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May 17, 2016 | By Thomas Fitzgerald, POLITICS WRITER
News flash: Bernie Sanders is likely to lose the Democratic nomination for president. As disappointing as that outcome would be for his ardent supporters, the Vermont senator already can claim a win. His challenge to front-runner Hillary Clinton has defined the issue agenda for the party, forcing her to move left. His success shows that the pendulum is swinging away from the pro-corporate centrism that has been national Democrats' dominant ideology for nearly 30 years. Sanders has won 19 states and more than 9 million votes by railing against global free-trade pacts, calling for the breakup of big banks, and advocating for free public college tuition and single-payer health care.
NEWS
July 3, 2016
JIM HEDGES is the kind of presidential candidate you might enjoy having a beer with, if only he drank. The central Pennsylvania resident - he lives in McConnellsburg, population 1,015 - is the national Prohibition Party's official presidential candidate, with his name on the ballot in three states (Arkansas, Colorado and Mississippi) and pending in at least three others (Iowa, Louisiana, and New Jersey.) Yes, the Prohibition Party exists, and for that its three dozen dues-paying members can thank Hedges, who publishes its quarterly newsletter and calls the party "an exercise in living history.
NEWS
July 20, 1992 | by John M. Baer, Daily News Staff Writer
So now it's on to Houston, from Madison Square Garden to the Astrodome, from mean streets to humidity hell. The political beast gets a month off before roaring to life again in Texas, where Republicans gather Aug. 17 for a coronation of George Bush. The two cities hosting the conventions this year seem to reflect ideologies and constituencies of the two major parties: New York, a crowded center of social ills and needs; Houston, a sprawling space-center city that's more suburban than urban.
NEWS
September 7, 2012 | By Laurie Kellman, Associated Press
CHARLOTTE - Two top Democrats offered new details Thursday on how the party platform omitted references to God and to Jerusalem as Israel's capital. "It's not that someone had a plan, 'Let's back off the long Democratic Party policy that Jerusalem should be the capital of Israel,' " New York Sen. Charles E. Schumer told the Associated Press a day after the omission and reinstatement of the language caused dissension among delegates at the Democratic National Convention. "It was just sort of left out. " Told of the omissions, Obama directly ordered the language to be restored, Schumer said.
NEWS
September 7, 2012 | By Julie Pace and Steve Peoples, Associated Press
CHARLOTTE - President Obama personally intervened to order Democrats to change language in their party platform to add a mention of God and declare that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel, campaign officials said Wednesday. Democrats abruptly changed the platform Wednesday evening to reinstate language from the 2008 platform that said "we need a government that stands up for the hopes, values and interests of working people and gives everyone willing to work hard the chance to make the most of their God-given potential.
NEWS
August 26, 1992 | by Christine Todd Whitman, From the New York Times
To the surprise of many pundits and to the disappointment of many Democrats, the 1992 Republican National Convention ended as it began - on an upbeat note. Despite our differences, Republicans understand that the top priority in the next 10 weeks is re-election of George Bush and election of a Republican Congress. But as we return to our states, it is likely that one divisive subject will dominate the national debate. Despite predictions that it will disappear as the economy and other issues move to the fore, abortion may become the defining issue in the campaign.
NEWS
August 13, 1996 | By Chris Mondics, INQUIRER CONVENTION BUREAU
Gov. Whitman's decision to go ahead and speak to the Republican National Convention this evening without mentioning abortion rights has her on the defensive. At nearly every news conference here, Whitman was asked why she won't promote her views on the subject during her prime-time address, and whether party leaders have muzzled her on the issue to promote an image of harmony. Three other prominent Republican moderates - Govs. Pete Wilson of California, William F. Weld of Massachusetts and George E. Pataki of New York - have had choice speaking assignments taken away, apparently as the result of their differences with the party platform on the abortion issue.
NEWS
February 14, 2000 | By Thomas Ginsberg, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
When John McCain trounced George W. Bush in New Hampshire's Republican primary, Susan Cullman felt the jolt of a new possibility: Will this finally be the year her fellow Republicans soften their official party line against abortion? "McCain . . . gave pro-choice Republicans a slim ray of hope," said Cullman, leader of a small, Washington-based group of Republicans that has been pushing the party for years to open up to abortion-rights supporters. As McCain surges among centrist voters and changes the nature of the Republican contest, he also is throwing a curve into behind-the-scenes strategizing over abortion language in the party platform, which could turn into a battle again at the party's national convention in Philadelphia.
NEWS
August 31, 1992 | BY MIKE ROYKO
"You think that maybe God is a Republican?" Slats Grobnik asked. I don't know. My guess is that he's non-partisan. Why do you ask? "Well, listening to some of the Republicans, they talk like God is an honorary chairman of their party. Even President Bush slammed the Democrats for not mentioning God in their party platform. You think God really cares if he's in a party platform that hardly anybody reads anyway?" I've never heard a theologian express that view. "From what I can tell, most party platforms are a lot of baloney.
