Despite a pared-down version of the Republican National Convention schedule and a large protest march taking place outside, the republicans gaveled the convention to order this afternoon in St. Paul with hopes Sen. McCain would still speak Thursday night.
Hours after a peaceful anti-war march concluded, police continued to confront and arrest rebellious protesters in downtown St. Paul. Police report 284 arrests.
It's not clear whether the Republican National Convention or the Labor Day holiday deserves the credit.
Hurricane Gustav may have given the Republican National Convention a less celebratory tone, but that doesn't mean the RNC will be completely devoid of fun.
Many businesses expect to profit handsomely from the $150 million the Republican National Convention is expected to shower on the Twin Cities. But some businesses are already disappointed.
Even before the gavel opens the Republican National Convention in St. Paul today, organizers and suppliers are recalibrating their expectations.
It's hard to predict exactly what the Republican National Convention will mean for Minnesota. But if anyone can offer advice to the people of St. Paul, it's the citizens of Denver.
Organizers of this week's largest protest march said the change in plans for the RNC due to Hurricane Gustav will not derail their plans to march.
Delegates from Gulf Coast states, in Hurricane Gustav's path, had busy weekends balancing responsibilities to family with preparations for the Republican National Convention. With the storm on track to hit landfall tomorrow, some delegates are having to make additional preparations.
John McCain says Republicans will suspend
most of the activities planned for Monday's opening of their national convention because of the threat of Hurricane Gustav.
Police arrested nine people taking part
in an antiwar march at the Republican National Convention on Sunday
after they crossed a security fence into a restricted area near
Xcel Energy Center.
President Bush will skip the Republican
National Convention on Monday and travel instead to Texas to meet
with emergency workers and people who evacuated the Gulf Coast as
Hurricane Gustav bore down.
The Xcel Energy Center has been transformed, the delegates have arrived and after two years of planning the 2008 Republican National Convention is set to open tomorrow in St. Paul.
Authorities have searched several homes in Minneapolis and one in St. Paul Saturday ahead of the opening of the Republican National Convention.
With the Republican convention set to
open Monday in St. Paul, John McCain and party officials
are concerned whether the convention should go on as scheduled if
Hurricane Gustav strikes the Gulf Coast as expected.