Kudos to Afrosphere bloggers Francis L Holland and African American Political Pundit L.N. Rock, who have brought light (including news coverage from national publications) to DNC blogging policies which threaten to leave out many online non-white voices. The "elite" blogging pool will get full floor access at the Convention, but this pool is virtually all-white, something that makes little sense when such a large part of the Democratic constituency has consisted of African American voters.
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guest post by Marc Rubin Politics is a dirty business. Everybody knows that. But the other day thanks to Barack Obama, his campaign manager, The Axelrod of Evil, and the mainstream news[...]
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Drinking Liberally Shot of TruthA progressive organization doesn't get to 50 states without a lot[...]
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This just in from the DNCC for media and bloggers planning to attend the Denver Convention in August: The final media walk-through is June 19. Details below:
DENVER - The Democratic National Convention Committee (DNCC) will host a media walk-through for national, local and online media outlets, including bloggers, interested in covering the 2008 Democratic National Convention on Thursday, June 19, 2008 at the Pepsi Center in Denver. Registration and a continental breakfast will be available beginning at 8:00 AM MST, and the program will begin at 9:00 AM with remarks from Colorado Governor Bill Ritter. A more detailed itinerary will be distributed to registered outlets closer to the event.
Working members of the news media interested in attending should register via email at MediaRSVP@demconvention.com and provide attendee name(s), name of news organization and complete contact information. The deadline to register for the walk-through is June 5, 2008. Registration is required to attend.
The walk-through will serve as an opportunity for news organizations to receive detailed information about the logistics of their coverage at the 2008 Convention, which will be held from August 25 - 28. Convention officials will provide a detailed briefing for the media including the credential distribution process, the Convention transportation system, site access and security procedures, media workspace in and outside the Pepsi Center, radio frequency coordination, food and beverage services and housing. Following a general logistical briefing, the DNCC will offer tours of the media spaces within the Pepsi Center tailored to specific types of media, including broadcast, print and online outlets. Members of the media will have an opportunity to address questions about coverage logistics to DNCC officials.
Information will also be available regarding vendors, including AT&T, Level 3 Communications and Qwest Communications, construction management and exposition services. Representatives from various vendors will be on site to answer questions and take orders for Convention week services.
The DNCC has negotiated pre-Convention room rates for media attending the walk-through. These rates range from $129 to $199 per night at the Hilton Garden Inn Downtown, the Hampton Inn & Suites Downtown, the Warwick Denver Hotel and the Hotel Teatro. Please note the special rates are based on availability at time of booking. When making reservations, individuals should request the "Democratic National Convention Committee" rate.
Media parking in the lots surrounding the Pepsi Center is available the day of the walk-through. The Pepsi Center is located at 1000 Chopper Circle in Denver.
Attendance at the walk-through is not required for media organizations seeking credentials for the Convention. In addition, please note that participation in the walk-through does not guarantee an organization will be credentialed for the Pepsi Center site during the Convention. Portions of the walk-through will be open for press coverage.
This will be the second and final logistical walk-through for media organizations ahead of the August 2008 Convention. The DNCC hosted a fall walk-through in November 2007.
Due to scheduling conflicts, the previously advised welcome reception on June 18th will no longer be part of the itinerary.
I attended the first media walk-through a few months ago and highly recommend it.
And don't forget that back in 1992, they had FAR more states that hadn't voted since the primaries started in March, as compared to January this year. Jed has a lot more quotes, but these are the best:
"It's mathematically impossible for Brown to get the nomination."So when Bill Clinton said the other day that never has a candidate been treated so disrespectfully, he lied. Surprise.
-- Clinton spokesman George Stephanopoulos on Clinton's last foe (NYT, 4/8/92)
"It's time to close ranks. We cannot wait until July when we already know who has earned the right to be our nominee and who will be our nominee."
-- West Virginia Sen. Jay Rockefeller (NYT, 4/11/92)
"I cannot imagine a set of circumstances that would keep Bill Clinton from having a majority of the delegates by the end of the primary season."
