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  • DNC Video: ‘Government Is The Only Thing We All Belong To’

    09/04/2012 3:10:31 PM PDT · by KansasGirl · 76 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 9/4/2012 | Bryan Preston
    The DNC is underway in Charlotte, and its message could not be clearer. “You didn’t build that” business of yours, unions built America, and you, dear American, belong to the government. We all do. This video is a clip from a longer piece that was shown on the floor of the DNC today.
  • Welcome to 'Panthers Stadium' (UPDATED) (Bank of America name not allowed by RATS)

    09/02/2012 4:15:33 AM PDT · by Libloather · 40 replies
    Politico ^ | 7/17/12 | MAGGIE HABERMAN
    Welcome to 'Panthers Stadium' (UPDATED)By MAGGIE HABERMAN | 7/17/12 7:38 AM EDT National Democrats have repeatedly touted their stand against taking corporate money for their convention in September, and so it was striking to see two emails from the DNC host committee referring to the Charlotte venue where President Obama will speak as "Panthers Stadium." It's the place where the Panthers play, but it's actually called Bank of America stadium. A recent email from the host committee signed by former Al Gore campaign manager Donna Brazile urged people to win a trip to Charlotte for the event, which will wrap...
  • Rain washes out DNC opening festivities (James Taylor, Jeff Bridges all wet)

    09/04/2012 2:43:20 AM PDT · by Libloather · 29 replies
    My Fox AL ^ | 9/03/12 | Cecelia Hanley
    Rain washes out DNC opening festivitiesBy Cecelia Hanley Updated: Sep 03, 2012 11:02 PM EDT CHARLOTTE, NC (RNN) – Mother Nature likes messing with the political process. The Republicans had Hurricane Isaac that postponed their festivities in Tampa, and late afternoon summer thunderstorm cut short CarolinaFest2012 for the Democrats. As native North Carolinian James Taylor sang "You've Got a Friend," the skies opened up and people ran for cover under awnings, hotel drive ups, parking garages and covered restaurant patios. Many lingered to see if the concert would continue after a rain delay, but organizers canceled the event. Earlier in...
  • US blacks fear lingering racism if Obama loses

    09/03/2012 11:38:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 65 replies
    Agence France-Presse ^ | September 3, 2012 | Andrew Gully
    CHARLOTTE, North Carolina — Liz Wills remembers the unbelievable feeling when Barack Obama entered the White House in January 2009. Now she looks fearfully at the specter of his defeat by a Republican candidate she sees as gripped by the racist right. "I'm old enough to have seen the 'black' and 'white' signs for bathrooms, schools segregated, you couldn't ride in the front of the bus or the train. I saw all of that. I lived through that," Wills, 73, of Durham, North Carolina, told AFP. "It's not supposed to be segregated now but there's a lot like that still....
  • Tuesday's speakers at Democratic convention

    09/03/2012 10:20:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Speakers for Tuesday's session of the Democratic National Convention at Time Warner Cable Arena, as released by the Democratic Party (all times EDT): ___ 5-6 p.m. Call to Order: Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, chair, Democratic National Committee Invocation: His Eminence Metropolitan Nicholas, bishop of the Greek Orthodox Diocese of Detroit Presentation of Colors: Disabled American Veterans, The Stanly County Chapter 12 Honor Guard Pledge of Allegiance: 3rd Grade Class, W.R. O'Dell Elementary School, Concord, N.C. National Anthem: Amber Riley, singer/songwriter and "Glee" actress...
  • Opinion: Dems hold hope for the South

    09/03/2012 4:46:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 3, 2012 | Juan Williams
    Why are we here? Why did the Obama reelection team pick North Carolina for the Democratic convention? As the convention begins, prominent Democrats are still grumbling about that question. They fear the Tar Heel State is no sure win for the president. Recall that in 2008, Barack Obama won North Carolina by 0.4 percentage points over Arizona Sen. John McCain (R). Before that, the state had gone Republican in every presidential election since 1976. Current polls have Obama and Romney tied in the state. When then-President Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964, he famously told an aide...
  • NC: Romney has 18-point Lead on Economy

    09/03/2012 2:36:48 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 18 replies
    Big Government ^ | September 3, 2012 | Mike Flynn
    Ahead of the DNC gathering in Charlotte, a number of organizations are out today with new polls on the race in North Carolina. PPP has the race in the Tarheel State tied, although they use a D+13 sample to get there. High Point University uses a D+8 sample and shows Romney with a 3 point lead. Elon University and the Charlotte Observer have a poll with a D+6 sample and show Romney with a 4 point lead. Do you sense a pattern here? The most interesting finding is in the Elon University poll. The poll was conducted from over 1,000...
  • Poll: Romney Leads in N.C. as Younger Voters Drift Away From Obama

