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.
Mike Dennison of the Lee Newspaper Capitol Bureau is tweeting @mikedennison.
Matt Gouras of the Associated Press is Tweeting @mattgouras.
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 Session11.org. You can follow him on Twitter @CodyatSession11.
Legislative Republicans and Democrats have also launched their own respective blogs.
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)gmail.com if I left anybody out.