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Surf's Up in Tampa!

Members of the Iowa delegation to the Republican National Convention were arriving in Tampa today, including yours truly and Register reporter Jennifer Jacobs.  Sen. Charles Grassley, his wife, Barbara, and staff arrived at the delegation hotel, the Sunset Vistas Beachfront on Treasure Island, as we were checking in.  A costumed pirate was posing for pictures in the stiff breeze outside, and the surf is definitely up. There have been a few sprinkles, but no heavy rain yet.

 The Republican National Committee this afternoon announced a new convention schedule that compresses four days’ worth of meetings in into three.  Tropical Storm Isaac is expected to cause heavy rains and high winds in the Tampa area on Monday. Fears that the city could face a hurricane were diminishing as the storm appeared to be veering west.

Republican congressional candidate John Archer of Bettendorf was originally scheduled to speak to the convention on Monday. The day’s activities are canceled, but there is time on Tuesday’s schedule for GOP congressional candidates to speak.  The schedule did not indicate whether all of the originally scheduled candidates would still get to speak. Update:  Archer’s campaign confirmed today that Archer is scheduled to speak on Tuesday.

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