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Blog Roll: The Best of State Political Blogs

During The Fix's semi-vacation last week, Fixistas for were asked to chime in with their favorite state-based political blogs. We've found over the last few years that these state-based blogs are often the best repositories for good links and good analysis about races up and down the ballot.

As expected, the Fix community responded, offering links to a blog (or blogs) from 24 states. You can find all of those links after the jump.

But we're only halfway there! The goal of this project is to have at least one good state-based blog in each of the 50 states. We've still got 26 to go. So, if your home state (or adopted home state) isn't mentioned below, sound off in the comments section and help us get all 50 states covered.

One other caveat before we get to the list. The sites listed on the next page come from recommendations by our readers. Many of these blogs have a clear partisan lean. We are not endorsing the views expressed in any of these blogs; rather; The Fix is seeking to serve as a vessel of our readers' likes and dislikes.

Disagree with any of the blogs we have cited? See a state mentioned but its best blog missing. The comments section awaits.

Without further ado, here's our best of the state blogs!

Arizona

* Rum, Romanism, Rebellion

California

* Calitics

Colorado

* SchaffervUdall

Connecticut

* My Left Nutmeg

Florida

* Naked Politics
* The Buzz

Georgia

* Georgia Politics Unfiltered

Idaho

* Eye on Boise

Illinois

* Capitol Fax

Indiana

* Taking Down Words

Kentucky

* Osi Speaks

Maryland

* Red Maryland

Michigan

* Lansing State Journal
* Michigan Liberal

Minnesota

* MN Publius
* Minnesota Campaign Report
* MN Blue
* Politics in Minnesota
* Polinaut

Mississippi

* Y'All Politics
* Cottonmouth Blog
* Red/Blue

Missouri

* Fired Up Missouri

New Hampshire

* Blue Hampshire

New Jersey

* PolitickerNJ
* Blue Jersey

North Carolina

* Under the Dome

Ohio

* Ohio Daily Blog

Pennsylvania

* PA Water Cooler
* Progress Pittsburgh
* Young Philly Politics

Rhode Island

* Rhode Island's Future
* Not For Nothing

South Carolina

* Faith in the Sound

Texas

* Burka Blog

Virginia

* Virginian Federalist
* Raising Kaine

Wisconsin

* Real Debate Wisconsin

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 26, 2008; 5:32 PM ET
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You HAVE to include this blog for Connecticut! It's all original content and analysis and one of the best political blogs I've ever read: http://stratfordobserver.blogspot.com

Posted by: Alison | August 17, 2008 3:36 PM | Report abuse

PennPatriot Blog is another great political blog in Pennsylvania. You should ad it to your PA list

Posted by: Randy | April 28, 2008 11:55 PM | Report abuse

Your Wisconsin blog is right-wing. The name "realdebate" is a baloney as far as I can see Please do not represent our state like that (I know it's you readers from WI, but seriously...)

Try wispolitics.com and sister site wisopinion.com. These link to dozens of blogs broken out by affiliation.

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Posted by: mfdeh ojulcq | April 11, 2008 1:16 AM | Report abuse

Chris:
At the risk of tooting my own horn, I'll nominate my own blog, Legal Schnauzer, in Alabama. We focus on justice-related issues, including my own experience with judicial corruption in Alabama state courts. In fact, I'm currently facing unlawful seizure of my house because of the reporting on my blog. Some folks object when bloggers speak the truth.

http://legalschnauzer.blogspot.com/

Posted by: rshuler3156 | March 31, 2008 6:49 PM | Report abuse

www.buckeyestateblog.com is what I follow in Ohio.

Posted by: sethdawkins | March 30, 2008 11:35 AM | Report abuse

Your blog for Wisconsin is very dull, there must be something better.

Posted by: JohnnyBoy1950 | March 30, 2008 12:42 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: matmonky | March 29, 2008 7:52 AM | Report abuse

Definately HorsesAss http://www.horsesass.org/ in WA. There isn't a more influential political blog in the state.

For Oregon, I'd say http://www.loadedorygun.net

Posted by: tihi461 | March 29, 2008 4:22 AM | Report abuse

In Oregon I like

http://www.loadedorygun.net

I also read http://www.blueoregon.com
but the proprietor there also has clients who are local and statewide candidates and so the conflicts of interest flow thick and fast sometimes.

Another good one, not 100% political and more focused on Portland, is
http://www.bojack.org
He's a bit of a curmudgeon but the discussions are lively.

