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Friday, June 12, 2009

 11:41 PM 

Delegates take in hospitality suites

The delegates have moved to the hospitality suites portion of the evening, with three rooms hosting delegates after the speaking program.

U.S. Rep. Steve Kagen and Lt. Gov. Barbara Lawton -- both Fox Valley natives -- hosted a "Hometown Party 2009" ice cream social with bowls of ice cream, a toppings bar and several tables. Kagen also had a flier asking supports to join at a $1,000 per host fundraiser at John Peterson's Appleton law office on June 29.

U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold held his annual suite with sloppy joes and other snacks, which had largely cleared out within an hour or so of the suites ramping up.

Most of the delegates still up have made their way to Gov. Jim Doyle's party in Purcell's Lounge in the Oneida Casino. Five piece band The Classic Tawnies are playing in the back corner of the bar. Despite loud applause for Doyle's praise of the statewide smoking ban in his speech earlier, the air is thick with cigarette smoke. The ban, set to take effect next summer, will still not apply to the Ashwaubenon Indian casino -- but the Radisson has numerous signs posted showing that the hotel will go smoke-free starting Monday.

-- By Andy Szal

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