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Friday, June 23, 2006

BluegrassReport.org: You're Kidding, Right? Are These The Stupidest Politicians Ever To Roam The Bluegrass State? -- Fletcher Reverses Course And Allo

You're Kidding, Right? Are These The Stupidest Politicians Ever To Roam The Bluegrass State? -- Fletcher Reverses Course And Allows Conservative Bluegrass Institute's Political Blog To Be Reinstated. BluegrassReport.org Still Banned!

I'm just blown-away with the stupidity -- and likely legal consequences -- of this decision by our indicted Governor Fletcher (R) regarding his nationally-watched attempt to ban political speech.

Here's what you need to know about this fight, in a nutshell.

I've asserted from the outset that the decision to ban BluegrassReport.org to the state's 34,000 employees was targeted at me and my speech. Period. Fletcher was tired of the criticism and scrutiny and just blocked the site. It was only eight hours later -- after enormous pressure from dozens of prominent national websites -- that Fletcher's hacks finally offered a phony pretext that they were banning all "blogs" and not targeting for content. Nevermind that blogs by media reporters were not banned and sites like Drudge Report, Rush Limbaugh and the Republican National Committee's blog are still accessible.

So, again. I say they are banning based on content. They say it applies to all blogs.

Now check out what the very political Bluegrass Institute posted on their "Bluegrass Policy BLOG" last night:BIPPS blocked by Fletcher Administration no more

Jill Midkiffe with the Kentucky Finance and Administration Cabinet called me back today to say that the Bluegrass Institute's main website, bipps.org, is no longer blocked by filters established by the state.

That includes the Bluegrass Institute's blog.

Oddly enough, we have to assume that dozens of other blogs are still being blocked by state government.

So, Fletcher decides to reverse course and agrees NOT TO BLOCK a very conservative political blog that supports his positions on vouchers, privatization of anything relating to government, and attempts to enact bogus legal reform -- yet BluegrassReport.org, who has been very critical of his administration, is still banned????

Are they insane? How can they possibly justify this exception? Bluegrass Institute is as political as they come. They focus promoting their free-market issues. BluegrassReport.org focuses on political corruption, hypocrisy and transparency in government. Ironically, Fletcher allows a site which contains the term "BLOG" in its name, but not one that doesn't.

As I remarked yesterday, I don't agree with the Bluegrass Institute on many policy positions but I respect their principled work and there is no way that state government should ban their blog and I am 100% supportive of the decision to reverse the unconstitutional ban of their blog.

But how in the world can Fletcher justify this decision on any grounds other than CONTENT? This corrupt administration is absolutely begging for a federal equal-protection lawsuit -- and probably a third New York Times story in short order.

UPDATE #1: It appears today is going to be another huge national traffic day. Atrios has posted about this within 15 minutes of my post. It's only getting uglier for the Fletcher criminals.

Posted by Mark Nickolas on Friday, June 23, 2006 at 11:18 AM
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BluegrassReport.org: You're Kidding, Right? Are These The Stupidest Politicians Ever To Roam The Bluegrass State? -- Fletcher Reverses Course And Allows Conservative Bluegrass Institute's Political Blog To Be Reinstated. BluegrassReport.org Still Banned!

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