The California Democrat suggested that since Barack Obama is an incumbent, there is less of a need for Democrats to attend the convention.
“We nominated a president last time. We have an incumbent President of the United States. We’re very proud of him. There certainly will be enough people there to express that pride, but I’m not encouraging members to go to the convention no matter what the situation was, because they can be home. It’s campaign time. It’s the first week in September,” she said. - Politico
The thousands of dollars it takes to get to the convention and pay for hotel rooms could make the difference in smaller districts. The goal is to win back the House. The convention will go on without them.
DENVER – The elected Denver delegates to the 2012 Democratic National Convention are hosting an evening with local great trumpeter Doug Jackson, a pioneer in fusing jazz and funk. The event is a fundraiser to help cover the costs of sending delegates to Charlotte, North Carolina for the convention.
Delegates pay their own transportation, lodging, and all other expenses for the convention, and the 21 Denver delegates have joined together to help raise funds for those in the delegation who need assistance meeting the expenses. These efforts help Denver Democrats implement an inclusive approach to participation at the convention, sending a delegation that reflects the diverse make-up of the city and ensuring no one is excluded for lack of financial resources.
What: An Evening of Jazz and Funk with Doug Jackson
Where: The Mercury Café, 2199 California St. in Denver
When: Friday, July 20th from 5:30-9:30 p.m. (music starts at 6:00 p.m.)
Bio: Doug Jackson, aka Sir DJ de Horn, “the first trumpeter of funk,” was born to a musical family in Colorado and earned early recognition as the Denver East High School Outstanding Music Award recipient in 1973. He launched his professional career after high school and performed with such legendary musicians as Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Soloman Burke, drummer Max Roach, saxophonist James Payton, and piano man Joe Bonner. He attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston and formed a critically acclaimed six-piece band called The Untouched in the ‘90s. In addition to continuing his performance schedule, Jackson currently is working to support instrumental music at the high school level through his concert/lecture series, “Funk as a Way of Life.” He released his third CD earlier this year, exploring the musical frontier “where the funk meets the jazz.”
The blog Burnt Orange Report posted this great list of tips for attending the convention.
This list has been making the rounds among delegates and others who earned their tickets to the 2012 Democratic National Convention to officially nominate Barack Obama for a 2nd time. Full credit to its original creator, Texas DNC Member-Elect Glen Maxey, for whom this will be his 11th national convention (if you count one of the three mid-term conventions the Democratic Party held in the 70's and 80's). While Texan in focus, it's applicable to anyone going to Charlotte and makes an entertaining read for those seeking some insight as to what the experience is like.
NO BIG HATS. Don't even think of wearing that big foam rubber Texas hat. You block the view of your fellow delegates seeing Obama and you'll be ostracized for life.
Convention sessions usually start about 4 pm and go till about 10 pm. We do business before prime time speeches.
FOOD BUDGET- There's a big free Delegation Meeting breakfast every morning where you get your daily credentials. You'll eat a hotdog or nachos for supper in the hall. There are after parties with food. Don't worry about a budget for lots of fancy meals, unless you are into fancy meals. You can make it on the free stuff if you need to do so.
Dress nice, but comfortably. It's a basketball arena type situation, not a Church. There are so many people, nobody is ever going to see your tennis shoes.
All you young folks, share at least four to a room. You are only going to shower, sleep three hours, and be up and at it again.
Democratic West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin says he won't attend the party's national convention, citing serious problems with President Barack Obama. ... Tomlbin isn't alone in sitting this one out — West Virginia's Sen. Joe Manchin and congressman Nick Rahall say they don't plan to attend the convention, either.
Update: Add Pennsylvania Congressman Mark Critz to the list. Critz replaced John Murtha as Representative to Pennsylvania's 12th District.
Update 2: New York Democratic Reps. Bill Owens and Kathy Hochul will also not attend
It has been my dream to attend the Democratic National Convention, and that dream will come true this September! I have been chosen to serve as an at-large delegate for President Obama at the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, NC. While this will undoubtedly be the most exciting thing to happen for me this year, it will also be the most expensive - which is why I need your help.
To pay for transportation, accommodations, registration and other fees, I need to raise $3,500. Please help make my dream a reality with a donation today!
CHARLOTTE – The Democratic National Convention Committee (DNCC) today named Zander Guinn Millan, Inc. (ZGM), a full-service woman-owned branding communications firm located in Charlotte, as the vendor for artwork and design services for the 2012 DNC credential.
