Posts tagged ‘Blogging’

August 20, 2016

Whining and Begging, Still Failing the Community

by lewwaters

Col MonkeyColumbian editor Lou Brancaccio has never hidden his disdain for blogs and bloggers and in years past has laid a portion of blame on blogs for the Lazy C’s declining sales and subscription rate.

But the reality of it is that newspapers and media in general have no one to blame but themselves for the decline.

Long ago many told Lou that if the newspaper were more even handed and equitable in political coverage, not promoting the left more so than the right, they likely would regain many conservative readers that walked away from their product.

His response as usual, “We already endorse about as many Republicans as we do Democrats.”

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August 9, 2016

What Part of “INDEPENDENT” is Misunderstood?

by lewwaters

024It seems a small but vocal fringe element we have seen highjacking conservatism and the Republican Party are very upset. My guess is seeing Councilor David Madore kicked to the curb in the latest election is difficult for them to accept since he holds some mysterious messiah like position with them.

As with all miscreants, someone besides themselves must be to blame when things don’t go as they envision they should and they begin lashing out at whoever they feel is an easy target.

Ever since this blog exposed their efforts at PCO stacking two years ago, it has been one of the favored targets, they actually setting up what they think is an anonymous “Watch” blog site to critique and counter the efforts here.

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March 30, 2016

I Will Return

by lewwaters

Apr. 2, 2016: Issues ironed out and resuming with blogging 

Sick Computer 1With apologies to Gen. MacArthur for stealing his notable claim, I feel it appropriate to inform you all that the recent silence of this blog is due to computer problems and not anything resulting from the CCGOP hierarchy expressed in the past.

For some time now I have struggled with an aging computer that finally decided to stop and force me to take it in for repair. Whether it is repairable or must be replaced remains to be seen.

It is in the hands of some very competent people as I write this on my aging and slow as molasses in sub zero weather netbook.

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February 5, 2012

Stateside Associates “Best Local Politics Blogs”

by lewwaters

“Stateside Associates is the largest state and local government relations firm, offering 50 employees in service to 100+ clients. With deep expertise in both strategy and execution, Stateside Associates transcends the conventional categories of government relations consulting.”

Founded in 1988, Stateside Associates, located in Arlington, Virginia “has worked across the 50 states and in many local governments on behalf of dozens of companies, trade associations and government and non-profit clients to identify trends and build relationships with state and local officials.”

Like other corporations have discovered, many bloggers fill a niche between media and the people, filling in what is often left lying on editorial room floors. Many state and local government relations professionals also find value in opinions and reporting found in many blogsites and find the information often “invaluable.”

I was honored a few years ago to be chosen to participate in notifications and conference calls hosted by the American Petroleum Institute, having previously blogged on America’s need for a more comprehensive domestic energy policy.

I was amazed to once make a call to the editor of the Centralia Chronicle and as I identified myself, hear he knew who I was and had read my blog.

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December 15, 2008

PDC Temporarily Tables Blogger Lobbying Efforts

by lewwaters

washington-sealAs previously discussed at Bloggers, Are We Lobbyists, Washington State Bloggers were facing being labeled as lobbyists by the Public Disclosure Commission.

Mike Reitz, of the Evergreen Freedom Foundation attended the latest hearing of the PDC and has emailed me that this effort has been shelved for the time being.

As Mike states on his own site linked above, two commissioners desired more time to consider the guidelines proposed while two others present were ready to adopt them. A fifth commissioner was not present.

A December 5 Olympian article, PDC waits on blog ruling, delves a little deeper into the intent of the proposed guidelines. From that article we read,

“PDC staff lawyer Nancy Krier said the agency has taken a “follow-the-money” approach that applies a standard lobbying requirement — which allows a person or group to avoid registering or reporting as a lobbyist if an individual spends no more than four days in three consecutive months lobbying and does not spent more than $25.

The limit for grassroots lobbying is that organizations or individuals do not spend more than $500 in a month or $1,000 in three consecutive months.

But, Krier said low-cost Internet organizing changes the way lobbying is done and tracked. “In the new era, there is no money to follow,” Krier said.”

While most of us small-time bloggers spend little money on blogging, we do spend much more than 4 days in a 3-month period expressing our opinions and writing in support of favored candidates or measures. Most of us earn absolutely nothing for our efforts. We do it out of principle and as I have stated before, to bypass printed media that may or may not publish our letters to the editors and then, have them subjected to editing, sometimes changing the point of why we wrote.

I see this as nothing more than exercising our First Amendment right of Free Speech and since we are not paid, I see no reason the thought of regulating us is even thought of.

Well, no logical reason, anyway.

With all the left’s efforts at reinstitution of the Fairness Doctrine, actually a thinly veiled effort at stifling free speech of the right, it appears that bloggers could fall under such regulation as well in the future.

What, if any actual affect it would hold for small-time blogs, I’d just as soon not find out. I enjoy the freedom of expressing my thoughts in support or in opposition of candidates and measures. I support those blogs from the left who post in opposition to me as their expression of free speech.

So long as our printed and broadcast media continue to cover news in the slanted way they currently do, we bloggers supply the balance they refuse to.

EFF Podcast discussion on blogger lobbying.

The PDC is interested in receiving public comments on this. You can email comments to Lori Anderson at landerson@pdc.wa.gov