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September 2, 2012 | By Hector Becerra
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Hundreds of protesters marched Sunday in the first of several demonstrations planned for this week's Democratic National Convention. The protest was boisterous but peaceful, with police officers lining the route in this city's Uptown area. Officers watched but did not arrest about two dozen participants who locked arms and sat in front of the Bank of America headquarters. More than 500 demonstrators railed against war, immigration policy and Wall Street, among other topics, hoisting signs with messages like “Bail Out the People Not the Banks.” A handful held signs or wore shirts advocating for the release of Mumia Abu-Jamal, who was convicted of killing a Philadelphia police officer in 1981.
August 26, 2012 | By Scott Collins, Los Angeles Times
With the Democratic and Republican national conventions just days away, there's already suspense behind the camera: CNN is staring down one of the worst crises in its 32-year existence. The cable news network that dominated the political discussion during the 1990s has slumped to record ratings lows this year, with its prime-time audience plunging by more than 40% compared with four years ago (No. 1 Fox News and runner-up MSNBC have each posted double-digit increases). Critics are attacking the Time Warner-owned network's coverage as dull and rudderless.
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.
August 11, 2012 | By Melanie Mason, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - When the Democratic Party imposed strict curbs on its 2012 convention fundraising - barring money from typical givers like corporations and lobbyists in hopes of diminishing the influence of special interests - it carved out a key exception: labor unions. Unions have been one of the most reliable givers to Democratic convention fundraising. But with less than a month to go before the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., many unions that have been steadfast donors are now declining to fork over their cash.
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.
July 31, 2012 | By Alana Semuels
A 37-year-old Latino mayor and rising star in Texas politics will deliver the keynote speech on the opening night of the Democratic National Convention, the organizing committee said Tuesday. San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro will speak at the convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Sept. 4, a choice likely aimed at rallying the country's Latino voters. First Lady Michelle Obama will also speak on opening night, said L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who chairs the convention committee.  “Having both the first lady and Mayor Castro speak on the opening night of our convention will bring together two incredible leaders whose life stories both embody the promise of America, that if you work hard and play by the rules, you can make it,” Villaraigosa said in a statement.
June 26, 2012 | By Morgan Little
WASHINGTON -- The list of Democrats skipping the party's upcoming national convention in Charlotte, N.C., grew Tuesday, with Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) confirming that she will not attend the convention in favor of spending time with voters. "Generally speaking, Claire has not gone to the national convention when she is on the ballot because she believes it's important to spend as much time as possible in the state of Missouri talking with voters,” a McCaskill aide said. McCaskill, who has served in the Senate since 2007, held a prominent speaking slot during the 2008 Democratic National Convention, addressing the crowd immediately prior to Michelle Obama.
April 18, 2012 | By Maeve Reston
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Stepping up his efforts to directly engage President Obama, Mitt Romney took his campaign to a rooftop in Charlotte on Wednesday overlooking the stadium where Obama will deliver his convention speech this summer - and accused his Democratic rival of failing to deliver on the promises he made to voters four years ago. Reading from notes at a podium bearing an “Obama Isn't Working” sign, Romney alternated between quoting...
March 11, 2012 | By Hugo Martin
It looks like 2012 is shaping up to be a big year for conventions and conferences. Room bookings for groups are up nearly 6% from February 2012 to January 2013 compared with the same period in 2011-12, according to data from TravelClick, a New York company that provides e-commerce products and services to the hotel industry. The good news for conference and convention goers is that daily group rates for the rest of the year are down 1.1%, according to TravelClick. So what cities will host the most meetings this year?
February 15, 2012 | By Mark Z. Barabak and John Hoeffel, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has been selected chairman of this summer's Democratic National Convention, elevating his role as a campaign surrogate and raising his national profile as he weighs his political future. A formal announcement was scheduled Wednesday in Washington, and the mayor plans to join President Obama in Holmby Hills at a Wednesday night fundraiser for Obama's reelection effort. "I've always planned to campaign" for the president, Villaraigosa said in an interview, and he readily accepted when Jim Messina, Obama's campaign manager, and Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the head of the Democratic National Committee, called last week to offer him the convention post.
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