Follow us:

UW Election Eye 2012

Campaign 2012 through the eyes of UW faculty and students

Topic: Charlotte

You are viewing the most recent posts on this topic.

September 9, 2012 at 7:15 AM

Democratic National Convention: The view from press row

UW Election Eye spent five days on the ground covering Democrats at their national gathering. Here are some reflections and photographs. CHARLOTTE — The Democratic National Convention was supposed to end in President Barack Obama’s address to a live audience of 70,000 at Bank of America Stadium. It did not. A last minute change shifted…


Comments | More in National | Topics: America Ferrera, Barack Obama, Charlotte

September 4, 2012 at 5:00 PM

CarolinaFest welcomes all at Democratic convention: A photo journey

CHARLOTTE — It’s hard to capture in words the energy that arises when thousands of like-minded people come together in one place, for one purpose. From the chants of “Four more years!” to the Barack Obama pins on every collar, the Democratic National Convention is  full of patriotic energy.

This city helped to celebrate the DNC by staging CarolinaFest — an open to the public, multi-block fair filled with food, music and all sorts of red, white and blue knickknacks. The event shut down traffic in a third of downtown and packed the streets with pedestrians, activists and vendors. Below are just a few photos of Monday’s street party.

Legacy Village was the first attraction to greet visitors. Occupying an entire block, the area offered educational activities and an introduction to local charity projects. Craftsman House United — a collaboration of multiple charities — displayed an in-progress house to the right of the entrance. Volunteers will keep construction going during the DNC and donate the house to a veteran in need after Thursday.


Comments | More in National | Topics: Charlotte, DNC

September 4, 2012 at 6:46 AM

Some unions vexed by Democratic Party’s choices for party in Charlotte

Unions are generally strong supporters of the Democratic Party. But not all unions or their members are on the same page with the party over its choice to hold its nominating convention in Charlotte, or how the party is going about it.

CHARLOTTE — Unions and Democrats go together like bread and butter, right?  The Democratic Party and unions have had a reciprocal relationship for years: Unions provide the party with both financial and political support, while the party supports them in national legislation.

Chris Cecil from Teamsters Local 391 in Greensboro on Labor Day, 2012 (Photo by Amber Cortes/UW Election Eye)

But the choice of holding the Democratic National Convention in North Carolina — a right-to-work state that does not allow employees to collectively bargain — has ruffled some feathers among unions in North Carolina and around the country. Unions like the AFL-CIO have curtailed their involvement this year, and the United Mine Workers, a strong supporter of Barack Obama in 2008, are still deciding whether to officially endorse him this time around.

Chris Cecil, a shop steward with Teamsters Local 391 in Greensboro, NC, is dissatisfied with the convention location and Obama in general.

“Just look at where he’s giving his acceptance speech,” he said  as he hands out leaflets to passersby: “Bank of America Stadium.”


Comments | More in National | Topics: Barack Obama, Charlotte, Democratic Party

April 19, 2012 at 5:56 AM

Staging of campaign events is a learning curve for Romney campaign

The backdrop and podium at Mitt Romney speech in Charlotte, North Carolina, on April 18, 2012. (Photo by Elizabeth Wiley/UW Election Eye)

Despite months of primary election speeches and events, the Romney campaign is still working out the kinks of their stagecraft as they transition to the general election.

CHARLOTTE, NC — Presidential campaign events are the ultimate in political stagecraft. Advance teams make sure that everything is carefully planned, from the choice of the location to the makeup of the audience to where TV cameras are placed to who introduces the speaker.

Mitt Romney’s campaign is still getting up to speed, I’d say.

Yesterday Romney delivered a speech on the rooftop of a building that is a long stone toss from the Bank of America Stadium, where President Barack Obama will speak at the Democratic National Convention in September. Romney’s campaign called it a “prebuttal” — an opportunity for the likely Republican presidential nominee to frame the general election on the turf of the Democratic candidate. Romney will deliver a similar speech in Ohio today.

In theory, it was a good idea. In practice, it was labored.


Comments | More in National | Topics: Barack Obama, campaign events, Charlotte