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GOP Convention Update: Profiling

Convention crowds gather around people of celebrity. For a person who watches little to no television and pays limited attention to the mainstream media, these characters are often unidentifiable save for the cameras swarming around them. Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is a notable exception. Some of the Convention’s ostensible celebrities, like actor Janine Turner […]

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GOP Convention Update: r3VOLution

Tea Party Patriots litter the crowd, causing the occasional minor stir. Small groups leave the convention hall in protest chanting, “As Maine goes, so goes the nation.” Despite best efforts, their shouting is inaudible and, essentially, impotent. Ron Paul brought the national debt to the awareness of young supporters AND he’s contributed to the dictionary. […]

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GOP video snapshot: Ani DeGroot, Iowa Delegation

Ani DeGroot, Iowa City resident, youngest delegate in the Iowa Delegation to the 2012 GOP National Convention, and member of the Rules Committee – interviewed on the fly in the very loud hall of the Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on August 29, 2012. A combination of laryngitis and a jenky point and […]

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GOP Convention Update: AC/DC

“It began with a perfect Triple-A credit rating for the United States; it ends with a downgraded America,” Ryan laments. He adds anecdotes about small town America, family life on the street where he grew up (and still lives), and about back when he had to dirty his soft hands just to make a buck. […]

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1st night video report: Division in the Hall at the GOP Convention

Nothing ever – and I mean just about litterally nothing ever – happens at a national convention that one could call, to borrow a term from Missouri candidate for the U.S. Senate Rep. Todd Akin, “legitimate news.” That said, I was surprised on the first night of the convention to find myself in an unexpected […]

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a GOP Convention video snapshot: Michigan Dance Party

As home state to the GOP Nominee for the Presidency of the United States the Michigan Delegation has a prime spot, front and center in the Convention Hall. During one of a number of breaks in the proceedings on the first night of the convention, Michigan delegates in the front row bust a move or […]

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GOP Convention Update: Patriots and Pioneers

    “We will roll back Obamacare on day one!” [U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte (NH)] In Marxist theory, the term “false consciousness” refers to the ways in which the proletariat is led to identify with the ruling class and to invest (too) deeply in the notion of class mobility. […]

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