In the Pink points to this article on Capitol-focused blogs. It's a good piece - in fact, I'd say it's the piece I thought Gardner Selby was going to write when he contacted me last month on the same topic. Kudos to Aman Batheja for taking us seriously.
ItPT's Eileen Smith gets some nice publicity out of this, but the part I liked best was the quotes from various reps, starting with the Lege's own blog evangelist, Rep. Aaron Pena.
Peņa has become an avid reader of blogs in recent months, sometimes re-evaluating his positions after considering their arguments.
Last month, Peņa started his own blog, originally called Aaron's Blog but now titled A Capitol Blog. It's a great way to communicate directly with his constituents, he said.
"For me, it is apparent that this is the future. There is a very democratic element of communicating via the Internet as a blogger," Peņa said.
This month, Peņa started Lone Star Rising, for which he's solicited legislators from both parties to write.
Peņa said some colleagues expressed interest in contributing to the blog, but others were wary.
"Politicians generally don't like putting something in writing because they fear it can be used against them in a subsequent campaign," Peņa said.
Among the first to accept his invitation was Rep. Rafael Anchia, D-Dallas. His April 13 entry focused on his work on a campaign finance reform bill.
"I thought it was a good way to take the message straight to the people," Anchia said, adding that he likes the way blog postings can't be reduced to a sound bite by the media.
Anchia said he occasionally reads political blogs, as do other politicians and members of their staff.
"There's valuable strategic intelligence in those blogs," Anchia said. "I think it's becoming an important part of legislative culture."