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Saturday, January 07, 2006

Conference a huge success

You may have noticed that the last couple of days have been somewhat slow on the blog. I apologize for not posting myself, but I have a good excuse.

Over the last couple of days, I've been in Olympia, Washington, meeting with fellow bloggers, legislators, and legislative staff in a conference organized under the umbrella of NPI - the first ever Pacific Northwest Progressive Bloggers' Conference.

I believe I can confidently say that the conference was a resounding, amazing success, and that everyone who participated learned a lot.

It is incredibly fun to finally meet people whose writing you've been reading for months (or maybe even years) face to face, and strike up a discussion about politics and how to move the progressive movement forward.

I'm glad that we put this event together, because getting together and engaging in a dialogue with other people (other bloggers) who you respect is extroadinarily productive. I'm sure I'm not the only one who feels they benefited.

I want to thank every blogger who came down to Olympia to participate in the conference. We had an outstanding turnout.

I also want to thank my principal co-organizer. Although I worked hard putting this together, nothing would have happened without Lynn Allen of Evergreen Politics, who poured a lot of time and energy into this.

It was a huge investment for both of us - but I think it paid off tremendously. I certainly hope to collaborate again with Lynn on future events that are just as successful as this was.

We have a lot of work to do to clean up the mess the Republicans have made. This year we have an opportunity to change the course of our nation, restore some balance to the federal government, and steer America back towards the proper direction.

This conference was a great way to kick off a year of activism. Now it's time to move forward and start making a difference.

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