Democratic National Convention

Democratic National Convention
2:41 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

From the Floor: Young voters, Veterans and Rural Texas

View of the stage inside the Time Warner Cable Arena in Uptown Charlotte during the Democratic National Convention
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

The Youth Vote:

Women and middle class voters are two demographics the presidential campaigns are targeting this election, but they’re not the only ones. The youth vote is credited with playing a major role in the 2008 elections and is being looked at again as a potential x-factor.

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Democratic National Convention
2:37 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

Courting the Latino Vote, Democrats and Republicans Make Their Case

An onlooker screams in support of San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro, the first Latino to ever give the keynote speech at a Democratic National Convention
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

In a crowded Time Warner Cable Arena, applause echoed off the walls of the place where Charlotte’s hometown teams – the Bobcats and the Checkers – play their games.

Thousands of Democrats have come together to back a Commander in Chief they say has done so much for the Latino community. They say it’s time to once again rise up and back him – to help him win this election.

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Texas Matters
12:26 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

Texans at the DNC, Party Power Changes and Juvenile Justice

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More from the Democratic National Convention from TPR's Ryan Loyd. Is Texas on the verge of being a fertile ground for Democratic candidates? The Quorum Report's Harvey Kronberg shares his thoughts on future elections in Texas. An update on the Texas juvenile justice system five years since the scandal broke at the Texas Youth Commission.

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Democratic National Convention
2:27 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

From the Floor: Mayor Castro's Keynote Address

San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro delivers his keynote address to the Democratic Convention and the nation on Tuesday night
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

Mayor Castro's remarks put his own personal story about his family’s sacrifice in the spotlight, while at the same time remaining focused on a clear message that separated the Democratic party's views from those of the GOP.

Castro told the story of his late grandmother’s journey from Mexico to San Antonio nearly 100 years ago, and how she had to drop out of school to work to help take care of the family. But he also spent some time defining the differences between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney - presumably with some encouragement by the Obama campaign.

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San Antonio's Political/Cultural Stars
12:55 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

Mayor Castro at the DNC and the Future of the Museo Alameda

Mayor Julián Castro delivers the keynotes address at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

Democratic National Convention - Mayor Julián Castro

Tuesday night San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro stepped into the national spotlight by delivering the keynote address at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina. The prime time spot at the convention has turned Castro into a national political figure and has spurred talk that he’ll soon seek a statewide elected office. However, Texas has not elected a democrat to a statewide office since 1997.

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Democratic National Convention
5:14 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

From the Convention Floor: Party Platform and Castro Preparation

State Rep. Joaquín Castro, D-San Antonio, stops for a chat at the Charlotte Convention Center in Uptown Charlotte
Ryan Loyd TPR News

The Democratic Party released its platform that calls for higher taxes on wealthier Americans, abortion rights, and marriage equality, something that’s never been a part of the platform before.

The platform now says the Democratic Party “supports the right of all families to have equal respect, responsibilities, and protections under the law.”

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Democratic National Convention
5:00 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Protesters Voice A Variety of Messages Outside the DNC

A protester holds a sign in front of police officers outside the convention center.
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

In the shadows of the big bank buildings on College Street in Uptown Charlotte, protestors danced in the street, waved signs and played instruments.

Charlotte is known as "Wall Street South" because of its huge financial centers. Some of the hundreds of demonstrators want the money taken out of politics, some are against the war, and others want to preserve a woman’s right to choose.

This coalition, including 20-year-old Sebastian Feculak, believes elected leaders need to know what they think.

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Democratic National Convention
2:44 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Family History the Context of Mayor Castro's DNC Keynote

San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro talks to reporters at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C.
Ryan Loyd TPR

“I’m excited and of course a little bit nervous, and I know that it’s a very important moment,” said Mayor Julián Castro, who will deliver the keynote address tonight and tell how far his family has come in his American story.  

“It’s a 'made in America' story that is so common throughout the generations, no matter where folks have come from,” said Castro.

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Democratic National Convention
2:15 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Immigration and the Importance of the Hispanic Vote

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa speaking at the Latino Leaders Luncheon
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

Speaking at the Latino Leaders Lunch as chairman of the Democratic National Convention, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said he doesn’t cry much, but he did when President Barack Obama instituted deferred deportation of young Americans brought into the country by their undocumented parents.

“Because," said Villaraigosa, "these people are not only our future, they’re the best and brightest; they’re the strongest!”

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Democratic National Convention
1:38 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Labor Day Party in Charlotte, Whether You have a Pass to the DNC or Not

The Labor Day festival in Charlotte, N.C. drew convention-goers and locals alike
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

The people of Charlotte expressed their southern hospitality by inviting thousands of convention-goers downtown to spend the day together.

“It’s hot and there’s a lot of people running around, trying to see people at the convention." said Willie Hull, who lives in South Charlotte and thinks this is a great way to showcase his city.

Ilene Grayson loves that this street party gets everyone out, even if many won’t be going inside for the keynote speech tonight “because it allows people to be involved in the convention."

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