July 10, 2007
More Election News Than There Is Time to Write
I have been collecting 2008-related posts in my feedreader (Bloglines' "clippings" pane is pretty good for that) for some time now, just as I came across them. Tonight I peeked inside that folder, and wow, realized that it's past time to get started organizing this site.
I would love a donation in the form of a nice WYSIWYG editor (such as Dreamweaver), but I won't sit here and beg. I've maintained this site through the bare-bones Movable Type interface and a plain text editor, and there's no reason I can't continue doing so. I did try FrontPage a couple of years back, but quickly abandoned that. Oh, and I was using the freebie version of TopStyle for my CSS, but I can do just as well by editing stylesheets in plain text, then publishing a test page to validate them. It's all just slower going.
From Nikki Tinker planning a primary challenge to freshman US Rep. Steve Cohen out in Memphis, to a list of potential Republicans taking a look at the state Senate seat held by Tommy Kilby, I've been watching your posts and keeping these items so that I can assemble them into a meaningful and informative tool. There's a lot of work ahead, but I look forward to it.
And don't forget that we're electing a Presidential ticket as well. I'll let others do most of the heavy lifting with that race, as this site is geared toward the General Assembly, our Congressional delegation, and local (to me) offices; but at the same time, Tennessee will enjoy a little more of the national spotlight than we have in several years, even if neither Al nor Fred runs, because of our super-duper primary date.
All in all, an exciting time is on the way, and if I can get just a handful more people to the polls, or help those who'd go anyway understand a little more about the candidates, I will consider any meager sacrifices in time or tendons to be well worth it.