It's party time for the parties! Republicans wrapped up their nominating convention in Tampa last week and Democrats kick theirs off in Charlotte today. Drinks will flow, balloons will drop, and everyone will walk away charged up for the final two months of the campaign....more
The speeches don't begin until Tuesday, but it's already a who's who of the political and media world gathered for the Democratic National Convention. There are delegates, journalists, and local families milling around uptown Charlotte.
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.
This afternoon I was rushing to hear Jeff Bridges sing when a thunderstorm burst open in Charlotte. Was this a bad sign? I wondered. Bridges was playing on the main stage at an outdoor festival called CarolinaFest, for a celebratory Labor Day event that drew scores of delegates, local families, volunteers, media and scattered celebrities. You could barely move, the streets were so crowded. On the day before the Democratic convention, the Festival was intended to showcase the city’s charms, its openness and diversity.
While people in Charlotte, NC for the Democratic National Convention are tweeting pictures, observations, and interactions with famous politicians and celebrities, others in social media are celebrating #EmptyChairDay. And then there's Kal Penn, of Harold and Kumar fame, who got a call from President Obama himself ...
Yes, women care about the economy, and yes, women’s health care issues play a big role in that, says the House of Representatives' highest-ranking female. Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) held a roundtable with a dozen bloggers today, talking about women’s issues, the economy, and how the Democratic platform addresses both in a plan to reignite the American dream. ...more
The BlogHer team is in in Charlotte, North Carolina all week as the Democratic National Convention opens today. If the Queen City looks familiar, it's because Charlotte served as the location for The Capitol in The Hunger Games movie. Which is kind of fitting, given how vicious the 2012 election season has become....more
Ann Romney, if you recognize that women “are the ones that have to do a little bit more, and work a little harder throughout the day to earn that respect at work.” And to then “come home and help with a book report.” then I challenge you to do something about it....more
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