Lawmakers turning to blogs

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ATLANTA - What began as a way to sound off online about an ex-boyfriend or girlfriend has turned into a political tool.

Erick Erickson, in his Macon office, co-founded the Republican blog Red State and most recently, Peach Pundit.  Special
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Erick Erickson, in his Macon office, co-founded the Republican blog Red State and most recently, Peach Pundit.

To reach constituents during the General Assembly, both Republicans and Democrats are turning to blogs.

But is anyone tuning in?

Rep. Doug McKillip, D-Athens, started blogging during his campaign last year in an effort to communicate with the young and technologically savvy.

He said he started the Web site to make his views more accessible and increase his interaction with the public.

Mr. McKillip's blog is hardly controversial, with little more than procedural details posted. He said the upcoming discussion of Sunday alcohol sales could draw some heavy feedback.

If he expects a wide audience, however, he may be disappointed. Barry Hollander, a professor in the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia, has conducted extensive research on blogs and said that participation in political blogs is limited.

"They tend to only be read by the political junkies," he said. "For many, American Idol is their news."

However, blogs are still useful for politicians because the posted information seems to reach influential people, such as lobbyists, he said.

Erick Erickson, a lawyer from Macon, launched an independent political blog in 2005. PeachPundit.com has about 500 individual accounts and receives more than 3,000 unique visitors a day, Mr. Erickson said.

Although he acknowledged that the majority of posting was by those concerned with politics, he said the site attracted the attention of people across the state.

"A lot of people don't get involved until an issue affects them," he said. "But when that happens, they start posting away."

He pointed to a September incident in which new state license plates were revealed. More than 90 comments were posted on the Web site, most against the proposed blue plates.

Gov. Sonny Perdue later removed the mandatory status from the plates, which Mr. Erickson attributed to feedback from the blogging community.

Reach Brian Hughes at (404) 589-8424 or mnews@morris.com.

LEGISLATORS WITH BLOGS


- Sen. David Adelman, D-Decatur www.davidadelman.info


- Rep. Steve Davis, R-McDonough www.steve-davis.org/blog


- Rep. Doug McKillip, D-Athens dougmckillip.blogspot.com


- Sen. David Shafer, R-Duluth www.davidshafer.org

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getalife
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getalife 01/19/07 - 11:46 am
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Blogging, just another way

Blogging, just another way for politicians to spend the taxpayers dollars while still not saying anything useful.

ZMan
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ZMan 01/19/07 - 08:21 pm
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Links: *

Links:
* http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/crimoff.htm
* http://sexoffenderinfo.pbwiki.com
* http://sexoffenderissues.blogspot.com/
* http://abcnews.go.com/2020/LegalCenter/story?id=2785054&page=1
* http://www.justice4matt.com/
* http://www.detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070118/METRO/7011804...

* It should be MANDATORY that anyone in prison get therapy, and out of prison, if needed. Therapy does work. If you just lock them up, when they get out, they will be worse off. Therapy teaches people how to not act out and help, regardless of what the general public thinks. Just ask a therpist.

* We need to STOP this hysteria and get sex offenders the help they need.

* You can pass all the laws you want but without therapy and this "mob" mentality will not solve anything!

* I am sick of politicians using children to get their laws passed! Who would want to vote against anything that is "for the children"?

* If the sex offender laws are kept, why discriminate? I DEMAND WE HAVE A CRIMINAL HISTORY REGISTRY THAT IS ACCESSIBLE VIA THE INTERNET FOR ANYONE WITH A CRIMINAL HISTORY!!

* "Buffer Zones" are a false sense of security!

* "Buffer Zones" are banishing people from their

sammyj
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sammyj 01/19/07 - 10:25 pm
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If they really cared how we

If they really cared how we feel they would start reading the rants and raves.We cant say it any more simplier than we do there.

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