Politics from the Palouse to Puget Sound

Monday, September 03, 2007

State Regulation of Palousitics?

There' too much free speech goin' on out there. And, the Washington State Public Disclosure Commission is contemplating how they should regulate it.

The rapid growth of political blogs and Web sites has attracted the attention of state elections officials, who are considering what, if any, new regulations should be imposed on the Internet.


As early as this month, the PDC may consider new political communication regulations, with much of the discussion likely to focus on whether to extend federal rules governing the Internet to local races.

But, at least one commissioner says that the PDC will not try to regulate blogs.

"Are we going to regulate what bloggers say? No," said Jane Noland, one of five commissioners. "We are not interested in regulating speech."

So, why even bring it up for discussion? I must be getting old. I can remember when we had freedom of political speech and pornography was regulated.

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