A Fuller Spectrum of News on this July 4th?

I hope you enjoyed your fireworks.  There actually wasn't that much fog in SF, so you could see them this year.  That's always fun.  But how did the 4th go across the internets?  Well, I actually found this kinda funny:

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Why is this funny? Well, funny is a strong word. Let's say sad.  Get a "fuller spectrum of news" over the flip. (BTW, this is from Calitics)

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"The Dean" Checks in on CA politics, Arnold

Cross posted from Calitics, the progressive community blog for California.

"The Dean of the Washington press corps", David Broder, took a minute from his babysitting and escort services, to take a look at the muscled governor from California.  You see, Arnold's been all over the paper, so Broder figures he better weigh in. You know, now that there are 850,000 web hits for "California redistricting" there might be something there.  Flip it...

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Mutual Political Masturbation: Bloomberg and Arnold

Cross-posted from Calitics.

Was that title a bit too graphic? Well, how else can you describe this image? It seems the Governator and Mayor Mike have developed quite the relationship.  Now, they are fawning over each other and the presidency. Follow me over the flip...

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The Calitics Q2 Challenge

At Calitics, we've been a bit quiet on the fundraising lately. That's mostly intentional, as to avoid overdoing it. But, Q3 is just around the corner, so we have to start talking about money once again.  However, this time we're going to do something a little different by challenging the entire 50 states to join us for a beer.

Well, maybe not all together, that's what YearlyKos is for]. But follow me over the flip, and we'll talk about what we've accomplished and what we will accomplish. And we'll build a little directory over at dKos of Q2 Closing events.

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Is the blogosphere a luxury?

Cross-posted from Calitics

During the convention, I spoke (not so well) about the impact of community blogs. It was a rocking good time, except for the fact that I felt a bit on the unprepared side. Sorry folks! Well, anyway, there was also a reporter in that room, one Jennifer Hunter from the Chicago Sun-Times. She does a lot of coverage for the local Senator...uh...Barack Obama. Well, on May 4, she let out a cry for the old media.  Not from a position of knowledge or experience, rather it was another example of media defensiveness. 

When I walked into the California State Democratic Convention last Saturday in San Diego and saw all the bloggers, I realized that not only was I a Luddite, hauling around my ailing microcassette tape recorder, but that this trend of political blogging is growing like a kudzu vine, snaking around a dozen newspaper boxes ... overnight. (Chicago Sun-Times 5/4/07)

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E-Stalking legislation (AB 919): A good idea?

Cross-posted from Calitics

Stalking is a serious crime. It is frightening for the victim and their family and a violation of the sense of privacy that we all should have.

So, in that vein, Howdy Doody Asm. Guy Houston has put forward AB 919 in order to combat the threat of e-stalking. It's a serious problem.  Recently, several female bloggers have received threats, and "cyber-bullies" have been causing havoc in schools.

However, I'm a little concerned about this.  It has a great potential for abuse.  Well, let's check the statute over the flip

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Blograiser for McNerney and Brown Updates (W/Prizes!!)

We are very, very excited to be presenting Blue House at the Brew House (PDF Flier) on April 27. I now have some very exciting news to add to the already super cool event for Charlie Brown (CA-04) and Jerry McNerney (CA-04).  If you buy a ticket by donating $40 to the BrewHouse ActBlue Page, you will have a shot at some great prizes.  In fact, you need not even be at the event to win.  Just send the $40 (OR MORE!!) through our Brewhouse ActBlue page, and you'll be entered to win.

Rather than describe them all myself, Howie Klein of DownWithTyranny will tell you all about the cool stuff that he's giving out:

Donate $20 to Jerry McNerney's campaign and $20 to Charlie Brown's campaign ($40 in total) via Blue America's ActBlue Page and your name will be at the door AND you'll be registered for a drawing for the 6 prizes. There are 5 autographed copies of The Bush Diaries by California author (and blogger) Peter Clothier, each paired with a rare, collectible CD, a promo-only copy of the Blue America campaign song from 2006, "Have You Had Enough," sung by Rickie Lee Jones and our two ex-Squirrel Nut Zippers Tom Maxwell and Ken Mosher.

The grand prize is even rarer, an official Australian Record Industry Association platinum and gold award for two records by one of Congressman McNerney's best known constituents, Chris Isaak (a born and raised Stockton native). The double platinum award was for the album Forever Blue and the gold single award is for "Somebody's Crying." The unique award was given to the former president of Chris' label and he (errr... me) donated it for this event. Calitics will be picking the winner from a hat on Friday night. The good news is that you don't even have to be there to win. If you donate the $20 + $20 minimum online, your name gets thrown into the hate too and we'll mail you the book and CD or the platinum record award if you win.(DWT)

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Unconscionable: On How Our Veterans Get Screwed

Cross-posted from Calitics: the progressive community blog for California.

John Doolittle is who he is.  He's not really going to change because he got a bit of a scare in the 2006 elections.  He still opposes labor regulations in the Mariana Islands.  His ethics are still, um, well, less than respectable.  And, oh yeah, he was extremely slow to support our veterans.  In fact, the Disabled American Veterans gives him a stellar rating of 50.  I call that failing.  Sure he'll send our troops to war, but support them when they come home, why bother?  Why bother to make an effort? Why give a portion of your campaign donations to veterans charities like Charlie Brown is doing this Monday (PDF)? I mean, you could give 15% to your wife for "fund raising", that'll help you buy a nicer house, dude! Golly, Democrats are so stupid, they could be doing so much more to pillage the government!

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California, Massachusetts and non-universal universal health care

It's now been one year (ok, one year tomorrow, but who's quibbling?) since the passage of Massachusetts's supposed "universal" health care plan, and perhaps we could learn a little from the experiment.  Now, Massachusetts and California are very different states. First of all, prior to passage MA had about 375,000 uninsureds. California has over 6.5 million uninsureds.  That's a lot.  Throw in demographic differences and the shape of the government budget, and you have some fairly different situations.  

But, there are still some lessons available in our cross-continent counterpart.  Flip it!

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Stuart Rothenberg: The Internet Doesn't Matter

I noticed this little gem from Stu Rothenberg in Political Wire this morning:

Technology obviously changes campaigns, and one day YouTube, Facebook and the Internet overall may determine who wins and who doesn't. But for the 2008 cycle, it's still those dreary "old media" that matter, no matter how many people want to get ahead of the curve and how creative and interesting the new technologies of the day. (Politcal Wire 3/20/07)

So, nope, it doesn't matter. Try all you want, but nothing on the net will matter. Why? Because Rothenberg says so! Follow me over the flip...

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