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Democratic Convention Watch: Hotline says Denver back in play

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Hotline says Denver back in play

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I normally try not to show a full article, but the latest from the Hotline on the 2008 Democratic National Convention has nothing that can be skipped:

The city of Denver, which as recently as early September stood a small chance of securing the Democratic National Convention in ’08, is a contender once again.

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Democratic Convention Watch: Hurricanes and conventions

Monday, August 28, 2006

Hurricanes and conventions

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As we hit the one year anniversary of Katrina, and as we are almost exactly two years away from the 2008 Democratic and Republican Conventions, I wanted to revisit the question of whether the parties should hold their conventions in hurricane-prone cities.

When New Orleans was still a major contender for the Democratic convention, I claimed that the chances of a hurricane actually hitting a specific city during a convention was so low, that it was unfair to rule out New Orleans as a site for this reason. And it’s not just New Orleans (which hosted the GOP in ’88); it’s also Miami, which has hosted multiple conventions, Tampa, in the running for the GOP in ’08, and Houston, which hosted the GOP in ’92. Unless you want to put a permanent hex on these cities’ tourist industry every late summer/fall, it just wasn’t fair.

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Democratic Convention Watch: The politics of picking a convention site

Thursday, August 17, 2006

The politics of picking a convention site

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CQPolitics examines the politics that play into picking a host city for the 2008 Democratic National Convention:

Picking a host city two years in advance of the 2008 presidential nominating conventions — a process in which both major parties are currently engaged — implies thinking ahead.

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Democratic Convention Watch: Is Denver still the frontrunner?

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Is Denver still the frontrunner?

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I’ve been tracking the union issues with Denver’s bid for the 2008 Democratic Convention, and Colorado Confidential is reporting that Denver’s chances to host the convention have been affected:

The political “buzz” about the location of the Democratic National Convention has Denver slipping into second behind St Paul/Minneapolis because of Union problems and lack of facilities, according to sources within the national party circle. They acknowledged that Denver Mayor Hickenlooper is working on the labor problems, but with the DNC decision expected in November, will he have enough time to solve the problems?

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Democratic Convention Watch: GOP buzz: Minnesota

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

GOP buzz: Minnesota

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Some buzz from the other side:

A New York Republican who’s attending the Republican National Committee summer meeting in Minneapolis, Minn. called in to say the current buzz is that Midwestern city has an edge over New York, Cleveland and Tampa for the party’s 2008 convention.

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Democratic Convention Watch: Bid cities to host receptions at August DNC meeting

Friday, July 28, 2006

Bid cities to host receptions at August DNC meeting

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In April, the DNC held a meeting in New Orleans and I watched with interest how different cities were hosting receptions, and especially how Orlando’s cancelling of their reception was followed 2 weeks later by them dropping out of the running to host the 2008 Democratic National Convention.

Well the DNC is meeting in Chicago in August, and the three cities still in the running are all hosting parties:

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Democratic Convention Watch: Did the Democrats pick the best date?

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Did the Democrats pick the best date?

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Pontificator believes the Democrats made a mistake when they chose their convention to be held the last week in August. I just wrote a response, arguing that Dean chose the best week possible. Read both posts, and let us know what you think. (Also cross-posted at Daily Kos).

For previous articles on this, see: Link, link, link, link, link, link, link, link, link and link.

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Democratic Convention Watch: Convention-al Wisdom

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Convention-al Wisdom

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I’ve been waiting to use that title for a while. Here are some thoughts, opinions and quotes from some news articles on the site selection process for the 2008 Democratic National Convention:

Also that New York is the safe bet, a tried-and-true convention city that can handle the logistical details at least as well, if not better, than it did for the Republicans in 2004. And, this being a Democratic town, empty some of the deepest Democratic pockets to pay for a spectacular event.

“Nothing could more eloquently speak to America’s resolve not to be defeated,” Deputy Mayor Daniel Doctoroff told The Observer in July 2002, “than to see democracy celebrated in this city.” Expect that tone in one of New York’s competitors’ bids: New Orleans, still recovering from the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, is another finalist for the convention nod.

The final decision will be up to Howard Dean, the Democratic chairman, a New York native—but also one who has been pushing a 50-state policy, intent on winning support anywhere and everywhere, even in traditional red states. In pursuing the policy, though, he has been butting heads with Rahm Emanuel, an Illinois Congressman and chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, who favors investing money in races the party already has a chance of winning.

“Rahm Emanuel might favor New York, thinking it’s a place where you may be able to pick up a few upstate seats, versus Howard Dean, who would say, ‘Why not go to Denver and eventually turn it into fertile ground for Democrats?’” said Ross Baker, a professor of political science at Rutgers University. “It never works. Frankly, I see no advantage in where the convention is held in terms of how many votes it pulls in. There may be some symbolic significance in having it in one place or another. But frankly, I think everybody wants to come to New York and will look for an excuse.”

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Democratic Convention Watch: Quick GOP update

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Quick GOP update

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The deadline to submit bids for the 2008 Republican Convention was yesterday, and four cities submitted bids: Cleveland, Minneapolis, New York, and Tampa/St. Pete. Which means Minneapolis and New York are bidding for both conventions. Since the conventions are in back-to-back weeks, there’s no way for the conventions to be in the same city, so each either city would instantly drop out of the bidding for one convention if they got the other. But New York City Mayor Bloomberg knows the odds of New York getting the GOP convention again is small:

“Typically conventions do not go to the same city two years in a row, but we’re not a city of quitters,” Mr. Bloomberg said at the opening of a Fairway market in the Red Hook section of Brooklyn.

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Democratic Convention Watch: Should conventions be held in Gulf-coast cities?

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Should conventions be held in Gulf-coast cities?

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One of the reasons people have cited for not holding the 2008 Democratic National Convention in New Orleans is “What happens if a hurricane hits”? Well, with Tampa Bay being a major contender for the GOP convention, lets not forget that the following cities have hosted conventions in the past: Houston – 1992, New Orleans – 1988, Miami Beach: 1968 and 1972 (both Dem and Rep). The fact is, the odds of a specific city being hit with a hurricane during a specific week is fairly low, and I don’t think we can expect all Gulf Coast cities to just shut down their tourism business during hurricane season. The Tampa Bay bid for the 2008 GOP convention says:

the chance of a hurricane directly hitting the area while the convention is in town in early September 2008 is too small to affect the decision.

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