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snowbear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-08-06 05:06 PM
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Poll question: 2008 Democratic National Convention (August 25 --> August 28, 2008)
So far, the three (known) cities that have submitted applications to host the 2008 Democratic Convention are:

Denver, Orlando, and Detroit.

According to a site that follows the convention bidding process, the deadline to request for the invitation to bid was on Friday, January 13, 2006. The site doesn't know the final tally.. (Howard Dean hasn't released the info) - but they know about Denver, Orlando and Detroit because they've been fairly vocal. http://demconwatch.blogspot.com /

2008 Democratic National Convention Timeline

~ January 13, 2006: Deadline for cities to respond to an invitation to bid for the 2008 Convention

~ February 2006: A formal Request for Proposal (RFP), containing detailed specifications for hosting the 2008 Convention, is sent to interested cities

~ May 2006: Deadline for interested cities to submit formal responses to the RFP

~ Summer 2006: Site visits

~ Late summer 2006: Finalists named

~ Late Fall 2006/Winter 2007: Announcement of 2008 Convention Host City

Here's one of Denver's plea's: http://demnotes.com/?p=43

Convention Question: Out of the three cities that have been made public so far, which would your choice be?

Sorry, polls are turned off at Level 3.

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derby378 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-08-06 05:09 PM
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1. NEW ORLEANS.
That is, if Halliburton doesn't succeed in driving out the dynamic social and ethnic forces that shaped it.

Otherwise, I'd choose Austin, TX.
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mzmolly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-08-06 07:42 PM
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18. That's right. N'Orleans.
:hi:
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zulchzulu Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-08-06 08:10 PM
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23. Yah...yooo right!
Nawlins! It's a no-brainer.
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mzmolly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-08-06 08:30 PM
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26. :)
I remember my friend from Nawlins continually correcting my nasally minnesota version of the word. it goes something like this "oh yah, neworlinz is nice I hear?"
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zulchzulu Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-08-06 09:17 PM
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36. I'll never forget...
It's not New Orleeenz....it's Nawlins. It's as bad as calling San Francisco "Frisco".... :->
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mzmolly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-08-06 09:41 PM
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40. Hey, I thought it was "Fresco"
;) You should hear my mother pronounce hockey - she says "hawkey" and washington is "warshington."
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LynneSin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-10-06 02:46 PM
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54. I'm going to say "NO" to New Orleans and here's why
because all of us were disgusted with how Bush used NYC to capitalized on 9/11 and even going so far as to delay the start of the convention as late as possible so it would be as close to 9/11.

I want to try and give as much business and as much hope to New Orleans as feasibly possible. But I don't want to use the city for political gains like the repukes did for NYC.

That's just me
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cyberpj Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-10-06 02:50 PM
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55. I agree. Even Detroit could be construed as too political (too many poor)
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LynneSin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-10-06 03:09 PM
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56. Yes but Detroit hasn't had a major crisis befall it
So if anything Detroit would be a great location!
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cyberpj Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-10-06 03:32 PM
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60. and you know what else? on second thought, just SAY there's nothing wrong
Edited on Fri Feb-10-06 03:33 PM by cyberpj
with bringing more attention to THE POOR and THE DECIMATED CITIES that Republican economics and self-interest have ravaged. And then go there to give them the economic boost (if there is one).

Politicizing doesn't have to be a bad thing when it exposes wrongs, does it? Maybe if we politicised more we'd make a few points - HELL! That's all Republians DO.

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AnneD Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-10-06 05:05 PM
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61. Or Houston...
Most of NOLA is here. Plus we have a really cool DEM Mayor.
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guidod Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-08-06 05:12 PM
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2. New Orleans...
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MasonJar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-08-06 05:14 PM
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3. I thought that the Dems were definitely going to New Orleans.
Any other choice is not acceptable. How can we reach Howard Dean?
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snowbear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-08-06 05:29 PM
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9. I thought so too...
Maybe Howard Dean is extending their deadline (because of the obvious current circumstances) on when they can bid?

Then again, maybe they did bid and it just hasn't been made public yet?

This George Washington University site thought that "both" parties would be interested in New Orleans > http://www.gwu.edu/~action/P2008.html

I'm wondering why our bidding process is done so soon? If you look at the info about the R's, they just finalized their "convention selection committee" and haven't mentioned anything about deadlines..

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demosincebirth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-08-06 05:16 PM
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4. San Francisco
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Ignacio Upton Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-08-06 05:16 PM
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5. Denver would be good
Edited on Wed Feb-08-06 05:19 PM by Ignacio Upton
Colorado is an emerging swing state. Although the conventions generally don't make a difference in the polls, I believe that in terms of symbolism they can bolster the party's image. I'm also glad that we are not going to have our convention first (which is a tradtion that the out-of-power party has normally followed) because when we did in 2004 it allowed for the Swift Boat Veterans to trash Kerry in the period between the Democratic National Convention and the Republican National Convention. This is because Kerry accepted public financing that limited him to about $70 million and forced him to limit spending until Bush did the same after the his coronation among the GOP "statesmen."
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Catchawave Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-08-06 05:17 PM
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6. Other: NOLA, NYC, Miami
In that order. Love Denver, but I'm votin' for a Blue Base :)

Although, Detroit is the Corporate Katrina, that would be fine too !
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karynnj Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-08-06 05:19 PM
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7.  I VOTED DENVER because my favorite candidate was born in CO
As to Orlando:
1) Who wants to go there in summer
2) We don't need the fantasyland, Disney world jokes we'd get
3) Governor Bush

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Rowdyboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-08-06 05:51 PM
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13. I agree that Orlando is a poor choice, but for other reasons.....
There's just too much chance of a hurricane to have a convention in any major coastal city.

