DNC2012

DNC 2012
8:47 pm
Mon September 3, 2012

Foxx Welcomes Reporters To Charlotte

A press conference welcoming reporters to the DNC2012.
Tasnim Shamma

Democrats are getting ready for their week in the spotlight. The speeches haven't started officially, but at a press conference Monday morning convention organizers got a head start on touting their candidate. President Obama's campaign spokesman Ben LaBolt began with a putdown of the Republican National Convention.


"Last week, Governor Romney and Congressman Ryan had the opportunity to lay out a vision of how we provide good paying sustainable jobs for the middle class and restore economic security, and they failed," LaBolt says.

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DNC 2012
2:09 pm
Mon September 3, 2012

Labor Day Parade Marches On Despite DNC Restrictions

Members of the United Auto Workers union march in Labor Day parade.
Julie Rose

Fewer than three percent of North Carolina workers belong to a union - the lowest rate in the nation. But a hearty contingent of about 300 came out for the annual Labor Day parade in Charlotte. Many of them also spent the holiday afternoon at an organizing meeting for low-wage workers.

Because of DNC security restrictions, some of the biggest crowd pleasers of the annual Charlotte Labor Day Parade didn't get to participate yesterday.

No car clubs, bike groups, pedicabs . . . "not even Razzles the Clown," said parade organizer Ben Lee.

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DNC 2012
12:42 pm
Mon September 3, 2012

Uptown Gets Ready For CarolinaFest

A newly installed pocket park for DNC visitors in front of the Carolina Theater on Tyron Street. The theater has been the subject of numerous deferred rennovation attempts.
Roger Sarow

WFAE's Roger Sarow took a stroll around Uptown Charlotte Monday morning to see how the city is preparing for CarolinaFest and the DNC. These are a few of the sites he saw.

DNC 2012
11:24 am
Mon September 3, 2012

Delegates Receive A Grand Welcome At The Mint Museum

Cheer Extreme performing for the delegation welcome events at at the Mint Museum. Over 80 musicians and dancers performed Sunday night.
Tasnim Shamma

The Democratic National Convention officially kicked off Sunday night with welcoming events for delegates. States were grouped together and the 6,000 delegates were scattered in twelve different venues across the city. DNC organizers say spreading out the delegates would allow delegates to expand business opportunities across the city. From the NASCAR Hall of Fame to Discovery Place, delegates got to experience a little bit of Charlotte while meeting other delegates.

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DNC 2012
10:41 am
Mon September 3, 2012

North Carolina's James Taylor Preps For CarolinaFest

James Taylor performs a sound check in advance of CarolinaFest performance.
Julie Rose
  • Listen to James Taylor perform "You've Got A Friend" at his sound check for Carolina Fest.

North Carolina native James Taylor was in Uptown Charlotte Monday morning prepping for a performance later in the day.  He’ll headline CarolinaFest that kicks off official Democratic National Convention festivities.  Taylor – who was sporting an Obama t-shirt – was on stage at Trade and Tryon around 8 sound checking “You’ve Got A Friend” to the surprise and delight of local fans.  CarolinaFest is free and starts at noon.  Other performers include The Blue Dogs, Simplified, and actor Jeff Bridges’ band.  James Taylor is scheduled to go on at 5:15 on the Main Stage.

DNC 2012
7:57 am
Mon September 3, 2012

To Drink Or Not To Drink At The DNC Media Party?

Two mimes walking on stilts greeted the guests at the front gate.
Tanner Latham

The Democratic National Convention means a lot of speeches.  But it also means a lot of partying as lawmakers and delegates celebrate the nomination of their candidate.  Reporters will have a busy week covering the hubbub.  But this weekend the media got an elaborate party of its own put on by Charlotte's host committee.  In an industry that's squeamish about taking gifts, this is one of the exceptions.  Here's how WFAE's Lisa Miller and Michael Tomsic navigated the ethics of the evening.

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DNC 2012
7:30 am
Mon September 3, 2012

DNC Protesters, Police Coordinate For Peaceful March

CMPD Chief Rodney Monroe conferring with protest liaison Pat McCoy.
Julie Rose

Some 800 protesters marched for more than three hours in scorching heat through Uptown Charlotte Sunday chanting for a variety of social and environmental reforms. It was a smaller turnout than organizers had hoped and easily controlled by hundreds of police officers. There were only two arrests.


The entire day was highly-choreographed by protesters and police.

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DNC 2012
7:19 am
Mon September 3, 2012

A Look At The March On Wall Street South

A protester advertises his hope for financial sustainability in the next administration before the march of about 800 left from Frazier Park on Sunday.
Briana Duggan

The people participating in Sunday's March on Wall Street South represented many views. We have these photos and a video of some of those diverse prostests.

Protesters at the March on Wall Street South created many issue based chants for the DNC. In this video the Grier Heights Community Steppers  share some of theirs.

Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Mon September 3, 2012

Democratic Convention Kick-Off

The moment we’ve been waiting for is now.  The Democratic National Convention officially kicks off on Tuesday at Time Warner Cable Arena but events surrounding the convention begin (began) Sunday with protest marches downtown.  Labor Day is devoted to CarolinaFest, a big outdoor party to welcome conventioneers, locals and the media to town.  We look at what happened over the weekend and what’s ahead for the DNC and us.

DNC 2012
6:12 pm
Sun September 2, 2012

Protesters: Why They Came

Josie Lenwell
Julie Rose

Charlotte police estimate some 800 people took to the streets in Uptown yesterday for what was expected to be the largest protest connected to the DNC.  Those who marched voiced a variety of concerns. Here are some of their voices.

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