By: Gene Birk & AP
By: Gene Birk & AP

The Republican National Convention opened in Tampa, with a significantly abbreviated Monday schedule, and only a smattering of delegates in attendance.

With Tropical Storm Isaac forcing organizers to cancel most of the opening-day program, party Chairman Reince Priebus pounded the gavel, citing the convention rules requiring a 2:00 p.m. Monday start. Two minutes later, he recessed the session.

WKU Political Science Associate Professor Scott Lasley is at convention. He says they've been seeing rain on and off and expect to for the next three days, but he says Tampa dodged a bullet.

Lasley also tells us the Kentucky delegation is excited about this year's convention, where three Kentuckians will address the crowd; U.S. Senators Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul, and sixth district congressional candidate Andy Barr.

The convention gets into full gear Tuesday, just as forecasters say Isaac could reach hurricane strength and make landfall somewhere between Mississippi and New Orleans. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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