Democratic National Convention en For Political Conventions, Another Balloon Bursts There's news today about the 2016 presidential campaign that has nothing to do with the growing list of would-be candidates with White House aspirations.<p>It's about the big nominating conventions the Democrats and Republicans hold every four years. Legislation the president signed Thursday afternoon means those huge political extravaganzas will no longer receive millions of dollars in taxpayer support. Thu, 03 Apr 2014 21:28:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 55167 at For Political Conventions, Another Balloon Bursts Obama's Post-Charlotte Bounce May Owe More To TV Ads Than Convention It's become conventional wisdom that President Obama's new lead in the polls is a bounce, coming out of the Democratic convention in Charlotte, N.C.<p>But <a href="">an analysis</a> from the Wesleyan Media Project suggests that the bounce might be due to TV ads as much as grand speeches. The Obama campaign and its allies laid out $21.1 million for TV during the two weeks of the party conventions. Wed, 12 Sep 2012 22:44:00 +0000 Peter Overby 33565 at Obama's Post-Charlotte Bounce May Owe More To TV Ads Than Convention Parsing The 2012 Party Platforms One overlooked part of the convention frenzy was the party platforms. They seemed to cause more embarrassment than excitement at the DNC, where party leaders fumbled at reinserting clauses about Jerusalem and God into their platform. And at the RNC, Rep. John Boehner admitted he'd never even read his party's platform. NPR senior Washington editor Ron Elving joins weekends on All Things Considered host Guy Raz to talk about the platforms and what — if anything — they mean in 2012. Sun, 09 Sep 2012 21:08:00 +0000 33401 at Post-Convention, Democrats Gain Momentum Transcript <p>LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: <p>We're joined now by NPR's national political correspondent Mara Liasson. Good morning, Mara.<p>MARA LIASSON, BYLINE: Good morning, Linda.<p>WERTHEIMER: So, Mara, as we heard, President Obama and Mitt Romney are back on the road again, their conventions behind them. According to national polls, it looks like the Democrats got some momentum from their time in Charlotte.<p>LIASSON: Well, it does so far. President Obama looks like he's made gains in four separate national tracking polls. Sun, 09 Sep 2012 11:24:00 +0000 33386 at Will Convention Give Obama A Boost In N.C.? Transcript <p>SCOTT SIMON, HOST: <p>This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon. Democrats in North Carolina are hoping to extend the momentum of the convention, organizing to get out the vote in November. President Obama narrowly won the state four years ago, but recent polls have shown Mitt Romney now ahead. The weak economy still looms over their organizing efforts. NPR's Brian Naylor reports.<p>BRIAN NAYLOR, BYLINE: All week in Charlotte, volunteers registered voters, collected cell phone numbers and email addresses, hoping to turn that information into turnout in the fall. Sat, 08 Sep 2012 12:16:00 +0000 Brian Naylor 33372 at