Monday's ceremony, which drew a decent-sized crowd, was followed up by a reception at the Madison Hotel.
Conrad's first major action was to join with the minority Tuesday in a 7-6 vote which defeated attempts to liberalize the city's residence requirements for new police officers.
From his statement: "The McCain campaign is resuming all activities and the Senator will travel to the debate this afternoon. Following the debate, he will return to Washington to ensure that all voices and interests are represented in the final agreement, especially those of taxpayers and homeowners."
Read the full statement at the Washington Post.
More coverage, including on-site reporting from the debate, to come.
Given the import of Saturday morning's "retreat" at the University of Memphis Technology Center - one at which Mayor Willie Herenton and members of the city administration and city council saw austerity looming in the year to come -- the mood was surprisingly upbeat and free of rancor, even on formerly controversial subjects like the mayor's use of his sole contracting authority. (See video of brief discussion with council member Wanda Halbert)....