Site Selection - On July 8, concluding a process which began in
late 2013, the RNC Site Selection Committee reommended Cleveland as the host city
for the 2016
Republican National Convention
. Pending successful
contract negotiations, the full RNC will formally vote on the choice at
the RNC Summer Meeting in Chicago, August 6-9.
National Convention will be held beginning June 28 or July 18, 2016
considerably earlier than in recent cycles. Meanwhile, the DNC is
not as far along in their process, which started when they sent out
letters on Feb.
7, 2014. Six cities submitted bids by the deadline of June 6,
2014 at 5 p.m.: Birmingham, AL, Cleveland, OH, Columbus, OH,
Philadelphia, PA, Phoenix, AZ, and New York (Brooklyn), NY. The
cities made their pitches to the
Technical Advisory Committee at the DNC on June 21. Cleveland
withdrew its bid on July 18 following its selection to host the
Republicans. The Technical
Advisory Committee will visit the five cities between
July 21 and Sept. 11. DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz is
announce the host city in late 2014 or early 2015.
communications - From policy speeches to YouTube videos,
potential candidates seek to make their mark.
- RNC Rules
adopted Rule 12, which allows
for some of the rules to be amended through Sept. 30, 2014. RNC
chairman Reince Priebus envisages holding the 2016 convention in
late June or mid-July, to avoid the "slicing and dicing" that occurred
in the 2012 primary campaign. During the RNC
Winter Meeting Jan. 22-24, 2014 in Washington, DC, the party adopted
changes designed to produce a more compressed 2016 presidential
During the RNC Spring Meeting May 7-9, 2014 in Memphis, TN >
party approved formation of a Standing Committee on Presidential
Primary Debates which will sanction primary debates.
Act - House passed Dec.
11, 2013, Senate passed March 11, 2014, became law on April 3, 2014:
"Amends the Internal Revenue Code to terminate the
entitlement of any
major or minor political party to a payment from the Presidential
Election Campaign Fund for a presidential nominating convention.
Transfers amounts in each account maintained for such purpose for the
national committee of a party to a 10-Year Pediatric Research
Initiative Fund, making them available only for allocation to national
research institutes and national centers through the Common Fund for
making grants for pediatric research under this Act."
Working Group on
Presidential General Election
Debates (reported by Politico's
Mike Allen on Nov. 27, 2013). Also note new members
of the board of directors at the Commission on Presidential Debates.
- National Popular Vote continues to make slow progress as New York
Gov. Cuomo signs legislation.