Every week I climb into the depths of the local political blogosphere to find the Sunlight. I use this series to highlight local blogs that do a great job of covering local, state, and congressional political news. This week I have highlights from Oklahoma, Virginia, Maine, and California. In Oklahoma, the McCarville Report Online posts about State Senator Kenneth Corn’s amendment to ban lobbyists from being hired by state agencies. His amendment was successfully added a bill that would ban state funds being used to pay for lobbying.
Virginia’s Tertium Quids writes about how the state bill that would create a state spending online database has been approved by the State House Science and Technology Committee only to be moved to the Appropriations Committee in order to assess its financial impact. The financial impact on transparent state finances this will be a hard one to figure out.
JonB at Turn Maine Blue has a post about the Web site Maine set up to monitor what it spends from the stimulus. JonB asks people to take a critical look at the site and give feedback on its user experience. Good for Maine for taking the first step and setting up a space to disclose where the stimulus money is going. This is definitely a step in the right direction. Mainers should head to it and give some good feedback on how the site can be improved.
In California, the Liberal OC has a post about State Rep. Jose Solorio being lobbyied on Facebook. Rep. Solorio updated his status saying he was reviewing the budget and people commented on his wall and status with feed back. A pretty interesting way to lobby a lawmaker.