Even ignoring a few ramblings by people who seem to think I’m always writing about them and focusing on their party, there’s been nothing so far to indicate that there’s anybody in Minnesota — Democrat or Republican — in the Minnesota blogosphere, who is getting paid by a campaign or a party to write a blog (OK, so we haven’t heard from everybody yet). There is nothing so far to indicate that any political blog in Minnesota would fit the concerns of FEC Commissioner Bradley Smith, who suggested last year that blogs may be treated differently “in the next election” (meaning this one).

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It’s been an issue at the Capitol this session, certain. The Senate killed a bill a couple of weeks ago that would’ve required certain documents to be shown (photo ID) by people who intend to vote — “providing proof of United States citizenship in the form of a passport, birth certificate, or naturalization document, making an oath in the form prescribed by the secretary of state and providing proof of residence.”

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In the age of auto responders, and the emergence of e-mail as a primary means of communication, I often wonder whether writing your representative — be it legislator, congressperson or senator — does any good anymore. I wonder if they read it at all or, if they do, whether they just dismiss an opposing opinion the same way most political discourse considers opposing opinions now — if it doesn’t agree with mine, rather than consider it, demonize the opinion-holder and ignore the message as the work of Satan.

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