Loaded Orygun Launches, Puts Sight on State Politics
Willamette Valley, OR--Going off literally half-cocked, on February 1, 2006 a void was declared null and filled. Loaded Orygun , the collaborative effort of two bloggers teaming up again after sharing a web advocacy award, promises to quickly become a fruitful hub for all things Oregon Politick. If Attorney General Myers and his staff should happen to embarrass John Ashcroft in front of the Supreme Court again, we'll cover it. As the races for the state House develop into the key election topic of the fall, we'll be there. And we'll be all over the May ballot questions in Portland, especially voter-owned elections.
Crossing paths in cyberspace, native Oregonians Carla (of Preemptive Karma) and Torrid (Also Also) ironically met while separately covering the gubernatorial election challenge in Washington state. Both writers noticed a vacuum in the blogosphere when it came to serious review of case law, administrative policy, and electoral procedure. Fighting repeated attempts to distort the discussion, Preemptive Karma and Also Also published stories debunking charges of mail ballot fraud, military disenfranchisement, electoral fraud and gross malfeasance by King County. In addition, the sites provided contextual coverage such as interviews with local and state officials, and full liveblogging during the trial. For their work, Preemptive Karma and Also Also were co-honored with the David Niewert Award for Best Reporting From Outside of Washington.
Wanting to avoid a similar rearguard defense of reality as Oregon enters political season, the two writers recognized a gap in strong advocacy-based Oregon reporting and opinion from the left. In a media environment where Willy Week represents the closest example of modern progressive journalism, Earl Blumenauer is considered a socialist nutbag, and Lars Larson still gets more ink than Thom Hartmann, Loaded Orygun will become a firm voice for change...well, until change isn't needed, in which case it will become a silent voice of, er, satisfied quietude.
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Carla, of Preemptive Karma--http://preemptivekarma.com
Torrid, of Also Also--http://alsoalso.typepad.com