Why do political parties still hold conventions? (Hint: $$$)

Jul 16, 2020
They can juice local economies. They can also juice campaign coffers.
Joe Biden speaks during the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Pennsylvania. This year's convention will take place virtually at a later date.
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Why party platforms still matter in an election

Jul 29, 2016
What are the economic issues in the GOP and Democrats’ policy roadmaps and why should voters care?
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TPP galvanizes voters, divides both parties

Jul 28, 2016
How did a complicated, arcane international trade deal become a defining issue in the 2016 election?
elegates hold up signs that read 'Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)' and 'Love trumps hate' during the opening of the first day of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center, July 25, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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Conventions are go-time for lobbyists and advocates

Jul 28, 2016
With so many influencers in one spot, they're a great way to spread your message
A general view of the DNC 2016.
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Checking in with a different Philly

Jul 26, 2016
The DNC is underway in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, But what's going on in Philadelphia, Tennessee?
Horses on a farm in Tennessee. 
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For youth, some truly odd jobs at DNC

Sep 4, 2012
Youth Radio sets out to find some of the highest- and lowest-paying gigs for young people at the Democratic National Convention.

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At DNC, lobbyists do more schmoozing than check writing

Sep 4, 2012
Lobbyists are working behind the scenes to make their mark at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, this week.

Plan would strip conventions of taxpayer money

Jun 5, 2012
A Senate bill may end $36 million in funding for Republican and Democratic national conventions -- money that pays for everything from patriotic flags to the teleprompter.

2008's greenwashes of the year

Dec 22, 2008
The Greenwash Brigade brings you our favorite greenwashes of 2008. Some good, some bad, some just plain funny -- and in no particular order. (V...