BlueNC Receives Credential to Provide State Blogger to the Democratic National Convention

I just received my email from the DNCC. Our application was chosen and background checks are completed. We tried to get two sets of credentials so we could take one writer and one videographer, but only one set was issued. If for any reason I'm not able to go, Frank Eaton has been cleared to go in my place, so we won't lose our spot.

Here's a message from Howard Dean.

Those applications from blogs that weren't selected will be considered in the general blogger pool and those bloggers will be announced later this month.

I've exchanged emails with many of the bloggers that participate in the 50 State Blog Roundup and many of them were selected. It's a very exciting time to be a blogger.

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The video will show up soon.

Sorry...I was trying to get it posted before I headed out to dig holes for the trees.

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I was so disappointed, I forgot

Congrats, Betsy! It's safe to say that you're the pre-eminent NC blogger. Go represent! I'm really proud of you for rising to the occasion again and again as you have over the last few years. There's no one I'd rather have covering the event for North Carolina.

Scrutiny Hooligans - http://www.scrutinyhooligans.us

Congratulations to us and to you!

Thank you so much for taking the initiative to pursue the credentialing - and congratulations! This is very cool news.

Looks like you'll need to get a new slaptop, right?

Yeah...I'm hitting John up for a fancy

new Apple MacBook Pro. Nobody said Democracy was cheap, eh?

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Unless things change.....

I'll be your friendly, neighborhood, blogger-room helper. I'm supposed to be all signed up as a volunteer for the convention working the blogger press room.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

You may have a better view than I do!

I will be sitting with the delegation which means I could have nosebleed seats. I'm good with that!

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That is so exciting

I want to second the "thank you" for taking the time. Have fun in the nosebleeds!
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Thanks, Roxane

I had this friend who kept hounding me. :D



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Driving to Denver

I am driving out if anyone wants to ride. I have a mini van and I figure if I can get 3-4 other people to go it will cost +/- $200 a person round trip (gas and a room for one night each way).

"jump in where you can and hang on"
Briscoe Darling to Sheriff Andy

Congrats, BlueNC!

I'm still waiting to hear about whether I'll be granted credentials for the general blogger pool.

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Pam Spaulding
Durham, NC USA

Pam's House Blend
www.pamshouseblend.com

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Pam Spaulding
Durham, NC USA

Pam's House Blend
www.pamshouseblend.com

Sigh

I guess I wasn't selected.

What a disappointment.

Scrutiny Hooligans - http://www.scrutinyhooligans.us

I'm sorry Gordon

but you still have a chance in the general blogger pool. All the state bloggers who weren't selected have a second chance through the general blogger pool.

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I would have voted for ya ;-)

nt

I always wanted to be the avenging cowboy hero—that lone voice in the wilderness, fighting corruption and evil wherever I found it, and standing for freedom, truth and justice. - Bill Hicks

Any word?

End of the month, eh? We'll see. I'm worried I've pissed off too many of the faithful and it's keeping me out.

I was really very hopeful about this and looking forward to standing with my area's superdelegates on the convention floor.

Scrutiny Hooligans - http://www.scrutinyhooligans.us

The email said by the end of the month

[edit] I don't think you've pissed anyone off. I think statewide blogs probably had an upper hand anyway. Not all of the blogs in the 50 state blog network wound up being selected, but a majority of them did.



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After only 2 years!

It's hard to believe that it only took you 2 years ;P of hard blogging SD to finally be credentialed! Too. Damn. Cool! Congratulations to the Great Southern Dem!

Now I wonder if this will set a standard for the credential giver-outter here in NC who refused Kirk.

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.

Progressive Discussions

I know....I've had a smile on my face all day long

It's going to be a great time.

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Yay for BlueNC!!!

This is great news, SD. You must be thrilled. Congratulations!!!

Conscious evolution, it's what turns me on. There's got to be a difference between right and wrong.-DTB

Conscious evolution, it's what turns me on. There's got to be a difference between right and wrong.-DTB

Thanks, Alicia

I am very excited. On top of going to the convention, I've never been to Colorado.

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Sleep with one eye open, Muse...

Congratulations!

Your Loyal Understudy,

Frank

lol

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Frank Eaton! You are confirmed for Denver! Paging Mr Eaton!

Dear Mr Eaton: We are thrilled that you have been accepted as a Blogger Newbreaker at the Democrat Convention in Denver. First of all let me go over the rules for Bloggers at the Convention. Maybe you are not aware of the arrangements for a major leaque convention with millions of voters and Americans who will be watching you bloggers typing like crazy on your laptops. However, You should be aware that we have a 2nd Trier media service at the convention like the debates. The mainstream media will be located on the front row of the convention floor and have total access to the chosen candiates and other high party officals. Since you fall into the 2nd Trier Blogging community, you have been assign to a Blue free speech zone which will be located in the basement of the Denver International Airport. It use to be another name when the Clintons were Presidents, but was change when the Bush/Cheney team was chosen to be the leaders of this country by the Supreme Court in 2000.

