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Conventions 2012

Convention Daybook: Clinton Takes the Stage – Brought to you by CIT

September 5, 2012

Welcome to National Journal’s Convention Daybook, which provides a floor schedule and a list of major events at the Democratic National Convention each day.


Former President Clinton and Massachusetts Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren headline today's floor action, though there will be a full lineup of speakers. Here are the highlights:

5 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Luis Gutierrez, Illinois Representative
Diana DeGette, Colorado Representative
Thomas Menino, Boston Mayor
John Larson, Connecticut Representative

6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Richard Trumka, AFL-CIO President
Steve Israel, New York Representative
Patty Murray, Washington Representative
Charles Schumer, New York Senator
Karen Bass, California Representative
Al Green, Texas Representative
Emanuel Cleaver, Missouri Representative
Dannel Malloy, Connecticut Governor

7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Nancy Pelosi, House Minority Leader
Barbara Mikulski, Maryland Senator

8 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Barney Frank, Massachusetts Representative
Eric Shinseki, Secretary of Veterans Affairs
Michael Nutter, Philadelphia Mayor
John Hickenlooper, Colorado Governor
Jack Markell, Delaware Governor

9 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Kamala Harris, California Attorney General
Sandra Fluke, women’s rights activist
Chris Van Hollen, Maryland Representative

10 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Jim Sinegal, co-founder of Costco
Elizabeth Warren, Massachusetts Senate candidate
Antonio Villaraigosa, Los Angeles Mayor
Bill Clinton, former U.S. President

Event times and information are subject to changes and updates throughout the day. For the latest information, please visit National Journal’s events pagelog in to NJ’s mobile apps, or contact event organizers.

8-9 A.M. Zumba/CardioFunk Dance Class
Didn’t get enough dancing last night? Shake your groove thing at a free Zumba/Cardiofunk dance fitness class, organized by the Center for Integrative Medicine and Wellness. Midtown Park. Click here to RSVP. Contact: 704-543-2325.

8-10 A.M. Playbook Breakfast
Join Politico Chief White House Correspondent Mike Allen for a morning conversation with a newsmaker to kick off the day’s convention activities. The Charlotte Observer cohosts. Packard Place, 222 S. Church. RSVP:

8-9:30 A.M. Breakfast With Madeleine Albright
Now this is a breakfast of champions. Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, Obama campaign senior adviser Michele Flournoy, and Illinois congressional candidate Tammy Duckworth will talk service and sacrifice at this breakfast honoring members of the military. Hosted by the Truman National Security Project. Fitzgerald’s Irish Pub, 201 E. Fifth St. $250 for non-Truman Project members. Contact:

8:30-10:30 A.M. Golden State Breakfast
When we think breakfast in the Golden State, we think avocados. No word on the menu for the California delegation’s breakfast meeting, but confirmed speakers include Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards, and Sen. Dianne Feinstein. The Blake Hotel, 555 S. McDowell St. Open to press with convention-issued credentials.

8:30 A.M.-1 P.M. Building a Sustainable Economy
What does it mean to build a more sustainable economy? Find out at a forum featuring Timberland Senior Manager for Environmental Stewardship Betsy Blaisdell, InVenture CEO and founder Shivani Siroya, Seventh Generation Cofounder Jeffrey Hollender, and others. Hosted by the American Sustainable Business Council. Offices of K&L Gates, Hearst Tower, 214 N. Tryon St., 47th Floor. Photo ID required to enter the building. Online registration required.

9:30-11 A.M. 2012 Congressional Elections
It’s not just about the presidential election this November. Join Hotline’s Reid Wilson and John Dickerson of CBS News for a discussion on the top Senate and House races of the cycle. Featured guests are Rep. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland, Guy Cecil of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, Robby Mook of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, and Jennifer Duffy and David Wasserman of The Cook Political Report. McColl Center for Visual Art, 721 N. Tryon St. Click here to RSVP.

9:30-11 A.M. The Big Picture
PBS NewsHour hosts a big-picture discussion on the 2012 election featuring Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, and California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom. NASCAR Hall of Fame, 400 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Contact: By invitation.

9:30-11:30 A.M. Families USA/SEIU Health Care Forum
Families USA and the Service Employees International Union host a forum on health care policy. White House Deputy Chief of Staff Nancy-Ann DeParle and Reps. Xavier Becerra of California and John Lewis of Georgia will be among the panelists. NASCAR Hall of Fame, 400 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Contact:

10-11 A.M. How Technology is Changing Politics
Head honchos from Twitter, Facebook, Eventbrite, Ustream, and the 2012 Convention Host Committee make something of a discussion-panel dream team for this topic: How technology is changing politics. Packard Place, 222 S. Church St. Pick up your PPL credentials online here to attend.

