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Where have I been?

First, hello! I’m back! Incase you noticed I was gone. Why I was gone is the topic of this post. Thanks in part to what I have experienced here as a writer I made the decision to get more involved locally in politics. Not as a candidate but to try to help promote change here in the county I live in. Was I successful?

I live in Lucas County Ohio, where politics is still done by traditional means. Despite our high ranking in wireless ability most candidates here don't even have a website let alone use the internet to reach out to local area residents. Resistance by the local party powers that be to new technology is strong, there is no visible third party presence. Yet I believed there were people out there in my county that wanted to discuss local politics and could be encouraged to get more involved.

So I started out creating a new blog that was designed specifically to address the local Toledo area and surrounding suburbs. I started attending and covering as a citizen type journalist any political event I was invited to. Prospective candidates and local political groups started sending me more information, which I passed on to my new readership. I tried to create a place where all were welcome no matter their political affiliation. I met a Democratic candidate who was running for County Commissioner that I felt was not only promising but shared some of the same vision I had for our area. While I was not a member of his campaign I became even more involved in the local process and trying to create discussion for our area.

The Toledo Free Press which is a local weekly paper asked me to write a weekly column highlighting blogs in our area. While this has been done as a non-political venture it has created more interest in local blog readership. It also created an opportunity for me to live blog a candidate debate that was held. The discussion and the interest that stemmed from that live blogging of the debate was amazing.

I came up with the idea of a challenge to local bloggers to highlight their favorite local business. This had been talked about in the past but no one had moved forward on it. Typical for my area and I'm sure many of yours where good ideas are talked about but no one takes it beyond the talking. Ben Konop, who was the candidate I felt had promise embraced this idea. It became a prominent part of his campaign and even better yet, people started sharing their favorite local businesses. We demonstrated as a small group of local bloggers that we did have the ability to work together no matter party lines to promote something that was of benefit to us all.

Much more happened along the way, but this past Tuesday during the primary Ben Konop was the winner of this three way race for the Democratic spot and will be moving forward as the candidate for the General Election.

Why am I sharing this here? Beyond being proud of myself and explaining why I wasn't able to participate here; I'm writing this to show how powerful blogging and the internet can be. If one mom and a blog can get candidates to listen, can create local discussion and can get people to come out from behind their keyboards? Imagine the possibilities... Part of the main problem right now in my area is apathy. People love to complain about how terrible things are and to focus on corruption (which trust me, not only having Tom Noe be from here but several local scandals involving Democrats we have corruption issues), it's so easy to always focus on the bad news.

Yet there is good news even in Lucas County, and beyond that? There is hope for a better future. Never in my wildest dreams did I anticipate what has happened during the last few months. There is still a great deal of work that needs to be done, I am still hopeful that there is a role for independent/third party voices in Lucas County. Which leads me to believe there is still hope for my state of Ohio and hope for our country. All we have to do is to is keep reaching out, keep discussing what we feel is important and continue to encourage people to join us.

Posted by Lisa Renee Ward at May 4, 2006 10:57 AM
Comments
Comment #145388

What a great concept.. getting involved.. I have been your typical reader, complainer, but do nothing apathy based person.. but your comments here have givin me a push so to speak and I am going to actively pursue the local politicians in my area and become more involved. I guess the past couple years has made me think “I’ve had enough and I’m not going to take it anymore”. Which means nothing unless its taken to the next level. Thank you for your boot in the butt.. Arthur

Posted by: Arthur Wirsing at May 4, 2006 1:32 PM
Comment #145392

Lisa:

Fantastic. I’m very impressed, for what its worth. (In truth, not that much)

You’ve become part of the solution by injecting yourself into the problem, not just by complaining about the problem.

Great job.

Posted by: joebagodonuts at May 4, 2006 1:39 PM
Comment #145395

Thanks Joe, it does mean a lot to me. It’s because of discussions with people here, one of which is you that I realized I need to at least try.

We’re not always going to win but to give up? Means there is no chance at all. What is most awesome to me has been people putting aside their political labels to discuss and act. Granted it’s a small step but it’s a start.

Arthur, good for you! I hope you discover as I did here that there were people who wanted to do something all it took was a few people to focus on a common interest. Nothing ventured nothing gained has become my new motto.

:-)

Posted by: Lisa Renee at May 4, 2006 1:56 PM
Comment #145405

Lisa:

I’m impressed. The Internet is indeed a powerful medium for any citizen to become politically involved and have his or her voice heard.

The Internet is the biggest boost to democracy ever invented!

I assume your future posts will be more powerful as a result of your experience.

Posted by: Paul Siegel at May 4, 2006 2:49 PM
Comment #145407

That remains to be seen Paul but I hope to meet that expectation.

