Now its The Democrats’, Charlotte’s and My Turn
By Bill Leonard, Sr. Writer,
The political spotlight now swings to the Democrats and my hometown of Charlotte, N.C. I’ll be right in the thick of Democratic National Convention, as I travel back home to cover the proceedings and the activities of SHRM at the convention.
SHRM has always maintained a strong political and policy-making presence in Washington, D.C., and a group of SHRM staffers and volunteer leaders will carry on that tradition in Charlotte. We will be attending briefings and discussions on work-related policies that will play a pivotal role in the November presidential election. I plan on writing several stories on events and decisions that will have an impact on the election and on how HR professionals perform their jobs.
The Republicans wrapped up their convention on Thursday (8/30/2012) night, and while Mitt Romney got a slight bump in the polls, the race still is incredibly tight with Romney and President Barack Obama in a virtual dead heat.
The excitement level in Charlotte most likely will differ quite a bit from Tampa, mainly because there won’t be a hurricane taking a sideswipe at the city. Still the dynamic is going to be a bit different for the Democrats as they nominate Obama for his second term, and the Republicans seek to unseat him. I was in Denver in 2008, and I definitely feel a much different level of excitement today than from the events leading up to the political conventions four years ago. In 2008 for the Democrats, it was about making a change and seeking a new direction as they chose to make history and nominated an African-American to head their party’s ticket for president for the first time. The feeling of change and a historic moment was palpable in Denver four years ago.
Now that’s changed, as the Republicans have become the challengers, and the Democrats are looking to survive a surely brutal campaign and are hoping for any positive economic signs that could help ensure Obama’s re-election. Creating jobs and opportunities for all Americans seems to be foremost in everyone’s mind, and for that reason alone the HR profession will have a key role to play. SHRM officials will make sure the profession has a voice in this most critical decision-making process.
So stay tuned, it should be a fun and exciting time in my hometown.