Posted by: vard | March 28, 2008 5:12 PM | Report abuse

sorry, kept giving me errors on posting...

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Pennsylvania:

http://blog.pennlive.com/pennsyltucky/

Pennsyltucky Politics - for Harrisburg area/central PA

Posted by: mattbrody129 | March 28, 2008 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Anyone have a blog for Puerto Rico, English or Spanish????

Posted by: cayeyana | March 28, 2008 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: nikeshoeman23 | March 27, 2008 11:47 PM | Report abuse

IOWA -
Blog for Iowa www.blogforiowa.com

IowaIndependent http://www.iowaindependent.com

Posted by: PrairieRobin | March 27, 2008 11:25 PM | Report abuse

IOWA -
Blog for Iowa www.blogforiowa.com
IowaIndependent http://www.iowaindependent.com

Posted by: PrairieRobin | March 27, 2008 11:23 PM | Report abuse

I agree with amy about redstaterebels.typepad.com in Idaho. Also consider www.43rdstateblues.com, idablue.blogspot.com, and mountaingoatreport.typepad.com.

Posted by: DanKirkd | March 27, 2008 10:06 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: oregonconservative | March 27, 2008 7:43 PM | Report abuse

Delaware Grapevine is a great non-partisan blog on Delaware politics.

http://www.delawaregrapevine.com

Posted by: vinay.vasuki | March 27, 2008 5:57 PM | Report abuse

I agree with the comments from the Minnesotans.

By far, Michael Brodkorb's blog, www.minnesotademocratsexposed.com, is the most read political blog in the state. I'd bet that he has more visitors than the liberal blogs you mentioned COMBINED.

MDE had a role in virtually every important political story over the past few years. The Democrats hate to admit it -- but it's true.

MDE is pretty much the assignment editor for the mainstream media.

Michael Brodkorb is the creme de la creme of Minnesota bloggers. I tip my hat to him for his fine site.

Posted by: misterstiffler | March 27, 2008 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Kentucky's best political blogs -

Lexington Herald-Leader's "Pol Watchers" - http://polwatchers.typepad.com/

Page One Kentucky - www.pageonekentucky.com

Posted by: commintern | March 27, 2008 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: sjl | March 27, 2008 3:58 PM | Report abuse

For the best analysis of Michigan politics, read:

http://bloggingformichigan.com/

Posted by: gsmith6468 | March 27, 2008 3:15 PM | Report abuse

MI - I agree with jaymills on Michigan Liberal and Rightmichigan. But another blog for the right would be the Republican Party Chair Saul Anuzis' blog (http://migop.blogs.com).

Posted by: matlock069 | March 27, 2008 3:03 PM | Report abuse

With all due respect to the person who mentioned the NY blogs, but The Albany Project is the best political blog in NY:

http://www.thealbanyproject.com/

Posted by: mgwmgw | March 27, 2008 2:13 PM | Report abuse

I have agreed to give Hillary a break. She misspoke herself. I must , however , misbelieve her and Bill from here on if they continue to be compulsive misspeakers.

Posted by: majorteddy | March 27, 2008 2:03 PM | Report abuse

For Washington State, http://www.horsesass.org is THE key blog for in-state politics. Don't let the name or the occasional rough language fool you.

The site is about journalism.

In contrast, the other site many people are mentioning for Washington State -- which shall go unnamed -- is about advocacy. They have their favorite candidates and positions, which they push relentlessly. You can't trust what they're telling you, because they twist their numbers and their reports in order to make Obama and others look better.

HorsesAss just lets the chips fall where they may. They're journalists, which is why they're always my first stop when I want to know what is truly happening in Washington State politics.

Posted by: jesse.wendel | March 27, 2008 1:42 PM | Report abuse

MAINE:

Of the three blogs previously mentioned, one isn't a blog, and is in fact written by a paid consultant for Susan Collins (mainewebreport by Lance Dutson).

As Maine Goes is a conservative blog that does not have an open registration - one must apply with its owner Scott Fish.

Turn Maine Blue, for which I write, is a left/progressive blog. Maine Owl (http://maineowl.net/blog/) is very good.

