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Hollywood delegate complains about lack of child care at the DNC, enlists Villaraigosa's help

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DNC delegate Susie Shannon with her daughter Grace. Susie is protesting the lack of childcare at the DNC.

The ladies were highlighted at Tuesday morning’s California delegation breakfast, with Sen. Barbara Boxer and Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke talking about women’s health issues and what they call the "GOP war on women." But one California Democratic delegate has a problem with her own party.

Susie Shannon is a delegate from Hollywood. She came to the Democratic National Convention with her 4-year-old daughter Gracie. Shannon’s beef: The DNC didn’t provide child care on-site at the convention arena.

According to Shannon, there are at least half a dozen small children in Charlotte with the California delegation alone. Last week's Republican National Convention TV coverage included lots of close-up shots of cute children on the convention floor. But delegates aren’t allowed to bring those babies or toddlers with them unless the child also has a floor pass. 

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Once the media darling at Democratic conventions, Jerry Brown not coming this year

Governor Jerry Brown

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It was 1976 — 36 years ago — when Jerry Brown first ran for president. He ran again in 1980, but it was his 1992 run that I remember.

He ain't coming.

California's colorful governor is sitting out this Democratic National Convention. Too many bills to review since the state legislature finally adjourned and sent hundreds of items for him to consider signing into law. It's just not going to be the same political convention without him.

It was 1976 — 36 years ago — when Jerry Brown first ran for president. He ran again in 1980, but it was his 1992 run that I remember. 

It was my first political convention, the DNC in NYC. I was freelancing for AP and NPR and it was my first experience with the national press corps — those pushy, annoying, know-it-all reporters based in Washington, DC.  They loved Jerry Brown and followed him all over the city. And Brown loved the attention. He was fun to cover in those days when he did the unexpected. 

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