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Friday, June 13, 2003


independent Austin Chronicle covers Dean rally

posted by annatopia at Friday, June 13, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
I wanted to post this so everyone can see what the independent press can do for the Dean movement. In several comments, we've addressed writing letters, and several meetup groups have discussed reaching out to the independent newspapers in larger markets. This article is a direct result of that kind of bridge-building.

As you're reading the article, keep in mind that the Austin Chronicle is a traditionally liberal paper. But also keep in mind that they publish weekly from deep in the heart of Bush Country (although it's true that Austin is more liberal than the rest of Texas, it's also home to many Bush backers). I'd encourage all Austinites to write thank you letters to the Chronicle praising their positive coverage of the event. And meetup folks, it might be a good idea to start reaching out to your local indies, since many active voters read those types of papers.


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Nation-Building was founded by Aziz Poonawalla in August 2002 under the name Dean Nation. Dean Nation was the very first weblog devoted to a presidential candidate, Howard Dean, and became the vanguard of the Dean netroot phenomenon, raising over $40,000 for the Dean campaign, pioneering the use of Meetup, and enjoying the attention of the campaign itself, with Joe Trippi a regular reader (and sometime commentor). Howard Dean himself even left a comment once. Dean Nation was a group weblog effort and counts among its alumni many of the progressive blogsphere's leading talent including Jerome Armstrong, Matthew Yglesias, and Ezra Klein. After the election in 2004, the blog refocused onto the theme of "purple politics", formally changing its name to Nation-Building in June 2006. The primary focus of the blog is on articulating purple-state policy at home and pragmatic liberal interventionism abroad.