Monday, April 30, 2012

what i learned this weekend at the JJ diner

it was quite interesting; i had no idea how much work it took to put something like this together. i met some interesting people; great experience overall

Georgia convention delegate lists for Tampa, Charlotte

Georgia convention delegate lists for Tampa, Charlotte

Georgia’s Republican and Democratic parties have now released the official lists of their delegates to this summer’s national conventions, elected over the last two weekends.

First, from the GOP, the list of 84 Tampa-bound delegates and alternates, drawn from the 14 congressional districts on the 2012 ballot:
District 1
Ruby Robinson, D
Anne Mueller, D
Stephen Lambeth, D
Carl Smith, A
Kay Godwin, A
Wesley Cox, A
District 2
Brad Hughes, D
Ed Rynders, D
Don Cole, D
Ben Harrell, A
Joe Brannan, A
David Futral, A
District 3
Brant Frost, D
Kathy Noble, D
Marty Harbin, D
Vicki Temple, A
Ben Johnson, A
Dale Jackson, A
District 4
Gloria Tow, D
Tim Fleming, D
Lynn Brown, D
Rachel Little, A
Linda Park, A
John White, A
District 5
John Garst, D
Henry Schwab, D
Ginger Howard, D
William Kelly, A
Anthony Lewis, A
Orit Sklar, A
District 6
Patrick Burns, D
Lynne Riley, D
Anne Lewis, D
Ric Mayfield, A
Suzi Voyles, A
Dan Israel, A
District 7
Peggy Green, D
Jason Thompson, D
Joan Zellner, D
Judy Bailey, A
Richard Ward, A
John Merritt, A
District 8
Vivian Childs, D
Roy Campbell, D
Jason Downey, D
Valarie Meyers, A
Barbara Schmader, A
Lott Dill, A
District 9
Jim Pilgrim, D
Melanie Crozier, D
Andrew Turnage, D
Rick Post, A
Kelley Gary, A
Kimberly Gurtler, A
District 10
Brian Burdette, D
Debbie Dooley, D
Bruce Williamson. D
Andrew Strickland, A
Kirk Shook, A
Marie Caudill, A
District 11
Barry Loudermilk, D
Joe Dendy, D
Judy Griffin, D
Brad Carver, A
Larry Mrozinski, A
Rick Davies, A
District 12
Lawton Sack, D
Nancy Bobbitt, D
Catherine Bernard, D
Daniel Burton, A
Megan Seda, A
Linda Clarkson, A
District 13
Barbara Hickey, D
Michael McNeely, D
Sahar Hekmati, D
Cheryl Espy-Dalton, A
Amanda Parsons, A
Richard Thompson, A
District 14
Teresa Tatum, D
Layla Shipman, D
Stephan Passantino, D
Hoyt Brown, A
Joseph Gullett, A
Elliott Echols, A
An additional 31 Georgia delegates and 31 alternates will be elected at-large at the May convention of the Georgia GOP in Columbus. Three more — the state party chair, a national committeeman and national committee woman — are automatic delegates.


Below is the list of 72 Georgia delegates to the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., drawn from the state’s current 13 congressional districts:
District 1:
Miguel Camacho – Savannah
Laverne Gaskins – Valdosta
Joseph Segui – Waynesville
Audrey Stewart – St. Simons
Al Williams – Midway
District 2:
Vivian Bishop – Columbus
Constance Burkes – Albany
Winfred Dukes – Albany
Lynmore James – Montezuma
Kattie Kendrick – Fort Valley
District 3:
Delia Crouch – Newnan
Markgetta Jackson-Langford – Fayetteville
Kevin Madden – Peachtree City
Arnold Martin – Fayetteville
Marion Ray – Jonesboro
Morris Steward – Newnan
District 4:
Thomas Brown – Atlanta
Barbara Campbell – Lithonia
Tobias Campbell – Decatur
Camille Davis-Williams – Lithonia
Melva Hicks – Scottdale
John Washburn – Avondale Estates
Vincent Williams – Decatur
District 5:
Andrea Boone – Atlanta
Terrinne Briggs – Atlanta
Emma Darnell – Atlanta
Justin Giboney – Atlanta
Mo Ivory – Atlanta
C.T. Martin – Atlanta
Reese McCranie – Atlanta
District 6:
Joshua Altman – Canton
David Gowdy – Alpharetta
John Morgan – Marietta
Celestine Mosley – Roswell
Florence Shelton-Clark – Johns Creek
District 7:
Steffini Bethea – Snellville
Robert Byars – Peachtree Corners
Ilene Johnson – Lilburn
Austin Thompson – Duluth
Cheryl Williams – Duluth
George Williams – Duluth
District 8:
Paul Bronson – Macon
Sarah Hunt – Macon
Fenika Miller – Warner Robins
Mary Neville – Lizella
DuBose Porter – Dublin
District 9:
John Anthony – Dalton
Oliver Cobb – Dalton
Joan Huddleston – Blue Ridge
Venda Young – Cumming
District 10:
James Dustin Baker – Athens
Lowell Greenbaum – Augusta
Jana Hill – Clayton
Janice Mathis – Bogart
Jerry Swain – Martinez
District 11:
Derrick Brown – Kennesaw
Michelle Cooper Kelly – Marietta
Ashley Lee – Rome
Nathan McNeal – Kennesaw
Tania Phillips – Acworth
District 12
Diane Brack Evans – Avera
John Brewer – Ailey
Tawana Garrett – Savannah
Quentin Howell – Milledgeville
L.C. Myles, Jr. – Hephzibah
District 13
Gail Davenport – Jonesboro
Donzella James – College Park
Maurice Madden – Hampton
Alisha Morgan – Austell
Melissa Prescott – Fayetteville
Wilbur Purvis – Douglasville
Kevin Thomas – Jonesboro
Two additional elections will fill out the remaining Georgia spots for the DNC. On May 12, an election will be held to elect 14 “public leaders and elected officials” or PLEOs. On May 19, an election will be held to choose 24 at-large and nine alternates. Jimmy Carter holds a voting position as well, in deference to his former position as a U.S. president.

