(CNN) – The Democratic and Republican conventions are designed to be the high points for both presidential campaigns. Countless man hours and tens of millions of dollars go into each event.
But the work that could really affect the outcome of the election is still taking place. Campaigns are poring over information you provide to them every time you use the internet.
Charlotte, North Carolina (CNN) – It began 40 years ago with one delegate from Buffalo. Now, at the Democratic National Convention this week, the call for a federal law recognizing same-sex marriages will become part of the party's official platform.
Madeline Davis was one of only two openly gay delegates at the 1972 Democratic Convention in Miami Beach. In a ground breaking moment, she identified herself at the podium as a lesbian and asked her fellow delegates to adopt language calling for equal rights for homosexuals.
(CNN) - Marcos Chaljub of New York got a life-changing e-mail on Friday.
He had to share it.
"I remember getting home and I checked my e-mail," he told CNN on Saturday. "I had an e-mail from the county clerk's office."
Never mind that his partner of five years, Freddy Zambrano, was busy taking a shower.
(CNN) - A proposed high-speed rail line in Florida may not be dead after all.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott rejected $2.4 billion in federal funding last week for a high-speed rail line between Tampa and Orlando, but the project has not run off the tracks yet. U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood met with Scott Friday morning to discuss the plan in an attempt to keep it alive.
(CNN) - The Obama administration is pulling back $1.2 billion in funding for high-speed rail projects in Ohio and Wisconsin after the governors-elect in both states vowed to kill the proposed train lines.
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced that he would re-direct the funds to other states, with California set to receive the largest sum.
New York (CNN) – New York Gov. David Paterson said he was the source of information for the story that led to an ethics investigation and the departure of five top members of his administration.
While appearing on WOR radio in New York this morning, Paterson told talk show host John Gambling that he was the person who informed the press that he interceded in an assault case involving his aide, David Johnson.
In an awkward exchange filled with moments of uncomfortable silence, Gambling said the situation "might not have come out if we didn't have the press write the story about this, right?" Paterson responded, "No, that's actually not true, that's actually not true."
After a few seconds of silence, Gambling asked, "Ummm, why?" Paterson said, "Uh, well, I don't want to go into it but the person who informed others that there was such a conversation was me." Sounding surprised, Gambling asked, "You informed the news?" The governor said, "Correct. That's all I'm going to say about it. And it's not my surmise. It's an actual fact. But the individual who first made it clear that there had been a conversation was myself."
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania (CNN) - As President Barack Obama unveils his $75 billion plan aimed at preventing home foreclosures, the mayor of Philadelphia is proud the scheme contains an aspect that was first put to the test in the City of Brotherly Love.
Under President Obama's foreclosure fix, judges would able to intervene and mediate loan modifications between the servicer and homeowner.
Philadelphia introduced mandatory court interventions for homes entering into foreclosure in June of 2008. Since then, 600 homes have been saved from foreclosure and about 1,400 are in the process of rescue.
Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter first presented details of his city's Mortgage Foreclosure Protection Program to then President-elect Barack Obama at the National Governors Association meeting in early December.
Listen: How does Philadelphia's program work?
"What we're all committed to is helping to make sure that people stay in their homes, that they do not lose their homes because they did not have an opportunity to renegotiate whatever their rate was, whatever their term was," Nutter said.