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The Democratic National Committee said Thursday that it has postponed its national convention in Milwaukee by a month until August 17 because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Democratic National Convention was originally scheduled for July 13-16.

What does that mean for the Republican National Convention in Charlotte?

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President Trump told Fox News host Sean Hannity on Thursday night that there is "no way" he would cancel the Republican National Convention that's scheduled for August at Charlotte's Spectrum Center.

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The Charlotte City Council couldn't cancel the Republican National Convention because of the coronavirus, although Mecklenburg County and the state could shut down the event if they deem it a threat to the public health. 


Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles wrote on Twitter Friday that the chant of "Send her Back" at a Trump rally in Greenville "was devastating to many of us, myself included" and that the city "is no place for racist or xenophobic hate speech, and we simply will not tolerate it."

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Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools plan to ask the General Assembly to possibly delay the start of the 2020 school year for all or some of its schools, due to the Republican National Convention.

Mayor Vi Lyles speaks during Monday's special council meeting to vote on the city's bid for the Republican National Convention in 2020.
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After a debate that Mayor Vi Lyles called one of the most difficult of her career, a divided Charlotte City Council voted 6 to 5 Monday to support the city's bid to host the 2020 Republican National Convention. The council's endorsement comes as the Republican National Committee prepares to meet in Austin, Texas this week to choose between Charlotte and Las Vegas.

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The Charlotte City Council is expected to take a vote Monday afternoon that would show support for the city's bid to host the Republican National Convention in 2020. 

Charlotte City Council member Dimple Ajmera says she'll vote against an agreement that would allow the city to host the 2020 Republican National Convention. Her reasoning then came under harsh criticism by Democratic and Republican members of council.  

"This is not a political stance, it's an economic one, because taxpayers will be on the hook for the potential liability, unknown risk and exposure," Ajmera said Friday after council members received a briefing on the proposed agreement that is scheduled for a Monday vote.

Mayor Vi Lyles addresses the crowd after a ribbon cutting Friday at the new 9th Street Station.
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The leaders of several local groups aligned with the Democratic Party are speaking out against the city's bid to host the 2020 Republican National Convention.  They're planning a press conference at Charlotte Mecklenburg Government Center Monday afternoon just before the City Council considers whether to support the bid.

City council member Lawana Mayfield talked to reporters Wednesday about her opposition to Charlotte's bid for the 2020 Republican National Convention.
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The City Council could vote as early as Monday on contracts required to host the Republican National Convention in 2020.  The action comes amid reports that Charlotte is the favorite to be nominated for the event, and as council members debate whether hosting it is a good idea.

Tips From Tampa For Handling A National Convention

Aug 31, 2012

Life is slowly getting back to normal in Tampa after the Republican National Convention concluded Thursday night. Some businesses, restaurants and schools there offered these tips for Charlotte residents about how to handle a national convention coming to town.   

The main events were in downtown Tampa, and that area turned into a secure zone on steroids, in the words of Marshall Rainey.

The Campaigns And The Economy

Aug 22, 2012

Everyone remembers the now famous phrase "it's the economy, stupid" that came out of Bill Clinton's first campaign for President. That phrase could be in full effect during the current Presidential campaign as well but the two candidates certainly see the issue from two different perspectives. Add to that the recent addition of congressman Paul Ryan as Mitt Romney's Vice Presidential candidate. Ryan is the Chairman of the House Budget Committee and has what some call "radical" views to reform the federal budget and revive the economy.

Young People and Politics

Aug 17, 2012

Young voters came out in record numbers in 2008 to elect Barack Obama as President. Four years later, a poll from Pew Research Center this summer says Americans under the age of 30 are less engaged in the upcoming election and in politics in general than they were in 2008. Are the parties and politicians listening to this particular voter group? Do young people feel like they are being heard?