conventions

Why Stopping Trump at Convention Is No Cure-All

Cruz’s unexpectedly strong victories in Maine and Kansas give some Republicans fresh hope that Trump will fail to win the 1,237 delegates necessary to clinch the nomination. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. – Michael Najvar is part of the Republican Party’s electoral bedrock: The 67-year-old Texan says he has voted for every GOP presidential nominee since Ronald Reagan. But that’s a streak that might end this fall, the Donald Trump supporter says, if rival campaigns and party bosses use a contested convention to block the New York billionaire from the presidential nomination.  

“If they used a brokered convention, they’d destroy the GOP,” says Navjar, who attended the Conservative Political Action Conference on Saturday wearing Trump’s signature “Make America Great Again” red hat.  

Democrats Set National Convention Date for 2016

Wasserman Schultz at the 2012 Democratic National Convention (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The Democratic National Convention will be held the week of July 25, 2016, Chairman Debbie Wasserman Schultz announced Friday.  

Democrats have not yet chosen where the convention will take place, but DNC officials have narrowed the list down to three cities : Columbus, New York City or Philadelphia. “This is the next step to finalize where and when we will nominate the 45th President of the United States, highlight the Democratic Party’s agenda of fighting for expanded opportunity and contrast it with the Republican Party’s commitment to the fortunate few,” Wasserman Schultz, a Floridian, said in a news release. “We are still in discussions with three excellent cities and are looking forward to a diverse and inclusive convention that displays our party’s values.”  

Ohio Republicans Crusade for Cleveland Convention

In the fight to host the Republican Convention in 2016, Portman has taken a top role in working to bring the quadrennial confab to Cleveland. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Who will be next to call Cleveland home: LeBron James , or the 2016 Republican National Convention?  

In the coming days, GOP officials are expected to announce their pick — Cleveland or Dallas — to host the quadrennial confab that officially nominates the party's presidential ticket. For months, Ohio’s most powerful GOP players in Congress have put the full-court press on the Republican National Committee's site selection committee to bring the 2016 convention to the re-emergent lakeside city.  

RNC Narrows 2016 Convention Sites to Cleveland, Dallas (Video)

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The Republican National Committee announced Wednesday that Dallas and Cleveland are the finalists to host the party's 2016 national convention.  

Las Vegas, Cincinnati Out of Contention for 2016 Republican Convention

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The list of cities contending to host the 2016 Republican National Convention is down to four, with Las Vegas and Cincinnati both withdrawing their bids .  

The Republican National Committee's site selection committee held a conference call Thursday to officially select Cleveland, Dallas, Denver and Kansas City to receive official site visits from members of the committee. The timing for those visits will be announced later.  

Mia Love Clinches GOP Nomination for Congress

Love won her party's nod for the House in Utah. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former Saratoga Springs Mayor Mia Love earned ample support from Utah Republicans on Saturday to win her party's nod for the House — and most likely become the GOP's first black congresswoman.  

One of the GOP's most-touted prospects , Love received 78 percent of the delegate votes and put away the nomination at this year's state Republican convention, according to the Deseret News . Her primary rival, businessman Bob Fuehr , garnered about 22 percent of the vote.  

Columbus, Phoenix Eliminated as 2016 Republican National Convention Cities

The Republican National Committee announced Wednesday the elimination of Columbus, Ohio, and Phoenix as contenders for its 2016 convention. The cities that remain in contention are Cincinnati and Cleveland, Ohio, Dallas, Denver, Kansas City, Mo., and Las Vegas.  

"A small team of RNC staff will visit the six cities for a more in-depth and technical look at financing, convention venues, media workspace, and hotels," an RNC news release said.  

Rand Paul Edges Out Marco Rubio in CPAC Straw Poll

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., won the Conservative Political Action Conference straw poll on Saturday, edging out fellow Sen. Marco Rubio. He follows in the footsteps of his father, former Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, who was a perennial CPAC straw poll winner.

Paul took 25 percent with Rubio garnering 23 percent at the annual event that took place at National Harbor, Md., this year. This comes about a week after Paul's Senate floor filibuster that created the Twitter hashtag "StandWithRand." The motto translated at CPAC - some of the biggest souvenir hits were Mad Men logo "Stand With Rand" stickers and t-shirts that featured Paul's silhouette.

Steve Israel Says House Remains in Play

Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Steve Israel delivers his speech to the Democratic National Convention. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Steve Israel (N.Y.) said Thursday that control of the House remains within his party's reach.

"It's absolutely in play and more so at the beginning of September than at the beginning of August," he told Roll Call in an interview here a few hours before President Barack Obama accepted the Democratic re-nomination for president.

John Kerry, Jennifer Granholm Give Surprisingly Strong Speeches at DNC

Sen. John Kerry (above) criticized Mitt Romney's foreign policy stance in his speech tonight at the Democratic National Convention. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) assailed the Republican presidential nominee from his home state for his lack of foreign policy tonight, giving one of the most energetic and blistering critiques of Mitt Romney so far.

"Ask Osama bin Laden if he is better off now that he was four years ago," Kerry called out to a cheering crowd.