Tag: Democratic National Convention

O’Malley speech puts convention in drive

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley used his prime-time slot at the Democratic National Convention Tuesday to make the case for Obama’s record on jobs and the economy.

The president “is moving America forward, not back,” O’Malley repeated, hammering home the Obama campaign’s slogan. Five times, he encouraged the crowd to chant along with him and wave their “Forward. Not Back” signs in unison.

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Virginia is a “checkmate state” for Obama, with a different Democratic outlook than Md.

In the presidential chess game, Virginia is the “checkmate state,” its former governor and U.S. Senate candidate Tim Kaine told fired up Democratic delegates at breakfast Tuesday.

Kaine, who also served as chairman of the Democratic National Committee, reminded delegates attending the Democratic National Convention here that President Barak Obama has said, “I can be president without Virginia, but the other guys can’t.”

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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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Conventions cost federal taxpayers as much as $136 million

Federal taxpayers could be on the hook for more than $136 million to cover the cost of the major political parties’ presidential nominating conventions.

That’s the estimated total taxpayer tab of this week’s Republican Party National Convention in Florida, and next week’s Democratic Party National Convention in North Carolina.

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