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• U.S. Sen. Bob Casey told the Pennsylvania delegation Tuesday morning the focus is on preserving Medicare "as we know it." The senator said there is a "stark difference" between the Democrats' plan for Medicare and the Republicans' proposal.

"This is not just an issue in the presidential race," Casey, D-Scranton, said. "This is a major issue in my race and in all other congressional races. The Democratic Party wants to assure that the guaranteed Medicare benefit doesn't change."

• Matt Cartwright, Democratic candidate for congress in the 17th District, a pro-life candidate, missed the first day of the convention to attend Labor Day events in his district. He said he received a "special invitation" to Charlotte to "rub elbows" with Democratic Party big-wigs.

"I felt I needed to be there to help become an effective congressman in 17th District," he said.

• David Gliddon, 35, of Nanticoke, is a voting delegate at the convention. He's a professor in the Colorado Technical University online program. Gliddon said he has been busy since he got off the plane in Charlotte.

"Ever since I got here I've been attending meetings and events," he said. "I'm focused on learning as much about the party's education platform. I'm also interested in learning about innovations in leadership and creating jobs. It's definitely going to be a learning experience."

• Gliddon said he and other members of the Northeastern Pennsylvania convention delegation are constantly sending out messages on Twitter. He said the messages can be accessed at: barackthevalley#.

One tweet noted "Our Barack the Valley Women's Caucus members heard Nancy Pelosi, Sandra Fluke, and Ashley Judd speak today."

Bill O'Boyle

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