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RNC to consider additional sanctions against Florida delegation at meeting this week



Tampa is hosting the Republican National Convention but Florida delegates will get inconvenient hotel spots, poor seating and lose guest passes, according to proposed sanctions the national GOP will vote on this week.

The penalties, which could make for an irritating convention experience in August, are the price for moving up the presidential primary to Jan. 31, a violation of Republican National Committee rules.

A draft resolution to be taken up Wednesday by the RNC's rules committee during the winter meeting in New Orleans calls for hotels to be neither "favorable" nor "convenient." Florida's spot on the floor of the Tampa Bay Times Forum would also be less than ideal.

Also, Florida Republican officials will lose the ability to dole out guest passes. Those passes will revert to the national party.

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[Last modified: Monday, January 9, 2012 2:37pm]


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