Archive for March, 2007

The Jeff City stuff

Friday, March 30th, 2007

Yes, I’ve heard gossip this week from Jefferson City and no, I’m not interested in hearing more.

Last summer, if you recall, there was a disturbing amount of interest in the personal life of a young Democratic spokeswoman. I didn’t acknowledge that kind of stuff then, and I won’t now.

And to the anonymous tough guys who will e-mail and tell me, “Staff is policy!”: Easy for you to say, because nobody cares about you or what you do in your personal life.

Too often, the political crowd engages in as much gossip as the high school wait staff at your nearest chain restaurant. This is, unfortunately, one of those times.

Having a life is the best way to avoid getting wrapped up in others’.

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Thursday, March 29th, 2007

I’m switching web hosts this weekend for the first time ever. I anticipate zero down time, but hey, you know how those things go. If the site is down for a few hours, it will probably be Saturday afternoon.

If you visit the site on Sunday morning and the domain hasn’t properly transferred, visit this site for the day’s headlines.

Why am I changing hosts? Because I exceed my bandwidth every month, and the company I’m switching to (which hosts this blog) is faster and more reliable anyway.

But more importantly, the new web host makes it easier to provide RSS, and will allow faster and easier editing of the site. Which will please you and me both.

Thanks for your patience with this.

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Bob Holden and Webster University

Wednesday, March 28th, 2007

Last night, I had the pleasure of speaking to Gov. Bob Holden’s class on Political Communication Research at Webster University. We talked about the impact the Internet has had on political communication in Missouri and what we can expect for the future.

We Republicans can say what we will about Holden’s ideology — and Lord knows I’ve said plenty over the last six years — but it’s great to see him in a spot where he can direcly influence young people’s lives and facilitate their involvement in public affairs. He is working to make the Holden Public Policy Forum at Webster a true bi-partisan effort. I’ll post more details and contact information about his programs — and potential opportunities to get our side involved — soon.

And a special thanks to May Scheve, who took my occasional age jokes better than any other woman in their mid-30s would have.

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Quick hits: KC Star, P-D

Tuesday, March 27th, 2007

Take a look at the subhead of this KC Star article from today’s paper. Either we’ve reached a point where “wusses” is considered a safe word for a family newspaper, or the old people who tend to approve copy are clueless as to the word’s origins.

In other large daily newspaper news, check out what an ACC reader thinks of Post-Dispatch content of late.

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