Posted by: gaweinand | March 27, 2008 1:29 PM | Report abuse

A few for Oregon:
Writeidea.blogspot.com
NWrepublican.blogspot.com
blueoregon.com
oregon-catalyst.com

Posted by: anthonyjbrady | March 27, 2008 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Obama's efforts to connect to the Republican Party, specifically Bush, and Dick Chaney, of the Halliburton Company, dates back to the Presidents Grandfather, Prescott Bush, and indeed Chaney was once an executive officer of Halliburton.

The American military pounds Iraq with Artillary, bombs, and the like, destroying large sections of cities, and infra-structures, then Halliburton comes in to rebuild. Halliburton and Halliburton associated companies have raked in ten's of billions.

Obama is just like the BIG HALIBURTAN. Haliburton has contracted to build detention centers in the U.S. similiar to the one in Quantanammo Bay, Cuba. Halliburton does nothing to earn the Two Dollars for each meal an American Serviceman in Iraq eats.

http://www.halliburtonwatch.org/

Halliburton was scheduled to take control of the Dubai Ports in The United Arab Emiirate. The deal was canceled when Bush was unable to affect the transfer of the American Ports.

Now we see what some might suspect as similiar financial escapading from the Democrats.

Two years ago, Iraq's Ministry of Electricity gave a $50 million contract to a start-up security company - Companion- owned by now-indicted businessman (TONY REZKO) Tony Rezko and a onetime Chicago cop, Daniel T. Frawley, to train Iraqi power-plant guards in the United States. An Iraqi leadership change left the deal in limbo. Now the company, Companion Security, is working to revive its contract.
Involved along with Antoin "Tony" Rezco, long time friend and neighbor of Democratic Presidential hopeful Barack Obama, and former cop Daniel T. Frawley, is Aiham Alsammarae. Alsammarae was accused of financial corruption by Iraqi authorities and jailed in Iraq last year before escaping and returning here.

LIKE FATHER LIKE SON --
Recently, Obama's campaign staff have been vetted by the IRS to disclose his connection to the criminal money generating underworld. Besides, his connections to the REZCO MAFIA types, his up-coming tax fraud charges -- Obama needs to disclose why he is a MUSLIM "PATWANG-FWEEE" and disclose Obama's MUSLIM Farrakhan mob connection to Chicago's Trinity United Church of Christ. Its minister, and Obama's spiritual adviser, is the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. In 1982, the church launched Trumpet Newsmagazine; Wright's daughters serve as publisher and executive editor. Every year, the magazine makes awards in various categories. Last year, it gave the Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. Trumpeter Award to a man it said "truly epitomized greatness." That man is Louis Farrakhan. Farrakhan and Chicago's Trinity United Church are trumpeting Barack Obama AKA Barack Hussein Obama as the second coming of the messiah. Obama should stop suppoting our intervention in IRAQ. It's time to introduce this false, fake Xerox - X box Obama and invite the self-indicting thief plagiarizing pipsqueke "GLORK" Xerox - X box to meet the Buffalo "GAZOWNT-GAZIKKA" Police Department Buffalo Creek. He is MAD!!! --

OBAM YOU'RE NO JFK --

"GLORK" Obama looks like Alfred E. Newman: "Tales Calculated To Drive You." He is a MUSLIM "Glork" He's MAD!!! Alfred E. Neuman is the fictional mascot of Mad. The face had drifted through American pictography for decades before being claimed by Mad editor Harvey Kurtzman after he spotted it on the bulletin board in the office of Ballantine Books editor Bernard Shir-Cliff, later a contributor to various magazines created by Kurtzman.
Obama needs to disclose why he is a MUSLIM "PATWANG-FWEEE" and stop suppoting our intervention in IRAQ. It's time to introduce this false, fake "GLORK" Xerox - X box Obama and invite the self-indicting thief plagiarizing pipsqueke Xerox - X box to meet the Buffalo "GAZOWNT-GAZIKKA" Police Department Buffalo Creek.

Michelle Obama should be ashamed.

