South Dakota Democrats enjoying convention

2012-09-05T05:00:00Z 2012-09-05T07:23:45Z South Dakota Democrats enjoying conventionRyan Lengerich Journal staff Rapid City Journal
September 05, 2012 5:00 am  • 

South Dakota Democratic delegates are enjoying life in Charlotte, N.C., at the Democratic National Convention as they prepare to formally nominate President Barack Obama today to the November ticket.

"Sunday and Monday, we walked around a little star struck," said Holly Perli, 33, a delegate from Rapid City who is there with her twin sister, Heather Knox.

The two arrived Saturday and have seen musical acts such as John Legend and crossed paths with political television anchors such as Chris Matthews. They watched a speech Tuesday from Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

It's Perli's first convention, and she said she is surprised by the ease of access. 

"If you are smart and follow the rules and go through security like you are supposed to, the access is pretty outstanding," Perli said.

The event culminates Thursday with  the president's acceptance speech at the 74,000-seat Bank of American Stadium, home to the National Football League's Carolina Panthers.

The first two evenings are held inside the 20,000-seat Time Warner Arena, home to the Charlotte Bobcats professional basketball team. South Dakota's delegates will be sitting — or more likely standing — in an area directly left as a person faces the stage.

The formal nomination takes place tonight.

The 29 delegates will be a little more than 50 feet from the speakers, although they will only be able to see their backs as they talk, said state Democratic Party Chairman Ben Nesseluf, who is happy with the seats.

"The best part for me is I can go to the edge of the seating and I can see the entire arena," he said.

The energy is high, he said, and he makes sure to look closely at  faces as he walks around. 

"I am surprised at how like last night we were walking from our party, every half block I was passing a congressmen or senator or member of the press I recognized immediately," Nesseluf said.

Perli said it has been fun being from a smaller state and telling people about Rapid City.

"If you live in South Dakota, Rapid City is the place to live," she said. "There are a lot of people who say 'I've been there' or 'I want to go there.'"

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  1. Toad
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    Toad - September 06, 2012 3:20 pm
    Well that's a darn sight better than loading our country with debt...which is what Obama has been doing for three years. Stimulus money going to other countries... billions in bailouts to failing business...for Pete's sake...when are people gonna stop bashing the money makers of this country? Our country is founded on the principles of being able to strike it rich...why do you think we dominated as a world power for so long? Not because we decided that everyone should be given handouts and entitlements. Obama by many experts opinion is a socialist.
  2. sodakrancher
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    sodakrancher - September 06, 2012 4:39 am
    The last person who should be supporting the huge deficit spenders there is young person like this. Their Social Security, Medicare,etc will be non-existent by the time they need it. Time for some fiscal reality checks -- $65 trillion in un-funded entitlement promises. No hope to pay for these.
  3. Icantrolltoobutbetterthanyou
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    Icantrolltoobutbetterthanyou - September 06, 2012 1:42 am
    It is gutsy to ask an Ivy League Graduate to sacrifice their hard earned wages to pay for a citizen's social security (one who just happened to be lucky enough to age to the right number). Gutsy, but well, not. Since it's only a decades old program. And who cares about birth control in a world with more people than you can bear to look at, except people who listen to AM radio and then spew the same nonsense they hear because it makes them feel clever and relevant.
  4. Joseph Budd
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    Joseph Budd - September 06, 2012 1:20 am
    Scott, what makes me wonder, is since Obama himself said if he couldn't get it done, he would be a one term president. Obviously, he didn't get the job done. Likewise, if he didn't think he could do it, why did he run? Was it the drive to push this, Socialist agenda forward? Or is it the idea that he could destroy a country faster than any president in history?
  5. Joseph Budd
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    Joseph Budd - September 06, 2012 1:19 am
    skinny, given that the mainstream media has a habit of ignoring the facts, it might do you some good to realize exactly why Clinton did and Bush did. Clinton was known as the first president to get caught cheating on his wife, tried to hide it with executive privelege, then got impeached. Only problem is, democrats in the Senate decided to side with a cheat, than admit he was a liability in the White House.
    On the Bush side of things, here's the guy who had to deal with 9/11, then had to deal with Iraq, in a war that would have no winners on the call of former nationals who knew of weapons. Of course, we also knew they were over there, who do you think sold them to Iraq? Of course, somehow Syria now has chemical weapons too....I wonder why? Lastly, while all the democrats condemn Bush for destroying the economy, how did his last two years go, when Congress was handcuffing him in the White House? Did they start to stop the damage, or did they decide to crash the plane and place all the blame on him? Looking at how Reid and Pelosi liked to operate, i'd go for crashing the plane in an effort to get Obama into the white house. Now they use selective memory to avoid an inconvenient truth.
  6. sledogpilot
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    sledogpilot - September 05, 2012 10:02 pm
    It is gutsy to take ask seniors to take a $3/4 trillion dollar cut to medicare to pay for an ivy league lawyer's birth control. Gutsy but not brave.
  7. sledogpilot
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    sledogpilot - September 05, 2012 9:58 pm
    Yep, history shows that Bill Clinton compromised with Gingrich after the Republican Revolution and the budget was, for a short time balanced (there was still a large debt).
    Tell me what legislation did the Democratic controlled congress propose during the last 2 years of Bush that would have averted the credit crisis or housing collapse?
    What did Obama accomplish during his first 2 years in office with HIS Democratically controlled congress that moved us in the right direction? Dodd / Frank? Yeah right.
  8. Scott Peterson
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    Scott Peterson - September 05, 2012 8:30 pm
    I assume Toad believes John McCain could have rejuvenated the economy in three years. Toad has not been paying attention to Romney's business success. Even when the businesses he bought failed he made money. They buy them, they load them with debt, they use that debt to pay themselves a dividend and if the company makes it great but if it doesn't they already got their money back.
  9. strig
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    strig - September 05, 2012 8:13 pm
    Wish I was there! Sandra Fluke got the standing ovation she so richly deserves! A brave girl who I am proud to join with in standing for our President.
  10. skinny
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    skinny - September 05, 2012 3:37 pm
    History is a terrible thing.
    Peace and prosperity and a budget surlpus under Clinton.
    An illegal, immoral, unnecessary war, huge deficits, Wall Street running amok, and the loss of
    millions of jobs under Bush.
    Trying to clean up the mess with a Congress whose top priority is to engineer failure under Obama.
    It must be tough being a history teacher when people don't recall recent events, then get them to understand the distant past.

