Another GOP problem: LeBron James’ return to Cleveland

Celebrations aside, LeBron James’ decision to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers of the NBA could complicate the Republican Party’s plan to nominate its presidential contender on Lake Erie’s shores in 2016. If James leads his team into post-season play then, the GOP could find its preferred June 28 start date for the convention impossible because of the site conflict. Convention planners typically take weeks to customize the space with lights, seats and the traditional balloon drop from the rafters — impossible tasks if the Cavaliers go into post-season play. That leaves Republicans looking at their backup date of July 18,
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Cleveland wins over Dallas for GOP convention

Cleveland won the unanimous backing of a Republican National Committee panel on Tuesday, all but guaranteeing the GOP’s 2016 presidential pick will accept the party’s nomination in perennially hard-fought Ohio. The Republicans’ site selection committee backed Cleveland over donor-rich Dallas, and the full 168-member RNC is expected to ratify the choice next month. The move signals the role Ohio — and its 18 electoral votes— plays in presidential campaigns. “As goes Ohio, so goes the presidential race,” said party Chairman Reince Priebus. The RNC did not announce a start date for the convention but Priebus said that June 28 or
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Dallas or Cleveland for 2016 Republican convention?

A Republican National Committee panel is about to choose between Dallas and Cleveland to host the Republican Party’s 2016 presidential convention. The Republicans’ site selection committee was slated to meet Tuesday to review the two remaining cities’ bids. A recommendation could come as soon as Tuesday afternoon, and the full 168-member RNC is expected to ratify the choice next month. Officials said both cities remained contenders. They also suggested they were likely to tell one city’s organizers as early as Tuesday that they could expect to host tens of thousands of visitors. The every-four-years event is a logistical challenge, but
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