“Zander Guinn Millan, Inc. has the experience, skillset and creativity that we’re looking for to design a functional and visually appealing credential,” said DNCC CEO Steve Kerrigan. “We’re excited to be working with this local company on our credential design, because credentials not only provide access to the main event, but are a keepsake from the convention that attendees will hold on to for many years to remember their experience in Charlotte.”
The theme of the credential will be “Americans Coming Together,” and Zander Guinn Millan, Inc. will develop credential designs in coordination with the DNCC, the security printing vendor and other vendors. Additionally, the DNCC selected Miami artist Rosa Naday Garmendia to work with ZGM to provide the illustrations for the credentials.
In order to gain access to the convention, each delegate, staff member, volunteer, vendor, member of the media and program participant must have a credential.
A credential differs from a ticket in that they are printed by a security printing firm, there is no monetary value to a credential, there is no replacement for a lost credential, and credentials bear enhanced security features to protect against counterfeiting. The credential is only valid for official convention proceedings, and will not gain an individual access to events and parties hosted by outside groups.
The DNCC evaluated proposals based on numerous criteria, including, but not limited to: experience, reliability, relationships to Charlotte, North Carolina, and the surrounding region, participation of union labor, women, minorities, LGBT, veterans and persons with disabilities, and innovative proposed solutions.
The DNCC and the Host Committee have adopted a diversity contracting policy for the 2012 Democratic National Convention that represents unprecedented progress towards both the inclusion and use of diverse businesses. The policy states that the DNCC has a goal of spending at least one third of its funding for contracts and projects with Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs), Women Business Enterprises (WBEs), Disability-Owned Businesses, LGBT-Owned Businesses and Veteran-Owned Businesses.
About Zander Guinn Millan, Inc. Zander Guinn Millan, Inc. (ZGM) is a full-service branding communications firm founded in 2006 in Charlotte, North Carolina.
With a staff of highly seasoned professionals, ZGM approaches every client’s project as a unique mission: position their brand in a credible and competitive fashion; develop compelling and effective communications; and deliver exceptional client service based on mutual trust and respect. Through comprehensive analysis, cohesive strategies and breakthrough creative, ZGM builds smart, hardworking communications that elevate brands and provides sensible management to sustain their lofty positions.
About Rosa Naday Garmendia Ms. Garmendia was born in La Habana, Cuba and immigrated to the United States with her family at the age of eight and currently resides in Miami. For the past 12 years Ms. Garmendia has been a working artist and teacher engaging children and adults in the experience of art. She was an artist-in-residence at the Miami Children’s Museum for 2 consecutive terms, and since 2009 an artist-in residence at Art Center/South Florida.
More recently she has been pursuing her interest in the role of art and how it can effect social change in today’s world. She recently accepted the opportunity to participate in INTER-NOS, X Mural Painting International Biennale in Santiago de Cuba where the city became “an open gallery” for its citizens and international visitors.
CHARLOTTE – The Democratic National Convention Committee released a new web video today in which the Chair of the Convention, Antonio Villaraigosa, calls on Democrats across the country to serve as delegates to the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, Sept. 4 – 6. Democrats can find information on state selection processes at http://www.demconvention.com/delegates.asp.
“In September, Charlotte will welcome thousands of delegates from across the country to our convention. You could be one of them. Every state will send a delegation of dedicated Democrats to Charlotte – people like you – to talk about the important values of our party. They will also get to experience the thrill of standing up to re-nominate the President of the United States of America, Barack Obama,” says Chair Villaraigosa in the video. “Make your voice heard, and you could join us in Charlotte in September.”
For the 2012 Convention, grassroots Democrats in each and every state will have more opportunities than ever before to serve as delegates and to be involved in the convention. More than 5,500 delegates will take part in the convention this year, up from 4,419 delegates in 2008. The vast majority of each state’s delegates will be everyday Americans who are energized and passionate about participating in the democratic process.
While each state Democratic Party’s delegate selection process is unique, the party has a long history of sending delegates to the convention that represent every part of America. Under party rules, each state party must proactively reach out to diverse groups to encourage participation in the delegate selection process. Additionally, each state’s delegation must send an equal number of men and women in their delegation.
The delegate selection process is only one way in which this convention will be the most open and accessible in history. The DNCC announced in late January changes to the format and venue that will allow tens of thousands more people to be engaged in the convention. The convention will be shortened by a day to include a free and open to the public family friendly festival that celebrates North Carolina, Virginia and the south at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Labor Day. And the final night of the convention will be held at Bank of America Stadium, allowing tens of thousands of Americans to attend and continue the conversation President Obama began five years ago. For Americans unable to take part in the festivities in Charlotte, digital tools will be available to allow anyone, anywhere in the country to participate in the convention.
