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
10:07 am
Thu September 6, 2012

Huffington Post Shifts Focus From DNC To Jobs

Arianna Huffington and panel.
Michael Tomsic

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DNC 2012
1:52 am
Thu September 6, 2012

Behind The Scenes At The Daily Show

Over 500 people attended the taping Wednesday. Some showed up as early as 8 a.m. to secure front row seats.

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DNC 2012
1:21 am
Thu September 6, 2012

DNC A Boon For CMPD

CMPD Chief Monroe waves from one of the new UTVs.
Julie Rose

The DNC has been a test of the Charlotte police department's abilities. But it's also been a lucrative opportunity to score some expensive equipment that will stick around long after the delegates and protesters are gone.


There's all kind of debate about whether the DNC be any real boost to Charlotte's image or economy after it ends.


But one DNC benefit that's here to stay was on display earlier this week when a large group of protesters blocked an intersection.  Police used the department's brand new portable PA system to communicate with the crowd.

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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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