September 4, 2012 |
Tulsi Gabbard is accustomed to making history. At 21, she became the youngest person elected to the Hawaii Legislature. At 23, she was the state's first elected official to voluntarily resign to go to war. At 28, she was the first woman to be presented with an award by the Kuwait Army National Guard. Now, at 31, Gabbard is on her way to becoming the first Hindu elected to Congress. The daughter of a Samoan Catholic father and white Hindu mother who moved from American Samoa to Hawaii when she was a child, Gabbard is a rising star in the Democratic Party.
September 3, 2012 |
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The last time Democrats assembled for their national convention, the proceedings were awash in a mix of giddy exuberance and teary emotion as delegates nominated the party's first African American presidential candidate. Four years after the party in Denver, that jubilation has cooled. As nearly 6,000 delegates gathered in Charlotte, N.C., this week to back Barack Obama's second bid for the White House, Democrats insisted their faith in him was not shaken. But a bittersweet nostalgia peeked through - memories of the wave of excitement that lifted their last national convention, an inevitable contrast to the hard-edged struggle Democrats confront this time.
September 2, 2012 |
BOULDER, Colo. - Although his campaign aides like to say they take nothing for granted, President Obama showed a little confidence Sunday as he worked the crowd at a restaurant here. Obama didn't quite predict he would be sworn in for a second term in January, but he did predict the weather at the inauguration. Presumably, he meant his inauguration. As Obama chatted up diners at the Buff Restaurant, a breakfast and lunch place near the University of Colorado campus, Jim Osborne stood up from his meal to greet the president.
September 2, 2012 |
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.
September 2, 2012 |
Thousands of unionists are on their way to the Democratic National Convention that begins Tuesday in Charlotte, N.C. Of the 609 delegates from California, more than a third are labor people. A Labor Day parade jump-starts the entire conclave, with out-of-state Democrats swelling the ranks of spectators and marchers alike. There will be dozens of union-delegate caucuses, pro-labor shout-outs from prominent politicians and adoption of a platform that endorses collective bargaining, both in the public sector as well as the private.
August 26, 2012 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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.