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"Wing of the Democratic Party made up of workingmen and reformers, opposed to monopolies and financial policies that seemed to them antidemocratic and conducive to special privilege. The Locofocos received their name when party regulars turned off the gas lights to oust the radicals from a Tammany Hall nominating meeting. The radicals responded by lighting candles with new matches known as locofocos and nominated their own slate." (From: http://www.britannica.com/eb/article-9048706 )

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I am husband and father in a family of four, wife Verna, son Thomas, and daughter Jennifer. We've lived in Springfield's 137th District for over ten years at 800 W Calhoun St, and love the Grant Beach area. I was born to a military family, my mother and father met at Ft Leonard Wood. I was born in Ft Hood Texas, and travelled throughout my childhood, with most of my time spent in any one place in the Rolla Mo area. When I completed my own four year hitch with the US Navy, I settled here in Missouri, living in Mt Vernon. I moved into Springfield in 1994 to attend (then) SMSU and stayed, finding our permanent home in the Grant Beach Park area.

Friday, December 02, 2005

Money Muzzles Media


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Originally uploaded by locofocomoto.

Fired Up! is celebrating their new status as bona fide journalists, exempting them from political reporting. I celebrate with them. Regulating bloggers would lead to the destruction of one of the few venues left for real free speech.

Case in point: “Blunt thrown in the wash with Delay”. Joplin Independent broke the story online. It caught the attention of local political operatives Richard Napieralski, Robert Brantley, and Steven Reed. The story was reposted at Missouri Leadership and Greene County Missouri Democrats, and finally caught the attention of the Springfield News-Leader, but not until some arm-twisting by Reed.

The free speech issue would never have been addressed by the traditional media without these advertising-independent online sources giving it “legs.” Once it was printed in the News-Leader, it gained more attention on Fired Up! and on national blogspots.

In fact, one of the reasons I started this blog is because the News-Leader too-often won’t print letters to the editor responding to the Radical Right’s rants. It’s also provided background information on local issues for area commentators.

Free speech is not free if it’s fettered by money.

Photo by Flickr contributer Martin Krzywinski
Original story:
http://www.joplinindependent.com/display_article.php/ma-earth1130278480/blunt%20thrown

http://www.joplinindependent.com/

http://www.missourileadership.com/

http://greenecountydemocrats.org/

http://www.firedupmissouri.com/

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