Snark: to annoy or irritate

"Snark" has been in English language dictionaries since at least 1906, and Lewis Carroll used the word to describe a mythological animal in his poem, The Hunting of the Snark (1874). Most recently, the word has come to characterize snappish, sarcastic, or mean-spirited comments or actions directed at those who annoy or irritate us.

At first, this blog was just going be a place to gripe, but because it's more satisfying to take action than it is to merely complain, now most of the posts/reposts suggest ways to get involved in solving problems.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Live GOP Convention Coverage

Live from the Republican Convention!

More Info   Get Minute-by-Minute Updates from AAUW's Lisa Maatz

The political conventions are upon us! Even though Tropical Storm Isaac has pushed back the official start of the Republican Convention by one day, the GOP has already converged on Tampa, Florida, to approve the party platform and officially nominate Gov. Mitt Romney and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) to headline the party's ticket. As usual, AAUW will be in the middle of it all!

AAUW Public Policy and Government Relations Director Lisa Maatz will be in the thick of things at the Republican Convention this week and the Democratic Convention next week. Lisa will be in the convention hall talking with delegates, party power brokers, and other advocates about AAUW's policy priorities and our nationwide nonpartisan voter education and turnout campaign, It's My Vote: I Will be Heard. She will also be live-tweeting from some of the most important speeches and submitting blogs each day, so watch Twitter, Facebook, and AAUW Dialog for pictures and updates from the conventions.

Here's what you can expect from us during the Republican Convention:
Daily blog updates to AAUW Dialog. Check out the first blog post that went up today!
Lots of pictures posted to Facebook!
Live-tweeting from the convention floor for the key speeches, including:
Tuesday, August 28: Remarks by Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA), Sen. Kelly Ayotte (NH), and Ann Romney, followed by the keynote address from New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie
Wednesday, August 29: Remarks by former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and GOP vice presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan (WI)
Thursday, August 30: Mitt Romney's official nomination acceptance speech, preceded by an introduction by Sen. Marco Rubio (FL)

Whether you're at the convention or not, we want to hear from you, too! Send an email to with:
Email us your pictures and videos from the convention floor.
Tell us about your rockin' convention watch party you hosted (don't forget to take pictures there as well!) Read AAUW Dialog for tips on hosting a convention watch party.
Submit your own pep talk video on why voting in the 2012 elections is important to you.

The political conventions come only once every four years – don't miss out on the chance to connect with AAUW in 2012! And tune in next week for updates from the Democratic National Convention, live from Charlotte, North Carolina!

Follow AAUW on Twitter, and read our award-winning AAUW Dialog Blog for discussion, information, and advocacy for women and girls!

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