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Elizabeth Warren as keynoter at the convention in Charlotte?

A strong possibility, says the Boston Globe.

Citing an Obama campaign official, the newspaper recently reported that the Massachusetts Senate candidate – and liberal darling – is under consideration for the high-profile speaking assignment.

Giving Warren a national audience from Time Warner Cable Arena could possibly help her campaign to unseat U.S. Sen. Scott Brown, the Massachusetts Republican who succeeded the late U.S. Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass.

Warren, a Harvard Law School professor, got praise (from liberals) and criticism (from conservatives) for her tough comments about Wall Street during her time heading a congressional panel created to oversee the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP). Later, as an aide to President Barack Obama, she conceived and established the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

The best bet among GOP sources, meanwhile, is that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, known for his outspoken style, will deliver the keynote at the Republican convention in Tampa.

Keynoters can go on to higher office. A young Illinois state senator gave the one at the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston. His name: Barack Obama. Tim Funk

Report says a Sarah Palin look-alike will appear at Tampa convention

The Tampa, Fla., strip clubs are gearing up for the Republican National Convention next month.

And none more so than Thee Dollhouse, reported the Miami New Times.

This club “has pulled a trump card,” the newspaper said, by hiring a Sarah Palin look-alike.

Lisa Ann, as she’s called, has appeared in several porn movies for Hustler. And she’ll be on stage at Thee Dollhouse for two nights just before the GOP convention starts. Tim Funk

Her mission: Helping delegates who have disabilities do business

This is Becky Ogle’s fifth time working as a liaison for delegates with disabilities – and she expects Charlotte’s convention to be the easiest yet.

“I’ve rolled all over this city; it’s very impressive,” said Ogle, 56, who was born with spina bifida and uses a wheelchair.

Curb ramps on sidewalks and accessible public buses are pluses, she said, as well as the design of Time Warner Cable Arena and Bank of America Stadium, where delegates will be spending a lot of their time.

She’s contacting delegates with disabilities – possibly up to 200 people – asking what they’ll need to do business.

Preparations include interpreters for delegates who are deaf, trained volunteers who can provide help when needed, rides from the airport to hotels, and golf carts to help people get from curbside to inside venues. Hotel rooms are being checked for reachable towel racks and roll-in showers.

She’s also working to ensure that people with disabilities in the general public can attend President Barack Obama’s acceptance speech at Bank of America Stadium on Sept. 6.

A longtime advocate on disability-rights issues, Ogle was inspired by watching her mother take on schools and doctors on her daughter’s behalf while growing up in Knoxville, Tenn. At the University of Tennessee, Ogle picked a major, humanities, because classes were on the first floor. Other majors had classes on upper levels.

She advocated for the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act and attended the ceremony where it was signed into law 22 years ago.

Ogle said the Obama administration has supported disability rights, citing the president’s 2010 executive order directing the government to hire more than 100,000 people over five years. Celeste Smith

WFAE’s ‘Charlotte Talks’ to take on a new format during week of DNC

“Charlotte Talks,” the WFAE-FM (90.7) local affairs program, will undergo a format change during the week of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte.

Tuesday through Thursday the week of the convention, the 9 a.m. show, hosted by Mike Collins, will take on more of a magazine format to focus on DNC topics, says program director Dale Spear. Originating from WFAE’s Spirit Square studio, the show will be in the midst of the convention district. Mark Washburn

Dem strategist has different view how stories should be told

Democratic strategist Gary Pearce says media are missing the point with all their stories about potential problems with the Democratic convention in Charlotte, including reported fundraising shortfalls and labor unions angry at the right-to-work locale.

He says no one is going to cast their ballot for president based on the convention.

“Here is the real significance: A Democratic candidate for President – an African-American, no less – is holding his renomination convention in the South and in North Carolina,” Pearce writes in his blog, Talking About Politics. “He is playing in the Republican end of the field. He is making a statement – a statement that was unimaginable 50, 20 or even five years ago.’”

“That’s how much politics has changed in North Carolina and the nation,” Pearce writes. “That’s why Charlotte is a plus for Democrats.’’ The (Raleigh) News and Observer

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