Yearly Kos Day 1.5
Checking in from Yearly Kos in Chicago.
A few notes: The convention center is massive and between a 1/4 and 1/2 mile indoor walk from the hotel. Getting lost is quite easy.
Try to find someplace other than the hotel to eat. Last night Jane and Pach of Firedoglake and I ate dinner at the hotel restaurant. Drink, salad, small fillet and asparagus: $69.00. (a ribeye or strip steak would have been even more.) The food also took almost an hour to arrive.
On the positive side, Yearly Kos registration was smooth last night. We got canvas bags filled with stuff I haven't had time to rummage through yet, and a 70 page magazine consisting of the schedule,speakers and ads. I'd be lost without it, and if you'd like one, you can download it for free at Yearly Kos.
This morning was the round table on live-blogging the Scooter Libby Trial which I moderated, featuring Christy of Firedoglake, Marcy Wheeler of Next Hurrah and Sheldon Snook from the D.C. District Court. There was a really good turnout and they seemed very interested in what we all had to say. Lots of questions at the end and the 90 minutes pretty much flew by. It was great to have Sheldon's perspective on the court's decision to allow bloggers as credentialed media for the trial.
Tomorrow I will be moderating the voting rights panel at 4pm, Ensuring Every Vote Counts. The panelists are Donna Brazile, Spencer Overton, Justin Levitt and Debo Adegbile.
There are a lot of politicians and organizations here. I'd say Yearly Kos is as much about them having access to (and a chance to influence)us as it is about giving bloggers a place to network with each other.
I'm much more interested in hanging out with my favorite bloggers than attending political events and large parties, so my coverage of YKos may be limited. I'll also be blogging about non-Ykos events while I'm here.
If you're at Ykos and happen to read this, I hope you'll chime in in comments.
(Photo courtesy of IndictDickCheney.)
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