And, thank God, Jeb leaves office in December 2006!
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karynnj Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-08-06 09:08 PM
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33. oops Didn't know when the term ended
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Rowdyboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-08-06 09:16 PM
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35. I'm just thankful that we got George instead of Jeb-he's the smart one
Its time for the Bush family to retire from politics.....
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FW_ Donating Member (123 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-10-06 10:22 AM
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50. Orlando
Orlando isn't a coastal city, it sits right in the middle of Florida. Florida is obviously a crucial swing state and Orlando and the I-4 corridor in general is the swing area of Florida.
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wiley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-09-06 12:29 AM
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43. New Orleans, Thank You
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Adelante Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-08-06 05:24 PM
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8. Detroit
The need the biz.
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trogdor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-08-06 05:32 PM
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10. Houston, Texas
Surely they won't have torn down the Astrodome by then.

Orlando is home of Disney World, who friggin' owns the place. I don't see why the Democrats would put more money in their pockets by having the convention there.
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tritsofme Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-08-06 05:43 PM
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11. They are having it very late.
Which is a good thing IMHO in terms of federal general election funds.

But this will put the GOP well into September for their convention, it sounds like theirs will have to be the latest in recent memory.
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msn Donating Member (39 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-08-06 07:51 PM
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21. Repubs after Dems?
I don't think the Republicans will go after the Democrats. The week after starts on Labor Day,
and they won't want to start that weekend. The week after that is already mid-September, which is
awfully late to have it. Good move by Dean.
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tritsofme Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-08-06 08:06 PM
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22. The incumbent party always gets to go last.
Democrats went last in 1996 and 2000.

Republicans go last in 2004 and 2008.
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msn Donating Member (39 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-08-06 08:17 PM
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24. Incumbents going last is tradition, not law
Dean made a great move announcing early a late date for the Democrats. The Republicans can still go last, but with Labor Day being 9/4, they would have to start the convention the week of, (coincidentally) 9/11. Ignoring the signficance of 9/11, it would seem that having the convention
in mid-September would be a minus - the TV networks have already started new shows, and would be even less willing to give up airtime. It will be interesting to see what the GOP does.
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snowbear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-08-06 08:25 PM
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25. Boy.. that would be hilarious if Dean screwed them up!!


I dunno though.. I'll bet they'll shoot for late September. They're too evil to let us go last..
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tritsofme Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-08-06 09:40 PM
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39. The GOP wouldn't go first in a million years.
I bet they have no problem having it on the "9/11" week, so they can wave the bloody shirt of 9/11 once again.

It would be irresponsible for the networks to give more airtime to one convention over the other, so they will probably push toward giving less air to both conventions, a goal they've been going after for years anyways.
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FrenchieCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-08-06 05:46 PM
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12. New Orleans or else we're stoopid!
If they can have New York after 9/11....

We should certainly help New Orleans by bringing visitors, helping the local economy!
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Totally Committed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-10-06 10:09 AM
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48. Plus, this was the most blatant Republican-made disaster
in the last decade. Lack of leadership, putting unqualified people in positions of authority, lack of immediate and sincere response. PEOPLE DIED BECAUSE THE ADMINISTRATION SCREWED UP -- Or worse (I believe this was allowed to happen because of the people were poor, Black, and in the only blue section of Louisiana. Because of the Katrina response, Louisiana is now a "Red" state. Why should we allow them to profit from that disaster?

They have used 9/11 constantly and shamefully because of the emotional effect it has on the American people. We need to do the same with Katrina. Once we win, we are the Party that will make sure that those who died and suffered will at least not have suffered and died in vain.

TC
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democrank Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-08-06 06:05 PM
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14. New Orleans.
Forget all the pompous rituals and hold in a tent in a flood-ravaged neighborhood.
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BamaLefty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-08-06 09:38 PM
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38. Agreed!
Leave all that foolish crap out. We're Democrats... not English royalty. :thumbsup:
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mikehiggins Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-08-06 06:30 PM
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15. Of the three, I vote Detroit, but I'd rather go to New Orleans
Hardly a hard decision to make, don't you think?
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WildEyedLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-08-06 07:31 PM
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16. NOLA!
Of those three, Detriot. In some ways it is as much a casualty of Republican malfeasance as New Orleans.

