Below is the press release from the Hartford Courant on their upcoming Key Issues Forum 8 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 28:

Once dismissed as geeks in their pajamas, bloggers have blasted out of the basement to become a force in politics, fundraising and public policy.

Conservative bloggers caught Dan Rather using a phony military document about President George Bush’s war record. Liberal bloggers drove the Howard Dean campaign in 2004, and are credited with pushing unknown candidate Ned Lamont to victory in last summer’s Connecticut Democratic Senate primary.

The Hartford Courant will explore this phenomenon at the next Key Issues Forum, 8 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. Wednesday, February 28, at Christ Church Cathedral Auditorium, 45 Church Street, Hartford.

Registration and continental breakfast begin at 7:15 a.m.

The discussion will feature: Matt Stoller of, a Washington-based blogging expert; Colin McEnroe, freelance columnist and blogger who teaches a course in blogging at Trinity College; and well-known Connecticut bloggers Caffeinated Geek Girl and Genghis Conn. Tom Condon, The Courant’s Place editor and an admitted old-media type, will moderate the forum.

To reserve a seat at $20 per person, make check payable to The Hartford Courant and mail to: Key Issues Forum, The Hartford Courant, Corporate Affairs Department, 285 Broad Street, Hartford, CT 06115. There are several parking garages and lots within walking distance of the cathedral. Call The Courant at (860) 241-3614 with any questions.