State Reporters on the Big Stories

Statehouse reporters from across the country are keeping tabs on their home-state politicians' attempts to snatch a piece of the national spotlight in Denver during the Democratic National Convention.

Pat Doyle of The Minneapolis Star-Tribune caught up with Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R), a potential John McCain vice presidential pick and popular battleground state campaigner, at his State Fair before the governor headed to the Mile High City to barnstorm on television talk show against Barack Obama Thursday (Aug. 28).

North Carolina Gov. Mike Easley's uncharacteristically vocal presence at his party's convention caught the eye of Under the Dome, The (Raleigh) News & Observer 's Capitol news blog.

The Boston Herald 's Dave Wedge interviewed Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D), who voiced concerns about racially charged threats against Obama's life.

Rachel Kipp looked beyond the governor's mansion for a profile in The News Journal of the little-known Delaware schoolteacher who took the stage to introduce Sen. Joe Biden as the Democrats' official vice presidential nominee.

Hawaii Democratic party leaders and delegates spoke with Richard Borreca of The Honolulu Star-Bulletin about Hawaii's connection to the star of the convention, the first Hawaii-born and educated presidential nominee.

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