10-11:30 A.M. Voter Sentiment and the Campaigns
Leading pollsters Whit Ayres, Peter Hart, Stan Greenberg, and Andrew Kohut discuss the latest in how voter sentiment is shaping campaigns (and vice versa). Part of the National Democratic Institute’s three-day forum. Belk Theater at the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, 130 N. Tryon St. Click here for tickets. Contact:

10-11:30 A.M. Latino-Jewish Relations
Join AJC, members of Congress, and policy experts for a discussion of the interests Latino and Jewish communities share, and how the two groups can work together. The New Gallery of Modern Art, 435 S. Tryon St. #110. Contact:

10 A.M.-Noon Brunch with Elizabeth Warren
How does financial reform crusader Elizabeth Warren like her eggs—or is she more of a pancake person? Find out at this brunch fundraiser for the Massachusetts Senate candidate. Mint Museum Uptown, 500 S. Tryon St. Click here to RSVP. Questions? Email

10 A.M.-Noon Mind the Gap
The divide between the wealthiest 1 percent of the U.S. and the rest of the country has been in the spotlight this year. This session, dubbed “Mind the Gap,” will examine the wealth gap and call for it to be mended. Presented by NETWORK, a Catholic social-justice lobby. St. Peter’s Catholic Church, 507 S. Tryon St., Biss Hall. Open to the public.

10 A.M.-Noon Ethel: Robert F. Kennedy’s Widow
The IMPACT Film Festival presents this screening of the HBO documentary Ethel. Robert Kennedy’s widow, Ethel, lends her voice and memories to this film directed by her daughter, Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Rory Kennedy. Mez & EpiCentre Theaters, 210 E. Trade St. Click here for tickets.

10 A.M.-Noon Michelle Obama Addresses
The Black Caucus, Hispanic Caucus, Ethnic Council, Asian American and Pacific Islander Caucus, and Native American Council will convene this morning. First lady Michelle Obama will address the African-American caucus at 10:50 a.m. and the Hispanic caucus at 11:20 a.m. Charlotte Convention Center, 501 S. College St. Free and open to the public, but you must register for a credential to attend. Find out more (including where to go) here.

10:30-11:30 A.M. Discussion with Madeleine Albright
Join Bloomberg Government for an intimate discussion with former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright on the Obama administration and the United States’ place in the world. Bloomberg Link, 210 E. Trade St., Third Floor. Click here to RSVP.

11:30 A.M.-12:30 P.M. Are Unions Relevant?
Are unions relevant? This Bloomberg/American Federation of Teachers lunch panel will discuss their role in 2012. Participants include AFT President Randi Weingarten, Center for American Progress President Neera Tanden, and New Haven, Conn., Mayor John DeStefano Jr. Bloomberg Link, 210 E. Trade St., Third Floor. Click here to RSVP.

11:30 A.M.-1:30 P.M. Women in Business
What challenges do female small-business owners need to overcome in order to grow their companies? Learn more over lunch with Women Impacting Public Policy and the Small Business Entrepreneurship Council. Whisky River in the EpiCentre, A-208, 210 E. Trade St. Click here to register.

11:30 A.M.-2:30 P.M. Team USA on Children’s Health
Eight 2012 Olympians from Team USA—including four of the “Fierce Five” members of the women’s gymnastics team—will be talking about their careers and the importance of children’s health and wellness. Tickets cost $150, and include lunch with the athletes. A portion of the proceeds goes to charity. Foundation for the Carolinas, 220 N. Tryon St. Click here for tickets.

Noon America’s Energy Future, With National Journal 
National Journal’s energy reporter Amy Harder leads a lunch discussion on America’s energy future. McColl Center for Visual Art, 721 N. Tryon St. By invitation.

Noon Lunch with the Creative Coalition
It’s a bird, it’s a planeit’s a train car converted into a restaurant. The Patron Tequila Express is pulling into Charlotte, and The Creative Coalition hosts a luncheon on board. 1710 N. Tryon St. By invitation.

Noon-1:30 P.M.
What’s Next for Energy, With Politico
What’s next for energy in the U.S.? Politico hosts a lunch conversation with Kevin Book of ClearView Energy Partners, former EPA Administrator Carol Browner, Rep. Edward Markey of Massachusetts, and former Govs. Bill Richardson of New Mexico and Bill Ritter of Colorado. Packard Place, 222 S. Church St. RSVP:

Noon-2:30 P.M. How to Create Jobs
How to create jobs in this economy is a big question—and a difficult one. Join moderators Tom Brokaw of NBC and Arianna Huffington of The Huffington Post for this lunch panel with San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, National Economic Council Director Gene Sperling, musician, and other special guests to discuss possible answers. The Ritz-Carlton Charlotte, 201 E. Trade St., Ballroom. By invitation.

