommendations.&quot; He says the Senate will consider legislation addressing gun violence early this year. Reid says the shooting in Connecticut was &quot;the latest sad reminder&quot; that the nation isn&#39;t doing enough to protect children and others from gun violence.</p></p> Wed, 16 Jan 2013 15:14:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/republican-chair-calls-obamas-gun-control-proposals-power-grab-104968 Why isn't this bigger news? http://www.wbez.org/blogs/achy-obejas/2012-08/why-isnt-bigger-news-102087 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/RNC%20AP.jpg" title="Delegates cheer as Republican vice presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan walks to the podium to address the Republican National Convention in Tampa on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)" /></p><p>The most horrifying moment of this year&rsquo;s Republican National convention didn&rsquo;t happen onstage and did not involve any big names.<br /><br />It was, instead, an off the cuff moment, in the margins, just moments before Ann Romney gave her big speech Tuesday. It involved two attendees &mdash; names unknown, delegate status unknown &mdash;&nbsp;and a CNN camerawoman since identified as Patricia Carrol.<br /><br />It&rsquo;s been more 48 hours since the incident and, so far, it appears to have been successfully buried by the RNC with CNN&rsquo;s cooperation.<br /><br />What happened?<br /><br />According to <a href="http://politic365.com/2012/08/29/this-is-how-we-feed-animals-two-ejected-from-gop-convention-after-racist-incident/"><em>Politics365.com</em> and various other news outlets</a>, sometime Tuesday, two convention attendees approached Carroll, who is an African-American, <a href="http://mije.org/richardprince/cnn-camerawoman-not-surprised-peanut-throwing#Carroll">threw a handful of nuts at her</a>, and said, &ldquo;This is how we feed the animals.&rdquo;<br /><br />To the RNC&rsquo;s credit, they immediately kicked out the two offenders. Did they offer an apology to the Carroll? I don&rsquo;t know.<br /><br />To CNN&rsquo;s discredit, they have refused to follow up on the story. In fact, they didn&rsquo;t even initially report the story: It was David Schuster of Current TV who tweeted about the incident.<br /><br />Here&#39;s a report on <a href="http://2012.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/08/cnn-rnc-convention-camerawoman.php?ref=fpnewsfeed">CNN&rsquo;s official statement</a> on the matter on Tuesday: &ldquo;CNN can confirm there was an incident directed at an employee inside the Tampa Bay Times Forum earlier this afternoon. CNN worked with convention officials to address this matter and will have no further comment.&quot; (Carroll told the Maynard Insitute she was hoping the story would go away.)<br /><br />And that&rsquo;s it.<br /><br />Why in heaven&rsquo;s name would CNN fail to continue its coverage of this very shameful racial episode?</p><p>Race is an integral part of this election &mdash; both good, in the surprisingly <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/achy-obejas/2012-08/gop-convention-marvel-diversity-real-101967">diverse convention line-up</a>, and bad, as in the blatantly <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/post/ron-fournier-romney-is-playing-a-racial-game/2012/08/29/6273f244-f213-11e1-adc6-87dfa8eff430_blog.html">false race-baiting welfare ads</a> currently running from the Romney/Ryan campaign.<br /><br />Race is also an integral part of life in America, and on this planet. It absolutely matters what your race is, for good or bad, whether you&rsquo;re obvious or not, whether you proudly wear it on your forehead or hang your head in shame, whether you willfully use it to your advantage or just sit back and let the advantages work for you, whether you actively fight against its disadvantages or surrender to them.<br /><br />Two people went to the GOP convention this week and felt safe enough in those confines, and in that crowd, to approach a black woman and treat her like an animal.<br /><br />That&rsquo;s what happened.<br /><br />Seriously, why isn&rsquo;t that bigger news?</p></p> Thu, 30 Aug 2012 12:10:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/achy-obejas/2012-08/why-isnt-bigger-news-102087 Bears and cheeseheads at the Florida convention http://www.wbez.org/series/boys-bus/bears-and-cheeseheads-florida-convention-102081 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/cheese head.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Illinois Republicans have mostly high praise for Wisconsin Congressman and vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan, who spoke Wedenesday night at the Republican National Convention in Florida.</p><p>But Ryan also brought out some regional rivalries.<br /><br />Illinois delegate Dan Peterson, from the northern suburbs of Chicago, was wearing one of the only signs of party disunity. Peterson wore a jersey that had the Chicago Bulls on the front proudly displaying his opposition to Ryan&#39;s favorite team.