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10:45 am
Tue September 4, 2012

Kearney - sans luggage - tells Ohioans a personal Obama story

Ohio Senate Minority Leader Eric Kearney of North Avondale had a personal story about Barack and Michelle Obama to tell the Ohio Democratic delegation at its morning breakfast Tuesday.

Kearney told of reading newspaper story in 2003 about a young state senator from Illinois who was planning on making a long-shot run at a U.S. Senate seat in 2004.

"I went home to my wife, showed her the story, and said you have to read this,'' Kearney said.

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6:15 pm
Sun September 2, 2012

Ohio Democrats split between two hotels in Charlotte

The 225 delegates and alternates from Ohio are staying in two different hotels in Charlotte, nearby to one another on the north side of town.

About half are in the Hilton University Plaza hotel and the rest are in the Drury Inn, just a block or so away.

Shortly before 5 p.m., several busloads of delegates and guests, most of northeast and northwest Ohio, rolled into the Drury Inn parking lot after the long ride to Charlotte.

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5:58 pm
Sun September 2, 2012

Kentucky Democrats roll into Charlotte by bus

Paul Whalen of Fort Thomas and his wife Teena were among 22 Kentucky delegates, guests and spouses who piled into a bus in Frankfort early Sunday morning for the long drive to Charlotte, site of the Democratic National Convention.

Whalen, who chairs the Campbell County Democratic Party, didn't seem to mind.

"Meeting a lot of nice people from around Kentucky as well as learning more about the Commonwealth,'' Whalen e-mailed from the bus.

Inside Pitch
11:12 am
Thu August 30, 2012

Condoleezza Rice speech brought Ohio delegate to tears

Mary Ann Christie, the former mayor of Madeira and an alternate delegate, found tears rolling down her face as she listened to former secretary of state Condoleezza Rice speak to the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

"I was touched by her telling her personal story, the story of her life,'' said Christie.

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11:02 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Some Greek bonding for Triantafilou in Tampa

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Hamilton County's Republican Party chairman, Alex Triantafilou, is proud of his Greek heritage; and he's been able this week to do some bonding with some of his fellow Greek-Americans at the Republican National Committee.

Tuesday night, Triantafilou left the floor of the convention to  go up to the concourse of the Tampa Bay Times Forum, where the concession stands were located.

He walked by the Florida delegation and U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis, a Greek American, saw his name tag.

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