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Good. As you can see in the post below HR 1606 has been holstered by the House leadership. The bill became obsolete when the FEC issued regulations that gave bloggers all the protections we had sought.

The FEC was incredibly responsive during these deliberations, clearly considering all the feedback all of us provided over the past year. Their initial draft regulations were dramatically overhauled and the final results were everything we hoped for and more (like granting us the media exemption). The commissioners did a fantastic job of keeping an open mind and figuring out how to address an incredibly complex and fast-changing medium.

We won, and the "reformers" who sought to destroy sites like this one lost. Their initial responses, claiming victory, suggest they know they've been defeated. Fine. If claiming victory makes them feel better and allow them to save face, I'm cool with it. But bottom line is they specifically targetted this site, yet Daily Kos is now more secure with First Amendment protections than it was before this whole process began.  

People-powered politics has been legally validated.

HR 1606 isn't going away. It's being held in reserve. And if the reformer groups change gears and decide to challenge the new regs in court, it'll be whipped out again.

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Wed Mar 29, 2006 at 08:53 AM PST.

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  •  some good news for a change! N/T (0+ / 0-)

    Politics is like driving. To go backward, put it in R. To go forward, put it in D. IMPEACH

    by TrueBlueMajority on Wed Mar 29, 2006 at 08:51:19 AM PST

  •  just you wait (0+ / 0-)

    they'll try and push H.R. 4900.

    What's madness but nobility of the soul at odds with circumstance?

    by slinkerwink on Wed Mar 29, 2006 at 08:58:27 AM PST

  •  Why am I so paranoid (0+ / 0-)

    Wonderful news!  Yet my paranoia runs rampant.  What are the repugs planning to do that uses this new ruling.  I think we have them on this one.  The open internet serves democracy and wide ranging thinkers well.  But I am sure they have Rovian plans to exploit this in ways that we wish not to imagine.

    Maybe if mothers (and men with a mother's heart) ran the world, we would stop killing so many people.

    by chichagof on Wed Mar 29, 2006 at 08:59:25 AM PST

    •  What are they planning? (0+ / 0-)

      The End of the Internet

      "They" (big corporations) are planning the end of the internet as we know it (as a level playing field, a true democratic medium.) We must fight this.

    •  I think it's called 'tiered pricing', the 'toll' (1+ / 0-)
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      miasmo

      on the internet by the ISP's who are poor mouthing that they have to host all this traffic.  

      As if they do not make enough money right now hosting websites and charging individual customers access fees.  

      What a load of crap.

      This is where they will attack "free speech", by charging usurious gateway prices to those they deem can pay, or those they do not want to have access.

  •  Great News and Phew,thank the Law. (2+ / 0-)
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    KiaRioGrl79, TPaine

    This site wouldn't load a few minutes ago,and I started to hit refresh like a orangeheaded woodpecker. I NEED dailykos.com, need it.
    Thank you. And thanks to Georgia10, DarkS., PPage, SusanG, BiPM,etc for providing such great reading and inspiring debate.
    Rock on!

  •  Yeah! (0+ / 0-)

    Good job all.

    "What's in the name of lord, that I should fear; To bring my grievance to the public ear?" - The Crisis, January 13, 1777

    by TPaine on Wed Mar 29, 2006 at 09:10:46 AM PST

  •  I'm strangely stunned. (0+ / 0-)
    Vital victories are possible?  Wow.  This was so critical.  I'm thrilled for us!  Thank you! Well done.  We can breathe now...

    "In all chaos there is a cosmos, in all disorder, a secret order." Carl Jung

    by Unduna on Wed Mar 29, 2006 at 09:12:49 AM PST

  •  Has it been holstered... (0+ / 0-)

    ... or put in storage?

    hink

    Obey your corporate masters.

    by MrHinkyDink on Wed Mar 29, 2006 at 09:16:49 AM PST

  •  Rupert Murdoch (Fox, Clear Channel, etc) purchase (0+ / 0-)

    BTW, in relation to this post, I noticed this week that Rupert Murdoch (Fox News, Clear Channel) bought MySpace -- the blog that all blogging teenagers log onto. The news today said that MySpace was instrumental in getting the word out to high schoolers about the LA immigration walkout.

    Please also read the diary "Are they getting paid?"

  •  Good. (0+ / 0-)

    Good for the FEC.

    Good that we can move on to other matters.

    Good that we can be rid of the bedfellowswe had to endure for this. Never trusted them. Never will.

    Wash the sheets, air the room.

    Nah, burn the sheets.

    "Words are, of course, the most potent drug used by mankind." Rudyard Kipling.

    by Kimberly Stone on Wed Mar 29, 2006 at 09:44:13 AM PST

  •  A historic moment (0+ / 0-)

    Some day, the history of early blogging will be written, and this decisiion, like the Paramount Decision in film, or the 1909 Copyright Act, will be recognized as an action that inflluenced the development of the medium.  I don't mean to overstate its significance, just to point out that this is an important moment.  dKos will figure into that history, as will Kos and all the other persons who played a role in defining and arguing for Web freedom, and who will have to continue to fight to do so.  Good job.

    "There is no emptier concept than the idea of a principled Republican. That is an extinct species." -- Armando

    by Vico on Wed Mar 29, 2006 at 09:44:19 AM PST

  •  I am so glad that free speech is being protected (0+ / 0-)

    Hooray!  I am glad the people that wanted to kill dailykos.com have failed.

