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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.


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.