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Californians to Speak at Democratic Convention Tuesday Night

The convention's opening day includes a long list of speakers before Michelle Obama takes the podium around 7 p.m. Pacific time.

California will be well-represented today for the start of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, which climaxes with a speech by Michelle Obama.

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa, Chair of the 2012 Democratic National Convention Committee, will take part in the “gaveling in” of the permanent chair shortly before 6 p.m. Eastern time. Rep. Barbara Lee is scheduled to speak around 6 p.m. Eastern time, and Rep. Xavier Becerra, from Los Angeles County, is scheduled to speak shortly before 9 p.m. Eastern Time.

The first lady will take the podium at 10 p.m. Eastern Time. Music fans may want to take note that Ledisi, a former Cal student, will be singing sometime between Michelle Obama’s speech and the Jimmy Carter video.

If you have an appetite for more political oratory than the one hour the major networks have devoted to the conventions, you can watch it live on C-SPAN. 

Here’s Tuesday night’s schedule at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte:

5 p.m.- 6 p.m. (All times Eastern)

Call to Order
The Honorable Debbie Wasserman Schultz
Chair of the Democratic National Committee
Member of the US House of Representatives, Florida

Invocation
His Eminence Metropolitan Nicholas
Bishop of the Greek Orthodox Diocese of Detroit

Presentation of Colors
Disabled American Veterans, The Stanly County Chapter 12 Honor Guard

Pledge of Allegiance
3rd Grade Class, W.R. O’Dell Elementary School
Concord, North Carolina

National Anthem
Amber Riley
Singer/songwriter and ‘Glee’ actress

Remarks
Stephen J. Kerrigan
Chief Executive Officer of the Democratic National Convention Committee

Welcome Video

Presentation of Credentials Committee Report from Co-Chairs
Bishop Vashti McKenzie
First woman elected as bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church
The Honorable Julián Castro
Mayor of San Antonio, Texas

Presentation of Rules Committee Report from Co-Chairs
The Honorable Kamala D. Harris
State Attorney General of California
The Honorable Martin O’Malley
Governor of Maryland

Appointment of Convention Officers

Gaveling-in of Permanent Chair
The Honorable Antonio R. Villaraigosa
Chair of the 2012 Democratic National Convention Committee
Mayor of Los Angeles, California

Remarks
The Honorable Steny Hoyer
Parliamentarian of the 2012 Democratic National Committee Convention
Democratic Whip and Member of the US House of Representatives, Maryland
Andrew Tobias
Treasurer of the Democratic National Committee
Alice Germond
Secretary of the Democratic National Committee

Roll Call for Attendance

6 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Platform Committee Remarks
The Honorable Barbara Lee
Member of the US House of Representatives, California
Lieutenant General Claudia Kennedy (Retired)
First woman to reach rank of three-star general in the US Army

Platform Video and Remarks
The Honorable Cory A. Booker
Mayor of Newark, New Jersey

Remarks
The Honorable Bev Perdue
Governor of North Carolina

American Hero Video: Education

American Voices Remarks
Ryan Case

Remarks
Mary Kay Henry
International President of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU)

Remarks from Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus
The Honorable Charles Gonzalez
Member of the US House of Representatives, Texas
Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus
The Honorable Nydia M. Velázquez
Member of the US House of Representatives, New York

Remarks
The Honorable Pat Quinn
Governor of Illinois

Remarks
Doug Stern
Cincinnati, Ohio Firefighter

Remarks
The Honorable Tim Kaine
Candidate for the US Senate, Virginia
Former Governor of Virginia
Former Chairman of the Democratic National Committee

7 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Remarks
The Honorable Anthony R. Foxx
Mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina
The Honorable Harry Reid
Democratic Majority Leader and Member of the US Senate, Nevada

An Economy Built to Last Video: Education

Women of the US House of Representatives

Jimmy Carter Video

Remarks
The Honorable Ken Salazar

Kennedy Family Tribute Video

Remarks
Joe Kennedy III
Candidate for the US House of Representatives, Massachusetts

Live Performance
Ledisi
Singer/songwriter

Remarks
The Honorable Robert Wexler
President of the S. Daniel Abraham Center for Middle East Peace
Former Member of the US House of Representatives, Florida

8 p.m. - 9 p.m. 

