North Carolina Says It Wants RNC to Produce Convention Pandemic Plan

May 27, 2020 by Dan McCue
North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper listens to a question during a briefing on the coronavirus pandemic at the Emergency Operations Center in Raleigh, N.C., Tuesday, May 26, 2020. (Ethan Hyman/The News & Observer via AP)

North Carolina’s health and human services secretary has asked the CEO of the Republican National Convention to provide the state with a written coronavirus safety plan for the presidential nominating event currently planned for Charlotte in August.

The request by state HHS Secretary Mandy Cohen came on the heels of President Donald Trump threatening to pull the convention unless “full attendance” is allowed.

In her letter to convention CEO Marcia Kelly, Cohen said, “We look forward to continuing to work with you and your team to ensure a safe RNC,” but added that there must be “several scenarios planned that can be deployed depending on the public health situation.”

The existence of the letter was first reported by The Charlotte Observer.

Neither Gov. Roy Cooper nor Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles has definitively said whether or not the convention will be held in August, instead insisting that data and science will govern their decisions on whether or not the RNC will go forward.

Cohen’s letter suggested the state is continuing to plan for an in-person convention in Charlotte, an event that was originally expected to draw about 50,000 people to the city.

Current coronavirus social distancing rules in the state cap the size of indoor gatherings at just 10 people.

Trump heightened tensions over the convention this week, tweeting on Monday that unless full attendance is allowed, “We will be reluctantly forced to find, with all of the jobs and economic development it brings, another Republican National Convention site.”

He later said he wants the state to make a decision on the matter within a week.

“We need a fast decision from the governor,” the president told reporters at the White House. “He’s been acting very, very slowly and very suspiciously, but we’ll find out. We’re talking about a very short period of time.

“I would say within a week that certainly we have to know. If he can’t do it, if he feels he’s not going to do it, all he has to do is tell us. And then we’ll have to pick another location. And I tell you a lot of locations want it,” Trump said.

The Republican National Convention is scheduled for Aug. 24 to Aug. 27 at the Spectrum Center.

Organizers are scheduled to take over the stadium mid-July for an extensive rebuilding of the venue, including raising the floor of the arena.

On Tuesday, in his first public comments on the controversy, Gov. Cooper, a Democrat, said, “I’m not surprised by anything I see on Twitter.

“It’s OK for political conventions to be political but pandemic response cannot be … We’d like to reach a resolution that everybody can be reasonable about,” he said.

In reference to Cohen’s letter, Cooper said the state asked convention organizers to provide written plans about how they would ensure the health of delegates and other convention-goers.

“We’re talking about something that’s going to happen three months from now, and we don’t know what our situation is going to be,” he said. “These are the same kinds of conversations we were having with the Carolina Panthers, the Charlotte Hornets … . everyone wants to get back in action soon … . but everyone knows we have to take steps to make sure people are protected because this virus is still going to be with us in August.”

In The News



Political News

Maryland Enacts Sweeping Reforms to Make Police More Accountable
In The States
Maryland Enacts Sweeping Reforms to Make Police More Accountable
April 13, 2021
by Tom Ramstack

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Maryland's General Assembly on Saturday enacted the nation’s most sweeping police reform legislation to make officers more accountable to the public. The new rules place more restrictions on use of force and no-knock warrants. Other provisions require body cameras and give civilians a... Read More

Congress to Honor 2nd Capitol Police Officer Slain This Year
Law Enforcement
Congress to Honor 2nd Capitol Police Officer Slain This Year

WASHINGTON (AP) — Slain U.S. Capitol Police Officer William "Billy" Evans will lie in honor in the Capitol Rotunda on Tuesday during the second such memorial ceremony this year for a force that has edged close to crisis in the wake of the Jan. 6 insurrection.President... Read More

Biden Aims for Bipartisanship But Applies Sly Pressure
White House
Biden Aims for Bipartisanship But Applies Sly Pressure

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden has begun publicly courting Republicans to back his sweeping infrastructure plan, but his reach across the aisle is intended just as much to keep Democrats in line as it is a first step in an uphill climb to any bipartisan... Read More

Biden Wants Infrastructure Deal, But GOP Doubts Persist
Biden Wants Infrastructure Deal, But GOP Doubts Persist

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden wants Congress to know he's sincere about cutting a deal on infrastructure, but Republican lawmakers have deep-seated doubts about the scope of his proposed package, its tax hikes and Biden's premise that this is an inflection point for the U.S.... Read More

U.S. Looks To Support Clean Infrastructure In India, Bangladesh
U.S. Looks To Support Clean Infrastructure In India, Bangladesh
April 12, 2021
by Daniel Mollenkamp

Last week and over the weekend, U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry met with officials from the governments of India and Bangladesh to talk about strategies for improving climate resilience and adapting to climate change. Kerry emphasized recent U.S. aid projects to the two... Read More

Unintended Consequencs of Sex Trafficking Laws
Unintended Consequencs of Sex Trafficking Laws
April 12, 2021
by Victoria Turner

The two federal laws governing sex trafficking online have disproportionately harmed more sex workers than saved victims of human trafficking, said Danielle Borrelli, operations coordinator at the California Cybersecurity Institute, today at a Lincoln Network event moderated by Alexiaa Jordan.   Known and used collectively as SESTA-FOSTA,... Read More

News From The Well
scroll top