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August 20, 2012 | By Katherine Skiba
WASHINGTON -- Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel will address the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., next month, organizers said Monday. The convention is set to run Sept. 4-6. Democratic Party officials did not announce a date or time for Emanuel's speech, and an to the mayor said those details had not yet been set. Emanuel was President Obama's first chief of staff and earlier served as a Democratic congressman. The first two days of the convention are to be at Time Warner Cable Arena.
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March 8, 2014 | By Jean Merl
Organized chaos reigned Saturday afternoon as delegates of the California Democratic Party began casting their endorsement ballots in races featuring more than one Democrat vying for the party's backing. Cheering sections for state Sen. Alex Padilla of Pacoima, who is running for secretary of state, and Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez of Los Angeles, who is campaigning for state controller, raucously greeted delegates as they arrived at the balloting area at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
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NEWS
September 5, 2012 | By Mark Z. Barabak
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Sounding at times like a college lecturer and others like a revival speaker, former President Clinton delivered a thumping endorsement Wednesday night of incumbent Barack Obama, saying his policies were slowly healing the country and would lead to dramatic improvement in a second term. “No president, not me or any of my predecessors, could have repaired all the damage in just four years," Clinton said in a rapturously received speech that capped the second night of the Democratic National Convention.
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March 8, 2014 | By Jean Merl
Politicking at the California Democratic Party Convention by candidates competing for official endorsements continued Saturday morning after delegate-hunting at a round of parties the night before. Volunteers started with pep talks and breakfast at "boiler rooms" set up at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in downtown Los Angeles by Assembly Speaker John A. Perez and state Sen. Alex Padilla, who are running for state controller and secretary of state, respectively. With balloting for the party's endorsement scheduled for later in the day, time was running out as the two Los Angeles officeholders and their competitors rushed from one caucus to another, hoping to sway those who would be voting on whom the party should endorse.
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July 31, 2012 | By Katherine Skiba, Chicago Tribune
WASHINGTON - First Lady Michelle Obama will address the opening night of the Democratic National Convention on Sept. 4, the Obama campaign and convention organizers announced Tuesday. San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro - like the first lady and the president, a graduate of Harvard Law - will deliver the keynote speech that evening, organizers said. Castro will be the first Latino tapped for a keynote speech at a Democratic National Convention, they said. The convention, held in Charlotte, N.C., will run through Sept.
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July 17, 1992
The Democrats have done it again. They got their ticket backwards, just like in 1988. Next time how about picking the candidates in the smoked-filled room or the environmentally correct equivalent. WILLIAM V. FERRARO Seal Beach
NEWS
September 5, 2012 | By Christi Parsons
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The decision to move President Obama's speech indoors to avoid the rain isn't just a logistical nightmare for his campaign team. It cancels the plan to register tens of thousands of North Carolina residents to vote as they waited in line for the Thursday night event. But the change doesn't derail a larger plan by the Obama campaign to use the Democratic National Convention as a nuts-and-bolts campaign planning event. It's still an “organizing tool,” in the words of campaign manager Jim Messina.
NEWS
September 5, 2012 | By Alana Semuels
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- It included six straight hours of speechifying, mind-bendingly long lines to buy overpriced water and hot dogs and the requirement that all umbrellas be abandoned at the entrance. But delegates inside the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte gave high marks to the opening night of the Democratic National Convention, emphasizing that they're just as enthusiastic this time around as they were in 2008. “I have been coming here since [Walter F.] Mondale ran for president and this was the best I've heard,” said Elsie Burkhalter, a delegate from Louisiana.
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September 9, 2012 | By Alana Semuel
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - It's time to talk about love. Love among Democrats, that is. For if the refrain from the Republican National Convention went something along the lines of “we built it,” one of the more commonly used words in the Democratic National Convention might have been “love.” And how do the Democrats love? Let us count the ways. There were the particularly cheesy expressions of love Thursday night, perhaps capped by Vice President Joe Biden's very public declaration to his wife, Jill.
