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Family Affair

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My boys, Will and Wes, grew up while I was in public office or actively involved in politics. When they learned that I was a super-delegate to the Democratic Convention in Denver they began to brainstorm how they could come to the convention with me. I am excited to be at a political convention because I love politics, but I couldn't understand why 11 and 13-year-old boys would want to go to a political convention. So I sat down with them to discover their motivation. Was it to get away from home for a few days? Road trip? Skip the first week of school? I was certain that I was on the right track. However, to my surprise they began quoting Obama speeches and explaining why we had to end the Iraq war, identifying needs in their schools to replace outdated textbooks and their concerns about the environment. I realized that their political development had evolved to the level that mine had taken to age 21 to evolve. I acknowledged that they understood the political issues, but I asked what they would do at the convention. They told me of their plan to create a blog and post blogs and podcasts from the convention to other kids of their age to give them information about the convention and tell them how they can get involved in the coming election. Their blog is kidsrockthevote08 and can be found at Their first opportunity to become political correspondents came on Sunday at the opening of the Obama office in Salt Lake City. There they interviewed Suzanne, who is in charge of the Obama campaign in Utah after which they were interviewed by Elaine Clark of KUER radio about their blogging at the convention. So, our entire family is excited to be in Denver WORKING at the convention.


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