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Terrified KPCC producer mistaken for RNC heckler

Republican National Convention

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A man shouts back at a heckler sitting next to AirTalk producer Lauren Osen at the 2012 Republican National Convention.

At last night’s acceptance speech, I had the serendipitous luck of sitting right next to an undercover heckler.

The KPCC crew got separated and I spent most of surprise speaker Clint Eastwood’s stage time waiting for the freight elevator to take me up to the press box where KPCC reporter Frank Stoltze was watching.

I never made it, so when I heard the applause for Mitt Romney, I ducked into the nearest section and found an empty aisle seat in the nosebleed section. I noticed most of the people around me texting — the young Latino guy in front of me: "Should have been a Ryan-Rubio ticket,” the older woman next to me: “I’m way up in the top section, where are you?”

About a quarter of the way through Romney’s acceptance speech, the woman next to me yelled out, “People, not profits!” I didn’t think much of it at first and neither did our neighbors, but as she continued yelling, everyone angrily turned around and began shouting back at her.


California Democratic Party chairman takes a swing at Chris Christie's weight, Mitt Romney's wealth

California Governor-elect Arnold Schwarz


California Democratic Party Chairman John Burton, right, has taken exception with the state's treatment at the Republican National Convention

Who says Californians are a bunch of Chardonnay-sipping, cheese-eaters?

As the Republican National Convention came to a close Thursday night, California Democratic Party Chairman John Burton decided he'd heard enough of what a press release called "incessant California bashing by Republican party leaders at the RNC."

Burton, a longtime politician from the state capital of Chardonnay-and-cheese — San Francisco — did learn how to play hardball over the years, and he threw a couple of brushback pitches at some prominent Republicans:

"I saw Chris Christie on television the other day and noticed he and the rest of the RNC attendees can't seem to stop talking about California. Christie's time would be better spent taking up First Lady Michelle Obama's White House Fitness Challenge than bashing our great state," Burton wrote.


Maven's Morning Coffee: LAPD under investigation, Jerry Brown skips convention


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LAPD officers are under investigation for allegedly using excessive force that resulted in a woman's death.

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Today is Friday, Aug. 31, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


Five LAPD officers are under investigation for the in-custody death of a South L.A. woman, reports the Los Angeles Times. During the incident, which was captured on video, an officer stomped on the woman's genital area, and then additional force was used to get her in custody. "I am confident we will get to the truth no matter where that leads us," said Chief Charlie Beck.

Meanwhile, the Daily News looks at how much information members of the public can get when it comes to Los Angeles police officers who are disciplined. "I think what the commission has historically done is give as much information as the law currently allows it to give. This is not just a Los Angeles problem; this is a statewide issue," said the Police Commission's Richard Tefank.


Gov. Jerry Brown won't be attending Democratic National Convention

Governor Jerry Brown

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Capitol spokesman Gil Duran said Thursday that Governor Jerry Brown will be skipping out on the Democratic National Convention next week.

Capitol spokesman Gil Duran said Thursday that Governor Jerry Brown will be skipping out on the Democratic National Convention next week, citing a death in the family and urgent legislative work. 

According to the Sacramento Bee, Brown's father-in-law Rockwell Gust had died earlier in the week and the governor still needs to review hundreds of bills before the Legislature concludes on Friday.

"We certainly understand, and our thoughts and our hearts go out to him and his wife during this critical time," says Democratic spokesman Tenoch Flores.


Live Blog from Tampa: Final night of the Republican National Convention, including Mitt Romney's speech

Romney Accepts Party Nomination At The Republican National Convention

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Displays show Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney during the final day of the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on August 30, 2012 in Tampa, Florida. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney was nominated as the Republican presidential candidate during the RNC which will conclude today.

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8:27 p.m...yes, I know, its 11:27 p.m. EST.  My apologies. I am guessing Romney will enjoy good reviews of this speech.  He was mostly businesslike - his nature, probably - but also showed more passion than he usually does.

8:23 p.m. : big white balloons; medium size red, white and blue balloons; tiny confetti flittering down upon the heads of Republicans from Alaska to Puerto Rico.  Its an impressive site.

8:17 p.m. : The balloons have dropped. People are popping them as a vocalist sings "America the Beautiful." A smiling Mitt and Ann Romney, extended family, plus the Paul Ryans standing at the front of the stage.  Is this our next president and vice president? We'll know in 69 days, presumably.  Unless we have hanging chads.