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Local Democrats to blog at convention

With many headed back from Tampa's Republican National Convention this weekend, a number of Gwinnettians are heading to Charlotte to take part in the Democrat National Convention, which begins Monday.

The group includes Amreeta Regmi of Peachtree Corners, James L. Cherry of Lilburn, Dot Shaw of Snellville, Steffini Bethea of Snellville, Robert Byars of Peachtree Corners, Ilene Johnson of Lilburn, Austin Thompson of Duluth, Cheryl Williams of Duluth and George Williams of Duluth.

Of course, Loganville lawyer Mike Berlon, who serves as the head of the state party, will be there, along with many politicians; local Sens. Gloria Butler and Steve Henson, Duluth Rep. Pedro Marin and Congressman Hank Johnson are among the group that includes former President Jimmy Carter, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and other major party players.

If you can't make the trip but want to keep up, several of the delegates are planning to blog about it at DelegateDiaries.com.

"We have several contributors that will be updating the blog through Sept. 9, the weekend after the convention," said Eric Gray, DPG communications director and fellow author on the site. "We want to share the real life experiences of regular Georgians as they embark on their Charlotte road-trip."

The highlight of the week will be President Obama's acceptance of the party nomination on Thursday, and Gray said all of the bloggers will be there.

"Its real people detailing one of the greatest moments of their lives," Gray said. "We're not sure what to expect once we arrive in North Carolina and we want others to experience the event with us."

Political Notebook appears in the Thursday and Sunday editions of the Gwinnett Daily Post.

Camie Young can be reached via email at camie.young@gwinnettdailypost.com.

For archived columns, go to www.gwinnettdailypost.com/politics.

Comments

teelee 1 year, 11 months ago

I wonder if Hugo Chavez will attend?

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DavidBrown 1 year, 11 months ago

I'm looking forward to seeing conventioneers who look like America. It will be nice to see a diverse crowd at the Democratic Convention. It will be nice to see faces that look like me.

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NewsReader 1 year, 11 months ago

If you are looking forward to seeing conventioneers who look like America, I submit to you that you missed your opportunity this past week. You won't find them at the DNC. What you will find is a bunch of moocher class supporters spewing their persistent message of entitlement, irresponsibility, and hypocrisy for the world to see. Yep, I'd say you will be in good company with faces that look much like you. And don't forget to pick up your race card on the way in...you know...Biden did say we wanted to keep you all in chains!

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DavidBrown 1 year, 11 months ago

NewsReader, less than 1% of the Republican conventioneers were Black. That didn't look like America to me. Call it the race card if you want. The facts are the facts.

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NewsReader 1 year, 11 months ago

Well DUH! It should be no surprise to you that less that 1% of Republicans are black when the Democratic liberal machine has so brainwashed these people into believing in the crap (hope and change) they keep shoveling. A friend of mine was kind enough to share with me that he is viewed as a traitor, "uncle tom" if you will, because he refuses to embrace and endorse the liberal ideology. He is a minority amongst the minority. Yet, he thrives and doesn't subscribe to the "oh woe is me" doctrine. Your racist crap is old. In a nutshell, what you want is to be desegregated and treated equally right up until there is an opportunity for you to capitalize on the benefit of being segregated as a minority in order for you to receive preferential treatment.

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nicholson 1 year, 11 months ago

David Brown, the fact is that the black population in America is only 13% and yet at the Democratic convention, it will probably be skewed close to 50%. You seem obsessed with the race card instead of the actual policies of the parties.

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nicholson 1 year, 11 months ago

DavidBrown, the main ones you will be seeing at the democratic convention are SEIU members (union) that are being bussed to Charlotte by the Obama campaign because they can't fill the arena; in fact, it was reported in the Atlanta Business Chronicle on Friday that free tickets to the convention were available for pick up at Manual's Tavern or the Democratic Party office in Macon.

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DavidBrown 1 year, 11 months ago

Nicholson, by your logic, you have to scold D.A. King for admitting that he has paid homeless folks to expand the figures at anti-immigration rallies.

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R 1 year, 11 months ago

@DavidBrown Care to share the documented source of DA King's actions here or is it another baseless RACE charge?

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nicholson 1 year, 11 months ago

And with your quota by race logic, the NBA should be 77% white and 13% black.

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BuzzG 1 year, 11 months ago

"The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not."

Thomas Jefferson

If Thomas Jefferson were to listen to the speakers at the Democratic Convention, he would be certain that the end was near. And he would be right.

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thecoach 1 year, 11 months ago

so folks are just blind to the facts. Tell Romney to release his freaking tax returns..

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R 1 year, 11 months ago

"Free" the College Transcripts!

We’ve already seen Romney’s High School records...

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Say_that_again 1 year, 11 months ago

Really? Do you honestly believe that the transcripts from college have even a fraction of the significance of ten years of tax returns? Romney keeps promising two years but has only released one year. What is he hiding? Strange how you did not express an interest in McCain's college transcripts when he was running for president! Oh! That's right, we knew he was at the bottom of his class! Note: While Romney was attending Harvard Law School that he never was an editor of the Harvard Law Review. So far the only abilities that I have seen demonstrated by Romney/Ryan is that to twist facts and convince the gullible to believe their lies. Even FOX News stated the Ryan must be seeking a record for the most lies in one speech!

