The Ghost of Isaac Haunts Charlotte

Posted on September 4, 2012 by Have A Voice Team

By: Bill Leonard, Sr. Writer,  SHRM Online

Isaac just may be remembered as the storm with the audacity to wash out parts of the GOP and Democratic national conventions.

The remnants of the tropical storm sent people scrambling for cover Monday night and cut short a planned outdoor concert in downtown Charlotte by singer/songwriter James Taylor, but it hasn’t spoiled the energy and enthusiasm of the Democratic faithful.

The Democratic National Convention begins in earnest at 5 p.m. today, and Society for Human Resource Management staff and volunteer leaders are on hand to provide their insights and expertise into critical work-related issues. Hank Jackson, SHRM’s president and CEO, is in Charlotte and will open two SHRM-sponsored events this afternoon—a town hall discussion and policy briefing session. Top economic and employment issues advisors from the Obama administration and Democratic congressional offices will discuss their political policies and what to expect from the upcoming presidential campaign.

Reviving the struggling U.S. economy and the stagnant job market will be the hottest issues in Charlotte and on the campaign trail, and the Democrats’ top leaders will be anxious to deliver their message and ignite their supporters’ interest and activism. First lady Michelle Obama will headline the keynote speakers at the convention on Tuesday night. Political pundits say her speech should set the tone for the remainder of the convention.

Look for further articles and blog posts from Charlotte as this massive political party gets revved up over the next three days and culminates with President Barack Obama’s acceptance speech from Charlotte’s Bank of America Stadium on Thursday evening.

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