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  • January 28, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    By his own admission, energetic labor activist Pat Crowley, a bete noire for conservative Rhode Islanders, had a little time on his hands recently, so he catalogued the number of blog mentions devoted to him on Anchor and the Ocean State Republican. The answer: 47.

    Pat, who clearly wears the other side's opprobrium as a badge of honor, asks whether he should at least get a prize.

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  • January 25, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    Don't get me wrong. I love the speed with which Google, the Internet, and other forms of new technology enable me to find information, and how blogging offers a faster way to break news than through being just in traditional print.

    Yet all is not well and good, particularly in the political realm. A number of observers have been weighing in with the viewpoint that, well, things just aren't as good as they used to be.

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  • January 23, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    BlogNetNews, an aspiring national blog aggregator, has launched a Rhode Island site. It has all your faves -- RI's Future, Anchor Rising, Daily Dose, Belo Blog, and, yes, N4N.

    A fellow named David Mastio dropped me an e-mail with the following skinny:

    The heart of the site is an aggregator that reposts the begining of the latest posts from blogs across the state and then links back to the originating blog for readers who want to check out the whole thing.

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  • January 20, 2008
    By webteam

    Thanks to our friends at the Providence Daily Dose, we learn that this blog, one year after bursting on the scene, comes up tops when you Google for "Not for Nothing."

  • January 13, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    The bygone year was a big one in the RI blogosphere, if I may say so, with the addition of sites such as N4N and Providence Daily Dose. Now, in today's ProJo, Ed Fitzpatrick describes how citizen-activist Anne Grant is pushing the boundaries of the local blogosphere -- and how state government is pushing back.

    The divorce and custody case involving children “Sara Doe” and “Mary Doe” might have remained just another of the bitter battles that play out in Family Court, deeply personal and unnoticed by the public.

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  • January 09, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    From Markos:

    Hillary is my least favorite of the viable candidates on substantive grounds, and I'll be voting for Barack Obama here pretty soon here in California via absentee ballot. The second-to-last thing I want is Mark Penn and Terry McAluiffe anywhere near the White House. (The last thing? Another Republican administration.

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  • January 04, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    The Page, the blog by Mark Halperin of Time magazine, is one of the best sources for following the presidential race, and he offers his take-aways from yesterday's Iowa caucuses:

    Five things we now know that we didn’t know before the Iowa caucuses:

    1. Barack Obama can go head-to-head with Hillary Clinton and win.

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  • November 13, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    Via Romenesko:

    Newsweek press release

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
    Tuesday, November 13, 2007

    MARKOS MOULITSAS, FOUNDER AND PUBLISHER OF DAILYKOS.COM,
    TO BECOME NEWSWEEK CONTRIBUTOR FOR 2008 PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN

    New York -- Markos Moulitsas, the founder and publisher of dailykos.com, will become a Newsweek contributor for the 2008 presidential campaign, offering occasional opinion pieces to the pages of the magazine and to Newsweek.







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  • November 13, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    Jon Scott, one of the Republican challengers last year to US Representative Patrick Kennedy, has a new blog (h/t Anchor), and he recently wrote about his political future:

    I’m testing the waters.

    During my 2006 campaign, we always had the intention of blogging. There is so much to communicate; strange stories, bizarre attitudes and challenging encounters that leave a candidate wondering whether the system can ever be changed.

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  • November 12, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    On one level, I guess it should be a point of pride when the MSM picks up the work of us humble bloggers. On another level, we are increasingly becoming a tip sheet for Rhode Island's dominant daily (whose 7 to 7 blog is taking the day off, btw.)

    So last week, Matt reported on Steve Kass perhaps being a bit out of the loop.

    Today, Political Scene reports on Steve Kass perhaps being a bit out of the loop.

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  • November 12, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    N4N had the pleasure of yesterday attending the wedding of my friend Matt Jerzyk and his lovely bride, Suzanne DaSilva. As most readers of this blog know, Matt has been a driving force in putting the Rhode Island blogosphere on the map, and he's a Phoenix contributor (and fellow Red Sox nut) to boot. We send our best wishes to the happy couple.

  • November 05, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    Some odds and sods to kick off the week:

    -- The New York Times has hired four people to staff its new comment desk, which will screen readers' online comments at the paper. Yesterday, public editor Clark Hoyt reported:

    “We have two great assets,” said Jonathan Landman, the deputy managing editor who is in charge of the newsroom’s online efforts.

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  • October 15, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    It's not like it's a secret that Patrick Lynch is in the 2010 gubernatorial mix, but still . . .

    Matt put this post up last Wednesday:

    Attorney General Patrick Lynch has some recent staff shakeups that continue to position him for a 2010 run for governor.

    He has named Jeff Guimond, a former top policy and campaign aide to LG Charlie Fogarty, as his Director of Policy and Legislation.

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  • October 12, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    -- As the Indians put the death bite on the Yankees in the ALDS, I began to think, "Be careful what you wish for." Like any Red Sox fan, N4N wanted a swift exit for the New Yorkers. The Indians, though, are a far better team right now. But, hey, this is what the ALCS is supposed to be about -- the two best teams in the American League. N4N says, Sox in seven.

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  • October 02, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    Today's news that Betsy Morgan, the GM of CBS.com, is leaving to become chief executive of the Huffington Post, points to the steadily growing influence of the blogosphere.

    From Bill Carter's report in the New York Times:

    “Getting somebody like this to come to our site says a boatload about where the industry is going,” said Kenneth Lerer, who has been acting as the chief executive of The Huffington Post and will move up to chairman.

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