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Here at the start of the second night of the convention the Tampa Bay Times' Mike Van Sickler and Rich Shopes are on the burgeoning bus beat:

1. Members of the Utah delegation said it took more than two hours to get from the Forum to their Hilton Hotel near International Plaza, with at least one bus sweltering hot because of poor air conditioning.

2. Alberto Gutier, a 72-year-old Arizona delegate, and his wife, 70, might think twice before attending tonight's session. The two decided to skip a party after the Tuesday night session and headed out at 11:20 p.m. to catch a bus.

They waited 30 minutes for the bus to arrive. During the ride, the driver appeared lost, and a Florida delegate from Tampa offered to help with directions. Another woman on the bus, apparently overcome by the situation, sprawled across a seat.

"I thought she was going to have a stroke or something," Gutier said.

3. "Everybody's been complaining," said Gutier, who has attended other conventions, including in St. Paul and Philadelphia. "The logistics for the buses (here) is the most horrendous I've ever seen in my life."

So: It's not just the Florida delegates coming all the way from Innisbrook who are having issues and getting angry.

[Last modified: Wednesday, August 29, 2012 7:37pm]


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