TAMPA As Democrats try to drive home their polling advantage with female voters, DNC organizers announced 10 more people – all women – as speakers at next month’s convention.
Among them are Caroline Kennedy, Wisconsin U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin, Georgetown University law student Sandra Fluke and Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America.
Other speakers include:
• Tammy Duckworth, former Veteran Affairs assistant secretary.
• Lilly Ledbetter, namesake of the Fair Pay Act that was the first bill President Obama signed into law
• Eva Longoria, actress and Obama Campaign Co-Chair
• Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood Action Fund. April Bethea, Tim Funk
Hudson, Rouzer to address Republicans
Republican congressional candidates Richard Hudson and David Rouzer will address next week’s GOP convention in Tampa, Fla.
Hudson is looking to unseat U.S. Rep. Larry Kissell in the 8th Congressional District.
Rouzer is running for the 7th District seat against incumbent Democrat Mike McIntyre. Franco Ordonez
Will Isaac chase RNC to Charlotte?
With Tropical Storm Isaac gaining strength, this unusual, months-old notion was knocking around Wednesday in Florida: If necessary, why not move the Republican National Convention to Charlotte, where the city is already getting ready for a convention?
The Charlotte Business Journal wrote Tuesday that it had recently explored the notion with the top Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department official working on DNC security plans. The Journal said it asked whether Charlotte was the RNC’s backup site in case of a hurricane. “Here’s what I can tell you,” Deputy Chief Harold Medlock said, according to the Journal. “If we had to hold the Democratic National Convention on Monday, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police and our partners would be ready to do that.”
On Wednesday, others knocked the idea down.
“False,” RNC spokesman James Davis said.
“I don’t see how that could be a possibility since we would have no hotel rooms or no venues available …,” said Carol Jennings, the city of Charlotte’s liaison to the DNC.
Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn just laughed.
“I have not heard that,” Buckhorn said. “It’s all good. We’re going to have a good event.”
And when our counterparts at The Charlotte Observer ran the rumor by highly placed city and security officials there, they described it as crazy. Tampa Bay Times
What would you ask President Obama?
The Observer has requested an interview with the president around the time of the DNC. Email your best question to reporter Tim Funk at firstname.lastname@example.org. Put “Obama Question” in the subject line. Tim Funk