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Five questions for: Transgender Democrat Mara Keisling

Raw Story has spoken to Mara Keisling before, but our first face-to-fact meeting happened on Thursday morning at the DNC. Kiesling, who is the Executive Director of the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE), but insisted that she was appearing at the DNC “just as a Democrat,” not in an…

Moms booted from Michelle Rhee’s film screening during Democratic Convention

Two Democratic moms who oppose the privatization of schools say that security personnel escorted from an event at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte this week after organizers learned they opposed charter schools and other education “reforms.” Mecklenburg ACTS co-chairs Pam Grundy and Carol Sawyer told Raw Story that both…

5 Questions For: Rep. Gwen Moore (D-WI) on the GOP’s war on women, welfare moms and voters

Congresswoman Gwen Moore (D-WI) represents Wisconsin’s 4th Congressional district, which includes Milwaukee and several of its working-class suburbs. She comes to the job from a path not normally followed by her colleagues, which included being a single mother while finishing college and — like President Obama’s mother — needing government…

5 Questions For: Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) on the role of the convention and women in the Democratic party

Sen. Dick Durbin is the Senate Majority Whip — Majority Leader Harry Reid’s right-hand man, in other words — and was the senior Senator from Illinois when the President first served. He’s also the author of the Fair Sentencing Act, which reduced discriminatory sentencing for people convicted of crack cocaine…

5 Questions For: NARAL President Nancy Keenan on the ascendency of women’s issues in 2012

NARAL president Nancy Keenan, who rocked the house on Tuesday night with her speech at the Democratic convention, is a former Montana state legislator and a Superintendent of Public Instruction in the state. She worked her way through college at a local smelter before getting a Masters in education and…

Krauthammer on Clinton’s DNC speech: ‘A giant swing and a miss’

Even many Republican had to admit on Wednesday that former President Bill Clinton knocked it out the park with his rousing endorsement of Barack Obama at the Democratic National Convention, but conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer clearly wasn’t feeling the love. “I think it was a giant swing and a miss,”…

5 Questions For: Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) on the potential death of the American dream

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) is the garrulous senior Senator who’s rarely been known to shy away from the media. True to his reputation, he visited the PPL Media Space and took questions from the crowd that gathered. Raw Story: What do you think is the biggest issue that Democrats need…

5 Questions For: EMILY’s List President Stephanie Schriock about the importance of political role models

Stephanie Schriock made cemented her reputation as a campaign strategist somewhere between running Howard Dean’s 2004 president fundraising operation, getting Jon Tester elected to the Senate as a Democrat from Montana challenging a 3-term incumbent Republican, and stepping in to take over Al Franken’s then-faltering Senate bid and steering the…

Bill Clinton warns Romney will ‘double-down on trickle down’

At the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday night, former President Bill Clinton touted the benefits of political cooperation over partisanship and made the case for Barack Obama’s re-election. Clinton framed Obama as master of inclusion, noting that the President had appointed Republicans to his administration and selected a Vice President…

Transgender numbers on the rise at Democratic convention

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina — Amy, Jamie, Janice, Meghan and Melissa have come from across the United States to support President Barack Obama as Democratic delegates: they are all women who were born men. “Six in 2004, eight in 2008, and we are 13 today,” petite Melissa Sklarz told AFP, her…

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