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Wed Jul 8, 2020, 04:46 PM

Houston mayor cancels in-person GOP convention

Source: By Cassandra Pollock, The Texas Tribune

HOUSTON, Texas -- Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner announced on Wednesday that the city has canceled its contract with the GOP convention, which was scheduled at the George R. Brown Convention Center on July 16.

Turner said the contract cancellation will mean that the convention cannot be held at the George R. Brown Convention Center or any other facility in Houston, but may continue virtually.

During a virtual City Council meeting Wednesday, Turner said he asked the city's legal department to work with the Houston First Corporation, which operates the George R. Brown Convention Center, to review the contract with the state party.

"Where there are provisions that would allow us to cancel this convention - we will exercise those provisions," Turner said. "And the plan is to exercise those provisions to cancel this agreement, this contract, today - to not go forward with this convention."

The news comes days after Mayor Turner threatened to cancel the convention if it violated COVID-19 rules.


Read more: https://abc13.com/politics/houston-mayor-cancels-in-person-gop-convention/6307042/

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Reply Houston mayor cancels in-person GOP convention (Original post)
mbusby Jul 8 OP
RandySF Jul 8 #1
dem4decades Jul 8 #2
dweller Jul 8 #3
leftieNanner Jul 8 #5
Lonestarblue Jul 8 #4
cannabis_flower Jul 9 #26
DFW Jul 9 #27
BigOleDummy Jul 8 #7
cos dem Jul 8 #15
LisaL Jul 8 #16
ashling Jul 8 #21
ret5hd Jul 8 #6
BigOleDummy Jul 8 #8
ret5hd Jul 8 #11
C Moon Jul 8 #13
Tarc Jul 8 #9
LeftInTX Jul 8 #10
onetexan Jul 8 #19
Paladin Jul 8 #12
LisaL Jul 8 #17
keithbvadu2 Jul 8 #14
flibbitygiblets Jul 8 #18
keithbvadu2 Jul 8 #24
Karadeniz Jul 8 #20
Wednesdays Jul 8 #22
grizzyboy Jul 8 #23
Xipe Totec Jul 8 #25

Response to mbusby (Original post)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 04:47 PM

1. Could this hurt us in Texas?

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Response to RandySF (Reply #1)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 04:50 PM

2. Yes, less dead Republicans who will now be able to vote in 2020

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Response to dem4decades (Reply #2)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 04:53 PM

3. how many dead repugs

were able to vote before this ?

✌🏼

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Response to dweller (Reply #3)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 04:55 PM

5. Oh those tricky Dead Republicans!!

You gotta keep your eyes on them every minute.

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Response to dem4decades (Reply #2)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 04:54 PM

4. Or it shows that Democrats care more for your safety than Republicans who just want the money.

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Response to dem4decades (Reply #2)

Thu Jul 9, 2020, 01:26 AM

26. Can't confirm but

I heard they are now planning on having it about 25 miles north in Conroe, Montgomery County.

This is fine because Montgomery County is a red county. Harris County is blue. Go up there and infection a bunch of GOPers.

I was most concerned about people coming to Houston and infecting the workers at the convention center and the restaurant and hotel workers here in Houston. Let them infect each other up there.

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Response to dem4decades (Reply #2)

Thu Jul 9, 2020, 09:24 AM

27. Trouble is--there is no counterbalance

They will let the live Republicans vote, but measures to prevent Democrats from voting are still in place.

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Response to RandySF (Reply #1)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 05:09 PM

7. Well.........

I really don't know what to say to your question. I would like Texas to vote blue as much as anyone but........ people, even despicable people like our chump in chiefs base and enablers deserve to live. Even if not them, what about the people who would come in contact with them both in the city and when they return home. I think people over politics myself. Yes, the rwnjs will have fits over this I'm sure but it was the right thing to do and I applaud Houstons mayor for this.

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Response to BigOleDummy (Reply #7)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 05:49 PM

15. Well said. This is a case where you do the right thing. Politics don't matter.

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Response to RandySF (Reply #1)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 05:56 PM

16. Sure.

How many years has it been since a democrat won in TX?

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Response to LisaL (Reply #16)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 07:11 PM

21. Howdy Texas. How long since we've had a good Democratic governor? . . .

... well, that's too long.


'scuse me while I get a bowl of chili

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Response to mbusby (Original post)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 04:57 PM

6. Sounds like some TX second-in-commands...

said “Hey, the bosses are too scared to show up, why do we gotta take the fall?”

“Let’s call the mayor and see if we can get this called off!”

“Good idea, Joe Bob! Hey everyone, call the mayor and bitch about this! Let’s get it shut down!”

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Response to ret5hd (Reply #6)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 05:10 PM

8. lol

There may be more truth to this than we think actually.

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Response to BigOleDummy (Reply #8)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 05:26 PM

11. Oh, I entirely think it is true.

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Response to ret5hd (Reply #6)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 05:38 PM

13. Sounds about right.

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Response to mbusby (Original post)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 05:23 PM

9. I thought the GOP convention has relocated to Jacksonville, FL?


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Response to Tarc (Reply #9)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 05:26 PM

10. This is a local, state convention

They determine delegates to the GOP convention

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Response to mbusby (Original post)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 05:38 PM

12. Smart move by Mayor Turner.

Very little political down side to doing away with a meeting like this, in the midst of a plague.

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Response to Paladin (Reply #12)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 05:57 PM

17. Especially in Houson, where many hospitals are at capacity.

They don't need any more covid patients resulting from the convention.

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Response to mbusby (Original post)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 05:48 PM

14. The big-wigs not wanting to show in person verifies legitimacy of a virtual meeting.

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Response to keithbvadu2 (Reply #14)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 06:47 PM

18. Yes, too dangerous for them to go, but totally safe for our kids to go to school

The "me first, screw you" party at work again.

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Response to flibbitygiblets (Reply #18)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 07:36 PM

24. Safety for the big-wigs and important people.

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Response to mbusby (Original post)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 07:02 PM

20. Heavenly days, does this mean there is a grain of common sense in Texas?

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Response to Karadeniz (Reply #20)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 07:22 PM

22. Self-preservation kicks in. nt

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Response to mbusby (Original post)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 07:36 PM

23. Good

The spineless Texas GOP is expecting people to show up but not their politicians.

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Response to mbusby (Original post)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 07:50 PM

25. They can have it in Greg Abbot's back yard. Plenty of space if they scrunch together. nt

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