Philadelphia freedom: This will be Philadelphia’s 12th national political convention, starting with the Whigs in 1848. Most recently, the Republican Party nominated George W. Bush there in 2000. You could argue there were even more: The Constitutional Convention of 1787 was held in Philadelphia. The result? The United States Constitution.
The Georgia delegation: Georgia is sending more than 125 Democrats to Philadelphia, where the convention begins on Monday. Twenty-nine of those delegates are pledged to runner-up Bernie Sanders; 71 delegates back presumptive nominee Hillary Clinton.
Super duper: Fifteen Georgians are so-called superdelegates, party leaders who can support any candidate. Most of them have announced their support for presumptive nominee HIllary Clinton.
The only moment that matters: Clinton will accept the nomination on Thursday, July 28 as the culmination of the four-day event.
The Dean of Georgia Democrats: Georgia state Rep. Calvin Smyre, D-Columbus, the longest-serving member of the General Assembly is a delegate. This is Smyre’s 10th Democratic convention.
Runner-up gets a spot: Clinton granted her main rival, Bernie Sanders, a prime-time speaking spot, albeit on Monday, the first night of the convention.
Family affair: Three Clintons will speak from the stage in Philadelphia: Bill on Tuesday and Chelsea and Hillary on Thursday.
Farewell address: The outgoing ticket, President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, will speak on Wednesday.
Platform fight: If there is drama next week, it will likely be about the party platform. Sanders’ supporters want changes, but after the two campaigns reached agreement this month on the document’s wording, a floor fight might not happen. Former Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin is co-chair of the national platform committee.
One eye on home: The Tuesday of the convention is the same day many Georgia voters return to the polls for primary runoff elections. Georgia delegates are planning a watch party that night to follow returns from back home.
Lewis to be honored: On the Wednesday of the convention, the Democratic Party of Georgia will host a tribute to U.S. Rep. John Lewis and the “March” graphic novel project that chronicles Lewis’ work during the Civil Rights Movement. The third and final installment of the trilogy is set to be released in early August and both Lewis and his “March” co-author, Andrew Aydin, will sign books at the party’s morning breakfast.
Carter to skip: Former President Jimmy Carter will not be in Philadelphia, after also skipping the 2012 convention in Charlotte. He will address the convention via video, as he also did four years ago.
Georgia officials on the scene: Georgia’s delegation features nearly every major elected official. Of course, given the party’s minority status in the state, that’s not a long list of people. All four Democratic members of Congress are delegates as are the leaders of the state House and Senate caucuses and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, arguably the unofficial leader of the state party.
Top local Dems to speak: House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams, D-Atlanta, will address the convention on Monday. The Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee, which works to support and elect Democrats to state legislatures, chose Abrams for one of its spots on the convention schedule. The Clinton campaign announced that Reed will also speak, although when is not yet known.
More love for Abrams: Abrams will also co-headline, with U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, an EMILY’s List panel on Wednesday in Philadelphia.
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