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  •  doubt it's size (1+ / 0-)
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    I'm sure you're probably right that they didn't submit a bid ... but I'll bet that's because it was never on a list that the DNC used to send out requests for proposals. It's part of that whole red-blue split that the Dems seem to take at face value & it's time to start going straight into the places that are supposedly too red to be receptive.

    Gary Trauner, WY's progressive candidate. Kick out Barbara Cubin!

    by kainah on Wed Sep 13, 2006 at 08:23:51 PM PDT

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    •  Maybe it's the atttendees.. (1+ / 0-)
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      Fast Pete

      they would rather go someplace where the transportation is good and  they can party and site see before and after the sessions. Logistics is also important. How many airlines fly directly to the chosen city?

      That's why NYC, LA, etc are top choices. NO (b/f Katrina) would also be a good choice, if it could handle the crowd etc.

      Salt Lake and Denver may not have enough hotel rooms and other amenities needed. Major convention cities have the space, equipment and all of the other necessities available to put on a good show.

      Dubya: often wrong, but never in doubt.

      by auapplemac on Wed Sep 13, 2006 at 08:48:43 PM PDT

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      •  SLC is a major convention city! (4+ / 0-)
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        Fast Pete, kainah, hoody, Marcus Graly

        I know this is a minor point, but SLC is definitely capable of hosting major conventions.  I went there not long ago for the ASM convention, which drew something in the tens of thousands of attendees, I believe.  They have a decent convention center and a light rail line to ferry people to it, plus they have a resurgent downtown, a Democratic mayor, and the surrounding area is surprisingly beautiful.

        Oh, and they have quite a few hotels and a major airport, too.  Much of that stems from their (rather crooked) escapade in hosting the Winter Olympics, but the infrastructure is there nonetheless.

        •  NOLA was ready for this convention. (0+ / 0-)

          (And to those wondering why New Orleans isn't in the mix -- the city withdrew its bid. It's not ready yet for an event of this magnitude yet.)

          I'm guessing Ray Nagin was not.  The convention should still be in NOLA, even if the mayor's office fumbled their bid.  It's another example of our own local officials sometimes being our own worse enemies.  NOLA hosted a 30,000 strong Psychiatrists convention in August that went off without a hitch.  It's also slated to handle several other big ticket items in the next 2-3 years.  NOLA's ready, even if Nagin -- and perhaps the Dem leaders -- are not.

          As an Iraqi-American academic born and raised in New Orleans, this voter is not pleased.

          by naltikriti on Thu Sep 14, 2006 at 12:28:09 PM PDT

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      •  I got it (0+ / 0-)

        Send 'em to Las Vegas!

        There's enough hotel rooms there!
        And it will only be on a coast if the Big One hits, or the ice caps melt.

        The American fascist would prefer not to use violence. His method is to poison the channels of public information. - Henry Wallace V.P. 1941-45

        by BoxerRebellion on Wed Sep 13, 2006 at 10:57:09 PM PDT

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      •  SLC is a major Delta Hub (2+ / 0-)
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        Fast Pete, kainah

        and has a new and heavily used light rail system.

        This is a city that has hosted the Winter Olympics in '02 so it is quite capable of hosting a national political convention.

        If Denver can't get its act together then the NDC should ask SLC to submit a bid for the convention.

        The fact that SLC is located in the reddest of states would show that we are serious about a 50 state strategy.

        (-2.75,-4.77) America let Bush play with its Army and he broke it.

        by Sam I Am on Thu Sep 14, 2006 at 12:20:27 AM PDT

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      •  SLC hosted the Olympics! (0+ / 0-)

        That's a HUGE event. And I'll bet direct flights to Denver and Salt Lake are as plentiful as any major city.

        Gary Trauner, WY's progressive candidate. Kick out Barbara Cubin!

        by kainah on Thu Sep 14, 2006 at 07:55:19 PM PDT

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