Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Eight Candidates Speak to Bloggers

Eight congressional candidates spoke at the Blogs United conference at Christopher Newport University last Saturday.

The eight come from four different districts -- the First, Second, Third, and Fifth. Here they are, on video, in district numerical order.

From the First District came Democratic candidates Scott Robinson and Krystal Ball, who are seeking their party's nomination to challenge Congressman Wittman in the 2010 general election:

From the Second District, there are four potential Republican challengers to incumbent Representative Glenn Nye: Scott Rigell, Ben Loyola, Kenny Golden, and Scott Taylor:

In the Third District, Coby Dillard is seeking the Republican nomination to face incumbent Congressman Bobby Scott (D-VA):

Finally, in the Fifth District, Michael McPadden is one of six or seven potential Republican challengers seeking to face off against incumbent Representative Tom Perriello (R-VA5):

(Partially cross-posted from Rick Sincere News & Thoughts.)

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Thank you!

Thanks to all who participated in the 2009 Conference!

First, thank you to all our guest speakers: Ryan Nobles, Anita Kumar, Julian Walker, Kimball Payne, Kevin Grierson, Rep. Rob Wittman, Scott Robinson, Krystal Ball, Scott Rigell, Ben Loyola, Ken Golden, Scott Taylor, Mike McPadden, Coby Dillard, Scott Hirons, Tom Cosgrove, and Kenton Ngo. Your efforts made our discussion lively and enjoyable!

Second, thanks to all the attendees! The conference doesn't exist without you!!

Third, we've agreed to have another conference in 2010, as well as a Bloggers Day in Richmond during the General Assembly session. Keep posted either by visiting this blog or joining our Facebook page for more details.

Blogs of Blogs United:

New Dominion Project

Bearing Drift
Vivian Paige
Nova Townhall
Rick Sincere
Crystal Clear Conservative
VB Dems
Virginia Virtucon
Crew of 42
Virginian Federalist
Anonymous is a Woman
Dillard Doctrine
Leslie Carbone
Contemporary Conservative
Heartland of Virginia

(if I missed someone, I'm sure you'll let me know!)

Friday, November 20, 2009

Abbott and Ball confirm

Del-elect Robin Abbott (D-93rd) and Democratic candidate for Congress Krystal Ball have also confirmed that they will be attending the conference on Saturday.

The event is free and open to the public. Breakfast and Lunch will be provided.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Robinson and Rigell join speaker list

The agenda, as expected, is falling into place and we have several more great candidates visiting us this Saturday.
We will be hearing from Rep. Rob Wittman and Scott Robinson (Krystal Ball is invited) from the 1st District; Scott Rigell, Scott Taylor, Ben Loyola, and Ken Golden from the 2nd District (Rep. Glenn Nye and Chuck Smith are invited); and Coby Dillard from the 3rd District (Rep. Bobby Scott is invited).
This is in addition to our already excellent media panel of the Washington Post's Anita Kumar, the Virginian-Pilot's Julian Walker, the Daily Press' Kimball Payne, and NBC-12's Ryan Nobles, and our legal review from attorney Kevin Grierson and General Assembly preview from HRCC rep Scott Hirons.
I hope you can make it to what promises to be an exciting day. Also thanks to McGuireWoods for again sponsoring the conference.
Please tweet, blog, post, etc. and help spread the word! Twitter hashtag: #vabu; http://blogs-united.blogspot.com. Pre-registration is not required, but is requested. You can also let us know you're coming or comment about the event on our Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=177770628150
Thanks to our sponsors, the registration fee will be waived and breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Del. Englin elected to vice chair of House Democrats

Congratulations to Blogs United board member Del. David Englin on his election to be vice chair of the House Democratic Caucus.

Englin was elected by his peers at a recent meeting of the House Democratic Caucus outside of Richmond.

Ironically, Englin was selected to fill the position of retiring Del. Kris Amundson, also a member of Blogs United Board of Directors.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Draft Agenda

Agenda is a draft and subject to change....

8 a.m. Doors open / Breakfast
9 a.m. Election-ethics review / Bloggers behaving badly (or well) / lessons-learned from 2009 - moderated by Dr. Quentin Kidd
10 a.m. Media roundtable - moderated by me
11 a.m. Rep. Rob Wittman - federal issues relating to the internet/social media and how the GOP is using social media
12 p.m. Kevin Grierson - Legal and Lunch
1 p.m. Looking ahead - covering the General Assembly and the congressional campaigns in 2010 (Scott Hirons, HRCC and Allison Jaslaw, DPVA - tentative)
2 p.m. Technology (Podcasting, Apps, Widgets, Best Practices, etc.)
3 p.m. Blogs United Business Meeting
4 p.m. Adjourn
6 p.m. - Dutch-Treat Dinner at .... TBD

Congressional candidates that have also been invited include: Scott Robinson and Krystal Ball from the 1st; Ben Loyola, Scott Rigell, Scott Taylor, Ken Golden and Chuck Smith from the 2nd District; and Coby Dillard from the 3rd.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Registration is now open

Our next conference will be held at Christopher Newport University in the Washington Room of the student union Saturday Nov. 21 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (doors open at 8 a.m.). Continental Breakfast and Lunch come with registration.

Cost is $15.

Invited guests include Sen. Jim Webb, Rep. Rob Wittman, Rep. Glenn Nye, reporters - Ryan Nobles, Anita Kumar, Julian Walker, and Kimball Payne, as well as Scott Hirons of the House Republican Campaign Committee and Greg Scanlon of the Virginia Democratic Party. There is also the possibility of a very special guest.