We have many communication services in the basement and some minor changes have taken place since the present finance government system has tank. You need to bring a sleeping bag and at least a week's supply of M&M candies to share with other bloggers. After all. We progressives believe in the Common Good for all peoples. You will also need a sack of quarters to tip the baggage servers while they service what Airline customers that might be flying at that time due to the oil shortage. You will be able to watch the convention on our newest Homeland Security Cam and Flat Screen TV set behind the Big Owl concrete Symbol that we aquire from a recent secret corporate Bohenia society religious convention in San Francisco. Whatever you do! Do not ask the Owl political questions about George Bush and his membership in the Club. The Owl has been known to fly off the handle like Bill O'reilly.

Once again, congrats on this high prize honor and please don't worry about being in touch with me. I can assure you Mr Eaton, we have already have a eye on you!

Good reporting and Good luck cause you are going to need it if President McCain finds out you attended the democrat convention.

Yours for real freedom in a Police State, plus hugs and kisses,

Michael L. Chertok

Director and gupperfruher of Homeland Security

Hehe......eye shmy

I might just have to invest in a bigger baseball bat. :D

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Very exciting!!!

Butterflies in the stomach exciting!! Yay, Betsy!! Yay, blueNC!!

"It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit." - Harry Truman

"They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people a dollar 'n a half just to see 'em. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."

Thanks, Leslie!

I am very excited. BlueNC deserves this recognition and I'm going to work very hard over the summer to make sure the site is set up and ready to go to handle all the traffic we'll see during this time. Jerimee is amazing and has terrific ideas. We're going to work together on some more upgrades.



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Thanks, Linda

I think we need to do a brainstorming session on bells and whistles. We wouldn't have found coveritlive as soon as we did or at all, if Pam hadn't mentioned it. I have a Twitter account, but rarely log in. Basics are taken care of. John finalized hotel and flight last night for me. I may drag mom along. She can't get into the convention, but she could enjoy Denver.



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Be Careful

That Frank Guy is dangerous.

In other news, I have to sympthize with Gordon here. Im gonna assume this is a conspiracy on behalf of short people.

"Keep the Faith"

"Keep the Faith"

Short People

I just love this song (I am 6'4")

Short People got no reason
Short People got no reason
Short People got no reason
To live

They got little hands
And little eyes
And they walk around
Tellin' great big lies
They got little noses
And tiny little teeth
They wear platform shoes
On their nasty little feet

Well, I don't want no Short People
Don't want no Short People
Don't want no Short People
Round here

Short People are just the same
As you and I
(A Fool Such As I)
All men are brothers
Until the day they die
(It's A Wonderful World)

Short People got nobody
Short People got nobody
Short People got nobody
To love

They got little baby legs
And they stand so low
You got to pick 'em up
Just to say hello
They got little cars
That go beep, beep, beep
They got little voices
Goin' peep, peep, peep
They got grubby little fingers
And dirty little minds
They're gonna get you every time
Well, I don't want no Short People
Don't want no Short People
Don't want no Short People
'Round here

"jump in where you can and hang on"
Briscoe Darling to Sheriff Andy

Go Betsy

Your biggest problem may be bandwidth. Everybody has wireless devices, especially at conventions. Look for alternatives. eg text from phone to a feed, hotel access etc.

Yep....you're exactly right

Another way to provide the "almost there" feeling is to take lots of video and then upload it at the hotel. I do have wireless access in my hotel and will scope out the area surrounding the convention as well. I was thinking folks here could host coveritlive threads and I can take questions to the delegates....I dont' know. It will be fun to brainstorm with everyone all the possibilities.....and then we can brainstorm all the different roadblocks.

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multiple people downloading

not sure if this would be an option (non techie here) but maybe have multiple people downloading info in the evening. I am sure we will all be staying at different hotels so it might be easier to get on networks.

"jump in where you can and hang on"
Briscoe Darling to Sheriff Andy

Betsy

Do they recognize that you represent X number of people or that you represent NC Dems or that you represent any kind of demographic?

Will they allow you to chat with the delegates? Not just pat you on the head and hand you a cookie, but get into a dialog bringing up issues that are concerns in NC?

Will they answer or even look at our website or a thread you generate for answers etc where you are the moderator with the ability to edit or even delete inappropriate questions etc? For fairness and completeness, a thread with deleted questions could be generated.

I hope questions come up that are thought provoking to the delegates that are not going to be the pat asked question. Both Hillary and Obama have about the same platform, so questions like spell out how you will pay for your proposed xxx plan? I am tired of hearing, I will go after them rich bastards and the rich oil company. Both these folks are sitting Senators, they have had time to go after them bastards, but have they? I want their action statements, not their ra ra statements.

The price of gas is at unheard of prices impacting the poor. It will now take a poor person one full day of work to just pay to get themselves to work for the week, if they are lucky. Why is congress allowing this inflationary actions to happen? This kind of dependency on their company was why unions were enacted. This is akin to the "company store" of the late 1890s to 1910s. Are either of these two, doing anything for the poor who are faced with this problem? Dems are the champions of the poor, but the poor are being trampled on and no one is standing up for them. These are some of the questions I would love for Hillary or Obama to answer.

I honestly do not care if its the delegate themselves or someone senior in their staff answer the comments and questions, but it would seem that we the people should be heard and acknowledged with thought provoking answers. To many politicians feel that us little people are nobody.