"GLORK" Michelle Obama should be ashamed of her separatist-racist connection to Farrakhan and Chicago's Trinity United Church trumpeting Barack Obama AKA Barack Hussein Obama as the second coming of the messiah. If Michelle Obama new what her husband -- the Hope-A-Dope, Fonster Monster -- Barack Obama AKA Barack Hussein Obama did in Harlem, she would wash her wide-open, Hus-suey loving MUSILM mouth out, with twenty-four (24) mule-team double-cross X-boX-BorraX. He is a MUSLIM "Glork" It's time to introduce this false, fake "GLORK" Xerox - X box Obama and invite the self-indicting thief plagiarizing pipsqueke Xerox - X box to meet the Buffalo "GAZOWNT-GAZIKKA" Police Department Buffalo Creek. He's MAD!!!

http://www.halliburtonwatch.org/

THE SPEECH --

The Apologia has arrived and once again the self-indicting, separatist-racist Barack Obama AKA Barack Hussein Obama, promises to heal the wounds of the world. The speech is the rude awakening of mass messianism of his campaign. Apologetically, Obama the MUSLIM double-cross X-boX-BorraX has an astonishingly empty two-prawn echelon explanation of his misjudgment.
In the first prawn: with regard to his connection to separatist-racist Rev. Wright; Obama summons voodoo and juju to express slavery as beginning and ending with the Rev. Wright.
In the second prawn: Obama's speech takes credit for Ashley's dream. A dream of unity Martin Luther King, Jr. borrowed from Ashley for his historic "I Have A Dream" speech. In Obama's speech, the connective bond Ashley, the elderly black man and Obama's grandmother share; represents Obama's self-indicting rise to the Harvard Yard. For Obama, the grand flag of language is the semi-fore of words, bestowed upon our nation by the messiah-alumni from Harvard. Obama's Swoon-Song Apologia to the nation represents a failed hymn -- a hymn that fails to heal the nation, repair the world, or make this time different than all the rest. Obama's speech is a brilliant failure.

http://www.halliburtonwatch.org/

Posted by: jreno21 | March 27, 2008 1:02 PM | Report abuse

Not sure who fed you all the state info, but here in Minnesota, whether you are left, right, center or otherwise, MinnesotaDemocratsExposed.com is the one premier blog.

I think MDE may get hit more frequently than all of those you mention combined, and certainly way more than any one of those individual blogs.

Even partisan Dems seem to use his blog as an outlet to make sure the public knows key information about their inner-party adversaries.

Ask the numerous Democrat candidates for public office who have lost or better yet have withdrawn their candidacy with their tails between their legs because of stories broken by MDE who the most effective and most read partisan blog in Minnesota is!

Posted by: ctiedeman | March 27, 2008 12:22 PM | Report abuse

The NWProgressive blog is a great suggestion for Washington. But I actually think their portal, which the NPI also operates, would be a better place to link to than their blog because their portal features all of the blogs already mentioned like Evergreen Politics or horsesass in addition to their own.

In short, you can get to all the different lefty blogs just by visiting Pacific Northwest Portal:

http://www.nwprogressive.org/portal

I stop by there everyday. It's a huge timesaver, you don't have to browse bookmark by bookmark to see what everybody is saying.

leftcoasta

Posted by: joe | March 27, 2008 11:47 AM | Report abuse

www.badlandsblue.com

local blog i write on.

Posted by: tylersmith36 | March 27, 2008 11:41 AM | Report abuse

And I almost forgot ... http://schaffervudall.blogspot.com is consistently rated as #1 or #2 in the weekly ratings of most influential Colorado blogs. Something else to consider.

Posted by: bendegrow | March 27, 2008 11:40 AM | Report abuse

"Schaffer v. Udall as one of the best blogs for CO? I must admit more or less complete ignorance when it comes to the CO political blogging scene, but after reading through a bunch of the postings, I'm really hoping this is due to small number statistics; if this is really the best my state (CO) has to offer, it's really quite sad."

There is more to judge than the number of comments. It's had more influence than you'll ever know.

"The blog you list from Colorado (SchaffervUdall) is really just a single issue blog aimed at disparaging a candidate."

And there's a lot of good material out there to make that task easy - both original reporting and secondary observation. Besides, it's not nearly as snarky or obnoxious as the Lefty gossip sites for Colorado mentioned in the comments.

Posted by: bendegrow | March 27, 2008 11:38 AM | Report abuse

I noticed a huge oversight in your Minnesota list.

A must read for both Republicans and Democrats is www.minnesotademocratsexposed.com.

Minnesota Democrats Exposed is by far the most well researched and influential blog in Minnesota politics. Readers may not always agree with the politics of the blog, but there is no question that the content is accurate and verified in every aspect.

I would encourage you to update your Minnesota blog roll to include Minnesota Democrats Exposed -- it's a must read for anyone interested in Minnesota politics.

Posted by: jrk | March 27, 2008 11:32 AM | Report abuse

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Posted by: votenic | March 27, 2008 11:31 AM | Report abuse

Looks like you have a good list compiled there Chris.