    Now all I need is to have my Progressive CTG book signed and the year will be complete. :)

    Steven Joseph :)

    The only good NeoCon, is a former NeoCon. :)

    by StevenJoseph on Wed Mar 29, 2006 at 09:45:54 AM PST

  •  First Amendment Protection (0+ / 0-)

    ...Daily Kos is now more secure with First Amendment protections...

    How can anyone be more secure with first amendment protections these days?

    "When the going gets tough, the tough get dumber."

  •  And a much greater threat looms ... (0+ / 0-)
    ... as the netroots slumber.
    http://www.dailykos.com/...

    None Dare Call It Stupid!

    by RonK Seattle on Wed Mar 29, 2006 at 09:46:24 AM PST

    •  Anyone who hasn't clicked on RonK's link (0+ / 0-)

      please do so.  It's about a hero of U.S. politics.

      My apologies to students who took my U.S. Government class in the 90s: evidently the Constitution doesn't limit Presidential power after all. Who knew?

      by Major Danby on Wed Mar 29, 2006 at 10:36:27 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  FEC - NOT responsive but beholden (0+ / 0-)

    I hate to sound like a pessimist.. but I do NOT think that the FEC was responsive in the least.

    The FEC, IMHO, backed off of their regulatory efforts when they realized there was no way to architect draconian policies which would only affect those of us in the progressive / left movements while leaving those on the far-right unscathed.

    It would be a fallacy of optimism to think that a regulatory agency which is part of a government operating on behest of corporatism would suddenly decide to be responsive to non-corporate interests.

    We should not kid ourselves for one moment.

    Johnathan

  •  It seems to me... (1+ / 0-)
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    Adam B

    that the FEC regulations do leave the door open for future regulations by the FEC if abuses occur.  Passage of 1606 would require a subsequent enactment of Congress to allow such regulations to be promulgated.  Personally, I think we're better off with flexibility at this point given how rapidly changing the Internet is.

  •  spam (0+ / 0-)

    as i understand it, the ridiculous exemption politicians enjoy from anti-spam laws has not been removed. if this is indeed the case, then this outcome sucks in comparison with what could have been attained. unlike the internet in general, email is a congested medium and spam can crowd out my attention without my having solicited it in any way. if, instead, spam is now regulated, then i withdraw this criticism.

  •  Credit where credit is due (2+ / 0-)
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    Adam B, KiaRioGrl79

    I think it's time we start a positive letter writing/phone call campaign to the FEC.  It's not often you get rational and responsive action from a government agency now a days.  We should encourage it.  Besides, think about how little people in federal agencies actually get praised for doing their jobs well.  Everyone always bitches about government, let's take the opportunity to be positive here.

    "F*CK BUSH!" -- Mahatma Gandhi (sourced anonymously through the NY Times)

    by Magicmike888 on Wed Mar 29, 2006 at 10:36:52 AM PST

    •  info (0+ / 0-)

      Federal Election Commission,
      999 E Street,
      NW, Washington, DC 20463
      (800) 424-9530
      In Washington (202) 694-1100
      For the hearing impaired, TTY (202) 219-3336

      Send comments and suggestions about this site to: webmaster@fec.gov

      "F*CK BUSH!" -- Mahatma Gandhi (sourced anonymously through the NY Times)

      by Magicmike888 on Wed Mar 29, 2006 at 10:39:13 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  You think this victory is connected to the DOS? (0+ / 0-)
    1606 holstered, Ben Domenech out, and a Denial Of Service hack fostered upon DailyKos?

    Coincidence?  I don't think so.  I think some of Ben's cronies have been planning this for months, and set it into motion when he was ousted from the Post.

    You like my new tinfoil hat?  I think it's very dashing...

    Sit at the feet of the master long enough and they start to smell. - John Sauget
    -8.00, -6.05

    by Jensequitur on Wed Mar 29, 2006 at 10:45:55 AM PST

    •  Such a posh hat! (0+ / 0-)

      I had to go buy one myself.

      Seriously, I agree. Kos' name is all over the news, Ben Domenech has been kicked back into the sewer, and what, we expect RedStaters to be all happy lala sunshine?

      Sh'yeah.

      "Words are, of course, the most potent drug used by mankind." Rudyard Kipling.

      by Kimberly Stone on Thu Mar 30, 2006 at 01:48:05 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Props for Markos (1+ / 0-)
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    KiaRioGrl79
    From Atrios:

    "...just wanted to add one more thing which I think has been largely left out of the discussion. The person most likely to have gotten nicked by various reform proposals would've been Markos because he spends a lot of money to run his site. But Markos does't spend that money specifically to promote federal candidates, or for bandwidth for his endorsements, he spends it on the community features of his blog. You need a bunch of servers to power the diaries, comments, etc... and not simply to push a message out over the internets. Basic bandwidth without any real database power is still free or cheap. Markos spends a lot of money to empower others to speak, not to give himself a mightier personal platform."

    It's never too late to become what you might have been. -- George Eliot

    by ZAPatty on Wed Mar 29, 2006 at 12:35:24 PM PST

  •  wait one moment (0+ / 0-)

    so I was right again?

    anyone paying attention to this trend of me being right?

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