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We look at the schedule for today's opening session and hear about the "shadow convention," where money and influence are meeting in Tampa behind closed doors. Also, an update on Hurricane Isaac. On Reporter's Notebook, the diversity that makes Florida a swing state with seniors, Hispanics and evangelicals, and an election official who says Republicans are trying to suppress Florida’s black vote.

Banner image: Republican political strategist Karl Rove (L) talks with Senator Orin Hatch (R-UT) on the floor of the Republican National Convention before the start of the opening session in Tampa, Florida August 27, 2012. Photo by JimBourg/Reuters

Producers:
Christian Bordal
Evan George
Caitlin Shamberg
Anna Scott
Frances Anderton

Reporter's Notebook Florida and the Politics of an Important Swing State 18 MIN, 28 SEC

Florida's political history has had its share of political action, not just in the 2000 election. In 1972, both parties held their conventions in Miami Beach. Now it's one of the most important swing states, with seniors, Hispanics and evangelicals living side by side. To the Point's Avishay Artsy went out to Plant City, a town 30 miles east of Tampa on the I-4 corridor. Home to half of the state's Republican voters, it's a barometer for the political direction of this swing state.

Guests:
Avishay Artsy, KCRW Producer (@heyavishay)
Steve Bousquet, Tampa Bay Times (@stevebousquet)
Beth Reinhard, National Journal (@bethreinhard)
Ion Sancho, Leon County Elections Division

Making News Hurricane Isaac and Political Winds 7 MIN, 34 SEC

Tropical storm Isaac is now officially a hurricane, still disrupting proceedings here in Tampa and haunting Republicans with memories of the past. Rosalind Helderman reports for the Washington Post.

Guests:
Rosalind Helderman, Washington Post (@PostRoz)

Main Topic Money and Influence Meet in Republican Politics 24 MIN, 22 SEC

With Republican convention planners looking over their shoulders in case Hurricane Isaac requires a change in the schedule, the "parallel convention" goes on, with elected officials and Republican celebrities making the party scene for speeches to delegates who can schmooze with lobbyists on the dance floor. Ten corporations, including Microsoft, CITI, Walmart and America's Natural Gas sponsored an event last night.

Guests:
Liz Bartolomeo, Sunlight Foundation (@lizbart)
Scott Talbott, Financial Services Roundtable (@scottfsround)
Nicholas Confessore, New York Times (@nickconfessore)

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