    09/03/2012 1:37:59 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    National Journal ^ | 09/03/2012 | Steven Shepard
    As Democrats gather in Charlotte this week for their nominating convention, a new poll released early Monday shows President Obama trailing slightly in the host state of North Carolina, where he is facing a significant deficit on the economy, the most important issue to a plurality of the Tar Heel State's voters.The poll, conducted by Elon University for The Charlotte Observer and its sister paper, The News & Observer, in Raleigh, shows Mitt Romney leading Obama, 47 percent to 43 percent. Nine percent of likely voters said they were undecided or preferred neither candidate.The survey shows that Obama is struggling...
  • California delegate agrees to leave DNC after disturbance (impersonated a member of Congress)

    09/03/2012 9:36:51 AM PDT · by Libloather · 22 replies
    LA Times ^ | 9/02/12 | Seema Mehta
    California delegate agrees to leave DNC after disturbanceBy Seema Mehta September 2, 2012, 1:16 p.m. CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A California Democratic Party delegate who allegedly impersonated a member of Congress and was threatened with arrest after a disturbance in the delegation’s hotel early Sunday morning was kicked out of the hotel and will not attend the national convention. **SNIP** The delegate who was sanctioned Sunday reportedly tried to intervene when hotel staff called paramedics, arguing that the unconscious man had merely had too much to drink and ought to be put to bed. When he tried to move the man’s...
  • Marion Barry Arrives At Democratic Convention, Slams Republicans

    09/03/2012 11:17:27 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | September 3, 2012 | John Stanton
    Charlotte, NC – Former DC Mayor Marion Barry hit the Democratic convention Monday and, as per usual, the divisive and wildly popular figure immediately drew onlookers and media interviews. Barry was barely 10 feet into the Charlotte convention center before convention goers and reporters started queuing up to talk to him. Although extremely controversial thanks to numerous arrests for crack possession, Barry remains very popular in Washington and many parts of the black community nationally. Sporting a bright red t-shirt that read “I’m a Democrat and I support DC Statehood,” the 76 year old Barry was clearly in his element....
  • Breaking: California Democrat Compares Paul Ryan to Nazi Joseph Goebbels

    09/03/2012 8:52:29 AM PDT · by rustyweiss74 · 32 replies
    Mental Recession ^ | 09/03/2012
    New tone alert... According to a just released report from the San Francisco Chronicle, California Democratic Party Chair John Burton compared Paul Ryan and the GOP to Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels. Let's see how - or if - the media reports this outrageous comment. Had this been a Republican, you would have already heard about it, as opposed to having to read it here. From the Chronicle (who will be posting audio shortly): Greetings from the California delegation breakfast at the DNC where before he had a cup of coffee Democratic Party Chair John Burton – much like his ol’...
  • Big California Dem. Compares Paul Ryan to Nazi Joseph Goebbels

    09/03/2012 10:15:46 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 15 replies
    weeklystandard.com ^ | Sept. 3, 2012 | DANIEL HALPER
    California Democratic party chair John Burton compared Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan to Nazi Joseph Goebbels this morning in Charlotte, North Carolina. Here's video: Via the San Francisco Chronicle: Greetings from the California delegation breakfast at the DNC where before he had a cup of coffee Democratic Party Chair John Burton – much like his ol’ palGuv Jerry Brown once did – just compared the Republicans to Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels, for “telling the big lie,” a reference to several falsehoods GOP VP nominee Paul Ryan recently told.
  • Democrats cobble together stadium crowd for Obama's speech piece by piece (Bussed in)

    09/03/2012 8:59:27 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The Windsor Star / The Associated Press ^ | September 3, 2012 | Julie Pace
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - College students from across North Carolina will arrive in Charlotte by the busload. Same with members of predominantly black churches in neighbouring South Carolina. Their goal: help fill a 74,000-seat outdoor stadium to capacity when President Barack Obama accepts the Democratic nomination Thursday night. Anything short of a full house on the final night of the Democratic Party's national convention will be instant fodder for Republicans eager to use empty seats as symbols of waning voter enthusiasm for Obama. Democrats have been fretting for months over whether the president can draw a capacity crowd at Bank of...
  • A full Slideshow of the #OccupyDNC Filth in Charlotte, NC

