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September 6, 2012 at 4:42 PM

Rep. Marko Liias and Joe Fitzgibbon share excitement about Democratic National Convention

Rep. Marko Liias and Joe Fitzgibbon mingled with other WA delegates on Monday’s reception at Mac’s Speed Shop. (Photo by Ilona Idlis/UW Election Eye) CHARLOTTE – On Monday, the Washington State delegation held a reception at Mac’s Speed Shop, a Southern cuisine restaurant and bar, to celebrate the beginning of the Democratic National Convention. Amid…

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September 5, 2012 at 2:00 PM

Jill Biden pays surprise visit to Democrats’ Youth Caucus; video

Dr. Jill Biden addresses the Youth Caucus at the Democratic National Convention in a surprise visit on Wednesday. (Photo by Ilona Idlis/UW Election Eye) CHARLOTTE – Dr. Jill Biden dropped by the Youth Caucus at the Democratic National Convention today for an unexpected visit in the last half hour of the meeting. The Second Lady…

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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.

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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.”

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