Just the FAQs

Who, or what, is Capitol Hill Blue?
Capitol Hill Blue is a non-partisan, take-no-prisoners political news site launched in October 1994. That makes us the oldest surviving news site on the Internet. But don’t take our word for it. Go to Google and see if you can find anything older. Bet you can’t.

Blue features the work of three popular independent columnists:

Hal Brown is a clinical social worker and former mental health center director who is mostly retired from his private psychotherapy practice. He writes on the psychopathology of public figures and other topics that pique his interest. He can be found online at www.stressline.com . He publishes a website about his hometown of Middleboro, Massachusetts called Middleboro Matters.

Phil Hoskins is a Hollywood attorney and activist who founded Take Back West Hollywood.

Robert Kezelis is a lawyer, sculptor and writing curmudgeon based south of Chicago.

In addition, we periodically feature columns by Dale McFeatters, Reg Henry, Bonnie Erbie, Dan Thomasson, Jay Ambrose and others. We also subscribe to, and carry, news articles from various wire services.

Capitol Hill Blue is a member of the Online News Association and a regular participant in, and supporter of, conferences and programs to promote online, community and web-based journalism.

How do I reach you?

You can email us at editor@capitolhillblue.com

Are you a blog?

How often do you publish?
Publish? Publish is for wimps who still use wood pulp. Capitol Hill Blue is produced daily, seven-days-a-week, 365-days a year (366 on Leap Years) and is updated throughout the day. If you want news that’s published just once a day go buy a newspaper.

What are your politics?
Politics? We don’t need no stinkin’ politics. We believe it is the job of newsies to report the news, not be influenced by political beliefs or bias.

We subscribe to legendary Chicago newspaperman Finley Peter Dunne’s belief that it is the role of a newspaperman to “comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.”

Should we believe what you print simply because you say it is so?
Absolutely not. You should read many publications and draw your own conclusions.

So, are you a member of the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy?
Nope. We’re members of the Great Buffalo Wing Conspiracy. We meet on a haphazard basis at the local Hooters and, over a plate of wings, ponder important social questions like “do you think those are real?” or “is she wearing underwear?”

Don’t you take anything seriously?
Too many others do. We leave it to them.

Why is it called Capitol Hill Blue?
Beats the hell out of us . If there was a reason back in 1994 it has long since been forgotten. It may have had something to do with the rampant obscenity of government. Or it may have been somebody’s wet dream. Hard to tell.

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(Updated on February 5, 2010)