Democratic National Convention

Ed. note: Tales from the Trail is a column that will take you behind the scenes of politics to see some of the funny, and sometimes outright bizarre things that happen on the campaign trail, based on Howard Wilkinson's recollections of 43 years of covering politics. 

There aren't a whole lot of perks to being a politics reporter.

Not complaining, mind you. But it's not usually very glamorous work.

Having been one of millions of little kids in this country who worshipped John H. Glenn Jr. when, as a Mercury astronaut, he became the first American to orbit the Earth in 1962, it still boggles my mind that as an adult, I got to know him so well.

But it never really occurred to me that, in 1988, I would be sitting on the couch with Glenn in his hotel suite at the Democratic National Convention in Atlanta, trading political buttons with him.

But I did.

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The conventions in Cleveland and Philadelphia are done, the candidates have hit the campaign trail and the dash to November 8 is fully underway. 

Howard Wilkinson / WVXU

PHILADELPHIA – As a vice chair of the Democratic National Convention here this week, State Rep. Alicia Reece of Cincinnati has had an inside view of how a mammoth operation like this works.

Howard Wilkinson / WVXU

PHILADELPHIA – Jerry Springer is many things to many people.

To those who have were in Cincinnati in the 1970s and 1980s, he was a Cincinnati council member and mayor; and later a local TV news anchor.

Howard Wilkinson / WVXU

PHILADELPHIA – Former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland stood in front of the Ohio delegation Thursday morning, trailing in the polls in his U.S. Senate race, and called himself the "36 million dollar man."

Thursday is the final day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Delegates will hear from nominee Hillary Clinton as she accepts their nomination. But first, WVXU's Politics Reporter Howard Wilkinson talks with News Director Maryanne Zeleznik to wrap up Wednesday's events and chat about what local delegates have on the day's agenda.

Now that the Republicans have wrapped up their convention in Cleveland, it's time for the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. 

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PHILADELPHIA – When Jocelyn Bucaro, the chairman of the Butler County Democratic Party, was on the floor of the Wells Fargo Center watching as Hillary Clinton became the first major party presidential nominee, she was thinking of her daughters back home.

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PHILADELPHIA – Ohio's senior senator, Sherrod Brown, said Wednesday morning he was among those vetted by the Hillary Clinton campaign to become her running mate, but he says he's not disappointed at being passed over.

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PHILADELPHIA – Kentucky's Democratic secretary of state, Alison Lundergan Grimes, came to the Ohio delegation breakfast here Wednesday morning for two purposes.

Protests at the DNC have been loud and disruptive at times, but as in Cleveland, they've been peaceful.

It's the halfway point of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia and the party has officially selected Hillary Clinton as its nominee. WVXU's Politics Reporter Howard Wilkinson talks with News Director Maryanne Zeleznik about the second day of the convention and what to expect Wednesday.

Now that the Republicans have wrapped up their convention in Cleveland, it's time for the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. 

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PHILADELPHIA – One eternal truth of presidential nominating conventions, whether Democratic or Republican, is that they are places where statewide candidates are born.

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