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August 1, 2014

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Misty-eyed, but nervous

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(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 -- Morning everybody. Coffee and water consumed, ready to begin day of high-altitude urban hiking.

Check out our stories today, with one on how corporate this event is, and another about the vast left-wing conspiracy, and a third on Harry Reid, retreating into the shadows, his favorite lurking place.

People still all misty eyed over Teddy and Michelle Obama.

Joetta Brown of Gardnerville, a retired bank executive, said Michelle is an inspiration, a window into the middle class family values of warmth and sincerity and belief in hard work that are the bedrock of black America but get almost no coverage.

But yesterday's most revealing event was a battleground briefing led by Obama campaign manager David Plouffe. They're quite confident.

Still, nervousness abounds (see the Las Vegas Gleaner this morning) about whether they'll hit John McCain hard this week, while they have a chance too. I suspect they will, based on what Plouffe said.

Headed out to some roundtables.

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