Democratic National Convention 2012

Education
6:25 am
Thu September 6, 2012

Hunt Touts Education At DNC

Former Governor Jim Hunt told a story of North Carolina's growth in education at the Democratic National Convention last night.

Jim Hunt made history as the state's longest serving governor. Last night, he gave a bit of a history lesson. He told delegates where North Carolina was many years ago.

Jim Hunt: "Poor, rural, and rigidly segregated."

And how far it's come...with students learning more now than ever before.

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Health
11:44 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

Olympian Gabby Douglas Visits Charlotte

Olympian Gabby Douglas was in Charlotte for a "Kids' Health Goes Gold" event

A new children’s health initiative is using the London Olympics and the Democratic National Convention to promote better health on the ground. 

Children of all ages were pretty giddy.  They were meeting Olympic Gold medal Gymnist Gabby Douglas.

Jailiah Zanders:  "I was really excited to see the fab five and I was more excited about coming to see Gabby Douglas because she is one of my role models."

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Politics & Government
4:00 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

Jesse Jackson Speaks To NC Delegation

A variety of speakers came to address the North Carolina delegation to the Democratic Convention this morning. It was a national figure with North Carolina ties who really got the crowd pumped up.

Jesse Jackson is a proud graduate of North Carolina A&T. And he used much of his off-the-cuff speech to the 188-person state delegation to talk about the importance of the New South to President Obama's re-election. At the top of the list was getting out the vote.

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State of Things
11:27 am
Wed September 5, 2012

Meet the Delegates

The North Carolina delegation has a prime spot on the floor at the Democratic National Convention arena. Hosting the party's party is a big deal, and for delegates it's fun, and fascinating. We'll meet several North Carolina delegates today. Frank Stasio is joined by Andy Ball, Nick Carpenter, Margaret Katherine Alexander and Sam Spencer.

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Politics & Government
6:00 am
Wed September 5, 2012

Perdue Fires Up Delegates At DNC

Governor Bev Perdue gave an early-evening welcome to delegates at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte.

Perdue appeared yesterday -- not so much as a political force -- but as a gracious, and at times excited host.

Gov. Bev Perdue: "Do we know how to have a party? Go Democrats!"

She struggled with a strained voice through most of her five minutes on stage. Still she quickly settled into the party's talking points. Perdue has always been an advocate for education.

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Politics & Government
5:50 am
Wed September 5, 2012

Charlotte's Mayor Welcomes Delegates

Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx welcomed Democrats to his city for their convention last night. Many Democrats see the two-term mayor as a rising star in the party. He talked about his beginnings and his rise to become mayor of North Carolina's largest city. Foxx said Charlotte's development mirrors the message his fellow Democrats want to take from this convention.

Politics & Government
4:35 am
Wed September 5, 2012

Harvey Gantt Leaves A Legacy In NC

29-year-old Barack Obama, still in Harvard Law School, wearing a Harvey Gantt For U.S. Senate t-shirt
Harvey Gantt

This week at the Democratic Convention in Charlotte, elected officials from this state will be in the spotlight. Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx and Governor Bev Perdue spoke last night, and former Governor Jim Hunt will get his chance later today.

It’s also a big moment for others who paved the way. Harvey Gantt was the first black mayor of Charlotte. He also ran twice against Jesse Helms for the U.S. Senate. And without the trails he blazed in the second half of the 20th century, this convention, and his adopted state, would be very different.

[Audio transcript]

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Politics & Government
3:43 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

NC Democratic Delegates Ready To Go

The Democratic National Convention is underway in Charlotte. As Dave DeWitt reports, the state's delegates are raring to go.

G.K. Butterfield: "These conventions are about energizing your vote and winning elections!"

Dave DeWitt: Democratic Congressman G.K. Butterfield fired up the delegation at a breakfast this morning. The state's 188 delegates and alternates heard from elected officials on the importance of this week in Charlotte, and of taking their enthusiasm out into the field once the convention is over.

U.S. Senator Kay Hagan…

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State of Things
9:28 am
Tue September 4, 2012

The DNC Comes to NC

Charlotte, NC is the host city for this year’s Democratic National Convention. That means thousands of supporters, protesters, reporters and delegates have poured into the Queen City in anticipation of President Barack Obama accepting his second party nomination.

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Politics & Government
9:20 am
Tue September 4, 2012

Street Party Kicks Off DNC Week

Dr. Scott Poppen with Doctors for America greets "patients" at Carolina Fest in Charlotte
Leoneda Inge

Downtown Charlotte was packed yesterday with locals and thousands of guests in town for the Democratic National Convention.

The Johnson C. Smith University Marching Band kicked off the massive Carolina Fest street party. Dawne McCain lives in Charlotte. She enjoyed all the foot traffic coming by her jewelry booth during the festival.

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