2008 Democratic National Convention

DeGette’s daughter cuts political teeth as DNC intern

By Stephanie Clary
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

The offspring of many powerful figures — present and past — played a visible role at the Democratic National Convention.

Pawlenty has a-plenty to say about Obama

And it's not very good

By John Schroyer
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

As the thousands of Democrats at the Pepsi Center were hearing an earful of the line “John McCain — more of the same,” the Republicans also were staying on message.

They were peddling their single-minded attack on Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama. The gist is simple — Obama isn’t ready. In fact, that’s the theme of the GOP insurgency: “Not Ready ’08.”

At 67, longtime Dem Polly Baca is still running at 70 and shows no signs of slowing

By Chris Bragg
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

It’s a few minutes before 9 a.m., and Polly Baca is already in a huge hurry. She’s heading to her second Democratic National Convention event of Tuesday morning — and it’s about to start without her.

Denver City Councilman Paul Lopez mans the wheel of his black Honda while Baca rides in the backseat. Lopez rubs his eyes after a late night of convention parties. Baca was out late, too, at a party thrown for New Mexicans by Gov. Bill Richardson.

Troops halt, accept Obama’s olive branch

Protesters find respect

By Chris Bragg
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Just outside the Pepsi Center, 40 members of Iraq Veterans Against the War march slowly towards a barricade. Behind the barricade tower three SWAT team “cherry picker” vehicles, elevated high into the evening sky. Thirty police stand ready on the vehicles, pepper-spray guns pointing downward towards the veterans.

The vets, though unarmed, have a psychological edge. They are uniformed, adorned with medals, aligned in two formations of about 20 apiece and include marines, airmen and soldiers.

Unions say Obama has Reagan Democrats on his side

By John Schroyer
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama is running strong among Reagan Democrats but is dead even with Republican John McCain among white working class Americans, according to a new poll released Aug. 25 by the labor coalition Change to Win.

Youthful enthusiasm fuels Obama campaign

By Stephanie Clary
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

It has been well acknowledged that history was made at the Democratic National Convention when Sen. Barack Obama became the first African-American to win a major party’s presidential nomination.

But the delegates in attendance provided the DNC with additional bragging rights: About 630 delegates under the age of 36 were in Denver last week — more than had attended any other convention.

Those 17- to 35-year-olds made up 16 percent of all DNC delegates, an increase from 9 percent eight years ago.

Delighted Dems dub convention 'perfect'

History made in Denver

By John Schroyer
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

“The judgment is in. It was a perfect 2008 national convention,” U.S. Sen. Ken Salazar declared last Friday morning, the day after the 2008 Democratic National Convention adjourned.

Salazar, with several other Colorado Democrats and DNC officials, had called a press conference that morning to discuss the final upshot of convention week. The consensus was simple: it was a hit.

Obama focuses on plain folk in Invesco speech

By Chris Bragg
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

A social worker, a clinical pharmacist and a college student all zoomed through security to sit in the front row with the Colorado delegation at Invesco Field on the last day of the convention. But the woman who ran Al Gore’s 2000 presidential campaign couldn’t join them to watch Sen. Barack Obama’s acceptance of the Democratic presidential nomination up close.

Donna Brazile had a hall pass — not a floor pass — and security wouldn’t let her through to the Invesco Field floor.

National party cedes Invesco stage to local Dems

Coloradans tell their dreams to the world

By John Schroyer
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

In what appeared to be a gesture of thanks to the host state, Democratic National Convention organizers gave Colorado Democrats center stage for a good bit of the convention’s final day at Invesco Field, in the hours before Barack Obama took the stage.

Although each of the half-dozen Colorado Democrats touted the importance of the West in the coming election, they all took slightly different tacks in their criticism of John McCain.

Dems celebrate transition from suffragette to feminista

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

DENVER — Women were the VIPs at the 2008 Democratic Party National Convention on Aug. 26 — a day and evening dedicated to celebrating the 88th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, which gave American women the right to vote.