Here is my piece for Creative Loafing of Charlotte on what to watch for during the Democratic National Convention for Democrats in the State of North Carolina:
So, the big questions going into the convention are: 1) How much fight do state Democrats have left in them as the fall election season nears? and 2) Who in the heck is going to lead N.C. Democrats into the 21st century once the dust settles?
Then there is Walter Dalton, who is losing in the polls to McCrory in the gubernatorial race. He needs a game changer in the worst way, and there will be no greater opportunity than his speech to the DNC. We know he supports public education. We know he believes "great jobs grow from great schools." He won't have much time at the podium in Charlotte, so he needs to deliver a king-hell bastard of a speech that dramatically details the economic woes North Carolinians have felt in the last decade. He needs to get emotional and tell stories of folks from rural parts of the who are hurting. In short, he needs to get real.
From the protests to the parties, to all that goes on inside, keep checking Clclt.com for coverage during convention week.