October 31, 2014

Medina
Rain
42°F

Former President Clinton wows DNC speech

After a great dinner in downtown Charlotte, a group of Ohio delegates headed to the convention arena. However, just as we were about to enter, the gates were closed. Apparently the Fire Marshal closed the arena as a result of overcapacity. However, many speculated that it was because of either President Clinton’s or President Obama’s Read More…

Gearing up to hear former President Clinton

It is a few minutes after 5, and a group of us are heading to downtown for dinner. The weather is beautiful now, but the big news of the day is the relocation of President Obama’s acceptance speech as a result of incoming inclement weather. The speech will now be at the indoor arena where Read More…

Ted Strickland, Michelle Obama impress with speeches

Tuesday night marked the kickoff of formal convention speakers at the convention hall in downtown Charlotte. Because the Ohio delegation hotel is not downtown, travel to the convention site can be a logistical challenge with security personnel (an estimated 3,500 police officers for the week), barricades and scattered protests. As the rain drizzled during the Read More…

Breakfast speakers address health care issues

Breakfast this morning featured Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. She discussed the importance of extended health coverage for more Americans and explained how the changes in Medicare will deliver this end. Sebelius is an Ohio native as her father was former Ohio Gov. John Gilligan. Keeping the Ohio flavor, she touted Sen. Sherrod Read More…

Convention a who’s who of politics, Hollywood

Upon arriving at the Ohio hotel, festivities were in full gear. In the hotel lobby, former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland was doing multiple television interviews amid the rest of the who’s who in Ohio politics, including legislators, mayors and activists. As I waited in the hotel lobby to head to the NASCAR Hall of Fame Read More…

Labor Day a fitting sendoff en route to the convention

It is Labor Day at about quarter to 10 in the morning, and I am sitting at Cleveland Hopkins airport awaiting my flight to Charlotte for my first ever Democratic convention. In Lorain, labor was celebrated yesterday with the 18th Annual Labor Fest at Black River Landing. Dozens of labor unions along with residents gathered Read More…