There's a good story in the Star today about the blurring of the lines between Journalism and Blogging. The article is centered around sports journalism/blogging, but it's pretty easy to take the leap between sports (which tends to be the leader in many social issues including racial barriers and medical care). Blogging has become major source of information for a lot of people -- as newspapers/tv stations have continued to cut back in reporting staff (and also supplying slanted points of view), bloggers have come on the scene to provide additional insights/points of view on the news of the day. The New York Islanders have even opened up one press box for bloggers who will be credentialed to cover games.
Even here in KC politics, the TIF Commission Report wasn't released until the local bloggers requested its release.
The media world is changing. Media outlets will struggle with it. Local politicians will struggle with it. And there is a certain amount of "power" that will come from being a political blogger. It's our responsibility to use this power wisely...and to help do what the traditional media has long sense forgotten its purpose was under the first amendment of the Constitution...to be a watchdog of the government.