For the first time ever, The Santa Barbara Independent is reporting from the Democratic National Convention, which goes down in Denver August 25 to 28, 2008. Our reporters - namely staff writer Chris Meagher, delegate and former county supervisor Susan Rose, and Laguna Blanca High student body president Willy Chotzen-Freund - will be blogging 'round the clock and writing feature articles about the blue donkey party on this page. And our in-house political expert Jerry Roberts will be keeping tabs on the convention from the comfort of his couch. Stay tuned to independent.com/dnc2008 for the latest.
County Registrar Joe Holland expects record turnout by the time 8 p.m. rolls around.
All in all, it was a convention to remember.
Wednesday and Thursday night parties bring out celebs, while Thursday morning brings out long lines at Invesco Field.
Most successful were the 1,000 bikes that were available free to the convention visitors.
Finally, it was about the American dream.
Here is the text from Illinois Sen. Barack Obama's nomination acceptance speech at the 2008 Democratic Nation Convention in front of an estimated 85,000 people in Denver.
Obama tells his own story, spells out what change means and gets up close and personal in John McCain's face.
I guess you could say I cast 2 votes for the Democratic candidate for president.
It was a picture perfect finish.
Four particularly great speeches, along with a couple surprises, highlighted an exciting night at the Convention.
Obama makes history, as Hillary makes it official, the Big Dog plays nice and Biden gets overshadowed by his son.
Rep. Lois Capps speaks, as do others, but Clinton steals the show again.
Day two was exhilarating and day three promises to be that much and more.
California has the most delegates, 441, out of any state in the country. Here is one from Santa Barbara.
Here is the text from Rep. Lois Capps' brief speech to the Democratic National Convention Wednesday at the Pepsi Center.
When she stepped down in June, it seemed as if a dream had died.
When you run for office, you never know where it will lead.
Interesting speakers, both before and during the convention, highlighted the second day of the DNC.
"There is no fast food democracy."
Live blogging the convention.