State Staffers Now Have Access to Liberal Web Site

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Lawmakers and staffers using the state Senate's Internet server can again visit a left-leaning political Web site after Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop restored access Tuesday.

Bishop, R-Rochester, said Senate employees should not use taxpayer-funded equipment to view political blogs.

"These blogs are of questionable content and employees who are paid to conduct the business of the people of Michigan should not be interacting with them during business hours," Bishop said in a statement.

But he also restored access to the site -- -- and asked the secretary of the Senate to review policies concerning employees' use of the Internet.

Bishop's chief of staff, Matt Miner, late last week blocked access to the site. Senate Republicans, however, did not block other political Web sites such as and a conservative-leaning blog, The block came after Republicans apparently saw stories posted to the site they did not like.

The move and potential for blockage of other sites drew charges of censorship from Democrats and bloggers, who said blogs are a legitimate and increasingly popular method of communicating with the public.

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  • by Mark Location: Jackson on Aug 8, 2007 at 10:35 AM
    Does one ever get the feeling that the political machines need to scrapped and real leaders need to be elected. I keep hearing that George Bush is leaving the white house in 2008. Is he going to resign or get killed? He term is not over until 2009. Did the democrats lose control of the House and Senate, I keep hearing bills that are rejected. If it was possible, I think the spouses of every candidate that is running would make a better president than the actual candidate.
  • by Sally York Location: Brighton, Mi on Aug 8, 2007 at 05:33 AM
    This action on the part of the Senate Leader is right out of George Bush's play book. This is exactly the kind of action that warrants removal from office. 08 is coming and there needs to be a big change in the State Senate. This subversive attitude is present among all of the Republicans and in order to stop it we have to remove it. Kind of like a Cancer and hope it doesn't spread or return.
  • by pam Location: Jackson on Aug 7, 2007 at 06:15 PM
    Bishop could have upset everyone and blocked all of the websites. That would be a fair partisan decision.
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