The scene at Raven Hall at the Palmer fairgrounds is almost too unchaotic, business-like and organized for it to be the beginning of the biggest meeting of Democrats for a convention in Alaska history.
It's starting to drizzle outside, but the sun looks like it want to break on through over above Pioneer Peak. The Credentials, Party Plan, Platform and Resolutions Committees are meeting now - two here, two elsewhere. A couple hundred people have registered.
The Alaska Democratic Party Chairwoman, Patti Higgins stopped by Diane Benson's table a bit to ask me to pass on to Diane that on Saturday, California Representative Lynn Woolsey will be attending the convention. Woolsey wants to meet Benson again. I helped Patti - and a few others here - set up her laptop in the weird wireless environment we have here.
Not many from the press here yet - that's understandable. But, unlike the GOP Convention last winter, a lot of kids wandering around, taking advantage of the size of Raven Hall to skate around in those shoes with little wheels in the soles.
This is so different from the atmosphere of the business suit & 4-star hotel atmosphere of the GOP Convention at the Captain Cook. There were more Alaskan people of color helping set up yesterday evening than there were minorities on the floor of the GOP Convention. It is so refreshing to see the real America here.
Platform Committee meeting this morning