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FREE/cheap accommodation in Tampa!

I keep reading about how expensive Tampa has become for the weeks surrounding the convention. People are asking for donations so they can stay there etc... Please, EVERYBODY, spread this info: There are very cheap and FREE alternatives for people to be "hosted" in Tampa.

www.couchsurfing.org (633 potential hosts)


www.airbnb.com (259 offers, many under $50)

Airbnb has many "whole house" rentals, where groups of delegates can stay together!! :)

USE THEM!!! The dems did during Obama's "grassroots" drive... apparently, it was the elections in 2008 that pushed airbnb into the mainstream and helped value it a $1 billion+ startup!

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The RNC has hotels for each state

Delegates should stay with their state because there are going to be information, meetings, and events for each state. If there are any changes made to a scheduled vote, if you are not at your designated hotel, you can't depend on others to to seek you out to make sure you got the news.

I think this is great onfo for Ron Paul supporters who are not delegates, but if you are a delegate, and you are not staying with your state in the RNC hotel, you might find you made a huge mistake and become very pissed off that you did not get the information that you needed for something because the RNC told the hotel, or the chair for the state made a decision that morning, within the state hotel only.

Remember, the GOP is fighting us, playing dirty tricks all the way, so the last thing you want to do as a delegate is set yourself up by not staying with your state.


Your post seems very informative... it makes is VERY obvious that SOMEONE from each state setup a convenient, and easily to update site where people can get prompt info 24/7, and perhaps even have everyone register with an SMS centre to make sure they always know, where they have to be... to VOTE etc.

I am sure this is already done, and that everyone knows this. Perhaps a Meetup group can be setup so everyone can login and see their own thread of upcoming, UNMISSABLE events! Just in case not everyone is in the "RNC designated hotels". I can imagine some of our delegates being outcast, locked out, or just in general outmaneuvered by TPTB.

Just plain 'Happy'about the direction the world is taking! Especially if we live to reach LEV [Longevity Escape Velocity]

I learned the hard way

The Patrons of Husbandry AKA The Grange is very political as we learn Roberts Rules of Order and write resolutions and vote on them, so it's very much like a political convention. My first national Grange convention, same thing, everything was so expensive I decided to stay in another hotel. I missed all kinds of information from my state and from the national convention as messages were sent from the national convention to the State Mster who sent them out through the hotel. I missed free breakfasts and meetings, that would have been worth the cost of staying at the hotel. The state only had to walk across the street to the convention, while I had to drive, and pay for validating parking, and wouldn't you know it, but it so happened there was a car event that had the city we were in block streets, so instead of driving three miles, I was driving twice that. I was frequently late to events I didn't miss all together, and what made it worse, is my state was "put off" that I didn't stay with them. Some folks have not talked to me to this day, as I would up doing a rushed half but job defending resolutions, presenting resolutions, and being there to vote for some. Never again.

Always stay with the state.

This will be useful for those

This will be useful for those who are not delegates.

The delegates are already required by the RNC to stay at their expensive hotels. Just another measure to weed those out who have no/little money.

To climb the mountain, you must believe you can.

Aaargghhh!! This is so disgusting!

It is so pretentious of them to FORCE people to SPEND like money was made of water!

Oh, well, I tried to help... I hope everything works out! I hope Ron Paul is NOMINATED... actually, I KNOW HE WILL BE!!!

I wish I could be there to see it all happen!!! It will be so exciting! Perhaps it will be the most exciting political event in WORLD HISTORY!!!

Please, please have as many USTREAM videos as possible!!!

Save money on hotels, and get EXTRA BANDWIDTH ;)


Just plain 'Happy'about the direction the world is taking! Especially if we live to reach LEV [Longevity Escape Velocity]