:-)

Posted by: Lisa Renee at May 4, 2006 2:57 PM
Comment #145452

Bravo! Lisa. But, I’m glad your back.

Did you hear the government is passing the buck to the FCC to underhandedly tax the internet under the ruse of going after Kiddie Porn. Yeah, their move is to argue that the FCC collect fees from ISP’s (which will be passed on to internet users in higher ISP costs) to recover costs spent by law enforcement (FBI) in spying on all those ISP databases.

You see they realized they would never pass legislation taxing the internet directly in a bill, so they are turning the FCC into a tax collecter to fund Internet spying operations through ISP’s.

I am all for going after kiddie porn. But, this was a new low in hiding taxes and taxation without representation, I thought.

Posted by: David R. Remer at May 4, 2006 7:03 PM
Comment #145460

I did see that David as well as noticing what was going on with the “Net Neutrality” bill on top of wondering if President Bush is really going to use the Veto this time as he’s threatening.

There are lots of interesting topics to post about, and I did miss you guys.

:-)

Posted by: Lisa Renee at May 4, 2006 7:40 PM
Comment #145461

Here’s the link to internet tax issue and quote below:

Broadband providers and Internet phone companies will have to pick up the tab for the cost of building in mandatory wiretap access for police surveillance, federal regulators ruled Wednesday.
Posted by: David R. Remer at May 4, 2006 7:44 PM
Comment #145466

Let’s hope they have success in their court hearing, otherwise that almost comes across as a “Terrorism Tax” in more ways than one.

Thanks for the link.

Posted by: Lisa Renee at May 4, 2006 8:02 PM
Comment #145538

Congratulations Lisa,
We all need to work for a better future for our kids. And your involvement up there is important.
Folks need to be educated as to what’s going on in the political world. And it sounds like your blog is doing that.
I’ve also become involved in local politics. But not the way you have.
I’ve long been critical of our school board and haven’t like the way they carry on. I don’t know how I got talked into it, but I’m running for the school board.
Well in a way I do. I was talking about how the man I’m running against has never been opposed and needs to be replaced. My campaign manager told me to put my money where my mouth is. Thought I raised her better than to talk to her daddy that way.
Anyway I put my money where my mouth is and she volunteered to run my campaign. Right now I’m running behind him by 3%. When I first started my campaign I was 28% behind. So I’m gaining and fast as my campaign is only 2 weeks old.

Posted by: Ron Brown at May 5, 2006 12:08 AM
Comment #145540

David
Why don’t it surprise me that they’ve come up with a wire tap tax?
And sense when does the FCC have the authority to tax?
I reckon our elected idiots didn’t have the guts to pass the tax so they got a bureaucracy that doesn’t have to go to the voters to keep their jobs to do it for them.

Posted by: Ron Brown at May 5, 2006 12:14 AM
Comment #145549

Hurray for Lisa Renee!

And it’s not just in Blogging or Campaigns that you can make a difference. There are plenty of Demonstrations, Boycotts, and Charitable Activities (such as Food, Not Bombs) that one can get involved in and support Real Change!

Good for you - and for Arthur Wirsing as well.

:o)

Posted by: Betty Burke at May 5, 2006 12:48 AM
Comment #145550

Ron Brown, you hit the nail on the head. As a tax bill it would have been roundly defeated. In D.C. they act as if there are 100’s of ways to fleece the public as long as they aren’t watching en masse.

Posted by: David R. Remer at May 5, 2006 12:51 AM
Comment #145637

David
All the more reason to kick the idiots out on their collective asses.

Posted by: Ron Brown at May 5, 2006 12:31 PM
Comment #146429

My campaign manager told me to put my money where my mouth is. Thought I raised her better than to talk to her daddy that way.

Posted by: fish Fisher at May 9, 2006 3:11 AM
Comment #151416

Fantastic! As a Libertarian, I find the other parties outdated and sluggish in their thinking.

Posted by: Susan Brainerd at May 25, 2006 9:23 PM
Comment #182087

This site has given me a deeper insight to the minds of everyday, non-celebrity, non-political hacks. What an inspiration! Thanks!

Posted by: Susan Brainerd at September 17, 2006 5:01 PM
Comment #194661

Hooray! for our election system. Finally, people are getting the message…we’re mad as heck and won’t take wishy-washy anymore! —Susan Brainerd, Huntley, IL

Posted by: Susan Brainerd at November 11, 2006 9:19 PM
Comment #232131

It will be interesting to see how this whole 2008 campaign materializes. It’s already getting boring, but I just can’t see the Dems sweeping…

Posted by: Susan Brainerd at September 7, 2007 11:24 AM
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