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Reflections – Part 3

(Originally published in Greater Democracy)

Recently, I’ve been spending a lot of time reflecting on my experiences blogging the national conventions. My thoughts have meandered, but I think I’ve finally arrived at the crux of my reflections. Bloggers are not the new media’s journalists. Bloggers are the new media’s op-ed writers.

Politics, Local and National

Yesterday, I spent a bit of time updating LocalPols, my site listing good local politicians around the country, including a clickable map of the State Senate races.

Today, I received an email from the DCCC pointing to an article in The Stakeholder about my local congressman. It presents some good review of how close Shays has really been to Tom Delay.

I've been doing what I can to help the Diane Farrell for Congress campaign, including making turf maps.

Re: Calling All Convention Bloggers

Brian Reich of the Campaign Web Review, has asked the following set of questions. Instead of just sending them off as an email, I thought I would answer the questions on my blog.

Reflections – Part 2

(Originally published in Greater Democracy)

A few days ago, I posted an entry, entitled ‘Reflections – Part 1’. That sort of requires me to follow up with a part 2. This part is one that I’ve been thinking about ever since the Republican convention, and since then, I keep getting more and feedback to go into the article.

My daughter is taking a course on comparative politics and the professor talked about key aspects of a democracy. She challenged whether or not the United States is truly democratic, choosing two points, whether or not the writ of habeas corpus is being properly observed, and whether or not we have a free press.

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Why I’m voting in the beer primary

(Originally published in Greater Democracy)

It rained today, and I thought about my life,

Of late, there have been a lot of personal attacks in the U.S. Presidential race. First Kerry’s record in Vietnam was attacked. Then the attackers were attacked. The Bush’s record in the Texas Air National Guard was attacked. Then those attackers were attacked. Many people have complained asking why we can’t focus on the issues.

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