DNC2012

DNC 2012
12:44 am
Thu September 6, 2012

Why Speak To An Empty Field When There's A Busy Corner Nearby?

The free speech zone speakers platform.
Julie Rose

Activists looking to be heard during the DNC have criticized the city's "free speech zone" as a waste. It's a microphone in an empty lot at the edge of Uptown. Who would bother competing with noisy traffic and helicopters to be heard in an empty field?  Only twelve people, so far.


Steve Widdows liked being at the microphone enough that he came back for a second go the next day.


He stoops over the microphone, head bent so that it's hard to tell if his eyes are open.

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DNC 2012
12:07 am
Thu September 6, 2012

Dancing Deputies

Clayton County, Georgia Sheriff's Deputy directing traffic on Tryon St. in Charlotte.
Tanner Latham

Never mind the big-name politicians, and the Hollywood and media celebrities. 
The “show stoppers” at one Uptown Charlotte intersection during this week’s DNC have been a handful of very energetic sheriff’s deputies…directing traffic.
 



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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Thu September 6, 2012

Democratic Convention Day Three

Mike Collins interviewing Kay Hagan at our booth on radio row at the arena.
Wendy Herkey

We continue our coverage of the Democratic Convention in Charlotte.  Elizabeth Warren and Bill Clinton are the major attractions tonight and we’ll hear about what they had to say with Dr. Eric Heberlig from UNC Charlotte.  We go behind the scenes at The Daily Show which has taken up residence here for the week and hear from Senator Kay Hagan and Representative Mel Watt all when Charlotte Talks. 

WFAEats
6:49 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

A “Sweet” Choice For America

If entrepreneurship had a face, it would look a lot like Nila Nicholas’.

In just a few short weeks, the Charlotte-based “candy stylist” has rocketed from a modest local presence all the way to the stratosphere: Her work is being included in 100 gift bags President Obama will bestow on his personal friends in honor of the Democratic National Convention.

Nicholas designs custom candy buffets, sweets tables, and delectable favors for parties and events. Pick a theme or a color scheme, and she’ll fashion a mouth-watering spread.

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DNC 2012
5:35 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

The Famous And Not-So-Famous Doing The Work Of The Candidates

Presidential candidates cannot be everywhere at once, so they have an arsenal of surrogates, people who speak on their behalf and hammer home the campaigns’ message points.   For the most part, they fall into two camps, political surrogates and celebrity surrogates.   WFAE’s Tanner Latham joins host Mark Rumsey in the studio to talk about the role of surrogates in the campaign.


MR: Tanner, give us a quick rundown of the people who’ve been hitting us up for interviews. 

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DNC 2012
3:49 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

A Pro-Life Group Uses Silence To Send A Message

Pro- and anti-abortion groups mix it up at corner of Trade and Tryon Streets.
Julie Rose

Protests continue in Uptown Charlotte today. WFAE's Julie Rose reports on a march that provided a stark contrast to the more boisterous demonstrations the city's seen since the DNC began.


There was no chanting or jockeying with police. The "America, Defend Life" march that moved slowly up Tryon Street around noon Wednesday was about 100 people, weaving between bystanders on the sidewalk, quietly praying.

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DNC2012
12:39 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

Dispatches From The Public Radio Paparazzo

The LA hip hop quartet Far East Movement, best known for their 2010 #1 Billboard hit "Like a G6," performed at an event at Mez Tuesday sponsored by Rock the Vote.
Tanner Latham

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DNC 2012
11:58 am
Wed September 5, 2012

Party-Crashing The DNC To Monitor Corporate, Union Influence

The Democratic National Convention is in full swing.  The speeches have begun and so have the parties.  The Sunlight Foundation is keeping track of them, not for the celebrities, but to monitor the influence of corporations, special interest groups, and unions on lawmakers.  The group was on the ground in Tampa and is now in Charlotte for the DNC.  Keenan Stiener with the Sunlight Foundation joins WFAE's Duncan McFadyen to talk about the mix of politics and parties this week. 

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DNC 2012
11:38 am
Wed September 5, 2012

Hustlers Use DNC To Make A Quick Buck

Along Charlotte's Uptown streets people are selling a variety of DNC related items.
Tanner Latham

With thousands of people uptown for the Democratic National Convention, some street vendors say this week is their best opportunity of the year. In fact, some have traveled across the country to make a quick buck in Charlotte.


If you've been uptown this week, you've seen them. People selling buttons, pins, T-shirts, programs, flags - you name it, all with some kind of logo featuring President Obama, the DNC, Charlotte or even something off the wall.


Kierra Thompson is one of the hustlers.

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DNC 2012
11:38 am
Wed September 5, 2012

Hustlers Use DNC To Make A Quick Buck

Along Charlotte's Uptown streets people are selling a variety of DNC related items.
Tanner Latham

With thousands of people uptown for the Democratic National Convention, some street vendors say this week is their best opportunity of the year. In fact, some have traveled across the country to make a quick buck in Charlotte.


If you've been uptown this week, you've seen them. People selling buttons, pins, T-shirts, programs, flags - you name it, all with some kind of logo featuring President Obama, the DNC, Charlotte or even something off the wall.


Kierra Thompson is one of the hustlers.

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