Denver Nuggets - UPDATED
Instead of putting up new posts for the convention, I'll just keep updating this one for the next couple of days.
I just arrived in Denver a few hours ago and can tell you that for this week at least, downtown Denver is Obamaville. The Illinois contingent is already here in full force, although I thought that it was odd that on the way in from the airport, the taxi driver told me that he is in the running to become Illinois Senate President. (Guess he didn't want to feel left out.)
I'll try to post some updates and photos throughout the week to give everybody a feel for what's going on out here, but I'll tell you now that the energy level already blows away the last couple of conventions that I've attended. That's all for now.
MONDAY - The Illinois delegation breakfast was hosted by the Chicago Federation of Labor. It was very well attended and everybody was in a positive and upbeat mood. Pretty much the only damper was the Governor's unfortunate decision to announce his AV of the pay-to-play bill, (a story for another day), on a day when Illinois Democrats were set to shine. His proposal, besides being unconstitutional, simply took attention away from where it really should be today. No real surprise there. Below is a photo of Dan Hynes, who did a nice job, as well as one of Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius, who was also well received. Other speakers included the Speaker, Mayor Daley, Jan Schakowsky and Dennis Gannon. Bobby Rush also received a standing ovation when he showed up this morning.