</p><p>&quot;Unfortunately, he&rsquo;s a Packer fan. And I felt that we needed a little bit of balance today.&quot;<br /><br />Peterson is a delegate for Mitt Romney, and said he liked Paul Ryan&rsquo;s reputation as a federal budget expert.<br /><br />Also showing off his sports regalia while a line of reporters waited to interview him, was Sol Grosskopf. He is a Wisconsin delegate, who sat in the front row wearing a foam cheesehead.</p><p>&quot;You know, it&rsquo;s great to be among the Cheesehead Revolution right now, with Scott Walker, Reince Priebus and Paul Ryan,&quot; Grosskpof said.<br /><br />Delegates will hear from GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney Thursday night.</p></p> Thu, 30 Aug 2012 09:31:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/boys-bus/bears-and-cheeseheads-florida-convention-102081 Gay marriage advocates lobby Illinois Republicans, while Party rejects same-sex marriage http://www.wbez.org/series/boys-bus/gay-marriage-advocates-lobby-illinois-republicans-while-party-rejects-same-sex <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/7881025162_f46108f40f_z.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Gay marriage advocates are lobbying Illinois Republicans at the party&rsquo;s national convention.&nbsp;But it&rsquo;s not clear how their message is being received.</p><p>A group called Equality Illinois, an organization that lobbies for gay marriage in the state,&nbsp;sponsored the drinks at Tuesday&#39;s state GOP lunch.&nbsp;</p><p>&quot;There&rsquo;s a lot of Republicans still on the fence,&quot; said Randy Hannig, a spokesman for Equality Illinois. &quot;They&rsquo;re not too sure on how they would vote on say, for example, the marriage bill. So this is an opportunity for us to kind of talk to them, answer their questions, kind of assuage any fears they have.&quot;</p><p>Hannig said his group will sponsor a similar event at next week&rsquo;s Democratic Convention. But despite their presence, yesterday&rsquo;s lunch was sparsely attended.&nbsp;Most delegates were leaving for the Republican Convention at that time.</p><p>And some who were there, like delegate Bill Anderson, gave the group&rsquo;s message a cool reception.</p><p>&quot;I think there&rsquo;s far, uh, there are many other issues that are far more important,&quot; he said.</p><p>Later in the day, the national Republican Party passed a platform that explicitly rejects gay marriage.</p></p> Wed, 29 Aug 2012 08:48:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/boys-bus/gay-marriage-advocates-lobby-illinois-republicans-while-party-rejects-same-sex Former Illinois Santorum delegates help Romney clinch nomination http://www.wbez.org/series/boys-bus/former-illinois-santorum-delegates-help-romney-clinch-nomination-102040 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/7883210482_b44d57631b_o.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>As of Tuesday, Mitt Romney has all the nominating votes from Illinois&rsquo; delegation at the Republican National Convention &mdash; including some from supporters of former presidential candidate Rick Santorum.</p><p>State Treasurer Dan Rutherford, who heads up Romney&rsquo;s Illinois campaign, had what he wanted when he took to the convention floor yesterday. Illinois cast 69 votes unanimously for Romney&#39;s presidency.</p><p>Unanimously is the key word: 12 of those votes were originally promised to former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum, who later dropped out of the race.</p><p>But delegate Jon Zahm, Santorum&rsquo;s Illinois campaign chair, said he now supports Romney.</p><p>&quot;Because it&rsquo;s all about the best opportunity to beat Barack Obama,&quot; said Zahm. &quot;I don&rsquo;t wanna distract from that. I&rsquo;m not somebody who casts protest votes.&quot;</p><p>Illinois&rsquo; unanimous vote came as some supporters of Texas Congressman Ron Paul refused to cast their votes for Romney&rsquo;s nomination.</p></p> Wed, 29 Aug 2012 08:42:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/boys-bus/former-illinois-santorum-delegates-help-romney-clinch-nomination-102040 Illinois Republicans unfazed by storm delay at national convention http://www.wbez.org/series/boys-bus/illinois-republicans-unfazed-storm-delay-national-convention-101968 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/photo(1).JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Illinois Republicans are moving forward with their scheduled itinerary in Tampa, Florida despite the one-day delay of Monday&rsquo;s events at the Republican National Convention.</p><p>The national Republican Party postponed Monday&rsquo;s scheduled speakers and votes at the main convention center because of the threat of a tropical storm heading toward the Tampa area over the weekend. Come Sunday evening, though, it appeared as if the worst of the storm was heading west of the city.