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June 2, 1999 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A committee of 61 Republican leaders from around the nation will oversee the mounting of the presidential nominating convention in Philadelphia next year. Yesterday, Republican National Committee chairman Jim Nicholson, a Colorado builder, named most of the rank-and-file members of the committee on arrangements. The leaders had been appointed earlier this year. The committee will hold its first meeting in Philadelphia when the Republican National Committee gathers here for its annual summer meeting July 8 through 10. That's when "they'll get a chance to see why the site-selection committee was so impressed with Philadelphia," said Tim Fitzpatrick, spokesman for the GOP's convention staff in Philadelphia.
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September 3, 2011 | By Paul Davenport, Associated Press
PHOENIX - Gov. Jan Brewer on Friday decided against moving up the state's presidential primary by nearly a month from its current Feb. 28 date, avoiding what could have been a high-profile spat in the Republican Party over the schedule of the 2012 White House election. The Republican governor said, however, that she still wanted to leave open the option of moving the primary to a date later than Jan. 31 but earlier than Feb. 28. She also said the state had been tentatively allotted a Republican presidential candidates' debate by the Republican National Committee.
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July 30, 2000 | By Tom Infield, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
How did the Republican Party get the nickname GOP? On the approach of its 37th presidential nominating convention, the Republican National Committee dug into this question. The answer is: Not sure. Researchers found mentions of "grand old party" and "gallant old party" in newspapers of the 1870s and 1880s. The New York Herald used the abbreviation on Oct. 15, 1884. "Perhaps the use of 'the G.O.M.' for Britain's Prime Minister William E. Gladstone in 1882 as 'the Grand Old Man' stimulated the use of GOP in the United States soon after," the party says in its official summary of the derivation of the nickname.
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August 17, 1992 | By Carl M. Cannon, INQUIRER CONVENTION BUREAU
Fearful that the coalition Ronald Reagan put together 12 years ago is coming apart, President Bush and the Republican National Committee went looking for some of that old Reagan magic - and decided to return to the source. Tonight, former President Reagan will take the convention podium amid high hopes he can energize a demoralized party. GOP officials say they expect Reagan to be his old self - the man who kindled modern conservatism on the night of Oct. 27, 1964, with a nomination speech for Republican presidential nominee Barry Goldwater.
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September 13, 1986 | From Inquirer Wire Services
An outspoken feminist who has disagreed with President Reagan on abortion and the Equal Rights Amendment has his backing for a top Republican Party job. She's his daughter Maureen. Republican National Chairman Frank Fahrenkopf, saying he was acting at the President's request, yesterday endorsed Maureen Reagan as co-chair of the party. Fahrenkopf said Reagan backed his daughter for the party post on Wednesday during a meeting in the Oval Office. The post will be filled at the January meeting of the Republican National Committee in Washington.
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March 19, 2013 | By Philip Elliott, Associated Press
WASHINGTON - Reeling from back-to-back presidential losses and struggling to cope with the country's changing racial and ethnic makeup, the Republican National Committee plans to spend $10 million this year to send hundreds of party workers into Hispanic, black, and Asian communities to promote its brand among voters who overwhelmingly supported Democrats in 2012. RNC chairman Reince Priebus on Sunday also proposed shortening the presidential nominating calendar in 2016 and limiting the number of primary-season debates to avoid the self-inflicted damage from inside-party squabbling on the eventual nominee.
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January 14, 2014 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Democrats continued to ask Sunday whether Gov. Christie had more knowledge than he has let on of a plot by aides and appointees to jam traffic on the George Washington Bridge because Fort Lee's mayor failed to endorse him for reelection. Republicans defended the governor, though some of the party's leading 2016 presidential contenders declined to speculate about Christie, a potential opponent in the party's primary elections. Assemblyman John Wisniewski, the Democratic chair of the Transportation Committee leading the investigation into the closures, said on CBS's Face the Nation : "It strains credibility" that Christie's advisers who were involved in or aware of the situation did not let him know about it. Last week, Christie fired his deputy chief of staff, Bridget Anne Kelly, after documents emerged showing she had urged one of the governor's appointees at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to cause traffic problems in Fort Lee. Christie also severed ties with his campaign manager, Bill Stepien, who also has been linked to the controversy.
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January 27, 2013 | By Ken Thomas, Associated Press
WASHINGTON - Rep. Paul Ryan said Saturday that Republicans need to stick together and pick their fights during President Obama's second term, rejecting some White House proposals outright and trying to infuse others with conservative principles. In a speech to conservatives, the GOP's 2012 vice presidential nominee said Obama would attempt to divide Republicans but urged them to avoid internal squabbles after a second straight presidential loss. "We can't get rattled. We won't play the villain in his morality plays.
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July 14, 1995 | By Vanessa Williams, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
What's a Democratic mayor to do when the Republican National Committee descends on his town? Throw them a big welcoming party, encourage them to take in the city sights and invite them to come back in the year 2000, that's what. Meanwhile, Mayor Rendell's Republican opponent, Joseph M. Rocks, was shaking hands far away from the event - at a Kmart in South Philadelphia. Rendell schmoozed it up with the GOP last night at a reception for the party delegates, who yesterday opened a three-day strategy meeting in Philadelphia.
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June 3, 1998 | by Gar Joseph, Daily News Staff Writer
How did the city treat the royalty of the Republican National Committee yesterday? Like kings and queens. The leaders of the RNC and its nine-member convention site selection committee toured the CoreStates Center, where the balloons will drop if Philadelphia is chosen as the host city for the 2000 convention. The arena was made "game-ready. " That meant the suites were stocked. The concession stands served pretzels and soda. Heck, a tuxedoed Jim Longacre sang the national anthem for them just like he does before Flyers' home games.