NEWS
September 6, 2012 | By David Espo, ASSOCIATED PRESS
CHARLOTTE - On a day when the weather thwarted some party plans and late changes to the party platform ruffled some feathers, Democrats turned to former President Bill Clinton on Wednesday night to deliver the message President Obama wanted viewers to hear. Obama inherited a wreck of an economy, "put a floor under the crash," and laid the foundation for millions of good new jobs, Clinton declared in a Democratic National Convention appeal aimed at millions of hard-pressed Americans yet to decide how to vote.
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NEWS
July 26, 2016 | By Bruce Caswell
AS THE NATION watches the Democratic National Convention this week, we should recall the history made the last time the Democrats met in Philadelphia. In July 1948, a group of liberal activists engineered the adoption of the Democrats' first strong civil-rights plank. This was an important milestone in the long and ongoing struggle for civil rights and, in many respects, the beginning of the modern Democratic Party. After World War II, civil rights emerged as an important national issue.
BUSINESS
July 16, 2016 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Staff Writer
Ron Blount doesn't care. Doesn't care whether the entire city, or state, or Democratic Party gets angry at the city's cab drivers if they decide to strike during the Democratic National Convention July 25-28. "We've been screwed, and we're going to screw you back. When they come here, Philadelphia is going to be in chaos, because working poor people are being screwed in this city. The schools are falling apart," said Blount, leader of Unified Taxi Workers Alliance. "And they are coming here to have a party?
NEWS
July 4, 2016 | By Bernie Sanders, U.S. senator from Vermont
  The Democratic Party platform drafted in St. Louis is an excellent start in bringing forth policies that will help end the 40-year decline of the American middle class. These initiatives, if implemented, will create millions of good-paying jobs, significantly improve health care, and reverse the dangerous trend in this country toward an oligarchic form of society. But, let us be clear, this is a document that needs to be significantly improved by the full Platform Committee meeting in Orlando on July 8 and 9. Here are some very positive provisions in the platform as it stands today: At a time when huge Wall Street financial institutions are bigger now than they were before the taxpayers of this country bailed them out, the platform calls for enacting a 21st-century Glass-Steagall Act and for breaking up too-big-to-fail banks.
NEWS
July 3, 2016
JIM HEDGES is the kind of presidential candidate you might enjoy having a beer with, if only he drank. The central Pennsylvania resident - he lives in McConnellsburg, population 1,015 - is the national Prohibition Party's official presidential candidate, with his name on the ballot in three states (Arkansas, Colorado and Mississippi) and pending in at least three others (Iowa, Louisiana, and New Jersey.) Yes, the Prohibition Party exists, and for that its three dozen dues-paying members can thank Hedges, who publishes its quarterly newsletter and calls the party "an exercise in living history.
NEWS
June 2, 2016 | By Julia Terruso, Staff Writer
This year's Democratic National Convention will likely welcome the most openly gay delegates ever. Organizers are still certifying delegates, but they say they have more lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender representatives than in the past and expect at least one LGBT delegate from each of the 50 states. At the same time, the Equality Forum, the Philadelphia-based LGBT civil rights group, announced Tuesday it would hold its 24th annual civil rights summit to coincide with the convention.
NEWS
May 17, 2016 | By Thomas Fitzgerald, POLITICS WRITER
NEWS FLASH: Bernie Sanders is likely to lose the Democratic nomination for president. As disappointing as that outcome would be for his ardent supporters, the Vermont senator already can claim a win. His challenge to front-runner Hillary Clinton has defined the issue agenda for the party, forcing her to move left. His success shows the pendulum is swinging away from the pro-corporate centrism that has been national Democrats' dominant ideology for nearly 30 years. Sanders has won 19 states and more than 9 million votes by railing against global free-trade pacts, calling for the breakup of big banks, and advocating for free public college tuition and single-payer health care.
NEWS
September 11, 2012 | By Josh Lederman, Associated Press
WASHINGTON - Warning to Amtrak from Mitt Romney and Republicans: You're on your own. The platform Republicans adopted at their convention included a call for full privatization and an end to subsidies for the nation's passenger rail operator, which gobbled up almost $1.5 billion in federal funds last year. "It is long past time for the federal government to get out of the way and allow private ventures to provide passenger service," the platform said, arguing that taxpayers dole out almost $50 for every Amtrak ticket.
NEWS
September 7, 2012 | By Laurie Kellman, Associated Press
CHARLOTTE - Two top Democrats offered new details Thursday on how the party platform omitted references to God and to Jerusalem as Israel's capital. "It's not that someone had a plan, 'Let's back off the long Democratic Party policy that Jerusalem should be the capital of Israel,' " New York Sen. Charles E. Schumer told the Associated Press a day after the omission and reinstatement of the language caused dissension among delegates at the Democratic National Convention. "It was just sort of left out. " Told of the omissions, Obama directly ordered the language to be restored, Schumer said.
NEWS
September 7, 2012 | By Julie Pace and Steve Peoples, Associated Press
CHARLOTTE - President Obama personally intervened to order Democrats to change language in their party platform to add a mention of God and declare that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel, campaign officials said Wednesday. Democrats abruptly changed the platform Wednesday evening to reinstate language from the 2008 platform that said "we need a government that stands up for the hopes, values and interests of working people and gives everyone willing to work hard the chance to make the most of their God-given potential.
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