All six of you have written about Rep. Mike Doogan's letter to constituents on March 27th, 2009, in which he published the name of the pseudonymous blogger called AK Muckraker.
None of you, to my knowledge has mentioned in your article or articles the concern many have shown over Rep. Doogan's use of state-owned resources to name this person who preferred to communicate through a pseudonym, but was easy enough to reach through email.
None of you appear to have thought to ask Rep. Doogan who his source or sources were for the information he published with taxpayer money.
My questions to you are these:
1) - Why do you believe it did not merit mentioning in your article or articles that there might be concerns about Rep. Doogan's use of state resources to name a critic?
2) - Why did you not question who had provided the information to Doogan?
3) - Are you now pursuing either of the two above issues?
Please feel free to ask me any questions of your own in return.
Rep. Doogan and AK Muckraker are also recipients of this letter. You may feel free to include both of them in ccs of your responses. I intend to publish this letter and your responses at Progressive Alaska.
For reference, here is a listing of articles at Progressive Alaska already published on Doogan's actions:
Mike Doogan Outs Mudflats in Challenge to Outdo Eddie Burke as 2009 Anchorage Slimeball of the Year
What Doogan Did and What Alaska's Progressive Bloggers Hope to Do
Picture of Mudflats' AK Muckraker Posted!
Punish Mike Doogan -- by Kelly Walters
Please Ask Alaska Democrats To Take Action - Nicely...
Doogan Beginning to Inspire Alaska Art! Way to Go, Mike...
A Message From Rep. Les Gara About Mudflats by Rep. Les Gara
Warmest regards to you all,
Update - Sunday 6:45 p.m: Just back from a long and very productive UAA wind ensemble rehearsal in Anchorage. Andrew and Alan responded quickly, with considered, careful answers. I'm not going to post them until I've gotten some response from all six main addressees. Any I haven't heard from by 1:00 p.m. Monday, I'll seek to question over the telephone. It is a weekend, after all...
Some PA threads have smarter comments than others. So far, I'm glad I asked these questions and posted them, as comments either are raising new questions, or reiterating some important points related to my open letter.
Update - Monday 3:00 p.m: Krestia has indicated by email that he will answer the three questions as soon as he is less busy. Mark has provided an interesting set of non answers. I've left phone messages with Sheila (who is off on Mondays in April) and Amanda.