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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Local News
2:49 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

CMS Police Go Door-To-Door Uptown

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Law Enforcement vehicle.

Police officers with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School District are going door-to-door Uptown giving parents the run-down on bus changes and security restrictions during the Democratic National Convention.

CMS Police Chief Bud Cesena says the first week of September will pose some challenges for the 372 students and their families who live inside the I-277 loop.

"Some bus stops - because they're in the hot zone - won't exist any more," says Cesena. "So we're making sure the children and their parents know exactly where to go."

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Fri August 17, 2012

Young People and Politics

Young voters came out in record numbers in 2008 to elect Barack Obama as President. Four years later, a poll from Pew Research Center this summer says Americans under the age of 30 are less engaged in the upcoming election and in politics in general than they were in 2008. Are the parties and politicians listening to this particular voter group? Do young people feel like they are being heard?

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DNC 2012
12:00 am
Wed August 15, 2012

Booking Leftover DNC Rooms

The DNC originally blocked off 15,000 rooms for the week of the convention, and it announced Tuesday that 93 percent of those rooms have been booked. Overall, 7 percent is a small margin.

But releasing those rooms—a little over 1,000 in all—also means that some hotels beyond the 485 loop are left scrambling to recoup what could be a huge loss.

The Hampton Inn in Salisbury blocked out 80 percent of its rooms for the DNC to help Charlotte secure the bid for the convention. When the DNC released the hold on Monday, none of those rooms had been booked.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Wed August 15, 2012

Transportation Plan for the DNC

We can expect increased traffic in Charlotte during the DNC, but what other changes should we expect?

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Mon August 13, 2012

'Stalking' Jon Stewart and United World Colleges

Amy Aussieker, Owner of FABO art gallery and coffee bar

Part One: Stalking Jon Stewart
The DNC is almost upon us and vendors are gearing up all over the region to serve the thousands of convention attendees expected to arrive. But what about small businesses that dot the areas near uptown? Many say they don’t know how to gain the attention of visitors so one business owner came up with a novel idea. Her personal mission? "To get Jon Stewart to FABO Café for a cup of coffee while he is in Charlotte filming his show during the DNC."  We’ll hear her story. 
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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Thu August 9, 2012

Democratic Platform and the DNC

A shot from the 2008 Democratic National Convention

Tent Issues for the DNC As the Democratic National Convention edges closer to descending upon Charlotte we launch a series of examinations of the tent pole issues the Democratic delegates will support, debate and eventually adopt as part of their platform. Some of the issue are obvious like the economy, healthcare and foreign policy but party leaders also say that gay marriage may end up as a plank and gun control is back in the news as well.

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City Settles On Route For DNC Protest Marches
1:00 pm
Wed June 6, 2012

City Settles On Route For DNC Protest Marches

DNC
6:31 pm
Tue May 15, 2012

Anatomy Of A Protest

Protestors converge on 5th and College Streets in Charlotte last week. Photo: Julie Rose

Last week at this time, hundreds of people were gathering in Uptown Charlotte to march on the Bank of America shareholders meeting. Over the next few hours, protesters and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police engaged in an elaborate dance, balancing safety with the right to demonstrate. Both sides saw the day as a practice-run for the Democratic National Convention, here's an inside look at how it was orchestrated.

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