I just have a suggestion for Minnesota, in which you do have a good list compiled thus far. In the interest of fairness and democracy I think it is imperative to add Minnesota Democrats Exposed to the blog roll. You have three left leaning sites and two mainstream media blogs. I think it is only fair to add MDE to the list, especially since it such a groundbreaking site and so widely read in political circles up here.

Posted by: flynn1983 | March 27, 2008 11:30 AM | Report abuse

South Dakota: www.badlandsblue.com

Posted by: jackieolsen984 | March 27, 2008 11:27 AM | Report abuse

Heya: Another new anti-partisan Idaho politics site: http://www.paleomedia.org ... check it.

Posted by: nathanieljudd | March 27, 2008 11:22 AM | Report abuse

Rhode Island

While those given for the Ocean State are indeed popular, they are also both editorially progressive. For a view from the other side, may I submit the blog to which I contribute:

www.anchorrising.com

Yes, there are conservatives in Rhode Island...

Posted by: spinningclio | March 27, 2008 11:21 AM | Report abuse

While you list three liberal partisan blogs for Minnesota (MN Publius, MN Blue, MN Campaign Report), you list no Republican partisan blog. How about some balance with a link to Minnesota Democrats Exposed? I know numerous people plugged the blog in your comment section. It's my blog, so I'll plug it again.

Posted by: michaelbrodkorb | March 27, 2008 10:54 AM | Report abuse

For Ohio: check out:

www. battlegroundohio.com

Posted by: howard10859 | March 27, 2008 10:50 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: jlmicek | March 27, 2008 10:19 AM | Report abuse

I can't believe no one is mentioning Blue Mass Group from MA!!! It is a terrific blog, well-written and ahead of the curve on what is happening. Yes, it has a bias (blue) but most of the state is blue. If the R party could actually compete in races AND write a blog, maybe they'd be in better shape!

Posted by: mware | March 27, 2008 9:33 AM | Report abuse

Disagree on the SC choice. That site is a big sleazefest. As previous commenters have noted, much better choices would be http://www.theseventen.com or http://notverybright.wordpress.com

Posted by: tcgym38 | March 27, 2008 9:23 AM | Report abuse

In Alaska, Insurgent 49 (insurgent49.com) used to be one of the stronger blog sites, but I don't think they've been updating it for a while (since at least the Veco scandal last year), but I'd expect that to change if both Begich and Berkowitz are competitive this year as they should be.

Posted by: kreuz_missile | March 27, 2008 8:30 AM | Report abuse

Even knowing the utter and complete incompetence of the Bush Administration and the Pentagon over the last few years, this story defies belief -- but it is true. How a man, now only 22 -- a licensed masseur, apparently -- became a contractor, dealing in shoddy and malfuctioning ordnance, to the US government in Iraq and Afghanistan.

200 billion dollars, several years and a lot of malfunction later -- someone figures it out. But it's all part of the continuing story of how this country's future [and our children and grandchildren's]was stolen from us and flushed down the toilet.

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/27/world/asia/27ammo.html?_r=1&hp&oref=slogin

Posted by: drindl | March 27, 2008 8:26 AM | Report abuse

Regarding Florida.

You list 2 Florida "blogs", Florida "Naked Politics" and "The Buzz". These are merely newspaper "blogs" by reporters, and the posts are often merely first drafts of, or actual stories from their respective newspapers. While useful, these are of course not true "blogs".

In any event, there are several "blogs" covering Florida that are excellent, primarily:

- "Flablog" (by a columnist, but not linked to the paper like Naked Politics and the Buzz, http://www.flablog.net/)

- "Florida Progressive Coalition" (the FPC, http://quinnell.us/sspb/) and

- "FLA Politics" (http://www.flapolitics.com)

The latter, "FLA Politics" is heavily trafficked (just type "Florida Politics into Google"), is the only Florida state blog on the Daily Kos and MyDD blogrolls, and, according to the site, claims to have been posting regularly since 2002.

The site also claims (with links) to have been "elected by Campaigns & Elections magazine in October 2007 as one of ten state blogs in the nation "every political insider should be reading right now." and the winner of the First Annual (2007) Florida Democratic Party Netroots Coalition.

My personal favorite, though is is the FPC, which has some great original postings.

Posted by: rsiwica | March 27, 2008 8:20 AM | Report abuse

The blog you list from Colorado (SchaffervUdall) is really just a single issue blog aimed at disparaging a candidate.

