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 -- www.bloggingformichigan.com -- 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 www.michiganliberal.com and a conservative-leaning blog, www.rightmichigan.com. 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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