08/27/2012 12:08 pm ET

GOP Convention Under Storm Threat Creates Opening For Democrats On Disaster Relief Cuts

TAMPA, Fla. -- A new online ad campaign launched Monday targets Republicans for proposed cuts to disaster relief funding and weather monitoring systems.

The ads, launched by the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, coincided with Tropical Storm Isaac's pass over the southwest of the state, where it caused widespread power outages and forced the GOP to cancel the first day of the Republican National Convention.

As of Monday morning, the storm had moved back over the Gulf of Mexico, where meteorologists expect it to build strength before slamming into the Gulf Coast on Tuesday night as a Category 1 hurricane. The storm is currently headed straight for New Orleans, where it's expected to reach land on or before Wednesday, seven years to the day afer Hurricane Katrina destroyed much of the city.

The ad, which will appear on hundreds of thousands of computer screens across the state, features images of Mitt Romney and his running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), flanked by another politician well known to Floridians, Republican Sen. Marco Rubio.

"Republicans voted against disaster relief," it reads. "Thank them here." A click-through web page cites Ryan's budget, which the ad says would have "cut billions from disaster relief funding."

The website also points out that the GOP's 2011 budget, which did not pass the Senate, contained nearly $500 million in cuts to the National Oceanographic and Atmostpheric Administration, which operates the storm-monitoring National Weather Service.

Democrats are seeking to highlight the disaster and storm services that Republicans have sought to cut in Washington. The issue fits neatly into their broader 2012 campaign narrative, which aims to portray the GOP as a party of elites who would cut spending on social services in order to fund tax breaks for the wealthy.



Hurricane Isaac

08/31/2012 5:48 PM EDT

Miss. River Flowed Backwards

According to BBC News, the U.S. Geological Survey found that "The storm surge ahead of Hurricane Isaac made the Mississippi River run backwards for 24 hours."

Read the full story here.

08/31/2012 5:46 PM EDT

Threat Of Flash Flooding

National Hurricane Center issued the following advisory at 4 p.m. CDT:


More here.

08/31/2012 5:45 PM EDT

PHOTO: Romney Examines Relief Efforts

08/31/2012 5:44 PM EDT

Water Boil Advisory

@ The_Gambit :

The city just announced a water boil advisory for Venetian Isles, in effect until further notice.

08/31/2012 5:42 PM EDT

Major Flooding In Arkansas

@ jimwxgator :

More MAJOR flooding from Isaac today in Pine Bluff, AR. via @KATV_Weather: http://t.co/9SWtF75p

08/30/2012 6:48 PM EDT

St. Tammany Parish Floodwaters Expected To Recede

@ NOLAnews :

Isaac's floodwaters should start to recede in St. Tammany Parish http://t.co/IvG0v4UY

08/30/2012 6:01 PM EDT

St. John Parish Evacuees Database Available

@ NOLAnews :

Isaac evacuees database available for St. John Parish families http://t.co/BegMKyc4

08/30/2012 4:38 PM EDT

Isaac Has Been Downgraded To A Tropical Depression

@ chadmyerscnn :

#Isaac is now a trop. depression. Winds to 35mph. Lingering storms coming in from the Gulf may have higher gusts or tornadoes.

08/30/2012 4:28 PM EDT

Over 1 Million Powerless

@ wunderground :

Over 1 million people without power in LA/MS due to #Isaac.

08/30/2012 4:08 PM EDT

Deliberate Breach Of Plaquemines Parish Levee Begins

@ AP :

BREAKING: Crews begin breaching levee stressed by Isaac flooding in La.'s hard-hit Plaquemines Parish: http://t.co/Z53F2Omf