democratic national convention http://michiganradio.org en Commentator Charles Brown 'truth-squads' Jennifer Granholm's DNC speech http://michiganradio.org/post/commentator-charles-brown-truth-squads-jennifer-granholms-dnc-speech <p>I made a point of tuning into C-SPAN on the last night of the Democratic National Convention.&nbsp; It wasn’t because I was looking forward to a political speech from Desperate Housewife Eva Longoria.&nbsp; Although in retrospect, Ms. Longoria’s speech was statesman-like in comparison to what went before her.</p><p>What I saw shocked me.</p> Fri, 07 Sep 2012 16:11:03 +0000 Charles Brown 8993 at http://michiganradio.org Commentator Charles Brown 'truth-squads' Jennifer Granholm's DNC speech Commentary: Reflecting on the political conventions http://michiganradio.org/post/commentary-reflecting-political-conventions <p>Twenty years ago, I had to go to a dinner at a fancy restaurant in Northville on the last night of that year’s Republican National Convention, which nominated then-President George H.W. Bush.</p><p>While I waited for my table, I watched a couple seated at the bar, watching the convention. From their conversation, they were clearly Republicans. At some point the man said to the woman, “Well, that’s all right. We’ll be back in in four years.”</p> Fri, 07 Sep 2012 14:42:29 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 8991 at http://michiganradio.org Commentary: Reflecting on the political conventions Stateside: Speaking with Lester Graham from the DNC in Charlotte http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-speaking-lester-graham-dnc-charlotte <p>Tonight brings the emotional high point of the Democratic National Convention - the speech from President Barack Obama.<br><br>All week long, Michigan Radio's Lester Graham has been in North Carolina. He's been covering the convention and the Michigan delegation.</p><p>Governor Snyder talked about Republican hopes of turning Michigan to a red state. But the&nbsp; Democrats in Charlotte will likely have something to say about that.<br><br>Graham tells us the delegates in Charlotte are optimistic, but they know they have some work to do to get people to the polls in November.</p> Thu, 06 Sep 2012 18:40:08 +0000 Stateside Staff 8979 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside: Speaking with Lester Graham from the DNC in Charlotte Local reporters at national conventions are not a waste of money http://michiganradio.org/post/local-reporters-national-conventions-are-not-waste-money <P>I just spent about $5,000 at the two national political conventions.</P> <P>No, I wasn’t out wining and dining with the heavy hitters, and despite how much my critics would love to finally be able to prove my biases, I wasn’t handing out political contributions to candidates either.</P> <P>I spent the money to send Michigan Radio&nbsp;reporters to cover the Michigan delegation at each convention.</P> <P>When the Democratic National Convention wraps up tonight, roughly 15,000 journalists will file their last stories from the conventions and head home for the weekend. Thu, 06 Sep 2012 16:54:03 +0000 Vincent Duffy 8977 at http://michiganradio.org Local reporters at national conventions are not a waste of money Obama buttons, socks, and cozies: At the DNC souvenir stand http://michiganradio.org/post/obama-buttons-socks-and-cozies-dnc-souvenir-stand <p>Michigan delegates are meeting and debating and planning at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina.&nbsp;</p><p>But the delegates are also buying stuff.</p><p>One of the things you find at these political conventions are souvenirs.&nbsp;</p><p>I pulled Michelle Evans Pejokovich off the cash register for a moment to tell us what they're hawking.</p><p>"We have t-shirts, iPhone covers, car magnets, bracelets, bangles, cuff links, t-shirts, tote bags, runway for change," said Pejokovich.</p><p>Some of the other items for sale:</p> Wed, 05 Sep 2012 21:43:16 +0000 Lester Graham 8961 at http://michiganradio.org Obama buttons, socks, and cozies: At the DNC souvenir stand Commentary: Watching the conventions http://michiganradio.org/post/commentary-watching-conventions <p>I grew up a pathetic political junkie of the worst kind. I've been avidly watching and occasionally attending conventions since I was eight years old. I was so pathetic that I would rather have watched Stuart Symington speak than Rocky Colavito play ball.</p><p>However, while that didn’t make me one of the cool kids, it does give me some basis for comparison, and there is no doubt that Michelle Obama’s speech to the Democratic National Convention last night was one of the best I have ever heard.</p> Wed, 05 Sep 2012 13:16:14 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 8946 at http://michiganradio.org Commentary: Watching the conventions Get out and vote, say Democrats, Michigan a battle ground state http://michiganradio.org/post/get-out-and-vote-say-democrats-michigan-battle-ground-state <p>Michigan delegates are at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina this week. Michigan Radio’s Lester Graham is covering the event, and gave us his impressions about this year’s convention.</p><p>Graham said there’s some concern about whether there is enough enthusiasm to get the vote out for President Obama this year, as opposed to four years ago.</p><p>“Michigan Democrats seem to be convinced that if they can get the vote out, they’ll be doing fine, that Michigan will be a blue state again, and that Barack Obama will be re-elected as President,” he said.</p> Tue, 04 Sep 2012 19:10:22 +0000 Mercedes Mejia & Jennifer White 8933 at http://michiganradio.org Get out and vote, say Democrats, Michigan a battle ground state Political conventions & Isaac http://michiganradio.org/post/political-conventions-isaac <p>America’s two largest political showcase events could be hampered in their efforts to get out their messages because of Hurricane Isaac.</p><p></p><p>The Republicans have left Tampa and the Democrats are rolling into Charlotte.</p><p></p><p>This weekend should be filled with nothing but talk about what Mitt Romney said about Barack Obama and what the Democratic President plans to say about his Republican challenger.</p><p></p><p>Instead, Hurricane Isaac threatens to dilute both parties finely crafted convention messaging.</p><p></p> Sun, 02 Sep 2012 20:01:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 8910 at http://michiganradio.org Political conventions & Isaac