12:30-1:30 P.M. Politics and the Hispanic Community
National Journal, Univision News, and ABC News will examine how the growth of the Hispanic community and the country’s shifting demographics affect the country’s policy and politics. Rep. Xavier Becerra of California, San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will weigh in. The discussion will be moderated by NJ’s Ronald Brownstein, Univision’s Maria Elena Salinas, and Jake Tapper of ABC News. McColl Center for Visual Art, 721 N. Tryon St. By invitation.

1-2 P.M.
— Building a Digital Infrastructure
Join Bloomberg and Broadband for America to discuss the opportunities and challenges of building the country’s digital infrastructure. Participants include former Rep. Harold Ford Jr., Mike Mandel of the Progressive Policy Institute, and Mike Riley of Bloomberg Government. Bloomberg Link, 210 E. Trade St., Third Floor. RSVP here.

1:15-3 P.M.
— Women in Politics
Women voters and candidates will play a big role in the 2012 election. Celebrate them at a town hall hosted by EMILY’s List and Marie Claire  magazine, featuring actress and activist Ashley Judd, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, and former Orlando Police Chief and congressional candidate Val Demings. Knight Theater, 430 S. Tryon St. Doors at 12:30 p.m. Reception to follow.

2-3:30 P.M.
— Women in Innovation
Celebrate the importance of women in innovation with this Global Women's Innovation Network tea and champagne reception. Winston & Strawn, 100 N. Tryon St. RSVP here.

2-4 P.M.
— Hunger Hits Home
Even in America, thousands of children go to bed hungry. The Food Network, in partnership with Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry Campaign, takes a look at the problem of childhood hunger in the U.S.—and how it can be addressed—in “Hunger Hits Home,” part of the 2012 IMPACT Film Festival. Mez & EpiCentre Theaters, 210 E. Trade St. Tickets here.

2-4:30 P.M.
— Forum on American Competitiveness
This is a big one. Duke Energy CEO Jim Rogers, Harvard Business School professor Michael Porter, and the Aspen Institute's Walter Isaacson are just a few of the distinguished guests participating in the “Forum on American Competitiveness,” sponsored by Duke Energy and Verizon. Wells Fargo Auditorium, 420 S. Tryon St. Online registration required.

2:30-4:30 P.M.
— Conversations With the Next Generation
This “Conversations With the Next Generation” town hall will convene leaders from politics, media, business, and social policy to discuss critical issues with students and young Americans. Featured guests include actress and Voto Latino leader America Ferrera; Johnson C. Smith University President Ronald Carter; student Charles Hauser; MTV correspondent Andrew Jenks; actor and former White House Associate Director Kal Penn; Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed; StudentsFirst’s Michelle Rhee; president and cofounder Matthew Segal; and Young Democrats of America President Rod Snyder. It will be moderated by NBC’s Chelsea Clinton and Chuck Todd and National Journal's Chris Frates. Hosted by National Journal, The Atlantic, and Microsoft. Discovery Place, 3D Theatre, 301 N. Tryon St. By invitation. Students interested in attending should contact

3-4 P.M.
— Cass Sunstein Interview
Bloomberg Chief Content Officer Norman Pearlstine will interview former Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs Administrator Cass Sunstein. Sunstein helped shape the Obama administration’s approach to rulemaking and interpreting the law—and, at times, stirred up controversy in the process. Bloomberg Link, 210 E. Trade St., Third Floor. RSVP here.

3-4:30 P.M.
— Building Healthier Cities
National Journal
and The Atlantic explore how partnerships between the public and private sector can optimize investment in community health. Innovative care-delivery models will be highlighted at this “Building Healthier Cities” panel, moderated by Steve Clemons, The Atlantic’s Washington editor-at-large. Featured guests include Ginny Ehrlich of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, Penny Gordon-Larsen of the University of North Carolina, Heath Morrison of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, Samuel R. Nussbaum of WellPoint, Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak, David Satcher of the Satcher Health Leadership Institute, and Randi Weingarten of the American Federation of Teachers. McColl Center for Visual Art, 721 N. Tryon St. RSVP here.

3:15-4:45 P.M.
— Mayoral Panel
The mayors of Charlotte, Houston, Philadelphia, and Florence, Italy, discuss what cities need to thrive in an increasingly urban century. Organized by the National Democratic Institute, the Charlotte in 2012 Host Committee, the Center for American Progress Action Fund, and the United States Conference of Mayors. Belk Theater at the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, 130 N. Tryon St. Tickets: Contact:

3:30-4:30 P.M.
— America’s Energy Future
Join Sen. Ben Cardin of Maryland, National Journal’s Amy Harder, Rich Deming of Calor Energy, and Ian Kim of Rebuild the Dream for a discussion of the country’s energy future. Packard Place, 4th Floor, 222 S. Church St. Pick up your PPL credentials ($125) online to attend.

