DNC2012

The Democratic National Convention was held in Charlotte Sept. 4-6, 2012. WFAE's comprehensive coverage of the event is found here.

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DNC 2012
12:06 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

Habitat For Humanity's Work On Display During DNC

The LEED Platinum certified home that was built during the DNC.
Briana Duggan

Charlotte had its fair share of new buildings before the Democratic National Convention, but only one was constructed during the convention. Over four days, Habitat for Humanity built a LEED Platinum certified home in the center city to demonstrate the city's sustainability projects. The house will be moved to the Reid Park Community in West Charlotte at the weeks end.

Election 2012
11:01 am
Fri September 7, 2012

The Week In Politics: Democrats Fire Up For Obama, Galvanize Clinton As Elder Statesman

President Obama accepts his party's nomination Thursday night at Time Warner Cable Arena.

President Obama made his case for a second term last night in Charlotte. It capped two weeks of political madness. Catawba College political scientist Michael Bitzer joins Duncan McFadyen to talk about the week in politics.


MCFADYEN: So, you were in the hall last night---all last week, I believe. What did you think of the president’s speech and the crowd’s reaction to it?

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DNC 2012
10:40 am
Fri September 7, 2012

With Mo On Radio Row

Mo Rocca
Tanner Latham

While thousands of people filed into Time Warner Cable Arena Thursday afternoon, Mo Rocca, one of the regular panelists of Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me sat down with WFAE’s Tanner Latham to discuss a new documentary he stars in, his take on political conventions, and his description of the quintessential public radio groupie. 

DNC 2012
10:10 am
Fri September 7, 2012

Final March Of The DNC

Protesters march along Tryon Street on the last night of the DNC.
Julie Rose

Once - and sometimes even twice - a day during the Democratic National Convention, protesters with the Occupy movement marched through Uptown Charlotte, calling on both political parties to rid themselves of corporate money and influence.


As President Obama prepared to accept his party's nomination last night, they marched one final time. . .


They start in Marshall Park as they have each of the last three days. Police on bikes wait around the corner, out-of-sight, then swarm into view as soon as the protesters step into the street.

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DNC 2012
9:44 am
Fri September 7, 2012

Thousands Travel To Charlotte To (Sort Of) See President Obama

The Democratic National Convention’s grand finale was Thursday night. But instead of tens of thousands of people watching the president in Bank of America Stadium, a much smaller crowd packed into Time Warner Cable Arena. That left many people spilling into theaters, bars and the streets to see the president’s speech on TV.


Outside the arena, it seemed like just about everyone had a ticket that wasn’t any good to the president’s speech.

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DNC 2012
7:56 am
Fri September 7, 2012

DNC Is Good For Some Uptown Businesses, Not So Good For Others

Cassie Parsons of Harvest Moon Grill.
Lisa Miller

The Democratic National Convention was promised to be a boon for local businesses.  This week convention goers have been spending money in local restaurants and stores.  But some businesses have made out a lot better than others. 


Harvest Moon Grille specializes in local food, but their clientele this week is mostly from far away. CBS Anchor Bob Schieffer is eating lunch here.  The restaurant's chef and co-owner Cassie Parsons points to another table.


"He read about us in the London Times and he wanted to check us out," she says.  

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Fri September 7, 2012

DNC Wrap-Up: Reporter Roundtable

Confetti drops on the arena as President Obama wraps up his acceptance speech Thursday night.
Erin Sutton

DNC 2012
3:46 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Charlotte A Hit, Hagan Says

Senator Kay Hagan speaking with Charlotte Talks host Mike Collins.
Wendy Herkey

U.S. Senator Kay Hagan stopped by our table on Radio Row at Time Warner Cable Arena. She spoke to Charlotte Talks host Mike Collins about the impression Charlotte has left with visitors to the Democratic National Convention.


She says Charlotte is a hit.


“It’s the people that are here, not even the delegates, a lot of from all over the country who have told me over and over again about the hospitality they see on the street from the people who live and work in Uptown Charlotte.

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DNC 2012
1:50 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

A Bartender Finds Commute To Work Stressful During the DNC

LaTisha Allen, 29, is a bartender who lives in Matthews. She is talking on the phone with her manager at Kalu Asian Kitchen, a block away from Time-Warner Cable Arena, to see how she can get through security to get to work.
Tasnim Shamma

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DNC 2012
1:12 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

One Protester Among The Many

Scenes from the Duke Energy protest
Briana Duggan

Hundreds of protesters have taken to the streets of Charlotte this week.  Beth Henry is one of them.  She's not your typical protester.  A retired corporate lawyer and mother of two grown children, Henry has now taken up climate change as her cause. WFAE's Briana Duggan talked to her among the chanting.   

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