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Kentucky's new state government is trying to decide if it wants its employees to read political blogs at work.

The issue of whether state government employees should be permitted to spend work time reading political blogs was a hot one in Kentucky last year. It appears to be back.

In the summer of 2006, a Kentucky blogger who got a lot of attention for getting a lot of attention raised a ruckus when he claimed the state's governor was out to get him. His feathers were ruffled because the state cracked down on its employees using work time to read and comment on political blogs. Access to all political blogs was blocked, but that didn't stop some bloggers from claiming it was a conspiracy and they were its victims.

They even got a Congressman to play along, calling it an attack on First Amendment rights.

Mark Nickolas, the Kentucky blogger who stirred up the controversy, has since given up his website and moved to Montana. Kentucky's newly-elected Governor Steve Beshear is trying to decide, though, whether to continue Nickolas' cause celebre.

A new gubernatorial administration trying to decide on allowing state employees to waste taxpayer resources surfing the net when they should be working wouldn't ordinarily be a tough decision. But this one apparently is.

The funny thing about this is the free publicity Kentucky political blogs like mine got during the "Great Blog Blocking Scandal" was invaluable. I look forward to doing it again.

Originally posted to Kentucky Progress on Sun Dec 16, 2007 at 02:52 PM PST.

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Comment Preferences

  •  ROFLMAO n/t (1+ / 0-)
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    The longer the party goes on in everything, the bigger the potential correction in something will be.

    by brjzn on Sun Dec 16, 2007 at 02:54:45 PM PST

  •  Enjoy the publicity! (1+ / 0-)
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    Do you happen to know if you're blocked at Toyota (my ole boss)?  Most of the jobs at the plant don't involve sitting in front of a monitor, but there still are plenty of "cube dwellers" on site.  

  •  They didn't block all the political blogs (0+ / 0-)

    Some blogs remained unblocked, most notably GOP ones. When the press got wind of this, those were blocked, too, but later several were unblocked again.

    I hope you get some attention, though. 'Banned in Boston' has nothing on 'Blocked in Kentucky'. :-D

    A blue soul in a red state

    by SarahG on Wed Dec 19, 2007 at 01:23:13 PM PST

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