TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Republican Party will delay the bulk of its convention until Tuesday afternoon because of the severe weather forecast from Isaac. That's according to Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus. Priebus says the convention will convene briefly Monday and then immediately recess until Tuesday afternoon, once the storm is expected to have passed. He says in a statement that the party made the decision after consulting with Florida Gov. Rick Scott and federal and local emergency officials.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley has cancelled a trip to the Republican National Convention so he can monitor preparations as Tropical Storm Isaac approaches the United States. Bentley said Saturday that he wants to make sure preparations and resources are in place. The storm had pushed into Cuba on Saturday and was headed northwest, possibly threatening Alabama's coast along the Gulf of Mexico. The governor urged Alabama residents to monitor weather forecasts. He said the storm could bring damaging winds and heavy rain to the state. He urged residents to prepare.
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — The center of Tropical Storm Isaac has cleared Haiti but heavy rain is falling in the capital and elsewhere from the outer bands of the system. Rocks, mud and other debris litter the streets of Port-au-Prince this morning and the city is on high alert for potential flooding. But the worst of the storm has hit far from the capital. The center of Isaac passed over the southern peninsula near the small city of Les Cayes and headed toward southern Cuba. There were no immediate reports Saturday of any deaths or major damage in Haiti.
Former Democratic Rep. Artur Davis will address the Republican National Convention in Tampa.
Davis served as Barack Obama's Alabama campaign chairman four years ago and gave the seconding speech for Obama's nomination at the Democratic National Convention. But the Republican National Convention announced Thursday that Davis will speak later this month at the GOP convention in Tampa, Fla., to support Mitt Romney.
Davis lost Alabama's Democratic primary for governor in 2010. Then he moved to Virginia and switched parties.