Tag: Charlotte

Maryland up in the rafters at the convention hall

The Maryland delegates to the Democratic National Convention couldn’t get much farther from the podium at the Time Warner Cable Arena if they tried.

High up in the rafters, with their backs to the wall, they can look down hundreds of feet at the speakers and those favored delegations with highly visible floor seats near the podium – like those from neighboring Virginia.

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Charlotte’s streets turn friendly for advocacy groups

The streets of Charlotte Monday were friendlier and more crowded than Sunday, as the city celebrated Labor Day and the Democratic National Convention with Carolina Fest.

Free music, including a set by North Carolina native James Taylor, fried chicken and barbecue were supplemented with advocacy groups and booths backing a range of progressive causes. Vendors hawked Obama themed items, from books, buttons and T-shirts, to paintings, sketches and small boxes with the president’s image containing two double-chocolate chip cookies.

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Charlotte: As ‘open and accessible’ as a police state can be

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — In a message to “media representatives,” the CEO of the Democratic National Convention, Stephen Kerrigan says: “Our goal is to make this the most open and accessible convention in history, and we cannot do it without you.”

Sunday, it seemed they were quite willing to do it without me and thousands of other people, as police blocked dozens of streets into downtown – they call it Uptown here — closing ramps from interstates, turning cars around.

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