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GOP delegates will have busy slate of events, parties for RNC

During RNC week all state delegations hold private meetings, events and parties that are closed to the public. All delegates are invited to the private RNC Welcome Party at Tropicana Field Sunday evening, and participate in breakfast meetings with guest speakers during the week. Here are highlights of how some state delegations will spend their time outside of the convention floor at the Tampa Bay Times Forum, weather permitting. (Note: Not every delegation polled wanted to reveal their plans.)

CALIFORNIA

Saturday: 8 p.m.-midnight Beach Blanket Party

Monday: "Good Morning California" breakfast with guests including Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey and Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman; 9 p.m. reception/concert with Camp Freddy honoring Wounded Warriors Family Support

Tuesday: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. brunch with House Speaker John Boehner and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice

Wednesday: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Day O'Fun, BBQ & Games on the Beach; post-session Night O'Comfort event

Thursday: post-session party

INDIANA

Tuesday: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. luncheon cruise

Wednesday: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. lunch and shopping

Thursday: 11p.m. post-session dinner dance

LOUISIANA

Saturday: 7:30 p.m. party celebrating delegation arrival

Sunday: 11 a.m. brunch honoring Chairman Roger Villere

Monday: 11 p.m. party with delegations from North Carolina and West Virginia

Tuesday: 4 p.m. event honoring Gov. Bobby Jindal and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker; 11:30 p.m. Louisiana Bicentennial Celebration

Wednesday: after session Taste of Southern Hospitality party

Thursday: 11:30 p.m. Final Night Gala honoring Gov. Bobby Jindal

MICHIGAN

Saturday: reception and "Rock 'n' Roll Bowl"

Monday: Tribute to President Ford luncheon; Salute to Michigan event

Tuesday: Cornerstone Foundation luncheon with special guest U.S. Rep. Dave Camp

Wednesday: Secretary of State brunch; post-session concert

Thursday: Bon Voyage brunch; post-session party

NEW YORK

Monday: late night party with delegations from Wisconsin, South Dakota, North Dakota and Rhode Island

Tuesday: Noon luncheon with Connecticut delegation

Wednesday: after session Taste of Southern Hospitality party

Thursday: Noon beach party with Virgin Islands delegation

OHIO

Sunday: 6:30 p.m. private Ohio delegation welcome reception with House Speaker John Boehner

Monday: post-session reception with Ohio legislators

Tuesday: 4 p.m. reception with U.S. Sen. Rob Portman

Wednesday: 11:30 am luncheon; post-session 11 p.m. reception with Gov. John Kasich and Ohio Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor

Thursday: 11:15 p.m. Grand Finale Reception

PENNSYLVANIA

Monday: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Friends of the Pennsylvania Delegation reception with Gov. Tom Corbett and invited guest Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey; 11 p.m.-2 a.m. "Whiskey Rebellion" reception

Tuesday: 3-5 p.m. reception; 11 p.m.-2 a.m. event with Pennsylvania Senate leadership

Wednesday: afternoon reception with Gov. Tom Corbett; post-session "Mike, Ike, Elvis and Ice Cream" reception

Thursday: 2-5 p.m. reception with Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley; 11 p.m.-3 a.m. Friends of the Pennsylvania Delegation reception

SOUTH CAROLINA

Sunday: 5 p.m. delegation reception

Monday: 1 p.m. reception; late night reception after session with Sen. Lindsey Graham.

Tuesday: 10 a.m. Tampa harbor cruise brunch; 5 p.m. reception with Gov. Nikki Haley; late night party with North Carolina delegation

Wednesday: 3 p.m. reception; 4 p.m. delegation dinner; after session Taste of Southern Hospitality party

Thursday: Noon delegation luncheon

TENNESSEE

Sunday: 3 p.m. America's Comeback Kickoff Open House hosted by Senate Majority Leader and Mrs. Mark Norris

Monday: 9:30 a.m. delegation brunch; 4 p.m. reception with Alabama delegation

Tuesday: Noon luncheon with Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey with book preview by Hans von Spakovsky; 4:30 p.m. Salute to Nashville celebration

Wednesday: Noon luncheon with Sen. Lamar Alexander; 3:30 p.m. reception honoring House Speaker Beth Harwell; after session Taste of Southern Hospitality party

Thursday: 12:30 p.m. luncheon honoring Gov. Bill Haslam

UTAH

Monday: 8 a.m. "Omelettes With Orrin" breakfast honoring Sen. Orrin Hatch; midnight "Gator Gala" event

Tuesday: midnight "Homesick for Utah" event

Wednesday: 10 a.m. governor's delegation brunch with guest Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey; 12:30-3 p.m. at the beach; midnight "Chairman Birthday Celebration" with Sen. Mike Lee

Thursday: Noon luncheon with Sen. Orrin Hatch; post-session party

WISCONSIN

Wednesday: 3 p.m. Beer and Brat Tribute to Wisconsin

Thursday: 11 p.m. Final Night Gala Cocktail Reception honoring Gov. Scott Walker

GOP delegates will have busy slate of events, parties for RNC 08/24/12 [Last modified: Friday, August 24, 2012 5:58pm]
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