Michael Saragosa, a delegate from Northern California, was blocked from getting to his seat during Paul Ryan's speech.
Michael Saragosa was thirsty. He wanted to grab a quick soda prior to settling in for Wednesday night’s big speech by Wisconsin Congressman and vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan at the Republican National Convention.
So, Saragosa — a delegate from the Northern California town of Placerville — climbed the stairs from where the Golden State delegation is seated on the floor of the Tampa Bay Times Forum, tucked "stage right" just in front of a VIP section where Mitt Romney sat the day before.
“But I got stuck off the floor,” he said later. The Tampa Fire Marshal said too many people were crowding the area. Indeed, from the press box above, every aisle looked jammed. “Even though we were delegates, and had the right to be on the floor. Unfortunately, we didn’t make it back in time.”
Saragosa, Republican to the core, was forced to watch the party’s fastest rising star on a TV in the hallway.
View from inside the Republican National Convention as VP candidate Paul Ryan delivered his speech on Aug. 29, 2012.
We’re busy prepping for this morning’s program, re-confirming and making last minute contact with guests for our first hour at 10 a.m.
I just finished highlighting the audio clips of the Ryan and Rice speeches from last night.
I thought both were beautifully crafted speeches and well-delivered. However, we’ll start out by looking at Ryan’s claims and checking their accuracy. We’ll also follow up on the theme of “American Exceptionalism” in Rice’s speech. It’s a huge issue for Republicans and a potential emphasis for the Presidential campaign, moving forward.
Later in the 10 a.m. hour, we’ll look at the Romney/Ryan tax plan and debate its impact on government spending and the deficit.
I’ll also share with you the odd vibe last night in the Ybor City restaurant/nightclub district.
Councilman Bernard Parks had harsh criticism for an LA Weekly story on his role in the Coliseum Commission scandal.
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Today is Thursday, Aug. 30, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:
L.A. City Councilman Bernard Parks responds to the LA Weekly's recent story on the Coliseum Commission. "The only thing this story 'decoded' was what some commission members and staff have been adolescently gossiping about for months. I don't know whether it was Sleepy, Bashful, Grumpy or Dopey who spoon-fed him all of the half truths, but at least (reporter Gene) Maddaus was courageous enough to attach his name to his countless misguided thoughts instead of cowering in secrecy," the councilman wrote in a letter to the editor.
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A sheet of voter stickers is seen inside Fire Station 38, as people go to the polls for a special election called by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and lawmakers to decide on statewide budget-balancing ballot propositions on May 19, 2009 in Pasadena, California.
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When I was 15, I attended a NOW (National Organization for Women) rally with my aunt. I remember thinking, "I don't know what I would do, but I would at least want the choice."
When I became pregnant with my first child at 28, happiness tuned into shock, then into elation at 16 weeks when we found out we were having twins.
Well, between 16 and 22 weeks, elation turned into a roller coaster of emotions when I found out my twins had twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome. We were faced with the agonizing decision of bringing two lives into this world that were very likely to have profound disabilities.
We did hours upon hours of research. My husband and I made what I call the easiest/hardest decision of my life: I terminated my pregnancy at 22 weeks gestation.
Barack Obama and the Not Bad image best known for the meme of the same name.
President Barack Obama took to one of the most popular web sites on the web Wednesday and stole a lot of the thunder away from the Republican convention.
Simply by being on the site embraced by young people won over many would-be voters who they expressed their admiration on Twitter, deeming his appearance a "full win".
Not only were Obama supporters able to crack jokes about Mitt Romney ("To counter Obama's AMA on reddit, Romney has just opened a MySpace page", "Obama raises support by holding 'Ask Me Anything" on Reddit; Romney buys Reddit') but the incumbant was able to quickly energize a part of his base that many felt could abandon him in November.
One way he was able to show that he was still the young ray of hope that college-aged voters backed in 2008 was when Obama referenced the "Not Bad" Internet meme that poked fun of one of his expressions.