The California Majority Report went all Web 2.0 today with the release of the redesigned site. If you click on that link and get a system maintenance message, you aren't alone. I got the stock screen for most of the day, though the new site did pop up briefly enough for me to form some snap judgments before cutting back to the maintenance notice.
The new site has a lot more hallmarks of blogdom: blogroll (still not linked off the main page - that is to say, no links on the main page, "rolled" or otherwise, but this is a start), archives, etc. The general look, however, is a bit Flash Report fussy, though that may be an unfair evaluation after just a few seconds of viewing.
There's also an "Elections" tab on the top that takes you to a page of links to all races with blurbs about each one. I only got a quick look at one, but my gut reaction was "uh, ATC, anyone?" Perhaps it's a partnership, though I didn't see any indication of such. Why reinvent the wheel? Scott Lay and the AroundTheCapitol.com gang have a great trove of information on their site. The CMR page looks like a bit of a hybrid between ATC's elections page and what used to be called "The Bench" - though I'm not seeing that anymore, so maybe CMR is stepping into a new vacancy. Like I said, I'm basing my early opinion on about 3 minutes of viewing.
It's definitely a more visually sophisticated site now and I look forward to seeing how that might change posting habits and content, as well as reader interaction on the site.
To quote a CMR writer: good luck with the blog, boys.
Update: okay, so it's up now. For reals. I'm digging the visual reinforcement of writer portraits by each post - there's this reassuring row of Steve Maviglios testifying right down my screen. I dig the portrait art concept, but might I suggest something in the 50x50 pixel range or so?