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August 13, 2014 | By Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writer
When the army of 18 Democratic National Committee representatives arrive in Philadelphia Wednesday, they will be greeted with plenty of Philadelphia swag and treated to a tour of the city's most treasured sites. As the 2016 Democratic National Convention site-selection committee arrived to a red carpet in New York City Monday, Philadelphia operatives were putting final touches to their plan to woo the committee later this week. Members of the selection committee will receive their own Sixers, Eagles, Phillies, and Union jerseys with their last names printed on the back, according to Kevin Washo, who is involved in the planning.
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January 14, 2014 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Democrats continued to ask Sunday whether Gov. Christie had more knowledge than he has let on of a plot by aides and appointees to jam traffic on the George Washington Bridge because Fort Lee's mayor failed to endorse him for reelection. Republicans defended the governor, though some of the party's leading 2016 presidential contenders declined to speculate about Christie, a potential opponent in the party's primary elections. Assemblyman John Wisniewski, the Democratic chair of the Transportation Committee leading the investigation into the closures, said on CBS's Face the Nation : "It strains credibility" that Christie's advisers who were involved in or aware of the situation did not let him know about it. Last week, Christie fired his deputy chief of staff, Bridget Anne Kelly, after documents emerged showing she had urged one of the governor's appointees at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to cause traffic problems in Fort Lee. Christie also severed ties with his campaign manager, Bill Stepien, who also has been linked to the controversy.
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August 21, 2013 | By E. J. Dionne, For The Inquirer
"We are not a debating society. We are a political operation that needs to win. " Thus did Gov. Christie offer one of the most pregnant statements yet in the GOP argument over the party's future. I'd argue that these 15 words, spoken to a Republican National Committee meeting in Boston last week, raise more questions than they answer. Here are a few. How do you decide on a winning strategy without debating it first? What is wrong with debating differences on policy and philosophy?
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May 6, 2013 | Dan Balz, Washington Post
WASHINGTON - President Obama passed the 100-day mark of his second term facing questions about whether his political capital is already disappearing. Republicans took delight in his discomfort. But they have their own 100-day question to answer: What have they done since November to turn around their fortunes? The president has had a difficult spring. His gun legislation, though it mustered more than 50 votes, was blocked in the Senate. His advisers are more optimistic about immigration reform, but the measure still faces serious obstacles, especially in the House.
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March 31, 2013 | By Aaron Blake and Juliet Eilperin, Washington Post
For Republicans seeking to cast off the image of the party as intolerant of opposing views and lifestyles, it's been one step forward and two steps back of late. Less than two weeks after the Republican National Committee unveiled its 2012 election autopsy, and put an emphasis on broadening the party's tent, Rep. Don Young (R., Alaska) used an ethnic slur for Latinos in a radio interview Thursday. Young's comments served as the latest wake-up call for Republicans in their nascent effort to woo a more diverse cross-section of America.
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March 31, 2013 | By Aaron Blake and Juliet Eilperin, Washington Post
For Republicans seeking to cast off the image of the party as intolerant of opposing views and lifestyles, it's been one step forward and two steps back of late. Less than two weeks after the Republican National Committee unveiled its 2012 election autopsy, and put an emphasis on broadening the party's tent, Rep. Don Young (R., Alaska) used an ethnic slur for Latinos in a radio interview Thursday. Young's comments served as the latest wake-up call for Republicans in their nascent effort to woo a more diverse cross-section of America.
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March 19, 2013 | By Philip Elliott, Associated Press
WASHINGTON - Reeling from back-to-back presidential losses and struggling to cope with the country's changing racial and ethnic makeup, the Republican National Committee plans to spend $10 million this year to send hundreds of party workers into Hispanic, black, and Asian communities to promote its brand among voters who overwhelmingly supported Democrats in 2012. RNC chairman Reince Priebus on Sunday also proposed shortening the presidential nominating calendar in 2016 and limiting the number of primary-season debates to avoid the self-inflicted damage from inside-party squabbling on the eventual nominee.
NEWS
January 27, 2013 | By Ken Thomas, Associated Press
WASHINGTON - Rep. Paul Ryan said Saturday that Republicans need to stick together and pick their fights during President Obama's second term, rejecting some White House proposals outright and trying to infuse others with conservative principles. In a speech to conservatives, the GOP's 2012 vice presidential nominee said Obama would attempt to divide Republicans but urged them to avoid internal squabbles after a second straight presidential loss. "We can't get rattled. We won't play the villain in his morality plays.
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January 7, 2013 | By Thomas Fitzgerald, Inquirer Politics Writer
For Republicans, it was bad enough to watch, stunned, as their presidential candidate got thumped across all the demographics that will rule the nation's political future en route to his decisive loss. Then last week came a fresh blow, as the GOP caucus that controls the U.S. House split apart in chaos over the patchwork deal to avoid the fiscal cliff, raising questions about its durability as a functioning majority and inspiring a fresh round of soul-searching among party elders.
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September 3, 2011 | By Paul Davenport, Associated Press
PHOENIX - Gov. Jan Brewer on Friday decided against moving up the state's presidential primary by nearly a month from its current Feb. 28 date, avoiding what could have been a high-profile spat in the Republican Party over the schedule of the 2012 White House election. The Republican governor said, however, that she still wanted to leave open the option of moving the primary to a date later than Jan. 31 but earlier than Feb. 28. She also said the state had been tentatively allotted a Republican presidential candidates' debate by the Republican National Committee.
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