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December 20, 2014

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Settling in at the convention

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Law enforcement was out in force Sunday in downtown Denver. Sometimes it seemed like there were more law officers than people walking around. In this photo, the police had blocked off an entire intersection, telling people to get on one side or another. But the thing was, there were no protesters or disturbances anywhere in sight. Nothing was going on except people taking photos of the police standing there. Strange. -- Leila Navidi

(The Sun has gone on the road to listen to voters and talk to political leaders around the West. Reporters have been examining the economic, cultural and demographic forces re-shaping the region as they drove to Denver for the first of the two major party conventions the Sun will cover. This week they are at the Democratic National Convention.)

DENVER -- Sorry reader(s). The past 24 hours have been a whirlwind of trying to get this figured out, and colleague Jon Ralston sums it up: "Assume everything will be a hassle."

Everything is corporate sponsored. Read about that tomorrow. There are a lot of police in riot gear, which is depressing, given that this is supposed to pretty much symbolize our ability to govern ourselves without that kind of thing.

But no more Debbie Downer! We've had fun too.

Michelle Obama is speaking now. "She's gorgeous!" says the woman next to me in the press filing center.

Democrats seem confident. Maybe too confident. You can read about that tomorrow too.

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