With a much broader view of the state and its issues, I'd like to add Square State:

http://www.squarestate.net/

AND, for the pulse of the Western Slope, from the WS's population center Grand Junction (pop: approximately 49,000 or so), Junction Daily Blog:

http://www.junctiondailyblog.com/

Check 'em out, and happy reading!

Posted by: lenstewart | March 27, 2008 8:13 AM | Report abuse

excerpt from new book by Eric Lichtblau about self-censorship by reporters after 9/11:

Bush's Law: The Remaking of American Justice

http://www.slate.com/id/2187498/

Interesting recounting of journalists' fears of reporting illegal activities of bush administration

Posted by: drindl | March 27, 2008 8:03 AM | Report abuse

7-10's author was recently singled out for an award for his writing. It is in SC, but I read www.theseventen.com once in awhile.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | March 27, 2008 7:56 AM | Report abuse

nothing for the pacific nw states, huh? try the Northwest Progressive Institute for Washington State:

http://www.nwprogressive.org/weblog

and BlueOregon for Oregon:

http://www.blueoregon.com

and Red State Rebels for Idaho:

http://redstaterebels.typepad.com/

These blogs are all top destinations in their respective states, although the first one (NWProgressive Institute) tends to cover Oregon and Idaho as well. But its main focus is Washington.

Unlike some of the other nominations mentioned for Washington that I see above - like SLOG, etc. - the analysis is professional and clean, not laced with degrading profanity. The content is also pretty rich there - you won't see empty posts with nothing in them but embedded youtube clips. It's just solid writing. The other two blogs I mentioned are like that too.

Posted by: amy | March 27, 2008 4:50 AM | Report abuse

jon.morgan.1999 - The problem with the Slog is that it has so much non-political content in it.

Like michael says, HorsesAss.org is where it's at.

Posted by: DanKirkd | March 27, 2008 3:19 AM | Report abuse

The Seattle Times and P-I politics blogs are both weak. But I don't trust newspaper blogs for politics in general. Horse's Ass is not a bad suggestion, I would also check Evergreen Politics and The Stranger's blog, Slog. www.thestranger.com Maybe Eat the State too.

Posted by: jon.morgan.1999 | March 27, 2008 2:51 AM | Report abuse

In Washington State, Horsesass.org is where the work gets done in local politics.

Posted by: michael | March 27, 2008 2:47 AM | Report abuse

Chris, don't get turned off by the name of the blog, but http://www.horsesass.org/ is THE best political blog in Washington state hands down.

While they do write about national issues (hard not to), their primary focus is on local politics and it is probably local political blog with the most traffic in the nation.

It is THE blog everyone reads, politicos, people in the media, righties and lefties.

Posted by: DanKirkd | March 27, 2008 2:26 AM | Report abuse

Schaffer v. Udall as one of the best blogs for CO? I must admit more or less complete ignorance when it comes to the CO political blogging scene, but after reading through a bunch of the postings, I'm really hoping this is due to small number statistics; if this is really the best my state (CO) has to offer, it's really quite sad.

CC: "Many of these blogs have a clear partisan lean."

Fair enough. Everyone has a point of view, whether they are explicit or overt about it or not. IMHO, what makes a blog worth reading is the strength of its analysis and the cogency of its arguments. From what I've been able to discern, this site eschews a calm, rational discussion of the pros & cons of the Schaffer v. Udall debate in favor of rambling diatribes and partisan talking points. [Sigh.]

I also believe that one hallmark of a good blog is the number of comments it inspires its readers to post (also a rough measure of "is anyone paying attention"). As of this posting, Schaffer V. Udall has had 11 comments for the last 10 postings. Not exactly compelling.

Posted by: glowing_plasma | March 27, 2008 1:57 AM | Report abuse

Tennessee -- good content but not updated enough in my opinion.

http://www.tnpoliticsblog.com/

Posted by: tomems | March 27, 2008 12:26 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: yweissm1 | March 26, 2008 11:33 PM | Report abuse

The Wigderson Library & Pub
http://wigdersonlibrarypub.blogspot.com/
Written by a former political consultant who is currently a columnist with the Waukesha Freeman.

Daily Takes
http://www.dailytakes.com/
Written by political consultant Brian Fraley.

