The first day of Netroots Nation 2011 has come to a close.
It was a long day, but a good day. We’ve met up with many old friends from conventions past, and made new ones. We attended several thought-provoking panels, explored the exhibit hall, and became experts at navigating Minneapolis’ Skyway system. And, of course, we joined the thousands of other activists who are here for the opening keynote featuring Russ Feingold.
To say that Russ was well worth the price of admission would be an understatement. It was one of the most compelling speeches I’ve ever heard. If you didn’t catch it on C-SPAN or the live stream, you’ll definitely want to check it out when it becomes available in the Netroots Nation video archive.
Here’s a roundup of some of the traditional media’s coverage of the happenings today, as well as a few preview-style stories published yesterday on the eve of the convention:
- Politico: Netroots kicks off with all eyes on Wisconsin
- Beyond Chron: Netroots at a Crossroads in Minneapolis This Weekend
- NPR: Progressives to gather and focus on economy
- Minnesota Public Radio: Some at liberal conference disenchanted with Obama
- St. Paul Pioneer Press: Political bloggers from right and left get conventional
Tomorrow, there will be a Q&A session with White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer, more panels, workshops, and trainings, a big LiUNA rally at the Stone Arch Bridge, and a lunchtime discussion of economic inequality in America. We will continue bringing you live coverage starting early in the morning.
For now, good night… and good luck.