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May 25, 2005

A new group blog... by Oregon legislators!!!

Wow.  Today marks the launch of Oregon House Democrats: The Blog, a group blog by 27 (!) Oregon (State) House Democrats.  According to "blogfather" Kari Chisholm (founder of BlueOregon), this is the first-ever blog for an entire legislative caucus.

The 27 members of the Oregon House Democratic Caucus believe in an open government. Unfortunately, the rush of legislative business, as well as the limitations of space and time, prevents many people from communicating directly with legislators. This new blog enables any interested person to see the positions taken by House Democrats and to comment on them. It will provide the constant flow of information that legislators need to respond to constituents’ concerns.

The blog is just one facet of a multi-year Democratic campaign to retake the Oregon House.  Very smart.

Alright, Washington Democrats.  The gauntlet has been thrown down.  Sure, you're in the majority -- unlike your colleagues in Oregon.  You don't hafta run a blog to rebuild political power.  But surely, the Democratic caucuses in both the House and the Senate could benefit from a more intimate connection with the public, and a fiesty two-way flow of information.  Sure beats sending out press releases, right?

Hopefully in the coming weeks, Kari will tell us a bit more about how he sold the idea.
 

Posted by Jon Stahl on May 25, 2005 at 09:00 AM in Inside Baseball | Permalink

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