-- Democratic Party Chairman Ronald H. Brown (NYT, 4/29/92)
"Mr. Brown added that he had long hoped for an early nominee 'so we can focus our time and attention on George Bush.'"
-- NYT, 4/29/92
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After garnering 256 votes in the House, Sen. Jim Webb’s (D-VA) 21st Century GI Bill passed the Senate last week with 75 votes. Yesterday, on Memorial Day, the New York Times criticized President Bush and Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) (who skipped the vote) for opposing the bill writing that Bush and McCain “would prefer that college benefits for service members remain just mediocre enough that people in uniform are more likely to stay put.”
Discussing the op-ed this morning, Fox and Friends’s Brian Kilmeade defended Bush and McCain, saying their position is “just a different emphasis.” He insisted that current circumstances are “different” than after World War II, when the original GI bill was passed, because today’s veterans volunteered to serve:
This is just a different emphasis. … After all this is different. People point to, ‘Well, look what they did after World War II.’ Well after World War II, people were conscripted. They said, ‘You’re joining.’ They said for doing that and winning the war, here’s a college education. Now, people are saying, ‘I want to be a military person. I am signing on in a volunteer force.’
In reality, the Bush and McCain’s stance on the GI Bill is not just a “different emphasis.” McCain?s watered-down alternative reserves the most generous benefits to those who serve at least 12 years. Furthermore, soldiers would not “jump off to college after three years,” as Kilmeade suggested, because they would still have to complete their enlistment terms.
The Congressional Budget Office report concluded, any reduction in enlistment rates is made up for in recruitment increases. And as Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America pointed out, “The GI Bill is the military?s single most effective recruitment tool; the number one reason civilians join the military is to get money for college.”
Fox and Friends’s Steve Doocy and Gretchen Carlson also took up the White House line, slamming the Times for its “vitriolic” (or, as Carlson said, “vitrolic”) criticisms. Carlson said Bussh thinks soldiers “should serve more time before they get a free education.” She quickly added, “Not that he’s against military at all,” to which Doocy interjected, “No!”
An important announcement from the White House: George Bush is not, repeat, not running for President in 2008. Or as Dana Perino put it:
But remember this election is -- the President is not on the ticket.
But remember, he's not on the ticket.
But again, President Bush isn't on the ticket.
Well, okay, then, no, I'm not -- I'm seeking nothing but to tell you that the President is not on the ticket...
And so begins the tightrope walk we can expect for the next six months. Assurances that Bush is "fully committed, 100 percent committed, to making sure that John McCain is elected to be the next President," while doing everything they can to put distance between John McCain and George Bush. When questioned (six times) on whether Bush and McCain would appear in public together, the best Perino could do was to say, "stay tuned," and to remind reporters that:
President Bush is a formidable campaign fundraiser, as has been reported over the years, and I expect that he'll continue to be.
So, how is that working out?
A Tuesday fundraiser headlined by President Bush for U.S. Sen. John McCain's presidential campaign is being moved out of the Phoenix Convention Center.
Sources familiar with the situation said the Bush-McCain event was not selling enough tickets to fill the Convention Center space, and that there were concerns about more anti-war protesters showing up outside the venue than attending the fundraiser inside.
With the need for repeated reminders that George Bush is not on the ticket, dodging questions about public appearances and failing fundraisers, John McCain is learning that running to carry out the third term of the most unpopular president in history is hard work.
We focus on gas because it's easy to track day to day and it's something most of us consume regularly. But rising oil prices are of course going to impact a lot more than gas if they do indeed continue to rise. Energy costs generally will go up, along with the price of plenty of oil derived products, and the cost of air travel will increase. Along with intra-city and intra-region transit, one wonders if political pressure to create and improve train service for medium distance (sub-550 mile or so) high speed hauls.
Mrs. A took the Ave from Barcelona to Madrid yesterday. 386 miles in 2:45, city center to city center.
At long last we?re down to just three remaining primaries, South Dakota and Montana (where Barack Obama is favored to win) and Puerto Rico (where Hillary Clinton is expected to win).Bookmark/Search this post with: buzzflash | delicious | digg | technorati Technorati Tags: Steven C. Day Hillary Clinton 2008 race spin