Mitch Perry Report 8.26.12: RNC's first day canceled, but virtually all other scheduled events are still on

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After it was revealed around 6:30 p.m. on Saturday that officials with the Republican National Committee were canceling the first day of the Republican National Convention because of concerns about Tropical Storm Isaac's impact on the Bay Area on Monday, the question then began to be asked - what else is being canceled?

As this is being written (around 6:30 a.m. Sunday) most events scheduled for today and into the week are still very much on. First and foremost that means the official welcoming party at Tropicana Field is definitely on.

The "World's Biggest Cocktail Party" as it's being advertised, means that reporters, delegates and yes, protesters will all have something to do tonight in St. Petersburg.

And Ron Paul's speech at USF this afternoon is still going to happen.

On Saturday the activist group Code Pink was in Tampa, leading a seminar on tips for how to protest.

The Democrats had a little wine and cheese party yesterday afternoon in Tampa to officially unveil their new "war room" that will be employed all week to combat the fusillade of charges that will undoubtedly be spouted this week regarding their political party.

(But the Dems announced overnight that their first scheduled press conference in the war room that would take place today at noon has been canceled. The Heritage Foundation also announced cancellation of some events that they'd scheduled in Tampa this week.)

And storm or no storm, parking and driving conditions are radically different than normal in downtown Tampa for the RNC. On Saturday morning Mayor Bob Buckhorn and Police Chief Jane Castor alerted motorists coming into the city to be prepared for a very different scenario than usual, beginning now.

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