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Lawmaker-blogger keeps constituents up to date

February 9, 2005View for printing

Rep. Stephen Urquhart has ventured into new territory to keep his constituents up to date on what he's up to.

Urquhart is a blogger (Internet jargon for a person who keeps a Web log, or journal).

In what may be a first for a Utah lawmaker, the St. George Republican frequently posts comments on his Web site,, chatting about bills or the latest news. His constituents get more than just an occasional quote in the newspaper, they get his full explanation.

"Because the session gets so busy, the blog is a wonderful way to communicate with constituents," Urquhart says. "They might send me a friendly e-mail, like 'Vote against HJR 1, you moron!' or 'Vote for SB34 - or next election you're toast!' "

By Thomas Burr The Salt Lake Tribune


If you are a Montana legislator who has a blog or you know of one, please send the URL to We'll post them to give more constituents a chance to communicate with their elected representatives. Thanks, Russ


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