Tampa: Tropical storm Isaac caused some real headaches for schedulers -- and some serious re-arranging -- but appears to have skipped Tampa with only rain and some strong winds.
As a result, delegates and guests here seem relatively unfazed by their brush with a potential hurricane.
Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., thanked delegates attending this morning's kickoff breakfast for Missouri. "You're here with sandbags stacked at the door," he said.
Monday night, delegates were told, the state GOP will throw a "hurricane party" with pizza and pasta. Most of the delegates had planned to spend the evening on the floor of the convention, but will wait until tomorrow.
Former Sen. Jim Talent also spoke to Missouri delegates Monday, urging them to work hard to elect Mitt Romney in November.
"We can do better as a country," he said, echoing the planned first-day theme of the convention. "This is the first time in my life I'm concerned that I may not be able to protect my family from the consequences of what my government has been doing."
Talent is a close adviser to Romney, particularly on defense issues. He's also been mentioned as a potential member of the Romney cabinet -- as secretary of defense, for example.
Asked about the opportunity, Talent did not rule it out.
"I have an interest in public service," he said. "If he does win the election, which we're totally focused on, at some point we'll probably have a conversation."
Phyllis Schlafly, the well-known conservative activist, is a Missouri delegate -- and a supporter of Rep. Todd Akin, the embattled GOP Senate nominee.
Several delegates said there is little, if any, tension among delegates over the Akin campaign. Some were wearing Akin stickers again this morning.
Schlafly said she was upset with some members of her party continuing to pressure Akin to withdraw.
"I think a lot of Missourians are very ticked off at the out-of-staters who are telling us who to have for our Senate candidate," she said.
Schlafly endorsed Akin in the primary. Privately, though, some Republicans said she was among those who urged Akin to withdraw during last week's firestorm.
There was no indication today that she would make that call publicly.
Akin was not at the breakfast this morning, and is not expected to attend the convention. Former senator Kit Bond did attend Monday's session.
Kansas secretary of state Kris Kobach is making the media rounds. He's expected to appear with Geraldo Rivera Monday morning, as part of a series of interviews on "radio row."