August 25, 2008

Opponents of amendment to ban gay marriage launch TV ad

Florida Red and Blue, an organization opposing Amendment 2 which would write the existing ban on gay marriage into the Florida Constitution, will be running a 30-second ad during cable television coverage of the Democratic National Convention.

The ad lists the Democrats who opposed the amendment, from Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Kendrick Meek, Debbie Wasserman Schultz to Alex Sink. "Keep government out of our private lives,'' the ad concludes. "Vote No on 2." Florida Red and Blue argues that the amendment will not only write the marriage ban into the constitution but will add new prohibitions not already in law.

Giving goofy hats a new spin -- thanks to our corporate sponsors

For Florida delegates, the new goofy hat (a must on every convention floor) has morphed into a pair of pink flamingo sunglasses -- courtesy of pharmaceutical giant Lilly, one of the dozens of corporate sponsors handing out goodie bags, hosting parties and feeding delegates.

Indeed, the scrambled eggs, fruit and danish at today's breakfast were courtesy of CSX Corp, Universal Studios and Walt Disney World. Wednesday's breakfast hosts include Florida Power & Light, Feld Entertainment and Reed Elsevier Inc.

Signs at the podium note "Our Florida delegation thanks you!"

The rapture over Florida's return to the Democratic fold has yet to subside: "Today we celebrate the fact that we are whole," said Florida Democratic Party chief Karen Thurman.

August 24, 2008

Meek's cousin: I picked the right candidate

DENVER - Kendrick Meek's cousin is here in Denver -- as an Ohio delegate -- and among his hopes for the week, meeting up with the Miami congressman.

The Dayton Daily News quotes state Rep. Clayton Luckie, D-Dayton, as saying the week-long party will give Ohio's delegates a chance to "make sure our voices are heard."

He told the newspaper he also hopes to see Meek at the convention. Meek supported Hillary Clinton for the presidential nomination, while Luckie, the newspaper says, backed Obama.

"I picked the right one," said Luckie, 45.

August 19, 2008

Miami's Manny to speak at the DNC

Miami Mayor Manny Diaz, a Hillary Clinton supporter who had previously declined to endorse Barack Obama, is apparently not persona non grata in the Obama camp.

The Democratic National Committee has announced the mayor, who heads up the U.S. Conference of Mayors, will be among the speakers at the first night of the Democratic convention in Denver.

The night's headliner will be Obama's wife, Michelle Obama. Other speakers that night: former president Jimmy Carter, and Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar.

Diaz, who wasn't immediately available for comment, was also invited to the Republican convention and plans to attend ... so stay tuned.