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More on the good Doctor Stanley's Obama ad

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Co-worker and fellow southwestern Virginia native Monica Kendrick reflects not only on Obama supporter Dr. Ralph Stanley, but also on Fightin' Ninth representative Rick Boucher, which makes me nostalgic (I lived just east in the district of Bob Goodlatte). As Monica mentions, he founded the House Internet Caucus, but it's also worth mentioning that he's long been on the side of the angels when it comes to the Internet and copyright (he's a Larry Lessig fan). In 1992 he introduced legislation which opened up the backbone of the Internet for commercial traffic--probably the sort of thing that would have eventually happened, but it goes to show how long he's been on the beat. Growing up as a young geek just outside his district, his prominence on that front--he's all over the Wired archives--was inspiring and influential. If I end up in law school, his example will probably have something to do with it.

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