    09/03/2012 7:34:46 AM PDT · by BlueBerrier0341 · 74 replies
    Charlotte Observer ^ | 9/3/2012 | Multiple photographers
    Winthrop University students Judson Abraham (right), Sean Shamble (middle) and Cedric Streater (left) march in the March on Wall Street South in Charlotte Sunday
  • Republicans active in N.C. ahead of DNC

    09/02/2012 7:05:27 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 13 replies
    Washington Times ^ | September 1, 2012 | By David Eldridge and Luke Rosiak
    President Obama and the Democrats are converging on Charlotte, N.C., next week for their three-day national convention, but Republicans aren’t ceding the spotlight in the swing state. The Romney campaign said Saturday that vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan has scheduled a campaign stop Monday at East Carolina University in Greenville. The Democratic National Convention kicks off a day later at the Time Warner Cable Arena across the state in Charlotte. Vice President Joseph R. Biden had planned to campaign in Florida during the GOP convention in Tampa, but that trip was canceled because of concerns about the proximity of then-tropical...
  • LGBT activists expect DNC to be ‘amazing and inspiring'

    09/02/2012 5:18:27 AM PDT · by Libloather · 43 replies
    Charlotte Observer ^ | 9/01/12 | Celeste Smith
    LGBT activists expect DNC to be ‘amazing and inspiring'By Celeste Smith The Charlotte Observer Posted: Saturday, Sep. 01, 2012 CHARLOTTE, N.C. When North Carolina voters approved a constitutional ban on same-sex marriages in May, some worried whether gays and lesbians would feel welcome here during the Democratic National Convention. Now, advocates say the Charlotte convention will make history on issues of equality. There’s a record number of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) delegates participating. And there’s the expectation that Democrats will approve marriage equality in its official party platform.
  • Immigration rights activists pull into Charlotte for DNC (illegals arrive on the 'Undocubus')

    09/02/2012 4:55:51 AM PDT · by Libloather · 21 replies
    Charlotte Observer ^ | 9/01/12 | Lindsay Ruebens
    Immigration rights activists pull into Charlotte for DNCBy Lindsay Ruebens The Charlotte Observer Posted: Saturday, Sep. 01, 2012 CHARLOTTE, N.C. One is a stay-at-home mom of three. Another is a construction worker. One is a student who hopes to attend graduate school for math and economics. All of them risked deportation to demand greater rights for undocumented immigrants. They, along with 22 others, arrived in Charlotte Saturday evening on the “Undocubus.”
  • Obama campaign says it will fill football stadium for convention’s finale

    09/01/2012 7:31:25 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 115 replies
    The Hill ^ | 09/01/2012 | Amie Parnes
    Team Obama promises it will fill every one of the seats in Charlotte’s mammoth football stadium Thursday night when President Obama closes the Democratic National Convention with a speech accepting his party’s nomination. For weeks, Democrats have been concerned about filling Bank of America Stadium, home to the NFL’s Carolina Panthers. They feared a devastating image of an enthusiasm gap if Obama spoke to empty upper decks at the venue. But the Obama campaign says it’s got it covered, and that all 73,778 of the stadium’s seats will be spoken for. The campaign also insists this success will showcase a...
  • North Carolina poses uphill battle for Obama, though Charlotte is DNC host city (from June)

    09/02/2012 5:51:49 AM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 6 replies
    Tampa Bay Times ^ | June 17, 2012 | Adam C. Smith
    Prominent union leaders decried rewarding the state, one of the nation's least friendly to organized labor. Major unions announced they would not help fund the event. In 2008, labor groups contributed more than $8 million to the Democratic Convention in Denver. Then came North Carolina's vote last month to ban gay marriage. More than 28,000 people signed a petition to move the convention from Charlotte because of that vote, something that has no chance of happening. Meanwhile, pundits have become increasingly skeptical about President Barack Obama's Tarheel State prospects. Just look at the trends: A Democratic governor, Beverly Perdue, so...
  • Rains wash away Mount Obama in Charlotte, N.C

    09/01/2012 2:17:49 PM PDT · by KansasGirl · 269 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 9/1/2012 | Stephan Dinan
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A torrential downpour that struck Charlotte Saturday afternoon damaged the Mount Rushmore-style sand sculpture bust of President Obama — an ominous beginning to what many fear is a plagued convention. Workers were trying Saturday afternoon to reform the base of the sculpture, built from sand brought in from Myrtle Beach, S.C., pounding and smoothing out the sand that had washed off the facade.