3:30-5 P.M.
— Two-State, Two-Olive Martini Bar
For those who feel like shaking—or stirring—up their day with a little foreign policy discussion, J Street will highlight its advocacy for a two-state solution in the Middle East at this “Two-State, Two-Olive Martini Bar” reception. Wooden Vine Bar and Bistro, 231 N. Tryon St. RSVP here. Contact:

4:30-7 P.M.
Knife Fight Screening
The only thing better than a movie starring Rob Lowe? A movie starring Rob Lowe as a strategist doing damage control for scandal-plagued politicians. Meet Knife Fight stars Eric McCormack and Richard Schiff as well as the movie’s writers and director at this special advance screening. NASCAR Hall of Fame, 400 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Free. RSVP here.

5-6:15 P.M.
— Powering the City
Leaders from the country’s cities and the energy industry will join National Journal and The Atlantic for this discussion on how to reduce energy consumption, increase efficiency, and power cities in the future. Featured guests are Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, Jason Hartke of the U.S. Green Building Council, Alex Laskey of Opower, and Lee McIntire of CH2M Hill. Steve Clemons, The Atlantic’s Washington editor-at-large, will moderate. McColl Center for Visual Art, 721 N. Tryon St. RSVP here.

6-8 P.M.
— Horton’s Kids Reception
Washington restaurateur Victor Albisu leads a chef's tasting reception to benefit two D.C. area children's nonprofits: Capital Area REACH and Horton's Kids. Both groups have a strong network of Washington supporters—look no further than first lady Michelle Obama, who has lent her support to Horton's Kids. NC Music Factory, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd. Contact: By invitation.

6-10 P.M.
— Democratic National Convention Committee's Watch Party
Watch the official convention proceedings with Democrats from across the country at the Democratic National Convention Committee’s official watch party. Charlotte Convention Center, 501 S. College St., Room 217ABCD. RSVP here.

7:30-11 P.M.
National Journal, The Atlantic Watch Party
Join National Journal, The Atlantic, and other convention stakeholders to watch tonight’s floor action at this nightly party. McColl Center for Visual Art, 721 N. Tryon St. By invitation.

9 P.M.
— Democratic Governors Association Party
The Democratic Governors Association will be hosting a party at Strike City tonight. Want to bowl with the big shots? You'll need an invitation. 210 E. Trade St.

9 P.M.
— Kem Concert
Share your night with R&B singer songwriter Kem, who’ll be performing at the Ovens Auditorium at the Bojangles Coliseum. 2700 E. Independence Blvd. Tickets here. Ticket prices vary. A portion of the proceeds go to benefit the Democratic National Committee and the Obama campaign.

9 P.M.
— Rock the Vote Concert
Times like these ... are great for concerts. Rock the Vote hosts this club show featuring Foo Fighters. The Fillmore, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd. $50. Click here or call 800-745-3000 for tickets. Must be 18 or older.

9:30 P.M.
— Purple Carpet Bash
Actresses Rosario Dawson and America Ferrera and hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons are only a few of the famous faces you'll spot at Voto Latino's “Purple Carpet Bash.” The goal: to bring artists, community leaders, and politicians together in support of Latino voter outreach. All American Pub, 200 E. Bland St. By invitation. Press check in begins at 9 P.M.

10 P.M.-2 A.M.
— Irish American Party
You don't need a bowl of shamrocks to attend this party, hosted by the Irish American Democrats, a political action committee that advocates for Irish issues. RiRa Irish Pub and Restaurant, 208 N. Tryon St. $75. RSVP:

10 P.M.-2 A.M.
— Third Way Bash
Centrist think tank Third Way expects hundreds of elected officials, senior staffers, industry leaders, and members of the media to show up to its big convention bash. Mez, 210 E. Trade St. By invitation. Contact:

10 P.M.-2 A.M.
— Big Sky Party
Big Sky country and pro-abortion-rights leaders team up to honor Nancy Keenan, head of NARAL Pro-Choice America. Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer headlines the party's honorary host committee, and Obama campaign manager Jim Messina will be a featured guest. Kanvas Gallery, 525 E. Sixth St. #117. By invitation.

10 P.M.
— B-52s Concert
Take a trip to Planet Claire. The B-52s are headlining a benefit concert hosted by The Creative Coalition. NC Music Factory, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd. By invitation. Press should contact for credentials.

11 P.M.-1 A.M.
— Acela Corridor Reception
Calling denizens of the Acela corridor: Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, and Delaware are hosting a joint reception after the convention speeches wrap up for the evening. Discovery Place, 301 N. Tryon St. By invitation.

CORRECTION: Tuesday’s schedule misstated the location of ARTSspeak@DNC. It was at Mint Museum Randolph.

Convention Daybook is compiled by 
National Journal’s Catherine Hollander and Sophie Quinton. To provide information on events such as tips or updates, please contact

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