Charlotte council to vote on RNC today

The Charlotte City Council will meet at 2pm today to debate and vote on whether or not to host the 2020 Republican National Convention:

Under a contract between the RNC, the host committee, the city, Mecklenburg County and the CRVA, according to the summary, the city would provide police, fire and emergency medical services during a convention to be held in July or August 2020. A specific date would be announced by Sept. 15.

The city would also execute a traffic control plan and temporarily relocate uptown’s Transit Center at a cost to be covered by the host committee.

Those costs are expected to be reimbursed by a federal grant of about $50 million, the summary states. The city can terminate the agreement if the grant doesn’t come through by March 2020, unless the city and the host committee can find alternative funding. If the city ultimately cancels the agreement because the grant wasn’t issued by that deadline, the host committee would cover the city’s costs up to that point.

The CRVA would let the host committee use the Convention Center rent-free and offer the NASCAR Hall of Fame, Bojangles’ Coliseum and Ovens Auditorium at standard rates.

The RNC is expected to select its convention host city this week, and the Uptown Paper of Record it is “expected to be Charlotte.” One thing to keep in mind—this has to be said, especially if Republicans hold Congress in the midterms—is the left will be in full radical mode–even more so than usual—by 2020. Yes it’s liberals who have wanted it to be 1968 all over again for years now, and (I worry) they might finally make it happen in 2020…..

Sam Hieb / Contributing Editor

Sam Hieb is freelance journalist from Greensboro, North Carolina. He is a contributing editor for Carolina Journal and for Piedmont Publius, a blog that focuses on political a...

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