Cleveland advances in bid to host 2016 Republican National Convention.


By John Arthur Hutchison, The News-Herald



Cleveland remains in the mix for consideration to host the 2016 Republican National Convention.
The Republican National Committee’s Site Selection Committee voted April 2 to narrow the list of sites in contention for the 2016 Republican National Convention from eight to six cities, according to a news release.
In addition to Cleveland, cities moving on to the next round of consideration are Cincinnati, Dallas, Denver, Kansas City, and Las Vegas. Dropped from consideration were Columbus and Phoenix.
A small team of RNC staff will visit the six cities for a more in-depth and technical look at financing, convention venues, media workspace and hotels.
The committee will reconvene soon after the RNC’s spring meeting to make a determination on which of these six cities will receive official site visits from the full RNC delegation.
“The eyes of the world will be on the RNC and our host city in the summer of 2016, and these six cities have shown they have what it takes to move forward,” Site Selection Committee Chairman Enid Mickelsen said in the release.
Read what people are saying about Cleveland advancing to potentially host the convention.
Lake County Republican Party Chairman Dale Fellows said the announcement that Cleveland and Cincinnati remain in contention is great news for the state.
“Both are great cities and, of course, I’m a little partial to Northeast Ohio,” Fellows said.
He said the size of Cleveland’s media market would be helpful for the convention and the region is full of swing voters.
“It will be a perfect opportunity to win over some voters who should be Republican, but need to see what the Republican Party is all about,” Fellows said.
He also said it would be a wonderful opportunity for people in Ohio who have never attended a national political party convention if it is in Cleveland or Cincinnati.
“If you’ve never been to a convention, it’s very exciting and I like the prospect of it being in June instead of late August,” Fellows said. “No more beautiful area than Cleveland in the beginning of summer. I think it’s gorgeous up here.”
He said the event also would spark interest by people in Northeast Ohio to volunteer, become a convention delegate or become involved in other capacities.
“I’ve had the honor of being at several conventions in the past and it is electric when you get into that arena,” Fellows said.
A Cleveland convention would be thrilling for northern Ohio Republicans, said Helen Hurst, chairwoman of the Lorain County Republican Party.
“We certainly hope it’s in Cleveland and we wish the very best to our colleagues in Cleveland,” she said. “It would be a boon to everyone in our area.”
Hurst added she has friends in Cincinnati and if the national meeting is not in Cleveland, she hopes it will be on the Ohio River.
“If it’s in Ohio I would do my darnedest to get there,” she said. Hurst said she has never been to a convention, but would like to experience the history and meet in person the Republicans around the country that she knows by telephone and email but has never met.
Ohio Republican Party Chairman Matt Borges said in a news release that the state political party would do everything it could to support the bids by Cleveland and Cincinnati.
“I want to congratulate and thank all three Ohio cities for their hard work preparing their bids,” Borges said. “While we are disappointed that Columbus did not advance, today’s results make clear that Ohio is an important state with vibrant cities.”
Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald, a Democrat and candidate for governor in 2014, said hosting a national political convention would be an incredible opportunity and would bring in as many as 35,000 visitors and up to $200 million in net economic benefits for the region.
“With the progress we have made in recent years to restore faith in county government, as well as our work to open a new convention center and begin construction on a 600-room downtown hotel, Cleveland is in a strong position to compete with any other city for one of the 2016 conventions,” FitzGerald said in a news release.

- Morning Journal reporter Richard Payerchin contributed to this story.



Ohio state Rep. Ron Young released from hospital after donating kidney to wife.

Ohio state Rep. Ron Young released from hospital after donating kidney to wife


State Rep. Ron Young was released from the hospital April 8 after complications arose from surgery to donate a kidney to his wife.
Young, R-Leroy Township, was admitted to the hospital March 28 after going through numerous testing to learn he was a donor match for his wife Kathaleen.
His wife had been ill for a long time and received kidney dialysis for the past 10 months.
When doctors said that Ron Young was healthy enough to become a donor, he and Kathaleen Young went ahead with the procedure.
“We prayed for it and it was the right thing to do,” Young said.
Doctors performed the surgery at the Cleveland Clinic and for Kathaleen Young it was considered an immediate success and she was released April 7, he said during a phone interview on his way home from the hospital.
She is expected to make a full recovery, he said.
“As it turns out, I can’t withhold anything from her, even bodily organs,” Ron Young said.
However, he didn’t feel well after his surgery and it was later discovered that his small intestine had been perforated during the procedure to extract his kidney.
A second surgery began April 2 and ended the next day, he said.
“They went in and corrected all of that and did the procedure,” Ron Young said. “It was a whole other major surgery and it went well and I’m being released today.”
He had originally planned to head to Columbus on April 9 to vote during a session of the Ohio House of Representatives but will need to miss the session.
He said he feels fine now and expects to make a full recovery and plans to continue working from home in the short term.
The Ohio House of Representatives doesn’t have another session scheduled until April 30 and he hopes to be able to attend.
Ron Young said he continued to work while he was in the hospital.
“I did some good stuff while I was there and you’ll see some things for Lake County,” he said.


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