Orlando? WTF? I agree with karynnj - we could do without the Disney World jokes.
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Pirate Smile Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-08-06 07:33 PM
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17. NOLA, but if not there, I think Denver would be good.
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msn Donating Member (39 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-08-06 07:47 PM
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19. Detroit status unknown
Larissa

Thanks for the links to my 2008 Convention Watch blog at: http://demconwatch.blogspot.com /

Just one clarification - Detroit's status on requesting an invitation is unknown. (I don't
think it says otherwise on the site). I've been trying to get some official information on
Detroit's status, but no luck so far. Keep checking the site for the latest information.

-Matt
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snowbear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-08-06 08:32 PM
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27. Welcome Aboard Matt ~ What a GREAT website you have!
Edited on Wed Feb-08-06 08:33 PM by larissa
for stopping in here with more info !!
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Catchawave Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-08-06 08:58 PM
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32. Hi Matt, Welcome to DU....
I bookmarked your Convention Watch site too :hi:
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AtomicKitten Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-08-06 07:47 PM
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20. New Orleans!!! I thought it was going to be New Orleans!!!
They should have it in the Ninth Ward and then maybe somebody will start cleaning up and rebuilding the place.
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Pacifist Patriot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-08-06 08:39 PM
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28. Orlando for purely selfish reasons.
It would be so easy for me to attend.
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IndianaGreen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-08-06 08:41 PM
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29. Milwaukee
Why? A progressive city, a nice city, a fine state and....


the country is ready for a cheesehead for President.

Not New York! No more coronations!
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SCRUBDASHRUB Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-08-06 08:47 PM
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30. New Orleans, definitely!
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zulchzulu Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-08-06 09:12 PM
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34. What about Madison?
:->
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LittleClarkie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-10-06 03:31 PM
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59. Milwaukee!!
And I'd take either that cheesehead or the dude from last time.

Oh, but that would be wonderful, though. Right in my back yard.

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Janice325 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-08-06 08:58 PM
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31. I wish it could be New Orleans.
:)
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Crazy Guggenheim Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-08-06 09:35 PM
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37. Either NO or someplace in the south like Alabama or Mississippi.
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TheDonkey Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-08-06 09:42 PM
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41. Florida would tip sooner than CO so I picked Orlando
We need FL.
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GRLMGC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-08-06 09:58 PM
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42. New Orleans would be good
but doesn't the city have to put in an application? The Democrats can't just push themselves on the city, haha. It would be a good location though and it would bring a lot of revenue to the city.
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wiley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-10-06 01:43 AM
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44. Tell me why with available technology
We couldn't have several linked locations? Like bestow the honor and bucks on five Midwest/Southern states? Have camps of people throughout these states doing organizing and outreach all during the convention?
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njdemocrat106 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-10-06 01:55 AM
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45. I've been saying New Orleans WAY before Katrina...
I think it was and is the perfect place for the Democratic National Convention. New Orleans, and Louisiana in general, comes across to me as the "bluest" red Southern state, and we really need to reach out to the Southern voters who'll vote for "family values" before their own interest. I think we can patch up the Superdome before 2008, though I'm not familiar with the status regarding the cleanup of that venue.

Of the choices presented, however, I'd pick Denver or Orlando before Detroit (again, I think we should hold the convention in a red state).
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Totally Committed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-10-06 10:03 AM
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46. New Orleans. Period.
And they should absolutely go after the Bushies and the Republicans on what happened there mercilessly. And if they can clean it up enough to be safe... it should be at the Super Dome, goddammit!

TC
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msn Donating Member (39 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-10-06 02:29 PM
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51. Superdome will be back in business this fall
The NFL has announced that the Saints will be playing in the Superdome in September, so logistically, it would certainly be ready for a 2008 convention. The Democrats have never had their convention in a dome, but it does provide for extra seating, even if many seats are far away (and with half the dome curtained off). (The GOP has been in domes twice, at the Superdome in '88 and the Houston Astrodome in '92).
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LincolnMcGrath Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-10-06 10:05 AM
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47. Iowa City
Or Madison Wisconsin
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mdmc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-10-06 10:18 AM
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49. Roslynn, Washington
:kick: to Northern Exposure!
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napi21 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-10-06 02:36 PM
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52. I voted Denver mainly because of the ungodly heat and humidity in
Fl. and La. I think it's foolish to have any major convention in a large old city like Detroit! It simply disrupts the lives of the people who live and work there beyond any acceptable level. Just look at the mess in Boston & NYC last time.

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sandnsea Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-10-06 02:39 PM
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53. Salt Lake City!!! bwahahaha
It's actually got a Dem mayor and I just think it'd be a hoot to have the Dem convention in Utah. Otherwise, NOLA, duh.
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goodhue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-10-06 03:16 PM
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57. Cleveland or St. Louis
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dsc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-10-06 06:32 PM
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63. Hotel rooms always mess up Cleveland
they just don't have enough within a close enough range of the city.
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mtnester Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-10-06 03:19 PM
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58. If not NO, then Detroit....lordy that city needs help
No offense to Detroitians, but Detroit needs some help becoming the might giant it once was. It can happen, and the convention could be a start.

That said, New Orleans should be THE choice. I hope the DNC leaders are considering this.
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JNelson6563 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-10-06 06:24 PM
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62. Hear, hear!!
Edited on Fri Feb-10-06 06:24 PM by JNelson6563
We need to help save that once great city!

Julie
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