Today in the Twin Cities: Convention Season Winds Down With Sound Advice, Country Music, and Macaroni and Cheese

By Michael O'Connell September 4, 2008, 2:43 PM EDT

As the 2008 Republican National Convention comes to a close tonight with Senator John McCain’s formal acceptance of the Republican Party’s nomination for president, here's another dose of event-related news from Minneapolis-St. Paul:

  • Producers, set designers, and academics sounded off today on the differences between the Democratic and Republican convention staging and what each tried to convey. [New York Times]
  • Rumors that Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin’s teleprompter broke during her Wednesday night speech are greatly exaggerated. [Politico]
  • One reporter’s guide to surviving convention parties stipulates sleeping through breakfast, sticking to a predetermined schedule, and never, ever paying for alcohol. [The Stranger]
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  • Journalists covering the convention will be happy to find their gift bags contain their own collector’s edition Republican National Convention Kraft Macaroni and Cheese—complete with elephant-shaped pasta. [The State News]
  • Republican celebrities making the rounds in the Twin Cities this week include Jon Voight, Robert Duvall, and singer Pat Boone. LeAnn Rimes also headlined a GOP party dubbed “Red, Rhythm & Rimes.” [Los Angeles Times]

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