This is Martha Perez, reporting to you live from the Oregon Convention Center, where tonight thousands of guests are treated to a stunning who's who of political luminaries, including President-elect Barack Obama. The list of dignitaries include: Earl Blumenauer, David Wu, Ron Wyden, Jeff Merkley, Bill Bradbury, Lew Frederick, etc, along with a number of retired politicos, as well as a number of county, city, & state legislators, council members and candidates (Bob Stacey, Loretta Smith, etc). There is also a huge pro-union presence, with dozens of members from the various organizations (SEIU, AFL-CIO, Teamsters, Electricians, ICLU, etc) and affiliates.
Prior to the event, a sizable protest put on by Americans For Prosperity and/both Tea Party organizers were visible along NE MLK Blvd, marching northward on MLK, across the street from the Convention Center. There was also a respectable showing of Progressives & their supporters. There was something for everyone, irregardless of party affiliation. Vendors were hawking Obama merchandise, such as posters, t-shirts, buttons, stickers, and Obama Teddy Bears. Various organizations were also handing out flyers & leaflets in support of various ballot issues now coming to a vote (medical marijuana, voter owned elections, etc).
At one point, a participant fainted and had to be carried away from the proceedings, which temporarily disrupted the event. A protestor shouted loudly inside the premises and was escorted away by security. There was an entire section of audience devoted to John Kitzhaber (who also showed up). There was a strong security perimeter surrounding the event area (both inside & outside).
Reporting to you live from NE Portland, I'm Martha Perez, General Political Activist.