Posts tagged ‘Stateside Associates’

November 23, 2012

Columbian’s Rice Patting Herself on the Back (Again)

by lewwaters

The Columbian has for several years now displayed a jealous attitude towards citizen blogs, often alleging that we are the reason their subscription rate continues to falter, we are not “professionals” and even so far as that we do little more than mislead the public. In reality, it is obvious they feel they are the only ‘bona fide’ source of information for Southwest Washington.

Seeing that their attacks against citizen blogs were not silencing us, someone at the paper decided they would do us one better and open their own blogs on their own website, apparently not realizing it was just an extension of their heavily biased newspaper by “professional journalists” who maintained their regularly seen bias on their blogsites, creating little more that a less restrictive site to bash and demean Republicans, especially 17th Legislative District Senator Don Benton, County Commissioner Tom Mielke and now County Commissioner elect David Madore.

A simple look at the interactions under many of their posts and lack of citizen comments shows that we who operate citizen blogs regularly see far more engagement and discussion of viewpoints than they do. That fact does little to dissuade the Columbian’s writers from puffing out their chests and boasting of how they are still better than their citizens they allege they serve.

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February 5, 2012

Stateside Associates “Best Local Politics Blogs”

by lewwaters

“Stateside Associates is the largest state and local government relations firm, offering 50 employees in service to 100+ clients. With deep expertise in both strategy and execution, Stateside Associates transcends the conventional categories of government relations consulting.”

Founded in 1988, Stateside Associates, located in Arlington, Virginia “has worked across the 50 states and in many local governments on behalf of dozens of companies, trade associations and government and non-profit clients to identify trends and build relationships with state and local officials.”

Like other corporations have discovered, many bloggers fill a niche between media and the people, filling in what is often left lying on editorial room floors. Many state and local government relations professionals also find value in opinions and reporting found in many blogsites and find the information often “invaluable.”

I was honored a few years ago to be chosen to participate in notifications and conference calls hosted by the American Petroleum Institute, having previously blogged on America’s need for a more comprehensive domestic energy policy.

I was amazed to once make a call to the editor of the Centralia Chronicle and as I identified myself, hear he knew who I was and had read my blog.

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