2012 Democratic National Convention


Young Voters Sound Off in Silicon Valley

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Participants in the focus group were vocal about their support for education. (Photo: Stephen Pottage)

With the national conventions behind them now, Republicans and Democrats say they’re all fired up and ready to go — sprinting toward the November election.

Four years ago Barack Obama marched into the White House beside an army of young volunteers. How are voters under 30 feeling about politics now?

As President Obama was giving his acceptance speech Thursday night, a group of younger citizens in Silicon Valley discussed their feelings about the election. Those focus groups are part of KQED’s campaign season series “What’s Government For?” — a joint project with the non-partisan Public Policy Institute of California.

“But just about everybody wanted government to do more to improve schools and to make college more affordable.”

While the PPIC does public opinion polling, they also are conducting these smaller conversations to take the pulse of Californians this election year. KQED has already participated in Contra Costa, Fresno and Los Angeles. On Thursday night, 20 young adults — ages 18 to 29 — gathered to talk about their views on government and politics. The group was a mix of Republicans, Continue reading

Californians at DNC: Kamala Harris, Sikhs; But Where’s Gavin?

Democratic National Convention Committee Unveils Stage For DNC (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

High profile Californians are making a splash this week at the speaker’s podium at the Democratic National Convention. This morning on The California Report, KQED’s Rachael Myrow talked with San Francisco Chronicle political reporter Joe Garofoli.

They started off with a look at Attorney General Kamala Harris’ speech last night. Harris made the case for President Obama, while touting her own campaign to win accountability for banks in the housing crisis.

Harris linked the two nicely in her speech. “That’s the choice in this election,” she said. “It’s a choice between an America where opportunity is open to everyone, where everyone plays by the same set of rules or a philosophy that tilts the playing field to help the wealthiest few. A choice between holding Wall Street accountable or letting it write its own rules.” Continue reading

Video: California’s Power Women Push For Obama in Charlotte

The undisputed leaders of political power in California — Senator Feinstein, Senator Boxer and Congresswoman Pelosi — jointly delivered California’s re-nomination of Barack Obama last night in Charlotte.

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Earlier last night, Kamala Harris — California’s Attorney General and rising Democratic star took center stage and addressed the crowd.


California’s DNC Delegation vs. Their Hotel

The Blake Hotel, Charlotte

The California delegation to the Democratic National Convention is staying at the Blake Hotel, seen here in 2009. Photo by Matt Johnson/Flickr.

As the Democratic National Convention got rolling, the news being reported about California’s delegation was, well, weird.

Over the weekend a member of the delegation was sent home following a drunken confrontation with emergency workers and the staff at the Blake Hotel, where the delegation is staying. From SFGate:

Some reports say he allegedly claimed to be a member of Congress and a state party official. The hotel staff called police but the man was not arrested.

Later Sunday, California party officials met with the man and “asked him to leave the hotel and not partake in convention activities,” said state party spokesman Tenoch Flores. “The delegate has apologized to hotel staff and earlier today agreed to leave the hotel and forgo official delegation activities in Charlotte.”

Party officials did not identify the delegates involved.

Hotel officials have had more to deal with than complaints from an intoxicated delegation member claiming to be a congressman. On Tuesday the Sacramento Bee reported that some members of the delegation have complained about the accommodations:

Gripes from delegates include the the quality of food at the on-site restaurant, a stalled elevator and damaged or unfinished rooms. One longtime Democratic consultant said the plaster on her room ceiling was still wet when she arrived.

“I was just expecting a little more,” said Horfa Aguilera, a delegate from Roseville.

Rick Gunther, a delegate and president of the Democratic Club of the Conejo Valley, had to ask to be moved to a different room twice. His first room was flooded. The second was missing a shower head.

“I lost my view, but I’m still happy,” he said of the room change. “I took pictures before I left the other one.”

Sen. Ted Lieu, D-Torrance, went through five rooms in two days. Issues included scalding water that almost burned his child, cockroaches, a broken lock and a “funny smell,” according to his tweets.

Rachel Binah, who doesn’t carry a cell phone, has been trying for days to get the voicemail in her room set up. She called the site a “pretend hotel.”

As noted by the Bee, state Sen. Ted Lieu has been Tweeting about his problems with the hotel:

So what can we look forward to for the rest of the convention? Will former Gov. Gray Davis complain that his cable is getting browned out?

You can find out in the Storify below from Josh Richman, who covers politics for the Bay Area News Group. Richman will be providing updates on the California delegation as the convention continues.

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NPR, KQED, PBS NewsHour — and More — Cover the 2012 Democratic National Convention

The 2012 Democratic National Convention to formally renominate Barack Obama as the party’s presidential candidate and Joe Biden as vice-president officially begins Tuesday evening in Charlotte, North Carolina. It runs through Thursday night.

PBS NewsHour has complete online coverage and analysis.

NPR provides highlights of each day’s speakers, profiles, news and features as well as live radio coverage starting Tuesday at 6pm PT.

KQED’s Forum hosted an hour-long discussion about the Democratic convention with Representative Barbara Lee, Democratic political consultant Chris Lehane, John Perez, speaker of the California Assembly and Robin Abcarian, reporter for the Los Angeles Times.

Listen to Forum here:

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