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Georgia’s LGBT delegates revel in Democratic National Convention

Democratic National Convention

For the LGBT delegates representing Georgia and its congressional districts at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., this week has reignited their  passion for the political process.

Seven members of the LGBT Caucus of the Democratic Party of Georgia are in attendance in Charlotte, according to Georgia Democrats, including LGBT Caucus Chair Jim Taflinger and Caucus Secretary Bob Gibeling.

Reese McCranie, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed's deputy director of communications, called the convention atmosphere “electrifying” in a telephone interview with GA Voice. McCranie is one of the seven delegates from Georgia's Fifth Congressional District.

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Clinton steals the show at the Democratic National Convention

Former President Bill Clinton

Former President Bill Clinton stuck mostly to economic issues during his speech last night at the 2012 Democratic National Convention. Clinton, along with Massachusetts U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren, ignited the crowd ahead of the official presidential nomination process.

Clinton's speech, some 48 minutes long, stayed away from social issues like abortion and same-sex marriage rights.

Former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney and his running-mate Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wi.) were the targets of much of Clinton's speech, which hit back at the GOP ticket by dissecting the Republican positions on health care and taxes.

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Mayor Kasim Reed’s gay spokesperson elected as Georgia delegate to DNC

Reese McCranieReese McCranie, the openly gay spokesperson for Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, was elected as a Georgia delegate to represent the state at the Democratic National Convention.

McCranie was chosen during the April 21 elections of DNC delegates and is one of three men representing District 5, the congressional district represented by U.S. Rep. John Lewis that includes Atlanta.

Others elected to represent District 5 are Andrea Boone, Terrinee Briggs, Emma Darnell, Moriama "Mo" Ivory, Justin Giboney and C.T. Martin.

The 2012 DNC will be in Charlotte, N.C., from Sept. 3-7

To read a blow-by-blow of the District 5 election process, check out Blog for Democracy's great write up.