OFFICIAL BLOG: Blogging is big at the convention. Robert Miller, state vice-chairman, was selected as the DNC's official blogger for the Utah delegation. You can read Miller's thoughts about Denver's action this week at

UNOFFICIAL BLOG: Former U.S. Rep. Bill Orton, D-Utah, a delegate, brought his two sons, Will and Wes, ages 13 and 11, to the convention. The boys are doing their own blog, and found it has perks.

Introducing themselves as bloggers (and with their former congressman dad on hand) they were able to meet, interview and photograph such people as Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., and Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass.

While both are powerful committee chairman, the pair's blog makes it clear they were much more thrilled with rock stars they have met.

As Bill Orton said, "We went to the MTV concert. They were standing on the red carpet at the entryway. When stars saw two kids, they came over to talk." Apparently the young Ortons really liked Fall Out Boy, and posted numerous pictures of them and him on their blog. Its address is

THE CLOSET OPENS: By far the biggest laugh at the Utah delegation meeting Tuesday morning came during a report by State Rep. Chris Johnson, D-Salt Lake.

She is one of three openly gay state legislators and one of three gay delegates to the national convention.

Johnson said Monday's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender caucus reported a 41 percent increase in LGBT delegates at this year's convention, and then reported how many were in each state's delegation.

That report said Utah has four LGBT delegates.

"We can identify three," she said, as laughs began. "So whoever that fourth person is, well, the water is fine," and she invited that person to come on in and announce they are a gay Democrat from Utah.

MINORITY OF ONE: Former state Sen. Patrice Arent is the incoming Democratic committeewoman for Utah, and is Jewish. She said she has been attending many events aimed at Jews, and how to help them support the party.

"Every time I introduce myself as being from Utah, people say, 'Utah? really?'" as if it were not possible that Utah could have Jews, let alone Democratic Jews, she said.

She said when she asked a question at one meeting and introduced herself as from Utah, first there was a hush — and then applause.

As Arent points out, however, Utah is among the relatively few states that has elected a Jewish governor — Simon Bamberger, early in the last century. "And he was a Democrat," she said.