A little taste of Denver in Vienna (VA)

November 30, 2007

I had the chance to introduce my new Governor, Colorado’s own Bill Ritter, to the DNC membership this afternoon. He gave a great speech that highlighted the lessons to be shared from the West and the pragmatic, forward-looking leaders of the region tackling big problems. And in Denver, he said, we will choose with one voice a leader who will move us forward as a country

He also noted with pride that we’re working in Denver to put on the greenest Convention ever.

To close the day, the Host Committee held a reception for DNC members to offer them a little preview of next August. On the menu: Boulder Fries on the Fly, Rocky Mountain Buffalo Sliders, Tostadas and “Denveritas” to drink. Two big screens featuring local landmarks and landscapes and music including at least a song or two from The Fray.

Time to take my shoes off – it’s been quite a day.


Notes From the DNC Fall Meeting in Virginia

November 30, 2007

Greetings from Vienna, Virginia, where the Democratic National Committee is hosting its Fall Meeting. The DNCC team is here in f

Podium Pass

orce as well. We’re staffing a Convention Information Center today and tomorrow, offering a full slate of info on our host city and Convention planning to date to DNC members and other attendees from the Democratic family. We’re even offering Convention “credentials” to those who stop by – lovely souvenirs, although (before you get in your car and head over) they won’t get you into the Pepsi Center next August.

Over in Bloggers Alley, we have information on blogger credentialing in Denver. We also briefed state party chairs yesterday on our new DemConvention State Blogger Corps, and the plan was met with an enthusiastic response.

I also spent some time yesterday during the Faith In Action meeting discussing ideas for how we can bring the faith community into our Convention experience. Many inclusive ideas were put forth by the FIA members – a dialogue we’ll be continuing in the months ahead.

Later this afternoon, I’ll be introducing Colorado’s own Gov. Ritter when he speaks before the general session. I’ll check back in after that.

Update: You can see my introduction of Gov. Ritter and Gov Ritter’s remarks to the DNC Fall Meeting here.

Below are some photos of Gov. Ritter and I delivering our respective remarks.

Gov. Ritter

Leah on stage

Politics West: Meet the Players

November 28, 2007

DNCC Deputy CEO for Public Affairs Jenni Engebretsen was featured in Politics West under the headline Meet the Players. Below are some samples of the Q&A, click here to see the rest of the questions.

Q: What’s your job here?

A: I’m the Deputy CEO, Public Affairs for the Democratic National Convention Committee – which means I head up the press, online communications and public programs teams for the committee planning and organizing the convention in Denver.

Q: Any advice for your counterpart at the Republican National Convention?

A: There’s no question that the calendar ahead lends itself to heightened energy around the 2008 conventions. The back-to-back speeches offered from Denver and then St. Paul will be in essence the first debate between the nominees – a debate that will in turn kick off the home-stretch sprint to the election.

So with that in mind, I guess I’d say: Get ready. We intend to set the bar high.

DNCC in the News

November 28, 2007

Earlier this month, the DNCC announced its plans for credentialing blogs for the 2008 Democratic National Convention. If you’re interested in applying, click here to find more information about the credentialing process.

In the weeks since the DNCC announcement, blogger credentialing at the Democratic National Convention has been making headlines. Among other stories, Katherine Seelye featured the DNCC’s online outreach in her NY Times column on Monday. Check out that story and some of the others stories below.

Conventions Throw Doors Open to Bloggers-NY Times

Democrats Embrace Blogs For Convention-National Journal

Dems say bloggers will get better treatment at ’08 convention AP

DNCC Service Days with Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin

November 28, 2007

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Recently, we posted a story about our DNCC Service Day with Convention Co-Chair and Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin. This just in: new video of Mayor Franklin touring The Crossing and rolling up her sleeves and sorting canned goods with the Convention team. Click above to watch the video.

Upcoming DNCC event in Boulder

November 26, 2007

Please join Democratic National Convention Committee (DNCC) CEO Leah D. Daughtry and special guest Colorado House Majority Leader Alice Madden as they bring the “Convention Conversations” series to Boulder.

The forum will mark the third in a series of community forums held throughout the Rocky Mountain region in the lead-up to the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver. Don’t miss this opportunity to be a part of the Convention experience!

When: Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2007 12:00 PM
Where: A Spice of Life Event Center 5706 Arapahoe Ave. Boulder, CO

All are welcome.
Please RSVP to rsvp@demconvention.com or (720) DNC-2008.

From Boulder take Arapahoe Ave. east to venue.
If coming from US-36 merge onto Foothills Parkway, turn right on Arapahoe Ave. and proceed east to venue.

DNCC Hotel Prize Patrol

November 23, 2007

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During the week of August 25-28, more than 35,000 delegates, media and guests will descend upon Denver for the 2008 Democratic National Convention. Where will they stay? The Democratic National Convention Committee has a block of 17,000 hotel rooms set aside. Delegations are traditionally the first group of Convention attendees to receive their housing assignments — and this was the big week. While delegations across the country received their assignments online, DNCC Director of Housing, Tina Akintayo, rolled out the news to the 27 local hotels assigned to house delegations in a very unique way. Watch this video to see how Tina delivered the news around town.