It's now officially over. On to the conventions and November...
Rick Santorum announced Tuesday that he is suspending his presidential campaign, all but bringing to a close the 2012 GOP presidential contest and effectively handing the nomination to Mitt Romney.
“We made a decision over the weekend that, while this presidential race for us is over — for me — and we will suspend our campaign effective today, we are not done fighting,” Santorum said at a campaign event in Gettysburg, Pa., the site of the historic and pivotal Civil War battle.
The former Pennsylvania senator had been Romney’s top opponent, but he suffered a trio of defeats last week in Wisconsin, Maryland and the District of Columbia, and over the weekend his daughter, Bella, was hospitalized for the second time this campaign due to complications from a rare genetic disorder.
In announcing his decision, Santorum said Bella’s condition caused him to reconsider his campaign but that she “is a fighter and doing extraordinarily well.”
He did not endorse or urge the delegates that he has won to support another candidate. - Washington Post
Since he's only suspending his campaign Santorum will retain the delegates he's won so far.
“It’s no surprise that Mitt Romney finally was able to grind down his opponents under an avalanche of negative ads. But neither he nor his special interest allies will be able to buy the presidency with their negative attacks. The more the American people see of Mitt Romney, the less they like him and the less they trust him. While calling himself the ‘ideal candidate’ for the Tea Party, he has promised to return to the same policies that created the economic crisis and has alienated women, middle class families, and Hispanic Americans. Americans value a President who will fight every day to rebuild an economy in which hard work will pay, responsibility is rewarded and everyone plays by the same rules. And that President is Barack Obama.” – Jim Messina, Obama for America Campaign Manager
In 2008 I sat behind Ashley Judd at Thursday night's acceptance speech. She sat with a bunch of celebrities including Kal Penn, Dana Delaney and the bad guy from Ghost. This year she'll be on the floor with the delegates.
Two Williamson County women elected to serve as delegates for the Tennessee Democratic Party might give liberals in this conservative haven something to rally around.
Democratic leaders are sending actress Ashley Judd to the party’s national convention in September along with Vilma Cueva, the first Hispanic American delegate to come out of Williamson County.
Judd’s success on the big screen certainly lends some star power to the suburban Democratic office, and party leaders say her interest in local politics spans several election cycles. - The Tennessean
Brush with fame of the day:
@AshleyJudd: @OreoDCW@DemConWatch The Convention in Denver was incredibly inspiring.
We've been keeping an eye on the 2 delegates from New Hampshire that became uncommitted when Jon Huntsman dropped out. Although there are three actual delegates, only 2 actual votes will be tallied at the convention.
The Granite Status has learned that Paul Collins, a senior strategist in former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman's third-place New Hampshire finish and a Huntsman delegate, will be announced later today as moving to Mitt Romney.
Also supporting Romney will be Huntsman alternate delegate Brad Blais.
Collins says it's time for Republicans to united behind Romney as “the one candidate who can win in November.
Huntsman dropped out of the race on Jan. 16. He had earned three New Hampshire GOP delegates by finishing with nearly 17 percent of the vote in the Jan. 10 first-in-the-nation primary, according to data on the Secretary of State's web site.
His delegates were released when he dropped out.
Huntsman's other two New Hampshire delegates, consultant Sarah Crawford Stewart and business executive Renee Plummer, told the Status this morning they remain uncommitted. Plummer said she intends to remain uncommitted until the Republican National Convention in late summer. - Granite Status
Mitt Romney's supporters in Wyoming have successfully challenged a delegate to the party's national convention that had been awarded to rival Rick Santorum — showing the lengths the campaigns are willing to go to fight over a single delegate.
State GOP Chairwoman Tammy Hooper said Tuesday the delegate is now awarded to Romney. - US News
While today's primary in Illinois is no doubt a big one for Mitt Romney it is by no means going to end the nomination process.
The fact is that none of the 54 delegates being allocated today have anything to do whatsoever with the primary results. From The Green Papers:
This is a so-called "Loophole" primary (a Delegate Selection Primary combined with an Advisory "beauty contest" presidential preference vote). The popular vote in the Illinois Republican Primary will have nothing whatsoever to do with the presidential preference of the 54 separately elected National Convention delegates.
Each candidate for delegate ... must file a Statement of Presidential Preference supporting a specific presidential candidate, or a statement that he/she intends to run uncommitted [SBE No. P-1E]. Note: There is no law or rule officially binding the delegates to the candidate.
And as you read, all of the delegates are unbound.