The Hill on The Net
Electronic Update #4


The challenger in Nebraska's second district, James Martin Davis, has made his contribution to cleaning up the Net by pointing out that gay pornography can be found just five clicks away from the official home page of the incumbent, Republican Jon Christensen. Roll Call reported that Davis' campaign mapped out the five links a Net surfer need follow to find their way from Rep. Christensen's home page to gay "acts in progress". Christensen's staff correctly pointed out that Davis' charges demonstrate that on the Web "you're five clicks away from anything". But Christensen has since brought his page down anyway, and his campaign returned the favor by mapping out a path from Davis' home page to pornography. Wait until somebody realizes that just five blocks from the Capitol Building is a store that sells liquor and Playboy. They'll tear up the streets.

James Martin Davis - NE-2 - Democrat

Representative Jon Christensen (R-NE2) - currently inaccessible


September 6th, is sixty days from election day, and so in accordance with Senate rules those Senators facing re-election in November are restricted from posting any further information on the Senate's Internet servers. Their home pages will remain in place, but they are "frozen", no new material can be added until after election day. Previously restrictions on use of Internet services prior to a general election affected all Senators, including those not themselves facing an election. But in late July the Senate Rules Committee adoped new rules governing the use of Senate Internet services and limited the restriction to only the Senators who will be facing voters that year. The imending freeze led a number of members of the class of '96 to spruce up their home pages before the freeze began, and one Senator (Pete Domenici - NM) who faces this election year made his debut on the web just in time to be frozen.

Senate Internet Services Usage and Policies

Sen. Pete Domenici (R-NM) - last Senator to beat the freeze to the web

Domenici's Senate debut leaves just one member of the class of '96 who is seeking to return to the Senate missing from the web. More than a year ago, Republican Presidential hopeful Phil Gramm's campaign was arguing with Lamar Alexander's over which was the first to bring their candidate to the Web. Gramm has seemingly soured on the Net as a means for reaching constituents or voters. He is the only incumbent Senator seeking re-election that does not have a home page for his Senate office. And neither has Gramm's Senate campaign turned up online (not that I could find anyway). It seems a shame, he's already got the domain name registered!

The Senate's generic Gramm home page

Gramm for President -access currently forbidden

Victor Morales for Senate - Sen. Gramm's challenger

No, it's not the audio edition of my book. Just a number of new options for listening to Congressional proceedings via the Internet. Recently the Center for Democracy and Technology arranged for two Senate hearings related to cryptography to be cybercast live on the Internet. The C-SPAN home page serves up live proceedings of the House and Senate when they're in session (hurry, times running out for the 104th). And a new service called FedNet promises live audio broadcasts from Congress including "gavel-to-gavel Floor proceedings and debates, a wide array of congressional hearings, and a flurry of press conferences". The FedNet site is scheduled to launch this month.

Center for Democracy & Technology



That's all for now!



Copyright 1996 by Chris Casey

Electronic Updates #1, #2 & #3 & #5.

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