2012 DNC - An on-the-ground, personal view from a CA Delegate

 I’m sorry I didn’t send email during the Democratic Convention this year as I did 4 years ago and I apologize for being so long getting something out. As a delegate this time, I was so busy during this convention that I didn’t have time to write. Then I was traveling for a week after the convention  If you'd like to be added to my email list, sign up at http://www.amypearl.com/service.html. I ask for geographical information, so that I don't send Silicon Valley specific things to people who don't live here....more

Stale 'War on Women' Rhetoric Underscores Tone-Deaf DNC

It's bad enough when men regard women as single-issue voters, but it's insulting when women buy into that brainless nonsense.Hence, the entire one-trick pony "war on women" of a Democratic National Convention agenda this week showcased a party bereft of fresh ideas for women, unless they happen to think of little more than their reproductive systems.No question that women's issues post-Roe v. Wade must and will always include concerns about reproductive health....more
 @Cindyhuber  @evilslutopia Actually Cindy I listened to Rush every single working day of my ...more

Democrats Relocate Tonight's Big Party: Will It Dampen Enthusiasm?

When I asked some of the volunteers at the Democratic National Convention about Barack Obama's acceptance speech being moved from the outdoor Bank of America Stadium to the more weather-friendly Charlotte Convention Center, I could see the disappointment on their faces. They've been working long hours all week, helping things go smoothly, cheerfully directing delegates and those of us in the press and bloggy world to get to where we needed to go with as few hitches as possible....more
After Clint Eastwood spoke to the empty seat, Obama couldn't afford to have empty seats during ...more

DNC Talk Turns to a New Outlook on Jobs

The 2012 election is about jobs. Jobs, jobs, jobs. And the economy. That's what everyone says, and that's what many convention speeches are about. But what jobs? For which segments of the population? Working parents? Kids just out of college? Students trying to work their way through college? Or high school grads just trying to find a good-paying position? It's all well and good to talk about the need for jobs, but it's clear that American want some specifics. ...more
@KatherineLewis @iamwill Glad you liked the article! It was a great panel, but Especially #STEM ...more

DNC 2012: Let's Talk Education, Already!

I’ve spent the last six months frustrated with this election on many levels -- but my chief issues-based concern has been the lack of discussion on education, specifically K-12 education. How could we forget the Great Student Loan Fight of 2012, which included the President "slow jamming" the news? Though I wonder if I’m wrong to think that, because education is the backbone of a strong society, therefore it should go hand in hand with job creation. Even convention keynote speaker Julian Castro said, “We know that you can’t be pro-business unless you’re pro-education." ...more
i agree nearly everything would likely be worse under Romney, but Obama has not been very good ...more

RNC - Shock Therapy for Depressed (CA) Dems?

After one day as a delegate to the convention, my unsurprising observation is that everyone here is a party faithful. They are pumped up - ready to re-elect President Obama, take back the House, and strengthen the Democratic majority in the Senate....more

Behind the Scenes: The Making of a Democratic National Convention

BlogHer is live in Charlotte, NC, covering the Democratic National Convention. And fr those of you who have ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes of a national party convention -- I got to sit down the the Reverend Leah Daughtry, CEO of the 2008 convention, who broke it all down for me. ...more

RNC - Shock Therapy for Depressed (CA) Dems?

After one day as a delegate to the convention, my unsurprising observation is that everyone here is a party faithful. They are pumped up - ready to re-elect President Obama, take back the House, and strengthen the Democratic majority in the Senate....more

Can Romney's Convention Bounce Last Until November?

The Republican National Convention in Tampa "bounced" Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney six points in the polls leading President Obama heading into next week's Democratic National Convention in Charlotte.Though convention bounces tend to subside especially quickly when the opposition follows with its own convention, running so close to an incumbent signifies a weakened current administration in the minds of Americans....more
One other version of the polls: ...more

A Dem Watching the RNC -- Please pass the blood pressure meds

I am a strong supporter of Barack Obama -- just as I would have been a strong supporter of Hillary Clinton. We need a Democrat in office. NOW. It's time to swing the pendulum back towards the left to fix our economy, fix the healthcare quagmire, fight the fights that need to be fought for the right reasons, continue to allow women to have the final say on our own reproductive rights, care for our planet and all the life forms that inhabit it, and I could go on. But, I feel that I owe the Republican party respect and should watch their convention just as I did the DNC. ...more

Sitting here thinking about this "battle" in the country between the Democrats and ...more