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Milwaukee Police Urge City To Buy Tear Gas Tools For DNC

Jun 11, 2020
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The Milwaukee Police Department is asking city leaders to reconsider purchasing more tools for deploying chemical irritants, saying the equipment might be needed at the Democratic National Convention in August.

Bids to purchase the tools were canceled after several Common Council members raised objections Wednesday citing the police department’s use of tear gas and rubber bullet during recent protests over police brutality.

Mayor Tom Barrett and other officials have publicly opposed the recent use of tear gas and rubber bullets during protests.

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The leader of the Democratic National Committee says he's confident there will be a Democratic convention in Milwaukee this August. But details of the gathering are still lacking.

DNC Chair Tom Perez took part in a web news conference criticizing President Donald Trump. In his opening remarks, Perez said the convention would still "descend on Milwaukee." So naturally, when journalists got to ask questions, reporter Adam Brewster of CBS News followed up.

Two new polls out this week indicate a majority of Americans fear a "second wave" of COVID-19 cases in the near future, which may be washing away the chances for traditional presidential nominating conventions this year.

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When the Democratic National Convention (DNC) first announced it would be coming to Milwaukee, there was a lot of hope for what it would bring to the city. Now, the future of the convention is unclear.

The COVID-19 pandemic has made large gatherings risky. And while the Democratic National Committee has pushed the date of the convention to August, it seems almost certain that we’ll still be dealing with this pandemic in some form.

Republicans say they're moving ahead with plans to gather tens of thousands of people at their presidential nominating convention in North Carolina this summer — even as Democrats weigh their options for convening during the coronavirus pandemic.

Four years ago, Joe Biden took the stage at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia to the Rocky theme, looking out over a crowd of delegates waving red and white signs that bore his name. He encouraged fellow Democrats to unite and rally around Hillary Clinton.

Now, as Democrats plan to hold the convention that will nominate Biden, the chances that he'll bask in the same kind of scene this year seem ever more distant, as the Democratic Party faces the possibility of a limited in-person presence or virtual gathering.

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This year’s Democratic National Convention (DNC) was supposed to bring thousands of visitors to Milwaukee in July. But the coronavirus pandemic has pushed the event back a month – and raised questions about what the gathering will actually look like.

Democrats Set To Take Next Steps Toward Virtual Convention

May 11, 2020
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Democrats are making new moves toward a virtual presidential nominating convention this August, with party officials preparing to grant convention organizers in Milwaukee the authority to design an event that won’t require delegates to attend in person amid the coronavirus pandemic.

A top party official discussed the plans ahead of Tuesday’s virtual meeting of the Democratic National Committee’s Rules and Bylaws Committee. The official spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss moves that still require approval by the committee and the DNC’s 447 members.

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Democratic Party chairman Tom Perez said Thursday that he expects to hold an “in-person convention” in Milwaukee to nominate Joe Biden for president, though he didn’t rule out the potential that portions of the event would be conducted virtually.

The convention is slated for the week of Aug. 17, but precise dates remain up in the air after Perez and party officials scrapped their original July 13-16 plans amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Former Vice President Joe Biden says the Democratic National Convention may need take place virtually as a result of the deepening coronavirus outbreak.

On Thursday the party delayed the presidential nominating convention from mid-July to mid-August over pandemic fears, but Biden on Sunday raised the specter of Democrats choosing their White House nominee online for the first time.

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Updated April 5 at 10 a.m. CT

The 2020 Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee is delayed until Aug. 17 in response to the coronavirus outbreak, the Democratic National Convention Committee (DNCC) announced Thursday. It was originally scheduled for July 13-16.

The convention planning team says it will use the coming weeks to further explore options so the convention takes place without unnecessary risk to public health. These options include adjusting the convention’s format, crowd size and schedule.

Updated at 1:08 p.m. ET

The coronavirus has delayed another big event. This time it's the Democratic National Convention.

Amid ongoing questions about when traditional presidential campaigning — and the travel and large crowds it entails — will be able to resume, the Democratic National Committee has delayed its nominating convention until the week of Aug. 17. It had been scheduled for the week of July 13.

The event in Milwaukee is now scheduled for the week before the Republican National Convention, which is set to be held in Charlotte, N.C.

Former Vice President Joe Biden says he finds it "hard to envision" an in-person Democratic National Convention taking place in July as planned.

"The fact is, it may have to be different," the leading Democratic presidential candidate said in an interview with MSNBC on Tuesday night.

The Democratic National Convention is scheduled to take place from July 13-16 in Milwaukee. The Republican National Convention is planned for Aug. 24-27 in Charlotte, N.C., and neither party has announced alternative plans.

This summer's Republican and Democratic conventions are still on, and organizers have no plans to change them at this point, despite fears of prolonged closings and disruptions to American life due to the novel coronavirus, officials from both parties said.

There are no talks of canceling the Democratic National Convention, Communications Director Xochitl Hinojosa said.

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The Democratic presidential nominations may still be up in the air, but preparations for the party’s 2020 nominating convention are very much in progress here in Milwaukee.

Thousands of Democratic party officials will gather at the Fiserv Forum in downtown Milwaukee from July 13-16 to decide who will face off against President Donald Trump in November. Milwaukee was chosen over three other finalists: Denver, Miami, and Houston, two years ago.

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