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Javier Manjarres posts bail, returns to blogging

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Conservative blogger Javier Manjarres has evidently returned from a stint in jail and returned to blogging about Florida politics on his site, the The Shark Tank. The blog was on hiatus over the weekend, with no posts published between Friday and Monday. Manjarres was processed and released from the Palm Beach County jail after his arrest Saturday on attempted murder charges. Manjarres was being held on $100,000 bail on multiple felony charges after an altercation at a shopping plaza with his sister’s former…

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Politicians blaming ‘those meddling bloggers’ for their problems

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At first I thought Senator Evan Bayh was just a pussy. I mean, how else do you describe a guy who, despite having won five statewide races and having $13 million in the bank, decided he no longer wishes to serve in the US Senate partly because members no longer socialize with each other: When I was a boy, members of Congress from both parties, along with their families, would routinely visit our home for dinner or the holidays. This…

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Politicians blaming ‘those meddling bloggers’ for their problems

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At first I thought Senator Evan Bayh was just a pussy. I mean, how else do you describe a guy who, despite having won five statewide races and having $13 million in the bank, decided he no longer wishes to serve in the U.S. Senate partly because members no longer socialize with each other: When I was a boy, members of Congress from both parties, along with their families, would routinely visit our home for dinner or the holidays. This…

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Study: Bloggers’ reasons for writing change over time

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While political bloggers were initially inspired to post their thoughts online as a way to help them blow off steam or articulate new ideas, over time they’re driven to blog by a desire to influence mainstream media or public opinion, according to research from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Researchers Brian Ekdale, Kang Namkoong and Timothy K.F. Fung, graduate students from UW-Madison’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication, and David D. Perlmutter of the University of Iowa, surveyed 66 of the…

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Bob Graham’s blog lies dormant

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Few new blogs received as much attention as former Senator Bob Graham’s foray into the new media. Jokingly hailed as the father of Twitter because of his obsessive notetaking, Senator Graham should have taken to the blogosphere like a duck to water. Unfortunately, it looks as if Graham is just one of millions of people who launch a blog, only to let it lie dormant not soon after its launch. Graham’s blog, Spiral Notebook, has not been updated since its inception…

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Preview of the new commenting system on the St. Pete Times’ website: Looks like you can’t call someone an asshole anymore

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Since their inception, the St. Petersburg Times‘ Buzz and the Bay Buzz have been the Wild Wild West of Florida’s political media blogs. A post rarely goes by without a barrage of obscene comments from anonymous bloggers. Homophobia, racism, sexism, hell, even nihilism, runs rampant on the two blogs. I, like any other frequent posters, have been called every name in the book by bloggers on the Buzz and Bay Buzz. Occasionally, the comments become so heinous, so libelous, that…

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Here’s what TampaBay.com can do better…

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Alright, the editors and managers at The St. Petersburg Times‘ website www.tampabay.com are asking readers for ideas on how to improve their site. Well, ask and you shall receive, because if there is one thing I ain’t lacking, it’s opinions on how to improve the Times‘ online presence. Now, I understand there are casual readers of www.tampabay.com who are probably satisfied with the Times‘ website — and they should be. The site is accessible and full of information, the two…

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