Protesters at party conventions could be armed

Protesters at party conventions could be armed
TAMPA, Florida (AP) — The thousands of protesters expected at the Democratic and Republican national conventions can come armed with a lot more than signs and slogans: State law in Florida and North Carolina allows concealed weapons, including guns.

In Tampa, where the Republicans will hold their festivities this fall, officials are starting to worry about people toting guns in such a politically charged environment. The City Council voted Thursday to ask Republican Gov. Rick Scott to help them temporarily ban concealed weapons. Charlotte officials have yet to publically voice concern, but with both cities trying to balance public safety with First and Second Amendment rights, it's likely the host city for the Democratic convention will also have to address the issue.

The Tampa City Council wants Scott to issue an executive order, preventing people with concealed weapons permits from carrying guns.

"We believe it is necessary and prudent to take this reasonable step to prevent a potential tragedy," council member Lisa Montelione said in a draft letter to Scott.

Tampa city leaders have already proposed a host of banned items (lumber, hatchets, gas masks, chains and "super soaker" water cannons) — but they are prevented from outlawing concealed guns.

Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn said the state law has made the city "look silly," particularly because officials can ban water guns but not real ones.


Raleigh startup to design website for Democratic convention

Raleigh startup to design website for Democratic convention

RALEIGH -- Think of Business Empire Consulting as the brash newcomer that nominated itself for the job – and won.
The News & Observer reported that the 28-month-old Raleigh digital marketing agency beat out 11 competitors for the plum job of designing and hosting a new website for the Democratic National Convention, which is set for Charlotte in September.

Pretty heady stuff for a company created by a trio of 20-somethings – CEO Bryan Young, 25; Matt Laster, chief information officer, 24; and Brandon Blair, chief marketing officer, 24 – at the end of 2009 when they were students at N.C. State University.

Their 11-employee company has won larger pieces of business than the $70,000 convention contract, but the deal is worth much more in terms of exposure.

“We are ... very excited about this opportunity to showcase our ability on such a grand scale,” Young said. “To be involved in the planning and implementation of a project like this, at our age, is definitely a once-in-a-lifetime experience that will helps us build relationships, hopefully, around the country and definitely in North Carolina.”
The Democratic National Convention Committee chose Business Empire based on factors such as creativity and its work for clients such as the Charlotte Douglas International Airport, N.C. State University and Lonerider Brewing.

“We’re confident they have what it takes for a project of this magnitude,” said Nikki Sutton, deputy director for communications for digital media. The convention committee isn’t disclosing how much traffic it expects the website to handle.

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Thursday, April 19, 2012

Participating at the 2012 Jefferson-Jackson Dinner

Major props to the following students for stepping up and agreeing to participate in the 2012 Jefferson-Jackson Dinner.

Alisen Redmond
Araba Okyire
Carole Nanguy
Ernesto Ausejo
Max Harris

This will allow you to gain early exposure to the convention-related process and access to state / national Democratic Party leaders, many who you will see again in Charlotte. I encourage you to come back here, to the blog, and share your experiences (with images, if possible).

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Reporting on Religion and Political Candidates Webinar

Hello Communication Majors!

The Poynter Institute posts webinars for students interested in writing and communication. I received an email about this broadcast and I think it greatly pertains to the work we will be doing for this class! Its only an hour long but it does cost $9.95, which will be money well spent.
I hope this helps!

Sara Lynn

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Welcome to the Party Conventions 2012 Blog

Hi Everyone,

We are so excited that you will be attending the Republican and Democratic Conventions.  We hope you will gain a valuable learning and life experience from the courses!
‘Daily Show’ Headed to Democratic Convention

“The Daily Show” will maintain its tradition of emulating a real news program by traveling to North Carolina in September to cover the Democratic National Convention. Jon Stewart will take his program to Charlotte for a week of programs intended to comment on, and lampoon, the convention, which has provided an ample platform for the show’s satire in the past. This will be the fourth time “The Daily Show” has gone on location for shows about the political conventions. The shows will be produced at an area called ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center, starting Sept. 4. That is a Tuesday, and for that week only the show will tape on Tuesday through Friday instead of the usual Monday through Thursday schedule. As for the Republican convention, which is set for Tampa, Fla., starting on Aug. 27, “The Daily Show’ does plan to produce a week of shows from that site as well but has not yet settled on a location. It is expected to announce plans for that coverage soon.