August 30, 2014

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President Obama: ‘Our challenges can be met’

President Barack Obama addresses the Democratic National Convention on Thursday night in Charlotte, N.C. (AP)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — His re-election in doubt, President Barack Obama conceded only halting progress Thursday night toward fixing the nation’s stubborn economic woes, but vowed in a Democratic National Convention finale, “Our problems can be solved, our challenges can be met.” “Yes, our path is harder — but it leads to a better place,” he Read More…

‘No family should go broke because Mom got sick’

By Nick Hanek A ton of speakers so far tonight. Right now Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz is speaking. She just said, “No family should go broke because Mom got sick.” I’m sitting right behind the Mayor of Columbus and next to several state representatives. Also with three local party volunteers in front of me. We Read More…

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…

Bill Clinton’s speech was ‘inspirational’

By Nick Hanek I got back to my hotel from the DNC at about 2:30 a.m. today, and I’m heading to the delegation breakfast right now at about 7:30 a.m. Last night was simply incredible. At times almost overwhelming. Most of the time the Ohio delegation was seated, all of the local and national media Read More…

Looking forward to Clinton’s speech

By Nick Hanek I’m here on the floor of the convention. The second night of the convention. Already the convention floor is nearly filled. I think the energy from last night has carried over into today. I haven’t heard anyone say a negative word about last night. Already the crowd is lively. We are seated Read More…

Youth Caucus meeting

By Nick Hanek I am currently at a Youth Caucus meeting at the convention. The room is packed. Youth Caucus is defined as under 36. At 31 years old, this is definitely a much younger room than me, which is great. I think that it is important to incorporate youth into political involvement. I believe 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…

Sen. Sherrod Brown speaks at Ohio delegation breakfast

By Nick Hanek The opening of the DNC also included our votes on platform and policy. The room was unanimous in adopting a platform that continues to move America forward. A lot of the work that a delegate is responsible for happens in the earlier hours of the evening. I’m sitting at the Ohio Delegation 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…

‘The energy is amazing …’

A view of the crowd at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. (PHOTO BY NICK HANEK)

By Nick Hanek I’m writing this from the floor of the convention. The energy is amazing, people are chanting, cheering, clapping, and waving flags. We have heard from a large and diverse number of speakers including a number of Ohio speakers including military veterans and firefighters. All stressing the work this President has done to Read More…