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Q&A: A look at the order of political party conventions

Convention party order history

How is it determined which major party has the first convention and which comes last?

There aren't any specific rules about the order, though the practice since 1956 has been that the incumbent party holds its convention after the challengers. Before that, from 1864 to 1952, the Democrats always went second, except in 1888. In 1956, the challenging Democrats decided to convene first, the Republicans and incumbent President Dwight D. Eisenhower went second, and a routine was established.

RNC details to be revealed soon

Has the city of St. Petersburg gotten the $600,000 from the Republican National Convention, and if so, when? Or are we the taxpayers still on the hook for this?

Mark Puente, who covers St. Petersburg City Hall for the Tampa Bay Times, writes: "We will not learn the final details until Nov. 13 when City Council holds a 'clean up' meeting for the 2012 budget. Regardless of the final numbers, the money will have to come from the reserves."

What is on those flag pins?

The flag pins worn by Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan, Marco Rubio and others during the RNC had some kind of spot on the face of the flag. What was that?

This industrious reader answered his own question before we could get to it, writing that the flag pin, also worn by some Democrats, contains a U.S. Secret Service star logo over the stripes.

The Washington Post reported that the pin was not for security, but for decorative purposes only. It was a version created for agents and fans, and was a gift to Romney from his protective detail.

After the first debate, pin manufacturers reported a surge in demand for custom flag pins.

Politics and 'The View'

I am curious. Is Elisabeth Hasselbeck of The View paid by the Republican Party for expressing so vehemently her Republican opinions on that show? I don't know of any other regular TV talk show host who constantly jibes the Democratic elected officials. She never misses an opportunity to say negative things about any actions by the Democratic candidates.

No, Hasselbeck, 35, wouldn't be paid by Republicans for expressing her conservative views any more than someone like George Clooney would be paid by Democrats for publicly expressing his liberal positions.

The View is the kind of show in which the hosts — Hasselbeck, Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Sherri Shepherd and Barbara Walters — often express their opinions and then argue about them. That's what draws people to watch. Hasselbeck has tangled passionately about political issues with Goldberg and former co-host Rosie O'Donnell.

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