  11. Toad
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    Toad - September 05, 2012 2:21 pm
    Plainly, the economy stinks under Obama. From the get-go, he blamed President George W. Bush for an inherited mess. My apologies, but we’re three years into the Obama presidency! His “bad inheritance” claim lost luster, if it had any, long ago. Obama simply cannot rejuvenate the economy. Romney has a fact his whole family has a history of turning around failing businesses. I will take my chances there..vs. 4 more years of lets all feel good that we can give lip service to "change".
  12. Roland
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    Roland - September 05, 2012 1:48 pm
    The problem is more than just voter apathy - it is also a lack of good candidates. Just look at our city government.
  13. ApathySlayer101
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    ApathySlayer101 - September 05, 2012 10:02 am
    I'm looking forward to the mainstream media's coverage of the 74,000 seat stadium. I'm sure they (MSM) will be equivalent to a blockbuster movie with heavy special effects. Better call Lucasfilms as I hear they are masters with effects in films.
    Aside from that, and irregardless of party affiliation, my hat's off to these women for being involved with the election process and government. A serious problem for America when you realize (approximately) 1 person in 10 exercise their right and vote.
  14. mahaka
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    mahaka - September 05, 2012 8:37 am
    @ldazzle - And you coming on a public forum to chastise someone, someone you have clearly never met, for their interests and label them as "sick" is somehow acceptable to you, whereas their political affiliation is not to them?? This, right here, is what's wrong with our two party system. You're either right or you're wrong...or in this case...SICK or righteous.
  15. sambo2u
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    sambo2u - September 05, 2012 8:22 am
    Hey Toad...did you not watch the speech last night!!!!!!
  16. Roland
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    Roland - September 05, 2012 8:13 am
    I am a bit jealous of people who still have faith in either party.

    Of course I also believe they are delusional...
  17. Toad
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    Toad - September 05, 2012 7:40 am's quite a party...and one that is about to end for Obama with a defeat in the election I hope.
  18. ldazzle
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    ldazzle - September 05, 2012 6:38 am
    Some people are sicker than others...
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