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Meet a pair of California DNC delegate brothers who want a more progressive party

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Dante, left, and David Atkins are brothers and progressive Democrats from Southern California who are delegates at the Democratic National Convention

They look alike, they talk alike, and though they're not twins, they are united in a mission: move the Democratic Party farther to the left.

Delegates David Atkins of Ventura and Dante Atkins of Los Angeles say they’ve always had political inclinations. David said they were “always excited to get our sample ballots from the time we were 12 years old. And we would go and mark them up. It was hilarious.”

The pair started writing their opinions online about a decade ago, then got involved with Howard Dean's presidential campaign. Since then, the duo has been working within the party itself, trying to embody what Dean described as the “Democratic wing of the Democratic Party.” David expresses frustration at what he calls “old school” local party structure that rarely champions progressive values.


Patt Morrison's political limerick contest

Close up of Patt Morrison's political button collection

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Close up of Patt Morrison's political button collection.

This week, Patt Morrison and her team of producers are broadcasting live from the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. Now that election season is in full effect, we want to hear your most hilarious bipartisan political limericks!

Submit a limerick in the comments below or post it to the Patt Morrison Facebook page. We'll be collecting them all, then at the end of this week, Patt and comedian Ben Gleib (who's also at the DNC) will judge the best and brightest limerick.

The winner will receive a limited edition Patt Morrison mug:

The Rules of the Game:

You may enter as many times as you like, but all entries must be limericks; sonnets and haikus will not be accepted. The subject must have something to do with politics, to keep in the spirit of the convention. 

So, what's a limerick?


Party's over for belligerent CA delegate

This is the story, according to a California Democratic Party spokesman: A pair of California delegates arrived at their hotel drunk. Hotel staff noticed that one of the men appeared to be unconscious and called paramedics. The delegate was taken to a local hospital and has been released.

According to several reports, the other intoxicated delegate became disruptive with hotel staff and emergency technicians, prompting the hotel to call the police. The delegate was not arrested. But this afternoon, California Democratic Party staff met with that delegate and asked him to leave the hotel and not partake in convention activities. The delegate has apologized to hotel staff and earlier today agreed to leave the hotel and forego official delegation activities in Charlotte. No word yet about the identity of either delegate.