Day 1 at the Republican National Convention

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The Sun-Times has five reporters covering the national, state and local stories in Tampa at the Republican National Convention this week.

Each day we’ll Storify their tweets, images, video and more as they report the event.

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Day 1 at the Republican National Convention

Washington Bureau Chief Lynn Sweet (@LynnSweet), Springfield Bureau Chief Dave McKinney (@DaveMcKinney123), political reporter Natasha Korecki (@NatashaKorecki), Carol Marin (@CarolMarin) and columnist Mark Brown (@MarkBrownCST) will be in Tampa all week. Here are their reports:

Storified by Craig Newman · Mon, Aug 27 2012 22:31:13

State GOP chief Pat Brady on Isaac sliding thru Clearwater with a whimper: "This isn’t a hurricane. I’ve ridden my bike in worse."Dave McKinneyTampa: Ailing Sen Mark Kirk, recovering from stroke, gets tribute from Ill. Party chair Pat Brady http://pic.twitter.com/nJnYkyNbLynn SweetBiggest laugh of the GOP breakfast so far comes from Pat Brady: "I’d like to thank those of you in the room who aren’t running for governor.Dave McKinneyJim Edgar got a big smile from Brady’s quip about those NOT running for gov. "There’s two of us," Edgar tells Brady.Dave McKinneyIn Tampa, former Ill Gov Jim Edgar says Obama "is not going to run that well in Illinois" http://pic.twitter.com/82UtwEItLynn SweetEdgar says Obama is "not gonna run that well in Illinois. He might carry his home state, but he’s not gonna carry it like he did 4 yrs ago."Dave McKinneyEdgar takes the podium at the GOP breakfast to a standing O from the crowd. http://pic.twitter.com/lAA19kjgDave McKinneyTAMPA: Illinois GOP is launching a "FireMadigan" website, part of a new attack on Illinois House Speaker–and Dem Party Chair–Mike Madigan.Lynn SweetThis #ilgop button tells the story. Tampa push to #firemadigan, Dem Illinois House Speaker http://pic.twitter.com/KsK1VW5ZLynn SweetOnly GOP guv wannabes in the room this morning appear to be Sen. Dan Rutherford, chair of Romney’s Illinois capaign, and Sen. Kirk Dillard.Dave McKinneyDillard picks up on Pat Brady’s "fire Madigan" mantra: It’s time to oust the speaker to "restore decency, stability and civility" in SPI.Dave McKinneySen Dillard says it "was easy to be gracious" to Bill Brady after a 193-vote primary loss in 2010. "Im a loyal Repub." http://pic.twitter.com/WPXdVo5BDave McKinneyHouse GOP leader Tom Cross predicts a "good 2012, and it sets the stage in 2014" to "take back the gov’s mansion." http://pic.twitter.com/k33EINwZDave McKinneyTrump skips Tampa http://suntm.es/SILg4T @suntimes #politicsCraig NewmanWorkers from Bain-owned companies to protest http://suntm.es/SI5QUK @suntimes #politicsCraig NewmanHow much does a delegate pay to make it to the floor? – Sun-Times PoliticsAdriene Hill, a multimedia reporter for American Public Media’s Marketplace, sat down with Wisconsin delegate Deborah Finger to get an id…Seating chart for Republican National Convention – who got the good spots? – Sun-Times PoliticsDave McKinney tweeted Sunday that the Illinois delegation had a favorable spot at the Republican National Convention – just behind the Wi…Sweet blog New GOPer Artur Davis: Pays "zero attention" to Democratic critics http://bit.ly/SJkBFeLynn SweetOWS, other demonstrators descend on Republican National Convention – Sun-Times PoliticsDemonstrators march through the streets of Tampa, Fla., to protest the Republican National Convention on Monday, Aug. 27, 2012. (AP Photo…CLEARWATER BEACH, FL.– @lynnsweet video on the sounds of Tropical Storm Isaac. Listen. http://bit.ly/RoyFUoLynn SweetSweet blog GOP convention begins with mini-session, Obama debt dig http://bit.ly/SJAwTKLynn SweetMitt Romney acknowledges Todd Akin’s comments hurt GOP – Chicago Sun-TimesBY DAVE MCKINNEY AND LYNN SWEET dmckinney@suntimes.com lsweet3022@aol.com Behind Ohio state delegate sign, pictures of Ohio native Neil A…Wanna buy a "Fire Madigan" dog tee-shirt? – Sun-Times PoliticsCLEARWATER BEACH, Fla. – If a Republican wins the Illinois governorship in 2014, might he or she have some explaining to do to House Spea…Leader Radogno’s stormy plane ride: "That was terrifying" – Sun-Times Politics: http://blogs.suntimes.com/politics/2012/08/leader_radognos_stormy_plane_ride_that_was_terrifying.html#.UDvDUZBUTMg.twitterDave McKinneyState GOP chief’s Katherine Harris joke bombs – Sun-Times Politics: http://blogs.suntimes.com/politics/2012/08/state_gop_chiefs_katherine_harris_joke_bombs.html#moreDave McKinneyIllinois delegates’ convention seats: Dave McKinney video – Sun-Times Politics: http://blogs.suntimes.com/politics/2012/08/illinois_delegates_convention_seats_dave_mckinney_video.html#.UDvDbWWUuMI.twitterDave McKinneyEdgar on Preckwinkle’s Reagan gaffe: "She got a little carried away" – Sun-Times Politics: http://blogs.suntimes.com/politics/2012/08/edgar_on_preckwinkles_reagan_gaffe_she_got_a_little_carried_away.html#.UDvDjQOlDEk.twitterDave McKinneyEdgar’s advice to Dillard on a 2014 gov bid: ‘I wouldn’t sit this one out’ – Sun-Times Politics: http://blogs.suntimes.com/politics/2012/08/edgars_advice_to_dillard_on_a_2014_gov_bid_i_wouldnt_sit_this_one_out.html#.UDvEa0agDiQ.twitterDave McKinneyEdgar: Sagging popularity for Obama, Quinn will hurt Illinois Dems, help GOP in 2012 – Sun-Times Politics: http://blogs.suntimes.com/politics/2012/08/edgar_sagging_popularity_for_obama_quinn_will_hurt_illinois_dems_help_gop_in_2012.html#.UDvJlaoHiT0.twitterDave McKinneyHollywood sightings at GOP’s Tampa bash http://suntm.es/TkwBdJ @suntimes #politicsCraig NewmanGay-rights group covers Illinois delegates’ bar tab, criticizes GOP gay-marriage platform – Sun-Times PoliticsRepublicans mostly wanted nothing to do with helping pass a state law legalizing civil unions in 2011. Yet a prominent gay-rights organiz…Sweet blog Mitt Romney will be in Tampa on Tuesday http://bit.ly/TlBwv0Lynn SweetIsaac clouds picture for Republicans: http://bit.ly/RphdPGDave McKinney#ILGOP misses Sen. Mark Kirk at Tampa convention. Brown column. http://suntm.es/Rpm2ZqMark BrownFrom Sunday’s pre-Convention coverage:Reporting at the Republican National Convention by Chicago Sun-Times staffWashington Bureau Chief Lynn Sweet (@LynnSweet), Springfield Bureau Chief Dave McKinney (@DaveMcKinney123), political reporter Natasha Ko…

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