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Peanut Gallery — MikeK’s HBO Acceptance Speech

Illustration: Family Phil

Howdy, DFO and bloggers - I can be lifted from my self-imposed HBO hiatus now. I decided about a month ago (maybe three weeks, but it felt like a month) that if I spent too much time trying to respond to each post I wouldn’t have enough time to do the door-knocking and phone calling directly to voters that I felt were important. Plus I was a little surprised at how contentious my name became here during the last few weeks - who knew?

I fully intend to stay engaged on the blog. I do have to learn a little more about the factual legalities of being involved in communications on matters that will come before the council that aren’t supposed to be pre-judged before public hearings. It was a bit of an issue during the campaign, so I’m now more aware of the pitfalls.

I’m immensely supportive of the open meetings law, and I wouldn’t want to do anything to jeopardize that by spouting off on something here or elsewhere before I’ve heard all sides of it in public testimony.

Regardless, a hundred thousand thanks to the bloggers I’ve met here on HBO who were involved with the campaign in some fashion. I told Dave O the other night that there are at least two key people that I would never have met in another fashion that met me virtually through this blog and became great supporters and friends - that’s very cool.

For those who were in opposition, well, that’s democracy and I hope that if I do my job right you’ll come around to respecting that or even becoming supportive. If not, I’ll just pump DFO for your IP address and have the city send out “denial of service” blocking attacks on your internet provider*.

(*that’s a joke, Lesley Presley, don’t alert the militias…)

Councilman-elect Mike Kennedy

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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