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Price-gouging rampant in Charlotte during Democratic convention

Price-gouging rampant in Charlotte during Democratic convention

A budget hotel room goes for $500 a night. A turkey bagel sandwich will set you back $9. Five bucks will get you a single President Barack Obama button. Are we in Charlotte anymore? Clearly, this is no average week in North Carolina’s largest city. The Democratic National Convention may be a financial boom to […]

Political reporters are tired as hell and they’re not going to take it anymore

Political reporters are tired as hell and they’re not going to take it anymore

Many Americans say they are fed with up the relentless, bitter partisanship that runs rampant in political campaigns in this highly-contentious, seemingly non-stop Presidential election year. They aren’t alone.  Reporters, photographers, videographers and bloggers on the campaign trail say they’re tired as hell and they aren’t going to take it anymore. Writes Mark Leibovich, chief […]

Can Obama sell Romney as a Bush retread to a divided nation?

Can Obama sell Romney as a Bush retread to a divided nation?

Democrats assemble Tuesday to re-nominate Barack Obama for the presidency, to sell him as the wise and humane alternative to Republican challenger Mitt Romney, a pitch that will be repeated endlessly over the next two months to an American electorate that is more politically divided than at any time in at least a quarter century. […]

Democratic platform supports same sex marriage, abortion rights

Democratic platform supports same sex marriage, abortion rights

Democrats unveiled a party platform at their national convention Monday that echoes President Barack Obama’s call for higher taxes on wealthier Americans while backing same-sex marriage and abortion rights. Delegates will vote Tuesday to adopt the platform that reflects the president’s argument that his work is unfinished and he deserves another four years to complete […]

Romney ignored warnings about Ryan’s history of lies, exaggerations

Romney ignored warnings about Ryan’s history of lies, exaggerations

Campaign professionals vetting Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan as a potential Republican vice presidential candidate warned Mitt Romney‘s strategists that the Congressman had a “history of exaggeration and prevarication”  that could become a campaign issue and distraction but the GOP presidential nominee’s team ignored the warnings. Romney campaign insiders tell Capitol Hill Blue that an intense internal battle […]

Strip clubs, prostitutes don’t expect much of a business boon from Democratic convention

Strip clubs, prostitutes don’t expect much of a business boon from Democratic convention

While the sex and pornography business thrived in Tampa during last week’s Republican convention, strip clubs and escort services in Charlotte don’t expect much of an increase during the Democratic confab in their city. “Democrats aren’t so upright about sex so they don’t have to sneak around and pay for it,” Connie Allerton, a sexual […]

Democratic convention security rules raise free speech concerns

Democratic convention security rules raise free speech concerns

Starting Saturday, someone walking through Charlotte’s central business district could run afoul of the law by carrying water bottles, hair spray, socks or magic markers under sweeping security rules enacted ahead of the Democratic National Convention. It would take a particularly strict reading of the rules for someone to be arrested simply for possessing one […]

Obama takes battleground state tour on way to Democratic convention

Obama takes battleground state tour on way to Democratic convention

President Barack Obama is embarking on a four-day march through battleground states and the storm-battered Gulf Coast in the lead-up to his party’s convention as he seeks to blunt any momentum picked up by Republican rival Mitt Romney. As his party’s faithful began streaming to Charlotte, N.C. for next week’s convention, Obama was returning to […]