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Political Conventions

Can This Please Be Over Soon? Election Stress Is Real.

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 08.02.2016 | Fifty

I spent the weekend in a post-conventions stupor, nursing a political hangover caused by the endless hours I’ve spent glued to the screen listening ...

Trump Triumphant?

William Astore | Posted 07.19.2016 | Politics
William Astore

It's Trump coronation week. My wife and I were out with friends last night, sitting in a bar, watching a muted screen that featured Melania Trump giving her (plagiarized?) speech at the convention.

The Convention Legitimacy Debate Reflects Misunderstanding of the Election Process

Robert Hardaway | Posted 04.20.2017 | Politics
Robert Hardaway

There is, of course, nothing in the Constitution that forbids the creation of political parties, and in fact the First Amendment rights of association gives parties the right to make their own rules for how it selects a nominee.

A Complicit Media

Lance Simmens | Posted 04.11.2017 | Media
Lance Simmens

It is time for journalism to reclaim at least some degree of respectability by focusing on facts, and the most salient fact facing our political system this summer is that open conventions do not spell disaster. It is important for everyone to relax and for the media to perform its job, which is to report pertinent and inarguable facts.

Cleveland: 10 Things Politico Should Know

Daniel Moulthrop | Posted 09.08.2014 | Politics
Daniel Moulthrop

Yesterday, after the Republican National Committee named Cleveland as its 2016 convention site, a writer for Politico added his two cents. The article obviously meant well but started with something that happened 45 years ago and had all the hallmarks of a hastily cobbled together piece.

Taxpayers Help Fund Political Conventions. Congress Actually Wants That To End.

The Huffington Post | Chris Gentilviso | Posted 03.12.2014 | Politics

The days of taxpayers footing the bill for lavish political conventions are one step closer to being over. On Tuesday, the Senate unanimously appro...

Dems May Join GOP Push For Earlier Conventions

Reuters | Posted 05.20.2013 | Politics

* Republicans consider shorter primary season, fewer debates * Campaign finance laws encourage earlier conventions * 'Ch...

Conventional Thinking

Chris Weigant | Posted 11.12.2012 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Many have already commented how the national nominating conventions have morphed over time to become nothing more than protracted infomercials for each party. 'Twasn't always thus, however.

Politicians Who Deny Climate Change Cannot Be "Pro-Business"

Andrew Winston | Posted 11.12.2012 | Green
Andrew Winston

It finally seems to be dawning on many Americans that there's something to this climate change thing. The historic drought has been hard to ignore. While belief in a long-term trend because it's hot out right now is a bit ridiculous, it's a start.

A View From Inside the DNC Convention Bubble

Lindsay Hoffman | Posted 11.12.2012 | College
Lindsay Hoffman

Underneath the buttons and hats, past the strategically placed signs waving in the arena, the conventions look a lot different.

Does the Buck Stop With the President?

Anthony Gregory | Posted 11.06.2012 | Politics
Anthony Gregory

Liberals often insist that the president cannot be blamed for current trends they dislike. Yet in most areas where Obama's defenders attempt to pass the buck, the president enjoys wide latitude.

Who Pays for the Parties?

Elisabeth MacNamara | Posted 11.06.2012 | Women
Elisabeth MacNamara

2012-08-28-scblog2.pngThe growing influence of money in politics threatens to corrupt our representative form of government, where the people -- through their votes -- are supposed to make the decisions.

How Reporters Can Beat the Convention Hall Wisdom

Dan Kennedy | Posted 10.28.2012 | Media
Dan Kennedy

Yes, way too many journalists are attending the conventions, and many if not most of the folks carrying press credentials this week should have stayed home. But I never found any shortage of news at national conventions I covered.

Narrative Power and the Predictability of Electoral Prediction Markets

David Karpf | Posted 10.14.2012 | Politics
David Karpf

The Republican convention is in two weeks. Both Romney and Ryan will give big, primetime speeches. I don't know what will be in those speeches. It barely matters though. The general contours of the narrative are already clear in advance.

Random Thoughts About the Coming Conventions

William Laney | Posted 09.30.2012 | Politics
William Laney

The Democrats seem to have the best laid plans. Those plans could result in President Obama coming away from the Democratic convention with a lead in the polls sufficient to put added pressure on Mitt Romney in that critical first debate.

When The World Watched Chicago

Robert Loerzel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Robert Loerzel

Obama's eloquent election-night speech in Grant Park is surely one of the great moments in Chicago history.

Should Journalists Skip The Conventions Entirely?

Slate | Jack Shafer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

With just one exception over the last three decades, the two major parties have known the identity of their likely presidential candidate weeks or eve...

Newspapers Cut Back On Convention Coverage

Forbes | Brian Wingfield and Joshua Zumbrun | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Washington, D.C. - Forget April. For bean counters at financially troubled newspapers, August is the cruelest month. Their budget-stretching began wi...