Saturday, May 05, 2012

New website - Statehouse News Online

I wanted to let you know that Tom Blumer, BizzyBlog, and I have recently begun writing for Statehouse News Online. We'll both be doing regular posts, sharing information and perspective on items of interest within the state of Ohio.

Statehouse News is the brainchild of the Franklin Center for Government & Public Integrity, "a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to promoting new media journalism." They are the sponsor of the Citizen Watchdog training I've been talking and writing about (here and here), though they are not responsible for anything that appears on the Statehouse News site. is a collection of independent journalists covering state-specific and local government activity. is the national leading news website dedicated to providing news from the nation’s state capitols. The news website networks with dozens of state-based news organizations to provide in depth coverage of state legislation, government & special interests, state budgets and political/campaign news.

The site contains both straight news reporting and commentary, often covering stories traditional media miss - or don't have the time to fully investigate.

My first post, "Ohio: Good marks in economic ranking, but still room for improvement," takes at look at how Ohio ranked in the recent Rich States, Poor States annual report.

Tom's most recent "Ohio employment: A tale of three cities," analyzes President Barack Obama's claim that bailing out the auto industry is the reason for the decreased unemployment in the state.

Yesterday, I took a look at the questions that should have been asked at an anti-gun press conference where Columbus Democrats called on a Republican to cancel her 'Shoot for Liberty' fundraiser at a gun club.

I hope you'll make Statehouse News a regular stop - and if you have a news tips or story that isn't getting the attention it deserves, let me know!

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