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??If MySpace and Facebook don’t lean right enough for you, there’s always LaGOP.net, aka the Louisiana Republican Network. It’s a new social networking site where Republican activists can interact and dish on the latest political issues. Members can connect with like-minded GOP enthusiasts by creating their own profiles, starting their own blogs and commenting on others’ blogs. 

The site is the brainchild of Charlie Davis, who was recently hired by the Louisiana Republican Party as director of Victory 2008, the party’s federal campaign arm. As of last week, there were 170 members, ranging from Michael Eby of Plaquemine, an aide to former U.S. Rep. Richard Baker, to Matt Parker, executive director of the state party. There’s a public forum (no real activity yet) and discussion groups based around Republican candidates (John McCain for President has the most members with 25; John Kennedy for U.S. Senate trails with 24 members). Also on the site is a section for pictures (nameless faces posing with famous GOP dignitaries) and videos (mostly campaign commercials). It’s one of the many technological upgrades the party is expected to enjoy thanks to Davis, who also serves as president of Liquid Ventures, a business incubation and consulting firm that houses Prodigy Sports Group, FanTheFire.com, Varsity Vests and GatorWorks Web Design. Davis served previously as finance director and political director for the Louisiana Republican Party during the 1990s. —Jeremy Alford

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