Welcome to Blogging While Blue

For political pundits, journalists and pollsters, the Internet has proven to be fertile ground for communicating directly with constituents and as a tool for thoughtful diverse policy debates for those seeking more than the views of mainstream media. Our thirst for information has become insatiable and the sources available to us seem unlimited. In fact, the number of blogs and social networking sites in the last few years has exceeded the millions. Yes, millions. BlogPulse tracks blog trends and data and have calculated that there are at least 126 million social network and blog sites in cyberspace.
So, why this one you ask? As Americans we have a rich history of voicing our opinions to elected officials and public and private decision-makers. From town hall meetings to church picnics and gatherings at the local watering hole or around the campfire to school athletic events, we expect to share our opinions to debate the issues and to organize with our family and friends on behalf of our common community interests. This sharing has been planned and spontaneous depending on the urgency of the issue, seriousness of the cause or nature of the plan of action. Today we can send a tweet to convene at an event, or announce to hundreds of friends our opinion on a local issue or congressional action, and we can follow any politician or public figure’s whereabouts. This intimate and accessible form of communicating with hundreds and thousands has opened the door to varied voices who might not have otherwise been heard.
The voices of small groups of committed Americans who started conversations with just a few people of like minds and interest have sparked movements that have changed the course of history. No part of the country is without examples of these small beginnings that would become politically powerful efforts. Nevertheless, no part of the country is any better known in the latter half of the 20th century than the American South for influencing national policy, public opinion and political decisions. 
Today the political opinion of the American South is expected to be monolithic except for a few urban pockets like Atlanta, our hometown.   Atlanta the region’s population has grown in diversity in the last 40 years. Atlanta and the region have attracted second and third generation immigrants and tens of thousands of young educated professionals nearly as fast as any region in the country.
So why are these newcomers thought to be as politically conservative as the Dixiecrats of the 20th century.  We don’t think they are, but few ever ask their opinions, and if they do, they are infrequently reported. This blog hopes to invite those views, opinions and thoughts in an effort to generate engaging and meaningful public dialogue on issues that matter.
Through contributors, other news sites and public polls, we will offer the opinions of those in the region and Atlanta as well as encourage public debate and discussions that will inform and educate.
One of the unique features of this blog will be public opinion polls from those around the region on relevant issues. The sophistication and use of polls have increased exponentially over the last two centuries. What was once a novelty in the political process is now a necessity.  Now polling is an integral part of every major political campaign and most informed elected officials use polls to weigh policy options while in office.
During election cycles local news broadcasts report the latest polls for the key races in the area.  National news broadcasts regularly report the approval ratings of the President and US Congress.  To many Americans, the poll numbers reported in the media start and stop with the predicted outcome of the race.  However, the details of the poll can be more informative and useful than the predicted outcome. This blog will offer those details and analyzations.
As we launch this cyber town hall it is in the spirit of the founders of this country, and all whose diverse voices and courageous actions helped to shape and give meaning to freedom of speech in this country.

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