Live from the Democratic Convention

History in the making

State Rep. Barbara Ballard, D-Lawrence, said she won't forget U.S. Sen. Barack Obama's speech accepting the Democratic nomination or the entire closing night of the Democratic National Convention."It was electrifying," she said. And it was difficult getting to Denver's Invesco Field on ...

One for the books

_Paul Davis is one of three Lawrence delegates to the Democratic National Convention who will be blogging on LJWorld.com. Check back often to see what they're saying.>_I've never seen anything like it and probably will never again. I joined over forty Kansas delegates somewhere around the ten ...

Heading Home

_Editor's Note: Tess Banion, left, is one of three local delegates to the Democratic National Convention who will be blogging at LJWorld.com. Check back regularly to see what they're saying._As I sat on the floor of Invesco Field, I was overwhelmed with an incredible sense of pride. All these ...

Reporting 101 at convention

As the Democratic National Convention nears the finish line, I'd like to share a few thoughts from covering this. In reality, it is a Media Convention, kind of like summer camp for journalists, and one of our activities is to cover this group here in town. We even wear lanyards around our neck ...

It’s been an emotional journey

_Editor's Note: Tess Banion, left, is one of three local delegates to the Democratic National Convention who will be blogging at LJWorld.com. Check back regularly to see what they're saying._Wow, the last few days have been a blur. It seems like I have been in Colorado for a month. I tried to ...

Live from Invesco Field

Obama wraps it up. This speech will be analyzed for days. Lots of moving passages, lots of specifics about what he intends to do. Lots of criticism of John McCain. Fireworks, red and white streamers. I'm signing off. Enjoy the campaign.***Sen. Obama couldn't get a more friendly crowd, but folks ...

Why Sebelius wasn’t the choice

What a difference a day makes.Gov. Kathleen Sebelius spoke to the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday, and vice presidential nominee U.S. Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., speaks Wednesday night.So now that it has been a few days since Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama picked Biden - and ...

Schweitzer rocks

_Paul Davis is one of three Lawrence delegates to the Democratic National Convention who will be blogging on LJWorld.com. Check back often to see what they're saying.>_Next to Barack Obama, Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer is my favorite politician. There is something about a bolo tie, blue ...

Kansas delegates pack medical supplies for impoverished nations

DENVER - Approximately 20 Kansas delegates went to a massive warehouse outside Denver to help prepare medical supplies to be shipped to impoverished areas of the world.As part of the Democratic National Convention, all state delegations were assigned a public service project.The Kansas ...

Live during the Bill Clinton and Joe Biden speeches

Obama compliments all the speakers"If I'm not mistaken Hilary Clinton rocked the house last night." Bill Clinton reminded folks what is was like to have a president "who actually puts people first."Change starts from the bottom up, he says.Now the Democratic National Convention moves to ...

Hillary on TV Tuesday night

Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius will deliver remarks before the Democratic National Convention about 8 p.m. Tuesday. The headliner, however, will be U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., who is scheduled to address delegates between 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. - probably about 9:30. Longtime Democratic ...

Lt. Governor addresses Kansas delegation

Lt. Gov. Mark Parkinson spoke to the Kansas delegates Tuesday morning, saying that the administration of Gov. Kathleen Sebelius has accomplished a lot over the past six years.Included in his list was that Kansas will produce 1,015 megawatts of wind energy by the end of the year, up from 364 ...

Michelle charms Denver

_Paul Davis is one of three Lawrence delegates to the Democratic National Convention who will be blogging on LJWorld.com. Check back often to see what they're saying.>_Michelle Obama has received a bad rap.Many conservatives twisted her comment about her national pride many months ago and ...

Live thoughts on the Hillary Clinton speech

Dan Lykins of Topeka, a delegate for Clinton, said the rift between supporters of Obama and Clinton has been exaggerated. At a meeting of top supporters earlier this week, Clinton told them she will "totally" support Obama, Lykins said.After that speech, there must be little doubt about how ...

By plane, by car and by train

Kansas delegates to the Democratic National Convention came by plane and by car - and at least one, state Sen. Marci Francisco, D-Lawrence, caught Amtrak. She said the trip took about eight hours.The Kansas delegation is staying in the Doubletree Hotel in Greenwood Village, fairly far from the ...

On the road

_Editor's Note: Tess Banion is one of three local delegates to the Democratic National Convention who will be blogging at LJWorld.com. Check back regularly to see what they're saying._We are here and its a zoo, but a good zoo.Cops are every where and in force, it's a little spooky.Our trip (my ...

Montana governor tells Kansas delegation to be aggressive

Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer gave the Kansas delegation a rousing talk this morning about what Democrats must do to defeat Republicans in so-called Red states.He said winning elections depends more on hard work than fancy style.For instance, he said, if you're in the bowling alley and you hear ...

Learn the ropes

_Tess Banion, left, is one of three Lawrence delegates to the Democratic National Convention who will be blogging on LJWorld.com. Check back often to see what they're saying._My first day (Saturday) in Denver was spent learning the lay of the land.My sister-in-law was a great tour guide. I ...

Dems arrive in Denver

_Paul Davis is one of three Lawrence delegates to the Democratic National Convention who will be blogging on LJWorld.com. Check back often to see what they're saying._DENVER - So, what do you think of Joe Biden?This seems to be the easiest way to make conversation when you're waiting for a cab ...

Rep. argues for single-payer healthcare system

DENVER - About 100 people at a meeting of the Progressive Democrats of America heard from U.S. Rep. John Conyers Jr., D-Mich., who is chairman of the House Judiciary Committee and has introduced HR 676, which would establish a universal health insurance program with a single payer ...