Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Blog Party! Links galore!

In this bold new digital age there are more people blogging, tweeting, facebooking and tumbling than ever before. That holds true at the state capitol where journalists, legislators, lobbyists, and everyone in between are reporting the day-to-day happenings in near real time and online.

In addition to the The Lowdown (where, dear readers, you already know to turn for the latest and greatest news and insight from under the dome and beyond) there is a growing list of great online resources for tracking the 62nd Montana Legislature.

As a service to loyal Lowdown followers, I’ve compiled many of those online resources in one convenient location, namely, this blog post. I’ll continue to update this list as I discover new blogs and websites and Twitter feeds. By no means is this list complete. These are simply the blogs and feeds I’m currently aware of. If you have others that didn’t make the list, please e-mail me and I’ll add them. Remember, these are folks who are writing from the capitol.

Montana Journalists tweeting from the Capitol

Emilie Ritter at Montana Public Radio is posting her audio feeds on her Tumblr account. You can listen to streams or subscribe via RSS. You can follow Emilie on Twitter @emilieritter, or on Facebook. You can also listen to MTPR live, or download podcasts of the news programs  here.

MarneĆ© Banks at Montana’s News Station has a blog called The Banks Account. You can follow MarneĆ© on Twitter @MarneeBanks, or on Facebook.

Mike Dennison of the Lee Newspaper Capitol Bureau is tweeting @mikedennison.

Matt Gouras of the Associated Press is Tweeting @mattgouras.

Jackie Yamanaka of Yellowstone Public Radio is tweeting @jackieyamanaka. You can also listen to live or archived audio at

Cody Bloomsburg is covering the Legislature for the Community News Service, a project sponsored by the Montana Newspaper Association and the University of Montana School of Journalism. Cody’s blog and news reporters can be found at You can follow him on Twitter @CodyatSession11.

Brittany Wooley is covering the Legislature for the University of Montana’s Legislative News Bureau. You can find her legislative blog here, or follow here on Facebook.

Phil Drake and Michael Noyes are reporting for the online publication Montana Watchdog. You can follow them on Twitter @MTWatchdog.

Party Blogs

Legislative Republicans and Democrats have also  launched their own respective blogs.

The Republican blog, called The Rotunda Report, can be found here. The Montana GOP twitter feed is @MontanaGOP.

The Democratic blog is called Montana Capitol Report and can be found here. The Montana Democratic Party Twitter feed is @MtDems.

Twitter feeds

More and more folks are tweeting from the capitol and using the hashtag #mtleg. Search for #mtleg in your Twitter application for tweets specific to the 62nd Legislature. 

Here are just some of the feeds from folks I know are tweeting from the capitol:


Legislators who Tweet


Rep. Bryce Bennett @montdem
Rep. Ellie Hill @EllieHill

Rep. Tom McGillvray @repmcgillvray

Rep. Mike Miller @MikeMillerHD84

For a list of other legislators and statewide elected officials who have Twitter accounts, visit Tweet Montana. Many legislators have Twitter accounts but don’t tweet. The Legislators listed above seem to actually Tweet from time. I’ll update the list as I find more.

Other Statewide Elected Officials’ Twitter Feeds

Gov. Brian Schweitzer @brianschweitzer
Secretary of State Linda McCulloch @SOSMcCulloch
Attorney General Steve Bullock @AGSteveBullock
U.S. Rep. Denny Rehberg @dennyrehberg
U.S. Sen. Jon Tester @jontester

Remember, e-mail at mtlowdown(at) if I left anybody out.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This is great! Thanks for pulling this together!

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