Mitch Perry Report 8.24.12: Send in the drones

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RNC officials announced yesterday that the official roll call of states voting for the nomination for president will take place Monday night and not Wednesday. Reasons for that include the threat of a possible hurricane — and also fear of Ron Paul supporters acting up, apparently.

Do you remember earlier this year when local law enforcement denied reports that there would be unarmed aerial vehicles (i.e. drones) patrolling the skies during the RNC? Well, we do. But according to Howard Altman's exclusive report in today's Tampa Tribune, such drones will be utilized over the next week in Tampa.

Just in time for that action, Code Pink's Medea Benjamin led dozens of activists in a protest against such drones in a protest in Largo yesterday. CL's Nicole Martinez reports.

Going back to Isaac. We saw Mayor Bob Buckhorn on cable news yesterday downplaying any threat of the storm. His giddiness appeared to freak out the MSNBC anchor who was interviewing him.

Question: Who said there will be 15,000 protesters in Tampa next week? I know you've seen that number everywhere — we're just trying to figure out who came up with the number and why.

CL's current issue is packed with fun and informative things about the RNC, some of which we think you haven't seen from other media sources. Check out our piece on the Occupy Tampa movement, as well as our piece where we question the attitude that some of the Bay area's movers and shakers believe will come out of this convention.

You can check out all the other articles in the current issue by clicking here.

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