Baron Dave Romm (barondave) wrote,
Baron Dave Romm

RNC Day 3, part I: CivicFest

Eagle at CivicFest
Eagle At CivicFest
demonstration by the National Eagle Center
Minneapolis Convention Center, Sept. 3, 2008

Heading to the RNC via bus from downtown, I decided to stop at the Mpls Convention Center to check out one of the other conventions. (I didn't get to Ron Paul's convention.) CivicFest was an exhibition hall full of memorabilia, lectures, films, demonstrations and even a hucksters room.

Of course, many people attending the RNC ducked over to Mpls for the Civic Fest. Apollo Fuhriman visiting from Seattle, wearing a big blue elephant, was having a blast at both events. (mp3, 3:58)

Unlike the RNC, convention staff was only too happy to talk. Judy Morneau ("like the ballplayer") was a volunteer, helping people learn how to use voting booths to name the national eagle. (mp3, 4:43)

Baron Dave Makes Headlines
Baron Dave Makes Headlines
Capitol Report booth, CivicFest, Sept. 3, 2008CE

Back in the huckster room (no, they didn't call it that) Peter Fleischhacker was dressed as Pig's Eye Parrant, was touting the Capitol Report, and taking pictures like the one above. (mp3, 3:24)

First Lady's inaugural ball dresses
Laura Bush's gown (in the picture) was the only original
as at the RNC, Laura Bush was mentioned frequently at the CivicFest,
and George W. Bush's name rarely spoken above a whisper

Minneapolis Convention Center, Sept. 3, 2008CE

I missed the Newt Gingrich connection at the time, but American Solutions had a booth with a sign that served at the backdrop to Newt's appearance on The Daily Show the day before: "Drill Here, Drill Now. Pay Less." I talked with Michael Krull who manned the booth. (mp3, 7:49)

CivicFest auditorium
Civic Fest auditorium
Minneapolis Convention Center, Sept. 3, 2008CE

Leaving the convention center to catch the bus on Nicollet, people came out of their tent to urge me to take a bicycle. It was free! And they had a lot of bikes. Asking for an interview, they led me to Amanda Dvorchak and Jan Mudd, Corporate Communications Analyst and Mpls Sales Director in Mpls, respectively, for Humana. (mp3, 6:08)

Next: Extreme Free Speech.

Tonight: Floor Exercises.

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