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Say_that_again 1 year, 11 months ago

Out of idle curiosity and your comment about Romeny's high school transcripts, I searched for them. The only thing I could find is one term report card for his freshman year - definitely not his high school records nor his college transcripts. Obama and Biden have released 12 years of returns - shouldn't Romney & Ryan be expected to do the same?

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NewsReader 1 year, 11 months ago

LOL, and what has your supreme leader done to lay all his cards out on the table? The longer we know Obama, the more mysterious his life becomes. It certainly is funny how that if you people didn't have double standards, you'd have no standards at all. The bottom line is that the only thing you knew about this lunatic in office now is that he exemplified "hope" and "change". To quote Dr. Phil, "How's that working out for ya?" We "hope" he is gone January 20th, and all we have as a result of his policies is "[pocket] change"! You better get out that big stirring stick of yours; you're gonna need it for all the Kool-Aid you continuously drink!

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Say_that_again 1 year, 11 months ago

Only those that want to ignore facts can make such absurd statements. Under Obama, people have less worries about their medical care - insurance must cover preexisting conditions. Insurance cannot cancel because you got sick. Medicare coverage has improved including closing the "donut hole". Under President Obama, in 2011 alone a net of 1.898 million new jobs were created. Bush's administration had run the economy so low we lost 5.5 million jobs during the last year of his presidency. Of course it takes time to full recover which has been harder with virtually no cooperation from Republicans, more interested in ruining the current administration than helping the economy. Playing politics is obvious when the house has wasted time - thus tax payer money, by voting to repeal the health care bill 33 times even thought they know the more sensible Senators will support their efforts and that President Obama would veto such a bill even if it reached his desk. With the stock market booming under the Obama administration, I am definitely better off than I was under Bush. Might note that if congress had passed the bills requested by Obama to save government jobs such as teachers, police and firemen, then unemployment would be below 7.3%. Romney has only indicated a desire to continue the failed Bush policy of tax cuts. It does not work. Companies do not create jobs when consumers are not buying their products.

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jack 1 year, 11 months ago

President Obama has admitted to past drug use; shouldn't Romney and Ryan be expected to do the same?

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Say_that_again 1 year, 11 months ago

Jack. I am surprised at such a stupid analogy from you! Some of your responses in the past have demonstrated more intelligence. Now if you should state that President Obama admits to his illegal activity of the past and want to argue that Romney should do the same, that would be an acceptable argument. I would like more details into the way he helped Marriott with their tax scam when he was head of their audit committee. Either he was involved or he was a lousy at auditing. Too many questions! His tax returns may shed some light on this, guess we need 20 year of returns so we can get the facts!

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gwinnettisgreat1 1 year, 11 months ago

Wonder how the Democrats want to explain 6 TRILLION more in debt now than when Bush left office? Oh right! It's still his fault.

I just want Obama to tell us what he is going to do different, Lord only knows this trail he has us on now is just a tax and give back to the "less fortunate" Give me a break.

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Say_that_again 1 year, 11 months ago

As usual, the Republican talking points ignore facts. Fact: Since 1977 (when Jimmy Carter took office), the greatest percent increase in the national debt was under the idolized Ronald Reagan, with 2.5% faster increase in national debt than under President Obama. Fact: The Bush tax cuts has accelerated the growth of the national debt. Fact: Romney/Ryan have said they will not only extend the Bush tax cuts but also change capital gains tax from 15% to 0%, which anyone that passed high school math can explain to you that this will only accelerate the national debt growth. Fact: Obama will end the atrocity called "Bush Tax Cuts". Since they expire, he will be able to keep this promise without congressional approval. Fact: Obama must have cooperation from Republicans in congress to make other much needed reforms to our tax system - He will work for a more fair system, Romney will not since he has promised his wealthy contributors more tax breaks. Fact:Corporate welfare is almost double welfare to the poor. Fact: In the last year of Bush, welfare increased by 23%. In the last two years we have seen decreases in welfare payments. Reductions of 5.46% and 4.43%. That is a savings of over $50 billion in reduction in welfare. Fact: Every point you attempt to make only supports electing Democrats and voting out Republicans. Are you against Obama just out of blind loyalty to Republicans or do you just dislike facts? Obama has told you what he would like to do. He is not a dictator so must have cooperation from congress. Vote for Democrats in congress and give him a chance. Romney will not explain his methods. He thinks he can win with the money on his side so is only promising more unreasonable tax cuts for those that have amassed wealth, frequently hiding it off shore.

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NewsReader 1 year, 11 months ago

Hey moron, all of these "facts" you displayed above? Please provide your source. Thank you!

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Say_that_again 1 year, 11 months ago

Fact: Those that have no facts resort to insults! Fact: My source was web sites located by applying google searches in an intelligent way. Fact: You have proven impervious to facts, more interested in insulting than learning so I will not waste more time attempting to teach you!

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NewsReader 1 year, 11 months ago

You cannot teach me, nor anyone else, anything moron. I'm calling your bluff. All you do is spout off bovine bowel movements in here, and you have zero, nadda, nothing, to substantiate anything. So put up or shut up. You say you have facts. We all want to see the source you quote as fact. Otherwise, go pound sand and shut the #$% up! We're growing really tired of your bull crap!

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