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Friday, October 31, 2003


Backbone Award: Nominations Open

posted by Trammell at Friday, October 31, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
Okay, okay, I haven't posted Dean Nation's Backbone Award in a couple of weeks, but there are some pretty good potential nominees out there right now! Here are your comments from the last nomination session -- they will all be considered. So, who showed some Back recently? What did they do? Why was it awesome? How did it affect things? And, who should get the Spineless Jellyroll? When possible, please post appropriate blog or news links with your nominees. By the way, Anna will soon be updating the Backbone Award links section in the left sidebar, hopefully by Monday when the winners (and losers) face the music. Have a great weekend Dean Nationals!


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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.