Ten Weeks Out

The Democratic National Convention convenes in Denver in exactly ten weeks. But right now, it's nail-biting time.

The first hurdle: today's deadline for raising the rest of the $40.6 million that the Denver host committee is required to pour into the pot -- money that's slated to be used for the retrofit of the Pepsi Center, among other things.

Even as officials scrambled for more donations this weekend -- the committee is still reportedly $15 million short -- national reporters were scrambling for more of the story. The Wall Street Journal has a piece on the shortfall this morning, and the walk-through for the media planned for this coming Thursday was cancelled without notice last Friday. -- Patricia Calhoun

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Patricia Calhoun co-founded Westword in 1977; she’s been the editor ever since. She’s a regular on the weekly CPT12 roundtable Colorado Inside Out, played a real journalist in John Sayles’s Silver City, once interviewed President Bill Clinton while wearing flip-flops, and has been honored with numerous national awards for her columns and feature-writing.
Contact: Patricia Calhoun