So how does the Kentucky administration justify blocking some blogs and not others
I just spoke again with Mark Routledge, the Deputy Commissioner at the state's Office of Technology. He again emphasized that his office had "no agenda, no target."
When I asked about how one (conservative) blog was able to get off the blocked list, after a long pause, he said he didn't know. But there is a process for how that could happen.
"It's a decision up to independent agencies," he said. Those in management could lift the ban if someone requested it, saying that the site "had business use."
"The Commonwealth Office of Technology provides technology," he said, "it's not our practice to decide what is appropriate content, because [different agencies in the government] have... different needs."
Keep in mind that this is a government that's been rocked by a scandal of political favoratism in hiring
. So one wonders how unbiased that appeal process would be.Update
: Following the New York Times
, the AP
has picked up the story.