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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Election 2012
12:54 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

What's The Point Of Political Conventions?

The Party Line
8:52 am
Fri August 31, 2012

Convention Faithful Now Try To Sway The Skeptics

Modern national conventions are often described as being nothing more than “infomercials” for the two major campaigns and political parties.

But for those delegates attending the conventions, it is a chance to show the public who the members of the parties are and what each party stands for.

First, some background on how the delegates got to each party’s convention.  Both parties select their convention attendees in a series of elections, usually beginning at the local level and working their way up to the state level.

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DNC 2012
5:00 am
Fri August 31, 2012

DNC Time: Protests Lead The Way

Yen Alcala
Julie Rose

Official DNC activities kick off with a street festival Monday Uptown. But protest activity will be underway even before then.  WFAE's Julie Rose will be following the action in the streets all week and joins  Morning Edition Host Duncan McFadyen for a preview.

McFadyen: When and where do we expect to see the largest protests?

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Fri August 31, 2012

Pre DNC Show

Charlotte is adding another hospital just for the DNC.  If someone at the convention gets sick, sprains an ankle or worse, the CMC’s Mobile Hospital will be waiting.  We meet the man at the head of this emergency preparedness team.  Then, a quick look at the history of political conventions which began in 1831.  And finally, a rundown on who’s coming to Charlotte, what we’ve done to accommodate them and we ask “are we making too much of all this?”

DNC 2012
2:50 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

Before DNC Food Inspectors Check On Restaurants, Hotels And Barbecue

Food inspectors in Mecklenburg and neighboring counties have been busy in the weeks leading up to the Democratic National Convention.  Not only have they been checking out restaurants, hotels, and caterers, but they're also keeping tabs on barbecue. 

Food inspectors have long been gearing up for the DNC.  But in the two weeks leading up to the big event, the Food and Drug Administration told county health departments within a 30 mile radius of Charlotte to ramp up their restaurant and hotel inspections. 

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DNC 2012
1:02 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

DNC Brings Opportunities, Disappointments For Charlotte Businesses

The visitor pavilion at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden.
Credit Courtesy of Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden

Charlotte businesses are gearing up for next week's Democratic National Convention. Grounds crews are sprucing up botanical gardens, machines are whirring away at printing shops, and caterers are preparing heaps of food. But even with tens of thousands of people traveling to Charlotte, there's only so much business to go around.

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DNC 2012
11:09 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Nineteen-Year-Old Is One Of Youngest DNC Delegates

Nick Carpenter on the campus of Gardner-Webb University, a Christian college, in Boiling Springs, N.C
Tasnim Shamma

The oldest delegate representing North Carolina at the Democratic National Convention is Charles Johnson of Nash County. He's 90 years old. And one of the youngest delegates is Nick Carpenter of Cleveland County.  He's a 19-year-old college freshman.

His friends call him “Nick the Democrat”. That’s because most of them are Republican.

“I have a sense of humor so I can joke around and not get offended about it,” Carpenter says. 

Nick Carpenter first got involved with politics as a high school freshman, volunteering for the Obama campaign.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Charlotte Liberty Walk And American Presidential Experience

Using 21st Century technology to learn about historic Charlotte, and then, the American Presidential Experience visits the Queen City.

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