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8:49 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Bus nightmare at RNC won't happen again, Ohio chairman says

Thousands of delegates - including hundreds from Ohio - were stranded for hours after last night's session because of the shuttle bus system set up by the Republican National Committee.

Ohio GOP chairman Bob Bennett told the delegates at this morning's delegation breakfast that it won't happen again.

"We've got (Republican National Committee chairman) Reince Priebus with us this morning and I know a lot of you are going to want to give him an earful, but don't, because we are going to talk, and we will take care of it,'' Bennett said.

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7:23 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Fairfield honorary delegate impressed by Ann Romney

Adrien and Rick Segal of Fairfield, both honorary Ohio delegates here in Tampa, were eating eggs and sausage at the Ohio delegation breakfast Wednesday morning, talking about the excitement of being at the Tampa Bay Times Forum for the first night of the convention.

Adrien Segal was particularly impressed by the speech the nominee's wife, Ann Romney, delivered to the convention last night, telling personal stories about her life and marriage to a man who may become president.

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Inside Pitch
8:05 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Fran DeWine's Buckeye Badges a staple of GOP conventions

Many of the nearly 500 Ohio delegates, alternates and guests were on the floor of the Tampa Bay Times Forum Tuesday night wearing special "Buckeye Badges,'' hand-made by Fran DeWine, the wife of Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine.


Fran DeWine has painstakingly made the hundreds of badges for each of the last six Republican conventions.


They feature real buckeye nuts that come from the trees on the DeWine family farm near Cedarville.


"It's a lot of work, drilling through all those buckeyes,'' her husband said. "They're tough nuts."

Inside Pitch
8:05 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Fran DeWine's Buckeye Badges a staple of GOP conventions

Many of the nearly 500 Ohio delegates, alternates and guests were on the floor of the Tampa Bay Times Forum Tuesday night wearing special "Buckeye Badges,'' hand-made by Fran DeWine, the wife of Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine.

Fran DeWine has painstakingly made the hundreds of badges for each of the last six Republican conventions.

They feature real buckeye nuts that come from the trees on the DeWine family farm near Cedarville.

"It's a lot of work, drilling through all those buckeyes,'' her husband said. "They're tough nuts."

Inside Pitch
10:06 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Niehaus: Not quite what I expected at a convention

Ohio Senate President Tom Niehaus, of New Richmond in Clermont County, has been involved in Republican politics for 20 year, but this week's Republican National Convention in Tampa is not what he expected, with a tropical storm, canceled sessions and tornado warnings.

But, then again, he didn't know quite what to expect.

"This is all new to me,'' said Niehaus, before the Ohio delegation breakfast at the Mainsail Suites Hotel and Conference Center in Tampa.

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