BlueOregon is a high-profile progressive blog covering the politics of the U.S. state of Oregon. With between 3,000 and 4,000 readers a day, it is the most read Oregon political blog. It is often mentioned in articles on Oregon politics by The Oregonian, the state's largest newspaper. Over 30 regular contributors cover Oregon-centric political stories. Guest contributors have included most major Democratic politicians in Oregon.
The blog was launched in July 2004 by Kari Chisholm, Jeff Alworth, and Jesse Cornett. Cornett was a political activist and staffer for several Oregon elected officials, and has since run twice for public office, and run a Portland pub, The Guild. Alworth is a freelance writer and the author of two nationally known (but now-defunct) political blogs — Notes On the Atrocities and the Oregon Blog, as well as the author of the Beervana blog. Chisholm runs Mandate Media, a political consulting and Internet strategy firm.
Conflict of interest
In an article titled "Sins of Omission," Willamette Week reporter Nigel Jaquiss explored the potential conflict of interest at the center of BlueOregon. From the article, "BlueOregon says it treats all Democratic candidates fairly. But having its editor on the campaign payroll doesn't hurt."
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