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D.C. Dems' Denver Itinerary

D.C. Democratic Party Chair Anita Bonds left town yesterday for Denver and anticipation is building among fellow party members for the kickoff of the Democratic National Convention, which officially begins Monday. Party members, along with reps from DC Vote, met yesterday at Bohemian Caverns on U St. NW for a sendoff party for the delegation, whooping it up over chicken wings and cocktails.

A first look at the party's agenda was revealed. Highlights include a trip Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. Mountain time to the Denver Mint (where they'll pass out wooden nickels with the slogan "Taxation Without Representation" to highlight the push for congressional voting rights), followed by a Voting Rights Reception hosted by Hogan & Harton law firm. On Tuesday, Pepco, including former D.C. Council member Vincent B. Orange Sr., who is now a lobbyist for the company, will host a party at 9:30 p.m. for the D.C. delegation

Each morning, the delegation will hold its breakfast, but DC Vote members won't always be there because they plan to try to get in to speak at the 50 other state delegation breakfasts to make the hard sell on voting rights. As of last evening, said DC Vote outreach director Eugene Kinlow, the organization had not gotten on the calendar for as many states as it would like.

But, Kinlow said, "they will not turn us away when they see how eager we are and see our D.C. colors." Meantime, DC Vote program associate Eli Zigas will dress up as Abe Lincoln and circulate through the convention to draw more attention to the issue. "Even though he's a Republican, he's going to show up at the Democratic convention," said Zigas, who sports a terrific Lincoln-esque beard sans mustache.

Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton showed up to fire up the crowd of about 100. She said DC Vote's music video -- called "Demand the Vote and set to a special go-go tune -- will play before she speaks at the Convention on Tuesday.

One problem facing the delegation is credentials for Barack Obama's acceptance speech Thursday at Investco Field. D.C. received passes for all of its delegates plus one guest for each, along with four extra passes, for the daily convention activities at the Pepsi Center. But, according to D.C. Democratic Party spokesman David Meadows, about 240 people from the city are going, so the party needs a lot more passes for the big finale at Investco.

If you're not among those headed to Denver, D.C. For Obama chair Kim Morton said that the group is hosting a speech-viewing party/Obama fundraiser at Bohemian Caverns on Thursday. The suggested donation is $15, she said.

By David A Nakamura  |  August 22, 2008; 8:39 AM ET
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Bohemian Caverns? Ick! The food leaves something to be desired. But I have to say the live music is entertaining.

Posted by: dcp | August 22, 2008 12:47 PM | Report abuse

You forgot to post one item: The Democrats are going to rid the streets of the homeless in Denver during the convention. Mighty kind of them Democrats. Are they ashamed of the Democratic Congress for not taking more action in helping the homeless that they have to hid them for their convention?

Posted by: Rick Martinson | August 22, 2008 1:55 PM | Report abuse

This will be the spring board that vaults Mr. Obama into the Whitehouse.

Obama '08

Posted by: Jim | August 22, 2008 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Wonder if they bought huts for all the homeless in know, like the hit B. Hussein's brother lives in?

Posted by: NObama | August 22, 2008 3:25 PM | Report abuse

typo...make that "the hut B. Hussein's brother lives in"

Posted by: NObama | August 22, 2008 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Why is this "rock" star always seen with white people in his ads and video shots. I noticed that he does not surround himself with black folks.. Is he another Michael Jackson?

Posted by: Dan-CA_ | August 22, 2008 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Limbots are funny and obvious. They're so easy to spot because they all spout the same obscure and desperate anti-Obama talking point early every afternoon.

A co-worker just rolled in and breathlessly asked me if I knew that Obama had a half-brother living in a hut in Nairobi. Sure enough,
NObama left his pitiful little post just about the same time.

Of course my local Limbot had no idea where or what Nairobi was, which just makes him your average Ditto-head.

Posted by: cch876 | August 22, 2008 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Michael Jackson doesn't care about the color of the children he surrounds hisself with.

Posted by: Abolhassan Bani Sadr | August 22, 2008 4:22 PM | Report abuse


wait a minute. I forgot.

Posted by: Bruce Becker | August 22, 2008 9:29 PM | Report abuse

McCain on reinstating the Draft. Yes.
McCain on men deciding whether woman may control their bodies. Yes, and no.

When is McCain going to submit to testing for his short term memory loss and the beginnings of Alzheimer's.

Ask my ... wait a minute. I forgot. Ask my ....

In the Senate McCain is known as "not a detail man".
That is polite Senator jargon, for: doesnt remember anything we talked about last week.

Posted by: Bruce Becker | August 22, 2008 9:34 PM | Report abuse

Obama and his adoring media driven Obamuppets may well place the most unqualified candidate into the oval office
we've ever had. It's totaly sad that the
Bush administration has placed our country
in this position. I think I should now join the hate GWB movement.

Posted by: Steve Boston | August 22, 2008 11:03 PM | Report abuse

wow, I suppose there really are limbidiots out there spouting crap about Obama...perhaps it is that they can't count how many houses they own, kind of like their candidate McCain. How many houses was that, 4, 5, no, I believe it's up to 11 now. Wonder if he still drives that Cadillac that he didn't realized he drives and oh, yeah there's also that little thing about leaving his wife for his mistress (his current wife), but let's not dwelling on those issues.

Oh and hey, one more thought, way to get the conversation off the target of the convention and what's going on during it both here and there. Oh, and one more note, Kinlow and Morton are members of the Obama4UnityBeatsMcCain slate of candidates running for the DC Democratic State Committee. More on the group is available on our blog:

Posted by: uniongal | August 22, 2008 11:24 PM | Report abuse

So Rick....The Rebulicans aren't going to do the same when there convention comes along. That is so lame of a comment.

You forgot to post one item: The Democrats are going to rid the streets of the homeless in Denver during the convention. Mighty kind of them Democrats. Are they ashamed of the Democratic Congress for not taking more action in helping the homeless that they have to hid them for their convention?

Posted by: Rick Martinson

Posted by: kathryn | August 25, 2008 1:35 PM | Report abuse

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