Election wrap-up

Posted by admin on November 6th, 2008

Thanks to everyone who commented this year. There were so many new media outlets going on — nationally and locally — that it was overwhelming. I found myself participating, or at least keeping an eye on, at least 5 different live chats, plus breaking election news, channel 17, and a few live-blogs. There’s no shortage of venues to be heard in!

You can see all of the video shot for this year’s Exit Voices project at CCTV’s blip.tv page. There are some real gems in there, so enjoy. Maybe you’ll see yourself!

More from ward 3

Posted by admin on November 4th, 2008

Burlington’s ward 3

Posted by admin on November 4th, 2008

Shelburne exit voices

Posted by admin on November 4th, 2008

Here are some video interviews conducted this morning by CCTV producer, Jess Wilson…

Cathartic oval-filling

Posted by admin on November 4th, 2008

“Vermonter” Neil Jensen has been blogging about Barack Obama longer than anyone else I know. This election has been a long haul for many of us, but Neil has really been at it for a long time, and while it’s still not quite over, he has finally managed to at least fill in the little oval next to his candidate’s name. Congratulations, Neil.

New media at the Freeps

Posted by admin on November 4th, 2008

Burlington Free Press publisher Brad Robertson sent out an email today to a list of local web-savvy folks pointing out all of the various new media efforts that the paper is exploiting this election day. He wrote the email hoping for some feedback. So what do you think? How is the Freeps doing with this whole web thing?

In particular, check out the paper’s “cover it live” module, with live blogging, tweeting and video posts.

You can also get email updates and Twitter updates from the paper.

I’m told you can still get the paper in the more traditional dead-tree format as well. :)

Election Day Open Thread!

Posted by admin on November 4th, 2008

Please share your thoughts on the election and your personal experiences at the polls today in the comments below. In particular, answer these questions:

1. What motivated you to go out to the polls and vote?

2. If you could add a comment on your Ballot for your elected officials to read, what would you say?

Feel free to add anything else you think is relevant too!

This post will remain at the top of the EV blog all day today and newer posts, including video from the polling places, will be posted below throughout the day. Please check back and stay with the conversation! And keep an eye on channel17.org as the day progresses for election results, live video from around the state, and more.

Add your comments below. If you get confused, you can click here for easy instructions.

Follow the tweets!

Posted by admin on November 4th, 2008

Click here to see all of the people twittering in reference to Vermont elections. If you use Twitter yourself, tag your tweets #vtelxn.

Photos from the polls

Posted by admin on November 4th, 2008

Author, School Board member and Burlington South Ender, Fred Lane, posted some photos from the BED polling site this morning. He reported (via Twitter) that the lines were long, but fast-moving.

Twittering the VT elections!

Posted by admin on November 2nd, 2008

If you’re a Twitter user, make sure you include the #vtelxn tag to your election-related tweets to be included in the live election feed!

Countdown to November 4th

Posted by admin on October 8th, 2008

On Tuesday November 4th, this site will feature an election day open discussion with video from the polls in the Burlington area and posts and comments from around the state.  Stay tuned!

In the meantime, consider this a pre-election day open thread about this election cycle.  What’s on you mind about national, state and local elections?

JD in Denver day three

Posted by admin on August 29th, 2008

JD labeled this video “part 1…”

…and this one “part 3.” Not sure where part 2 has gotten off to…

JD tours the Big Tent

Posted by admin on August 28th, 2008

And here, JD tapes Hilary’s historic halting of the roll call…

JD: the secret tapes!

Posted by admin on August 27th, 2008

So it turns out that JD Ryan, our Exit Voices correspondent on the scene in Denver for the DNC, is posting all of the really good stuff on his own blog, Five Before Chaos (even though we gave him the camera!).  Here are the videos he’s posted over there so far.  Nice work, JD!  Keep ‘em coming!

Our intrepid reporter lands in Denver!

Posted by admin on August 26th, 2008

Here is JD, as captured by the lens of Philip Baruth, last night in Denver [note the tiny Flip video camera in his hands].

Philip writes:

But even J.D. Ryan, noted skeptic and embedded blogger, grudged a half-smile. And for J.D. Ryan, that’s equivalent to an entire Broadway musical. An entire Broadway musical made up entirely of ABBA tunes.

I spied Philip myself very briefly in a crowd shot on MSNBC last night during Michelle Obama’s speech. He appeared to be with fellow Vermonters Madeleine Kunin and Patrick Leahy, but the shot was only on for a 1/2 second, so I can’t be sure it was actually Pat and not some other distinguished-looking bald man in the VT section.

Here are some unedited clips as filed by JD on his first evening at the convention.  His email was apologetic that he didn’t upload more, but he was going on 36 hours without sleep!  Get some sleep, man!

That last one was an interview with Allison from first-draft.com. I just wanted to get that link in here — we bloggers have to stick together!

Quick housekeeping note

Posted by admin on August 25th, 2008

Exit Voices is getting a whole lot of spam lately so I’ve begun requiring all comments to go into moderation the first time someone leaves a comment.  Once your first comment has been approved by me, your subsequent comments will post automatically.  When election day rolls around and we have our traditional open threads, I’ll turn that requirement off so anyone can comment automatically.  As you were.

Convention Week is here!

Posted by admin on August 25th, 2008

The Democratic National Convention is being held this week in Denver and a strong contingent of Vermonters are in attendance, many of who will be blogging and videoblogging their way through the event.

Exit Voices even has a correspondent on-site!  J.D. Ryan, a Vermont political blogger for Green Mountain Daily and his own Five Before Chaos blog is in Denver this week carrying around a little video camera that we provided for him.  He’ll be posting snippets of his adventures on a (hopefully) daily basis this week, so stay tuned!

J.D. is hartdly the only Vermont blogger to keep your eyes on though.  Fellow GMD blogger John Odum has his own camera and will be video blogging at the behest of zannel.com — his first post is up already, so go check it out!  Vermont Daily Briefing’s Philip Baruth is gracing the Burlington Free Press’ website with his own special convention blog, The Deal in Denver.

Christian Avard is in Denver doing some writing for The Huffington Post, and Kevin Kelly will be blogging about his Denver exploits at Seven Days’ staff blog, Blurt.

There’s more too!  Check out this GMD post for a rundown, and keep a browser tab open to Exit Voices for J.D.’s exclusive coverage.  (Did I just write “exclusive coverage?” That’s so cool!)

Of course, The convention is mostly a planned affair and few surprises are expected, but it will be interesting to follow the perspectives of all of these Vermonters who are so deeply committed to politics.

The General

Posted by admin on August 20th, 2008

It’s late August.  The nominees have been selected in what has been the longest presidential campaign in American history.  The national party conventions are upon us, and here in Vermont, the three-way gubernatorial race is on.

Exit Voices is coming back online, gearing up for November 4th.  Between now and then we’ll be posting about national and Vermont politics as seen through the lens of the Vermont political blogosphere.

There’s lots to talk about Vermont-blogging-wise.  John Odum and JD Ryan will be travelling to Denver next week as official Vermont bloggers, hanging out with the Vermont delegation on the convention floor of  the Democratic National Convention.  Vermont Daily Briefing blogger, Philip Baruth, will be there too as a delegate for Obama.  And Steve “The Carpetbagger Report” Benen  is leaving his 4 1/2 year-old blog on Friday to write full-time for Washington Monthly’s Political Animal blog. Congratulations, Steve.

Stay tuned and say hello in the comments!