Dome: Democrats put women in the convention spotlight

FROM STAFF REPORTSAugust 22, 2012 

The list of speakers for the upcoming Democratic National Convention keeps growing.

On Wednesday, organizers announced 10 more people – all women.

The stars on the new list include Caroline Kennedy and actress Eva Longoria, who is an Obama Campaign co-chair. Other notables: Wisconsin congresswoman Tammy Baldwin, Georgetown University law student Sandra Fluke, Lilly Ledbetter, namesake of the Fair Pay Act that was the first bill President Barack Obama signed into law, and Tammy Duckworth, the former assistant secretary for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

The announcement of more female speakers comes as Republicans are fighting charges that they are insensitive to women.

Eva Clayton rallies for Coleman

A couple dozen supporters of Linda Coleman rallied around the lieutenant governor hopeful Wednesday in downtown Raleigh for the launch of an outreach effort called Women for Coleman.

Among those grouped in front of the Capitol was former U.S. Rep. Eva Clayton, who in 1992 became the first African-American to represent the state in Congress in nearly a century.

Clayton spoke of times when women’s rights were an afterthought in the state and around the country; she railed against the current Republican leadership in the General Assembly, and said Coleman was the best candidate to let women “take a stand and fight back.”

Coleman, a former state representative, is running against Republican Dan Forest.

She said that Forest’s “silence on the critical issues of our time” makes him an “enabler to the drastic erosion of women’s rights in our state.” During her speech and in an interview after the event, she did not get specific except to say the two disagree on abortion rights. Coleman supports abortion rights; Forest is against abortion.

Coleman also criticized lawmakers during her speech, though the lieutenant governor has little control over the General Assembly. The position’s only real responsibility is to break a tie in the state senate.

A similar effort called Women for Dan Forest was previously launched and is co-chaired by Forest’s mother, Rep. Sue Myrick, the only female mayor in Charlotte history.

No debates have been scheduled between Coleman and Forest.

Libertarian hopeful to visit N.C.

Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson’s running mate, Jim Gray, has announced a few upcoming campaign stops in North Carolina. He will give lectures on his efforts to end the “war on drugs” and his experience as a California Superior Court judge. He will also host fundraisers.

The first lecture will be Monday, Aug. 27, at 2 p.m. at Salem College in Winston-Salem, followed by a fundraiser that night at 6:30 in Greensboro.

The second lecture will be at UNC-Chapel Hill at noon on Tuesday, Aug. 28. Another fundraiser will be held that night at 5 in Raleigh.

Rouzer makes GOP convention cut

Republican State Sen. David Rouzer has been invited to speak at the 2012 Republican National Convention. Rouzer is running for Congress in the 7th District against incumbent Democrat Mike McIntyre.

Details are still being worked out, but Rouzer is expected to speak Monday evening.

Staff writers Austin Baird, Franco Ordonez and Mary Cornatzer

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