I’ve been battling the flu for two weeks now. I hope I’m finally over it. For two weeks I haven’t been able to write, because I haven’t been able to think. I’m still not back to 100%, but I’m improving every day.
This coming Saturday our Democratic Party County Conventions are scheduled to elect new officers and delegates to the District and State Conventions. My county, Grady, has had a very active Party and our officers have done a superb job. None of the current officers are running for another term, and we’re having a very hard time finding anyone willing to run. Right now, I only know of one person willing to run for County Vice Chair.
I’ve been encouraged to run, but during election season, I spend more time in Oklahoma County than I do Grady County, and I take sides in Primary Elections. It wouldn’t be fair to Grady County or to Democratic candidates that I do not support in the Primary.
Democrats in the Oklahoma State House of Representatives have started a new website to help get their message out to the public. This is excellent news…now how about it Senate Democrats, will you follow suit? Please!
American Journalism Review just completed a new survey of reporters covering state government. The news is not good. There has been a dramatic decrease since their last survey in 2003.
This is the outcome for Oklahoma:
Paper / FT/ Session help?/ Status
Oklahoman (Okla. City) / 2 / N / Down
Tulsa World / 1 / N / Down
CNHI Newspapers CNHI / 0 / N / Down
Journal Record (Oklahoma City) / 1 / Y / Down
Not good – all were down and only the Journal Record adds more staff during the legislative session.
There seems to be nothing but bad news when it comes to newspapers. But some good news comes from the Huffington Post. Recognizing the importance of good investigative journalism, especially in times with numerous crises, they announced the establishment of a non-profit Investigative Fund.
The Fund is ready to interview potential editors and reporters and also to start receiving proposals for investigative projects. The focus at the beginning is going to be on investigating aspects of the economic crisis. So please email resumes and pitches — as well any ideas and tips you may have about what should be investigated — to HuffPostFund@gmail.com.
In my last posting, I asked Tom Cole, Tom Coburn and Jim Inhofe where their outrage was about AIG. Well, Jim Inhofe showed his outrage and his hypocrisy. This from ThinkProgress.org
Inhofe said, “The AIG situation is clear evidence of what happens when you shovel money out the door with no strings attached and no transparency.” While Inhofe today demands that federal bailouts come with “strings attached,” he expressed the opposite view in February when he asked, “[I]s this still America? Do we really tell people how to run [a business], and who to pay and how much to pay?”