Remarks
The Honorable R.T. Rybak
Mayor of Minneapolis, Minnesota
The Honorable Jared Polis
Member of the US House of Representatives, Colorado

Stronger Together Video: Reproductive Choice

American Voices Remarks
Maria Ciano

Remarks
Nancy Keenan
President of the National Abortion Rights Action League – Pro-Choice America (NARAL)

Progress for People Video: American Veterans

American Voices Remarks
Nate Davis

Remarks
The Honorable Tammy Duckworth
Candidate for the US House of Representatives, Illinois
Former Assistant Secretary of the US Department of Veterans Affairs
The Honorable Lincoln Chafee
Governor of Rhode Island
The Honorable James E. Clyburn
Assistant Democratic Leader and Member of the US House of Representatives, South Carolina

Progress for People Video: Health Care

American Voices Remarks
Stacey Lihn

Remarks
The Honorable Xavier Becerra
Democratic Caucus Vice Chair and Member of the US House of Representatives, California

9 p.m. - 10 p.m. 

The Honorable Ted Strickland
Former Governor of Ohio
The Honorable Kathleen Sebelius
The Honorable Rahm Emanuel
Mayor of Chicago, Illinois
Former White House Chief of Staff

Remarks
Kal Penn
Actor/Producer
Former Associate Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement

Remarks
Craig Robinson and Maya Soetoro-ng
Brother of Mrs. Obama and Sister of President Obama

Stronger Together Video: Equal Pay

Remarks
Lilly Ledbetter
Women’s equality leader and namesake of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act
The Honorable Deval Patrick
Governor of Massachusetts

10 p.m. - 11 p.m.  
The Honorable Martin O’Malley
Governor of Maryland

Introduction of Keynote Speaker Julián Castro
Joaquin Castro
Brother of Mayor Julián Castro
Candidate for the US House of Representatives, Texas

Keynote Address
The Honorable Julián Castro
Mayor of San Antonio, Texas

Michelle Obama Video and Remarks
Elaine Brye

Remarks
Michelle Obama
First Lady of the United States

Benediction
Jena Lee Nardella
Founder and Executive Director of Blood: Water Mission

met00 September 05, 2012 at 11:18 PM
@mfriedrich You may want to rethink the URL. As of late they have gotten real sloppy. Here is an example of calling a lie a lie: http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2012/08/31/13593775-chronicling-mitts-mendacity-vol-xxxii?lite And that was in just one speech at the convention (well, one important speech). 30, count them, 30 times in one speech where Romney either lied or knowingly misinformed the public (this was post 32 of the on-going list of lies told - read them all). And from the "lamestream" supposedly liberal press, silence. Heck, on Sunday almost every one of the talking heads made excuses for Ryan's obvious lies and misinformation. If a politician states a lie that has been debunked and proven false AFTER it was proven to be a lie, why can't the news just open with "politician [name] running for [office] repeated the know and debunked LIE to voters today hoping that they would believe the LIE and vote for him."
Shripathi Kamath September 05, 2012 at 11:27 PM
Or we can have less government like Mississippi and have the federal govt. borrow some more to help us out. Then we too can preach about personal responsibility, ending welfare, limited government, low/no taxes, how we give the most of our income of any state towards chur— I mean, charity, rank near the bottom in education, so rail against big government. Or we can take some pride in the fact that California has its problems but this is where most new industries are born. Despite all the oppressive regulations that moves Carl's Jr. to Tejas, the most venture investments for new technologies are still made in California businesses. Plus the weather is nice. We have nice people (mostly), and will get back to a robust economy once we get past this wretched economy. Yup, we have to address pension liabilities which Brown did make some effort recently, and other problems, but at least some point we were the fifth largest economy in the world. Today we have slipped to tenth. Nah, we can be just like Mississippi. Probably get our own pipelines. No, not the Keystone kind, more like this one: http://bit.ly/Q149Qc Besides Arnie had solved the whole pension issue and everything...
Shirley Valdivia September 06, 2012 at 01:00 AM
IS SHRIMPIPI THE ONLY DOWNER ON
tiny September 06, 2012 at 02:10 AM
www.youtube.com/watch?v=b4mLNnxZM38
PC September 06, 2012 at 04:40 PM
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa, Chair of the 2012 Democratic National Convention Committee... POTUS 2016! Thank you Obama!

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