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>On Sunday, Illinois Republican Party Chairman Pat Brady downplayed the effect any severe weather would have on the plans of the state&rsquo;s delegation. He said they would continue their work on Monday and throughout the week, despite the disrupted convention schedule and an ominous-looking sky above.</p><p>&ldquo;Our schedule will continue as scheduled. We&rsquo;ll have our breakfast and we&rsquo;ll have the lunch meetings that some of the sponsors have put together. And then we&rsquo;ll have the event that night at the hotel, so our schedule doesn&rsquo;t change at all,&rdquo; Brady said. &ldquo;And I think we&rsquo;ll be back on our full schedule Tuesday, I hope.&rdquo;</p><p>The Illinois delegation is staying at a hotel about 27 miles west from the national party&rsquo;s events happening at the Tampa Bay Times Forum, where Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney is expected to formally accept his party&rsquo;s nomination for president later this week.</p><p>Upon arrival at the Illinois delegation&rsquo;s hotel, guests could pick up a series of different pamphlets supporting conservative causes. One included a schedule of classes for &ldquo;Newt University,&rdquo; which will include sessions on health care, energy and job growth taught by Newt Gingrich. Another pamphlet encourages convention-goers to sign up for a new email address with the domain name &ldquo;@reagan.com.&rdquo;</p><p>The state&rsquo;s delegation is made up of a collection of elected officials, traditional party supporters and young people faithful to the GOP who are attending their first Republican convention. In all, Illinois is represented by 69 Republican delegates, but several more tag along for the week&rsquo;s events. Many attendees from Illinois boarded a bus Sunday evening to attend a welcoming party for all convention-goers at Tropicana Field, the home of the Tampa Bay Rays baseball team.</p><p>As a steady drizzle fell across Tampa, the streets were deserted outside the stadium except for a large battalion of security officers. A chain link fence surrounded the perimeter of the stadium while groups of officers on bicycles rode along in packs.</p><p>Inside, Republicans mingled and noshed on buffets of seafood and Cuban food while the group Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy performed acrobatics on a cube-shaped stage high above the floor. Multiple live music acts also played for the crowd that was enveloped by a landscape of red, white and blue table cloths, decorations and sculptures.</p><p>Sitting in the dugout at Tropicana Field, Illinois State Senator Kirk Dillard said the weather delay wouldn&#39;t dampen their spirits. &ldquo;We&rsquo;re gonna use the down day to gather around and get to know one another,&quot; he said. &quot;Illinois&rsquo; a very diverse state.&nbsp; And, you know, there&rsquo;s a lotta folks from Cairo to Rockford&rdquo; in Tampa for the convention.</p><p>With Monday&rsquo;s main events pushed back, the rest of the convention will work on a more condensed schedule. Speakers at the main event on Tuesday are scheduled to include former presidential candidate Rick Santorum,&nbsp; Ohio Governor John Kasich and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker.</p></p> Mon, 27 Aug 2012 05:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/boys-bus/illinois-republicans-unfazed-storm-delay-national-convention-101968 Photos from the Republican National Convention http://www.wbez.org/series/boys-bus/photos-republican-national-convention-101963 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/7897323228_015cb3d64d_z.jpg" alt="" /><p><div id="PictoBrowser120826225015">Get the flash player here: http://www.adobe.com/flashplayer</div><script type="text/javascript" src="http://www.db798.com/pictobrowser/swfobject.js"></script><script type="text/javascript"> var so = new SWFObject("http://www.db798.com/pictobrowser.swf", "PictoBrowser", "620", "660", "8", "#EEEEEE"); so.addVariable("source", "sets"); so.addVariable("names", "Republican National Convention 2012"); so.addVariable("userName", "chicagopublicmedia"); so.addVariable("userId", "33876038@N00"); so.addVariable("ids", "72157631264436018"); so.addVariable("titles", "on"); so.addVariable("displayNotes", "on"); so.addVariable("thumbAutoHide", "off"); so.addVariable("imageSize", "medium"); so.addVariable("vAlign", "mid"); so.addVariable("vertOffset", "0"); so.addVariable("colorHexVar", "EEEEEE"); so.addVariable("initialScale", "off"); so.addVariable("bgAlpha", "90"); so.write("PictoBrowser120826225015"); </script><p>&nbsp;</p><p>WBEZ reporters Alex Keefe and Tony Arnold are in Tampa, Florida bringing you all they see.</p></p> Sun, 26 Aug 2012 19:16:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/boys-bus/photos-republican-national-convention-101963