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March 8, 2014 | By Michael Finnegan
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti opened the state's Democratic convention on Saturday with a tribute to the party's dominance in California, saying it has ensured progress on climate change, immigration, public transit and civil rights. Garcetti ran down a list of laws enacted on Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown's watch, including one that increases the minimum wage and another that grants driver's licenses to immigrants in the country without documentation. “While Washington dithers, here in California Democrats get things done,” Garcetti told Democrats gathered at the L.A. Convention Center.
NEWS
February 13, 2013 | By Matea Gold
WASHINGTON - Duke Energy has already written off a $10-million line of credit the company guaranteed to help produce September's Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., boosting the role of corporate funds in putting on the event. The loan is not due until the end of the month, but Duke wrote it off as a loss in the third quarter and reported it again Wednesday when it released its year-end earnings, noting that it took a $6-million loss and $4-million tax benefit for “DNC Host Committee Support.” Tom Williams, a spokesman for Duke, said the decision to write it off last year was a decision made by the energy company's controller for accounting purposes.
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November 25, 2012 | Times staff and wire reports
Lawrence Guyot, a civil rights leader who was threatened, jailed and nearly beaten to death in the Deep South in the 1960s and helped lead a drive to register black voters during the tumultuous Freedom Summer of 1964, has died. He was 73. The longtime activist, who had a history of heart problems and diabetes, died at home Thursday in Mount Rainier, Md., according to his daughter, Julie Guyot-Diangone. A Mississippi native, Guyot was one of the original members of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and served as director of the 1964 Freedom Summer Project in Hattiesburg, Miss.
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October 18, 2012 | By Matea Gold, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - Democratic convention organizers broke their pledge to put on their quadrennial gathering in Charlotte, N.C., this year without corporate donations, using $5 million from a committee financed by companies such as Bank of America, Duke Energy and AT&T to rent the Time Warner Arena for the three-day event. The payments, revealed in reports filed Wednesday evening with the Federal Election Commission, came after party officials said they would produce the convention without corporate money, a self-imposed ban set by the Democratic National Committee.
NEWS
October 4, 2012 | By James Rainey, This post has been updated. Please see note at bottom for details.
Television ratings for Wednesday's first presidential  debate jumped up strongly from four years ago, seemingly contradicting commentators who said low ratings for August's Republican National Convention showed that public interest in presidential politics had receded. A total of 67.2 million people watched the debate between President Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney, according to figures released late Thursday by the Nielsen Co. -- a 28% increase over the 52.4 million who tuned in to the first debate in 2008.
NATIONAL
September 30, 2012 | By David Lauter, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - For Mitt Romney, making a comeback in the race for president will require changing the minds of voters like Barry Hubscher, Cathleen Kimmel and Michael Gray. All three had considered voting for the Republican nominee as recently as August, but lately they have found themselves leaning toward President Obama. Listening to them and others like them helps explain the shift in polls toward Obama since the Democratic convention and illustrates the magnitude of the task that lies before Romney as he tries to catch up in an increasingly challenging race.
NATIONAL
September 25, 2012 | By David Lauter, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - Republican nominee Mitt Romney faces a fundamental problem as the presidential campaign moves into its final phase: Voter attitudes about the state of the economy have begun to improve, and enthusiasm about voting has risen among key blocs of Democratic-leaning voters, particularly Latinos. Since the beginning of the campaign, one assumption has served as the foundation for Romney's campaign: that voters deeply upset over the state of the economy would want to fire the incumbent enough to push aside any concerns about his challenger.
BUSINESS
September 17, 2012 | By Hugo Martin
In the end, one group of Americans can proclaim both the Republican and the Democratic conventions a success: hotel owners. The Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., and the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., combined to generate $46 million in hotel revenue, according to a report issued Monday by Smith Travel Research. Despite the threat of Hurricane Isaac, the Republican National Conventions in late August pushed hotel occupancy levels in Tampa to an average of 81%, while the Democrats who met in early September increased occupancy in Charlotte to 92%, according to the report.
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