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
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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DNC 2012
10:55 am
Wed September 5, 2012

President's Speech Moved To Time Warner Arena

Bank of America Stadium had been the planned location for President Obama's speech Thursday. With the threat of rain, the speech has been moved to Time Warner Cable Arena.
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President Barack Obama is no longer planning to deliver his nomination speech to a crowd of more than 65,000 at Bank of America Stadium.  Convention organizers say they're moving the president's speech to Time Warner Cable Arena because of the threat of severe weather. 


“We have been monitoring weather forecasts closely and several reports predict thunderstorms in the area, therefore we have decided to move Thursday’s proceedings to Time Warner Cable Arena to ensure the safety and security of our delegates and convention guests,” said DNCC CEO Steve Kerrigan. 

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DNC 2012
10:08 am
Wed September 5, 2012

Mayor Anthony Foxx On His Moment With DNC

Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx addressed the Democratic National Convention at Time Warner Cable Arena Tuesday night.


Mayor Anthony Foxx's speech was short and sweet. He welcomed the crowd to Charlotte, and he emphasized his own personal values are tied to those of the city he grew up in.

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DNC 2012
9:57 am
Wed September 5, 2012

Protesters On Day 1 Of DNC Test Police, City

Protesters and police standoff.
Julie Rose

The first official day of the DNC also brought the first test of the city's designated "free speech" opportunities. It also proved the first test of CMPD's ability to handle protesters unwilling to stick to the city's script.


None of the six groups who signed up to use the city's official DNC march route  bothered to show up yesterday.


Oh well, said the city's DNC permit official Emily Cantrell.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Wed September 5, 2012

Democratic Convention Day Two

First Lady Michelle Obama gives her speech on the first day of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte.
Erin Sutton

The Democratic National Convention has opened and is getting down to business. We continue our Charlotte-centric coverage by taking a closer look at how some creative businesses are finding ways to make hay while the sun shines - or doesn't, we'll pay a visit to the protest speakers platform, find out how security measures are impacting locals and visitors and we'll visit with some delegates from both North and South Carolina.

DNC 2012
5:05 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

'Secretaries' Help People Write Letters To The President

A group of six ladies dressed in 60's era mod styles sat outside of Charlotte's Bechtler Museum of Modern Art during the DNC kickoff event, CarolinaFest. The women used typewriters to write letters to the president on behalf of festival goers in a project called, "I wish to Say."

DNC 2012
4:22 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Firebird Patrol

Cathie Burns, the collections management assistant at the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, stands with the Firebird.
Tanner Latham

One of the most popular Uptown photo ops during the DNC will be the Firebird, the tall, mirrored glass sculpture standing outside the Bechtler Museum. 


That kind of publicity is priceless, but the museum knows the exposure could also attract vandals. And it has taken measures to try to prevent that.

Cathie Burns is the collections management assistant at the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art. She’s got her normal day-to-day tasks…


“Taking light levels and humidity levels in the galleries, pest management, temperature, things like that,” she says. 

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DNC 2012
11:18 am
Tue September 4, 2012

DNC2012 Security In Place

All vehicles entering Uptown must be screened.
Julie Rose

The highest level of DNC security is now in place around Time Warner Cable Arena. Every caterer, trash collector, UPS delivery and party supply van is being screened at a lot just out the Uptown loop before being admitted inside the restricted. WFAE's Julie Rose spent the morning there and sends this report.

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