Elon University and the DNC

In all of my years in journalism, I’ve never wanted to cover a political convention. This, despite my intense interest in politics. They’ve just seemed so scripted and boring. The parties know what message they want to get out and, best I can tell, the journalists get it out for them.

On the other hand, next month at the DNC in Charlotte, I’m going to moderate a panel of political journalists and analysts talking about the results of the Elon University Poll and presidential politics in general. It’s a good lineup, too: Charlie Cook of the Cook Political Report, Domenico Montanaro of NBC News, Rob Christensen of the N&O, Taylor Branch of the Charlotte Observer and Anita Kumar of McClatchy Newspapers White House team. (I’ve worked with both Rob and Anita in another life…they’re worth the price of admission alone. The admission price, by the way, is free.)

If you’re not doing anything on Labor Day morning, please join us at the Charlotte Observer. It’s going to be better than the convention itself.

Good morning, Sunshine

The N.C. Press Association has provided a great public service by posting a guide to open government and records on its site.

This new booklet has been published jointly by the North Carolina Attorney General’s Office and the North Carolina Press Association. All of the answers have been carefully crafted by lawyers to make the law as easy to understand as possible.

Also on the site: the open meetings law and the public records law.

Unfrtunately, it’s likely you will need to consult often.

While you’re at it, Sunshine Week begins tomorrow. North Carolina’s big event is at Elon University on Wednesday.