Thursday, November 10, 2005

New Orleans update

WE'VE MOVED! Democratic Convention Watch is now at

From Harry Shearer's New Orleans journey:

Speaking of unions, WWL radio is reporting that a Democratic Congressman from Maryland, Elijah Cummings, is proposing holding the 2008 Dem convention in New Orleans, as the same kind of gesture as the GOP going to NYC last year. The radio hosts noted that, though this is an historically Democratic town, only the Reps have ever held a convention here, the “Read My Lips” conclave of 1988. The reason, one of them alleged, was that the Democratic organizers insisted on more rooms in unionized hotels than the city could provide.
The Democrats required 17,000 hotel rooms in 2004. The convention bureau says there are/were 38,000 hotel rooms, pre-Katrina, of course.