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Friday, June 13, 2008

LIVE from Spokane: My excellent first day

From the Executive Director: I'm pleased to welcome a new contributor to NPI and the Official Blog this evening: Michael Finkle, an energetic Democratic activist who will be representing the 8th Congressional District in Denver at the Democratic National Convention in August.

Like the rest of us here at NPI, Michael believes in opening up the political process, and that's why he wants to share his experience as a delegate with all of you. I hope you'll join me in welcoming him aboard.


I met up with a fellow delegate on the plane ride from Seattle, and haven't stopped talking with people since. I was concerned about animosity between the two sub-caucuses, but that has turned out to be a non-issue.

It is great to see Democrats coming together.

I attended a presentation on campaigning 101, and came away with some energy and ideas. I have contact information to get a copy of the PowerPoint presentation, and that's on my to-do list.

The Darcy Burner luncheon was energizing. Darcy spoke, and was great. But what really impressed me was the number of people from outside the 8th CD who attended, donated money, and voiced strong support. Several union folk pledged support in the form of going to their unions for support.

I'm writing this from the gala banquet. I have time to do so because I lost my ticket and have to wait for them to look me up in the computer.

This has been an uplifting experience so far, and I'm looking forward to filing more posts throughout this weekend.

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