Here is the new update from Rick Gunther reporting from the Democratic National Convention.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2012 - Security has been tight; police from cities as far away as Atlanta and Milwaukee. Some people tried to walk to convention hall but everything is blocked off. You need to take buses which are good. Kamala Harris spoke at the California Delegation breakfast meeting this morning. She said welcome to the Hotel California and then started to crack up (likely due to her and others unfortunate experiences with the hotel - see my Monday blog). Lots of rain - there are fears it could rain Thursday since Obama is speaking outdoors at the Bank of America football stadium which has no roof. Mostly good speeches given at the convention tonight. Particularly touching was Doug Stern, a Cincinnati fireman who talked about funding cuts to fire, safety, and police officers. He used to be a Republican. Many of the speakers talked about the quality of work Obama has done and how out of touch with the middle class Republicans are. Deval Patrick, Massachusetts Governor, reminded delegates that Obama created more jobs in four years than W. in eight, despite the recession. Martin O'Malley, Governor of Maryland noted that Obama is moving America forward not back; there is no going back. Julián Castro, Mayor of San Antonio, gave the keynote. He said that being a member of the middle class is important to all Americans including immigrants. "The dream is universal but America makes it possible". Michele Obama then took her turn and hit it out of the park. She said "Barack knows the American dream because he's lived it." More tomorrow.
Rick Gunther, President, Democratic Club of the Conejo Valley
Thanks Rick! Keep sending us updates. I would like a picture of our local delegates. Have fun!