Topics during the conference include a lessons-learned discussion on the past campaign, opportunities to cover the General Assembly, the balance between being media and bloggers, and a tech discussion on the newest concepts in blogging.

We also will get a legal brief on some of the legal issues facing bloggers today.

Cost is cheap. Register today!

Thursday, October 08, 2009

Reason: The Breitbart Dilemma

Matt Welch's conclusion on Reason.com regarding the Breitbart Dilemma:

More relevantly to the journalism discussion, partisan media criticism is not "rapidly replacing journalism," it's supplementing journalism, forcing journalism to be sharper, and frequently committing acts of journalism in its own right, despite not being motivated by the same allegedly pristine Mission guiding postwar American newspaper types. That fact is not difficult for most consumers to grasp, but it's proven maddeningly elusive for keepers of the old flame. Here's the scoop: Media critics are more motivated by politics than journalistic purity, and in their extra motivation they can and will occasionally steal the old guard's lunch. They–and more importantly, their work–should be held to the same standard that people apply to alt-journalism from all sources, not just those whose politics seem yucky.

Do you concur?

Monday, September 07, 2009

Boucher drafting online privacy legislation

Rep. Rick Boucher (D-VA09) is drafting legislation as it relates to online privacy and advertising.

Rep. Rick Boucher, D-Va., chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications, Technology and the Internet, is drafting a bill that would impose broad new rules on Web sites and advertisers. His goal: to ensure that consumers know what information is being collected about them on the Web and how it is being used, and to give them control over that information.

While Congress has waded into Internet privacy issues before, this measure could break new ground, as the first major attempt to regulate a nascent but fast-growing industry that represents the future of advertising. Boucher insists his bill will benefit consumers and preserve the underlying economics of the Internet, which relies on advertising to keep so much online content free.

"Our goal is not to hinder online advertising," he said. "This will make people more likely to trust electronic commerce and the Internet."

Online Ethics and a Bloggers Code?

Scientists seem to think the possibility exists.

The exceptionally large, diverse and informally linked blogosphere may not be particularly suited to self-regulation. But in reality bloggers profess that they value the principles and adhere to the practices explored in this study. Less ethical bloggers can also expect payback: the blogosphere is more interactive than traditional media, allowing instant and often vigorous feedback to bloggers that violate readers' standards. This 'sanction' on unethical behaviour may replace the need for a formal blogging ethics code.

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

McDonnell counter-proposal includes Blogs United

Bob McDonnell, Republican candidate for governor, sent Creigh Deeds, Democratic candidate for governor, a counter proposal today regarding debates.

McDonnell has agreed to four debates and asked to compromise on three more with Deeds - one of which is the Blogs United Debate.

"Virginia's bloggers play a key role in civic discourse in the Commonwealth," said Tucker Martin, spokesman for McDonnell. "[The 'Blogs United' debate] should be part of our debate schedule."

The debate will be hosted by the Center for Public Policy at Christopher Newport University at the Ferguson Center for the Arts. CPP is dedicated to unbiased and non-partisan research on public policy issues and the views of citizens about those issues.

The Virginian-Pilot
, The Daily Press, and Virginia Talks have also agreed to partner in the debate. Additionally, two television networks are interested in broadcasting the event statewide, and perhaps to a an even wider audience; details have yet to be finalized as to which network will carry the broadcast.

"This will be a 'Virginia first' - mere miles from the seat of our first representative government," said J.R. Hoeft, chairman of Blogs United. "By accepting this debate, both campaigns will clearly demonstrate that they are serious about taking the conversation directly to the people. We're grateful that the McDonnell campaign sees the importance of this debate and are looking forward to Senator Deeds also coming to that conclusion."

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Discouraged, but not dissuaded on debate prospect

As some of you are aware, Blogs United has partnered with the Virginian-Pilot, Daily Press, WHRO, and Virginia Talks to provide citizens of the commonwealth a chance to engage with the gubernatorial candidates, Creigh Deeds and Bob McDonnell, in a forum at Christopher Newport University in late September.

Approximately two weeks ago, the McDonnell campaign accepted our offer to participate. Today, the Deeds campaign listed ten debates they would participate in, and ours was not one of them.

As vice chairman, Vivian Paige, notes on her blog, Blogs United is not out of the mix yet because the campaigns could agree to do more than the five mutually agreed to today, and ours could be one of the ones chosen in this "tussle."

I would note that Blogs United is not the only on-line venue that the Deeds campaign did not accept. They also declined to participate in the YouTube/Politico proposed debate.

Regardless, while I am initially disappointed that the Deeds campaign has turned away from the online community, and its increasingly growing readership, I am confident that other campaigns and speakers will be interested in participating at our venue.

I also remain hopeful that the Deeds campaign will reconsider their decision.

We know that the McDonnell campaign, at least, is still interested:

"We still want to do this debate," wrote Tucker Martin, McDonnell spokesman to the Deeds campaign and the Board of Directors via email.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

New domain name

OK...so we didn't have an event in 2008...sorry about that. However, we have been busy getting the organization "official".

We have a board (which will be announced soon), we chartered the organization with the state, we're almost done with the federal filing for 501c3, and, now, we have a domain name.

New site, announcement of the board members, and details of the next conference will be posted soon!