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
10:59 am
Tue September 4, 2012

Strong Youth Presence At DNC

There's a strong youth presence at the Democratic National Convention. Organizers say this year's convention has more delegates under age 35 than any previous one. And the DNC held a youth council Monday designed to inspire young people to get out the vote for President Obama.

You know you’re at an event that targets young people when the opening speaker tells everyone to share a video on social media.

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8:05 am
Tue September 4, 2012

Scenes From Uptown Charlotte

Tuesday, a small group of anti-abortion protesters showed up at the corner of College and 5th streets with a megaphone to protest Planned Parenthood parade.
Greg Collard

Throughout the week, WFAE reporters will share what they are seeing while covering DNC2012.



 

Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Tue September 4, 2012

Democratic Convention Starts

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, known for her pins is wearing an Obama pin and a Charlotte crown.
Erin Sutton

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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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