It’s been almost four years since I started Red State Rebels. The blog has served as a focal point for Idaho’s blue blogging community for several years now, and it’s been a lot of fun to write.
But the time has come to move on. As of tomorrow, I am taking a new full-time equivalent position with my longtime client, the Study Circles Resource Center (soon to be renamed Everyday Democracy). SCRC helps communities use inclusive dialogue and creative action to address all sorts of issues: racism, immigration, growth, poverty, police-community relations, and more. My work will include launching a new national blog, DemocracySpace, as well as helping community activists and public officials make greater use of online media.
Because this work is nonpartisan, I have decided the time is right to retire Red State Rebels in its current incarnation. I plan to launch a new, multi-author version of RSR sometime soon – and then mostly back away. I will leave the RSR archives online as a historical record of the past four years. (You can hit the tip jar at left to help me do that, and to help underwrite the new site.) Once I get my bearings in my new gig, I may occasionally surface with posts at the new RSR, at Daily Kos, and elsewhere. I will continue to write the Boise Bus Blog, and I have another non-political "hobby" site I hope to launch soon, too.
While it’s a little bittersweet for me to bid farewell to Red State Rebels, I know the progressive Idaho blogosphere is in great shape (and in great hands). I am proud of the role I’ve played in getting it this far, but I couldn’t have done it without your help – your comments, your tips, your links, and your loyal readership. I believe Democrats will make great gains in the 2008 elections, both in Idaho and nationally, because voters here and across the nation will ultimately choose hope, unity, and compassion over fear, division, and cruelty.
Need a blog fix? Check out some of the other local and regional sites listed at right - and watch this space for news of Red State Rebels redux. I've also posted several dozen of my favorite posts below. Here’s to the future!