Monthly Archives: August 2008

Snapshots of the first day

by Kelly Chau

Minneapolis-Saint Paul__My first day at Minneapolis and St. Paul was quite exciting. I even got a glimpse of the Xcel Energy Center where the 2008 Republican National Convention is going to be held. I took a tour around town after I went to go retrieve press credentials. As I looked around the town, there were numerous “Obama 08” signs planted on residents’ front yards. I saw only one “McCain For President” sign, and it was a bumper sticker on someone’s car. In addition, I spotted an “Al Franken for U.S. Senate” sign.

Obama Sign

Obama Sign

What does that say about the state of Minnesota? Well according to a recent from Pollster, Senator Obama is leading by seven points over Senator McCain here. But anything can change from now until November, so we’ll just have to wait and see.


DNC Liveblog

Denver__Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick just finished his address to the delegates at the Democratic Convention, and I think he’ll be someone to look for in coming elections. Patrick used the idea of community a lot in his speech – ending the cynicism, and coming together as Americans for a common cause. It reminded me a lot of Barack Obama’s 2004 convention speech, where Obama talked about going beyond divisions to create one America – as he said, there is not a black America and a white America, there is a United States of America. Patrick used some of the same elements in his speech. He told the story of his childhood on the south side of Chicago, where although his neighborhood was crumbling the bond between its residents was strong. Patrick talks about how if he messed up as a kid on one end of the block, his neighbor would straighten him out, then call his parents, “so you could get it twice.” Later, Patrick called on the nation to, “Join hands as Americans to elect Barack Obama President of the United States.” This idea of building a strong national community, starting with the city block, is one that could play well in urban cities and rural towns. We might see Deval Patrick run for office a bit higher than Massachusetts Governor sometime soon…

Here comes Princella


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Princella Smith is a 24-year old Republican pundit who hit the national stage big time in 2004, and will be returning to the RNC this year as Chief Advocate for American Solutions founded by Newt Gingrich. She spoke with Youth Radio’s Denise Tejada. Stay tuned for more from Princella and other stories from in and around the Xcel Center next week.

From Potential Miss Alaska to Potential Vice President

On the morning of August 29 at a campaign stop in Dayton, Ohio, presidential hopeful John McCain pulled a Walter Mondale by selecting Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his running mate, doing it GOP style. By choosing Governor Palin, the McCain camp hopes this decision would sway the bitter Hillary Clinton supporters into voting for Senator McCain.

Sarah Palin is not the typical Republican. In a 1984, Palin came in second in the Miss Alaska beauty pagent, which is also the same year Geraldine Ferraro became the first woman ever to be selected as a running mate for VP choice. Her family moved to Alaska to pursue teaching shortly after her birth in Sandpoint, Idaho. She married her high school sweetheart Todd Palin in August 29, 1988 and is the mother of five.

Palin is well-liked among conservatives, something Senator McCain is struggling with. Whether she would be a great asset or not is yet to be determined. Although I will predict that she will get pounded by Joe Biden in the vice presidential debate.

Conventions Coverage Continues as Youth Radio Ramps Up for St. Paul


Originally uploaded by Youth Radio

OAKLAND_Youth Radio’s RNC coverage crew is busy getting ready for the convention in St. Paul. We’re developing a series of stories that will take us in and outside the XCel Center, always–of course–with a focus on unexpected youth perspectives. One of our stories will be a profile of 24-year-old conservative advocate, Princella Smith, who broke into national politics four years ago, when she won an MTV essay contest, Stand Up and Holla. Youth Radio reporter Denise Tejada, pictured here, talked to Princella last week. Check out this sneak peek into Princella’s story–and stay tuned for Youth Radio’s marathon coverage of the RNC starting September 1st.

Fine young up and coming politicos

DENVER_Youth Radio’s Pendarvis Harshaw covered a story about young black Democrats who were hoping to make a name for themselves at the DNC.

Harshaw interviewed young black politicos under the national spotlight at the Democratic convention in the same way Barack Obama made a name for himself in 2004. Pundits from BlackPolicy Inc, based at the University of Denver, and Mayor of Atlanta Shirley Franklin helped to host the convention as a convention co-chair, weigh in on the who’s who in young black politics.

LISTEN to Harshaw’s interview on the KCBS newsline.

A little Tweeting from our Twitter

via Brett Myers: just heard from an NBC producer that the McCain camp is planning 2 announce VP to AP at 12 am.


Bill Richardson just promised a president who will protect civil liberties and stop spying I hope so because Dems failed the test with the FISA bill!


During stevie wonder’s ‘signed, sealed delivered’ CNNs wolf blitzer danced with donna brasile (spelling?) on their set (nico) Sent via BlackBerry by AT&T

The Obama campaign is using txt msg technology right now to organize the audience. They have an interactive screen map of txt msg participation of audience by hometown. Make the star on ur home state grow by txting “obama” then make 6 calls to friends tonight and enter a raffle to get floor seats. The stars on the map are growing- another example of youth focused grassroots approach of the campaign.


Hi this is Martin. My Congressional Rep spoke minutes ago about the Latino vote and the situation 4 immigrants in the US. My community wants 2 know what is being done now about raids and the families affected by them. What about the border, DREAM Act, and the tarnished image of the immigrant worker. The Latino and minority vote is unique because it represents the future. What assurances do we have that the Dems will follow through?


In line. Bernice king and martin Luther king III just spoke… They spoke about the dream of their father…And I’ve got to admit… their speeches caused me 2 get a little choked up.

Admission into the stadium is insane. It appears that there are only 2 entrance points for a stadium that can seat 75,000 people. In fact, we arrived about 3:30… And if we didn’t have press passes we’d probably still be


Behind the scenes at CNN, John King is playing with a football… I can only ask: why? (nico)

Jenifer Hudson recently sung the national anthem and she was absolutely great ;). David Ploff, head of the Obama campaign, informed the audience that this weekend they’re asking everyone 2 dedicates a few hours to register people 2 votes. He dubbed this weekend the weekend of change ;).


Colorado gov Bill Ritter must have partied a little too hard last night – his voice was absolutely gone during his speech (Nice)

This is Miriam texting an update from the INVESCO stadium. This is absolutely amazing. The number of people standing in line, to get to the stadium, is breath taking! It’s 4:04 and Nancy Pelosi just called the closing session of the DNCC in order ;)


Other observations from martin and Clare: Luis Gutierrez rep from Illinois just spoke and urged Latinos 2 get behind Obama. It’s the first time we’ve heard any politician directly talk about immigration. The issue seems to be largely untouched by democrat speakers


Martin Macias spoke to 2 local hs students who working as food vendors as a part of a volunteer effort thru the dnc to raise money 4 school clubs. By working they raise 75 bucks for the club of their choice. There are about 100 of these kids and they say having the dnc in their city has everyone excited to vote and talk politics. Audio and pics to com.