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Patch Blog: Dispatch From the Democratic National Convention

Convention update from the pre-convention

First of all, please forgive any typos. I'm in the Charlotte convention hall with spotty WiFi tapping away on an iPad. There is a line of journalists and bloggers plugged into this workstation reporting their convention stories.

Media is everywhere, and when I landed in Charlotte I was interviewed by a Sacramento TV station that overheard me say I was a California delegate. This is the day before the official convention proceedings.

I arrived last night in Charlotte from a short layover in Dallas in a airplane filled with delegates. One spunky lady from Texas started the Obama campaign chant of "Fired up...Ready to go" just as the plane landed. There is a bus that shuttles delegates from the airport to their hotel, but I'm staying with family who lives about 40 miles from Charlotte in a little town called Waxhaw, so I had my own ride.

Every morning there is a breakfast check-in to get your convention credentials. You can't go anywhere without a credential. Security is very tight at the convention. The California delegate check in is at the Blake Hotel, and this morning Nancy Pelosi was the keynote speaker.

Charlotte weather is hot and muggy. The fashion accessory of choice are the free paper fans that are passed out in the swag bags.

Ok, let's talk about the swag, the most important part of any convention. You end up with an assorted bag, ranging for free Bloomberg flip flops, a pound of sugar, Obama buttons and paper fans, along with a lot of notepads water bottles and other stuff with the names of elected officials.

Today is caucus day, with the schedule filled with meetings of the African American caucus, youth caucus and Asian Pacific Islander caucus, among others.

Later this afternoon, I'm attending a Bloomberg Link symposium on the Media and Politics and a party honoring the Italian American delegates at an Italian Restaurant (you never go hungry at a convention). I'll also attend another party honoring the DNC Black Caucus and a third one hosted by a startup group where band The Roots will play, with special guest Will.I.am.

The hard part of being at a convention is figuring out where you are supposed to be at what time.

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Holly Hale September 26, 2012 at 08:00 PM
One must not forget Romney authored "Romney-care" for Mass. and Obama used much of his stuff but added tons to it.
Holly Hale September 26, 2012 at 08:05 PM
Hello Jean, I'm going back through my postings and removing most of them because I'm sick to death of most of the threads. You're right about victims and victim mentality. Many years of subtle brainwashing can happen in any demographics, race, or educational level. The article I wrote is about sibling abuse, which is statistically more common than any other kind of abuse.
Gayle M. Montgomery September 26, 2012 at 08:18 PM
My understanding of the Affordable Care Act is that it was originally devised by the Neocon based Heritage Foundation, Romney implemented it, Obama and Congress adapted it, Romney renounced it but is now disavowing some part of his renouncing, and Justice Roberts upheld it. Please elaborate and provide cites for where the President added tons to it. Do you have a document that compares the two policies?
Gayle M. Montgomery September 26, 2012 at 08:21 PM
I found something that compares both plans, written from NPR pre-nomination. It bears noting that the funding issue identified in the last bullet of dissimilarities is relying on federal matching which is essentially letting the rest of the taxpayers pay for Romneycare. http://www.npr.org/2011/10/14/141357505/a-tale-of-two-health-plans-romney-versus-obama
Geo October 21, 2012 at 08:49 PM
http://www.gallup.com/poll/157817/election-2012-likely-voters-trial-heat-obama-romney.aspx The party who boos God ain't doin' so great in the polls.

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