Around the Arkansas Blogosphere

There’s a lot of stuff going on in the Arkansas political blogging world these days, so I wanted to take a second to point up some of the new developments on the scene.

If you just come here for jokes/poorly sourced rumors/pictures of scantily clad women and have no interest in the broader Arkansas blogging society, stop reading this right now, because I can tell you it’s not going to get any better. But more of the good stuff will be forthcoming:

Talk Business impresario Roby Brock launched a new blog in his ever-expanding media empire this week, “The Political Buzz,” which is off to a strong start in covering some of the key issues in the legislative session.

Blogger Blake Rutherford conned or bribed someone in Washington into giving him press credentials, so he’s off to the nation’s capital to cover the presidential inauguration — he’ll be providing updates at Blake’s Think Tank and through his Twitter feed.

(Pause for self-promotion: While we’re on that subject, you can follow my Arkansas Project Twitter feed here.)

The Tolbert Report has added on a new contributor in Brett Hooton, a Young Republican type who made a run for the House in District 29 last year, but fell a bit short of Ann Clemmer in the primary. Hooton weighs in on the legislative recess for the presidential inauguration.

Arkansas Business gives a nice rundown of a few legislators who are blogging, with tips of the hat to House Speaker Robert “Robbie” Wills, Majority Leader Steve Harrelson and The Arkansas Project’s own Rep. Dan Greenberg, who incidentally threatens promises more blogging activity in the weeks to come.

(Add to that list of blogging legislators: Sen. Larry Teague and Rep. David “Bubba” Powers.)

Let me know if I missed anyone.

Update: Incomparably helpful reader Bill from Sheridan reminds me that newbie legislator Rep. Duncan Baird is on Twitter, too, and you can sign up to follow his updates here.

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4 thoughts on “Around the Arkansas Blogosphere

  • January 16, 2009 at 9:10 am

    From the “Great quotes by legislators” File:

    State Rep. Jon Woods, R-Springdale, said he hadn’t had a chance to read the entire bill, but he liked what he saw.
    “If it goes to the floor, I’ll vote for it,” he said.

    Thats right folks. No need to read the entire bill.

    I mean, it’t not like we dont know that it goes on, but to actually SAY it?

  • January 16, 2009 at 10:49 am

    I hear that young Duncan Baird has a twitter account he updates fairly regularly as well.

  • January 16, 2009 at 1:17 pm

    Love that Duncan Baird.

  • January 18, 2009 at 1:08 pm

    Legislators reading a bill? Naah, no need to do that; lobbyists tell them about it over lunch. In their defense, however, I will say it is darn near impossible to read every single bill out of 2000+ bills that are introduced each session. Committees are supposed to screen out the bad bills, but with one party in charge (and having been so, with a few exceptions, for some 130+ years) of all three branches of government, that often doesn’t happen. Meanwhile, Arkansas languishes in 50th place.


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