Citing "insiders," Politico reports that Minneapolis has almost no chance of landing the Democratic National Convention for 2012.
With the site of the 2012 Democratic convention expected to be decided in a matter of weeks, insiders in the selection process believe it has come down to a choice between St. Louis and Charlotte, N.C., with the other two finalist cities, Minneapolis and Cleveland, all but out of the running ... the party seems to be leaning against Minneapolis largely because Republicans held their 2008 convention in St. Paul.
Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak has said the Metrodome was the preferred local site for the convention. There's no indication the collapse of the Metrodome roof has anything to do with Minneapolis falling out of favor, but it couldn't have helped.
There will be a sigh of relief in newsrooms across the Twin Cities if the Politico report proves accurate. There's only so much we can take ;)
What do you think -- Is this good news or bad?
Posted at 1:15 PM on December 17, 2010
by Eric Ringham
It turns out you don't have to go to Walmart to see a Homeland Security video in a retail space. The Mall of America is featuring this one, and its production values are much higher than the Janet Napolitano piece.
Note the artsy black-and-white treatment, the spot color effect on the ominously unattended briefcase and on the phone in the final shot. You might watch it a few times before you realize there is no live action in the video - it's just three still photographs, with big titles. Both videos are part of Homeland's "If You See Something, Say Something" campaign. Whatever else you might think about the in-store videos, they at least communicate a clear message - unlike the color-coded alert system almost nobody understands.