Posted by: jamesmdw | March 26, 2008 10:34 PM | Report abuse

For South Carolina:

Republican: The Palmetto Scoop (www.palmettoscoop.com)

Democratic: Seeding Spartanburg (www.seedingspartanburg.com), Not Very Bright (notverybright.wordpress.com)

Independent: The 7-10 (www.theseventen.com) <--- Yes, that's my blog, but it is one of the more respected political blogging sites in SC.

Posted by: theseventen | March 26, 2008 10:28 PM | Report abuse

colorado


http://www.squarestate.net
you might try www.leftyblogs

and www.rightyblogs too

Posted by: pvogel88 | March 26, 2008 10:27 PM | Report abuse

One more...

Indiana: Howey Politics (www.howeypolitics.com)

Posted by: wernerd | March 26, 2008 10:15 PM | Report abuse

It's astounding to me that no one has mentioned the great state of New York...

Capitol Confidential (blogs.timesunion.com/capitol)

Room Eight (www.r8ny.com)

The Daily Politics (www.nydailynews.com/blogs/dailypolitics)

City Room (cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com)

Posted by: wernerd | March 26, 2008 10:09 PM | Report abuse

You may want to fix the Raising Kaine link...

Posted by: whitman | March 26, 2008 10:06 PM | Report abuse

Irony about CapFax being the best IL blog: everybody hates the man behind the publication. That being said, no one can deny his preeminence.

Posted by: gs24 | March 26, 2008 9:42 PM | Report abuse

Pennsylvania:

PAPrimary.com

Posted by: none | March 26, 2008 8:31 PM | Report abuse

I lied. One more.

Louisiana

Daily Kingfish: http://www.dailykingfish.com/frontPage.do

The Dead Pelican: http://www.thedeadpelican.com/

Your Right Hand Thief: http://righthandthief.blogspot.com/

That's a great state for political blogs. There's tons more. It's a great state for politics, period.

Posted by: novamatt | March 26, 2008 7:56 PM | Report abuse

Michigan-if anything i would recommend michigan liberal. also i would recommend
www.detroituncovered.com for whats going on in the metro detroit area(especially with a certain indicted detroit mayor right now)

and to thow a bone to the righties who wouldnt sully their commodore 64 computers by going to a liberal site, Rightmichigan is up your alley.

Posted by: jaymills1124 | March 26, 2008 7:43 PM | Report abuse

Last one, unless anyone has any requests.

West Virginia

Fifth Column: http://hippiekiller.wordpress.com/

Lincoln Walks at Midnight: http://mywvhome.blogspot.com/

West Virginia Blue: http://www.wvablue.com/

Posted by: novamatt | March 26, 2008 7:40 PM | Report abuse

North Dakota

Dakota Politics: http://www.dakotapolitics.com/

North Decoder: http://www.northdecoder.com/

Say Anything: http://sayanythingblog.com/

Posted by: novamatt | March 26, 2008 7:32 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: novamatt | March 26, 2008 7:28 PM | Report abuse

Nevada:

Las Vegas Gleaner
http://www.lasvegasgleaner.com/

Desert Beacon:
http://desertbeacon.blogspot.com/

Reno and Its Discontents:
http://www.renodiscontent.com/

Posted by: nevada_scandalmonger | March 26, 2008 7:27 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: novamatt | March 26, 2008 7:24 PM | Report abuse

Looks like I dumped too many Kansas and KC links in a post, but I'll do a couple more states at random. (I have a bad habit of bookmarking stuff, so it's nice to be able to share a little of it.)

Maine

As Maine Goes: http://www.asmainegoes.com/

Maine Web Report: http://www.mainewebreport.com/

Turn Maine Blue: http://www.turnmaineblue.com/frontPage.do

Posted by: novamatt | March 26, 2008 7:19 PM | Report abuse

Utah
One Utah

Posted by: normjenson | March 26, 2008 7:12 PM | Report abuse

26thMarch 2008

The Editor
Washington Post

Dear Sir,

If you haven't been to Washington D.C. in January, take my advice and bring an overcoat, as it is normally brass monkeys in that neck of the woods, particularly at this time of year. I only mention this, as you might be planning to attend the Inauguration of the 44th President of the United States in January 20, 2009 and you wouldn't want to be inappropriately attired for the occasion. Of course your decision to make the journey will probably depend on which candidate is stepping forward to take the oath of office that is unless you are a World leader or a person of grave importance, in which case you will be obliged to attend anyway. The ceremony will be broadcasted from coast to coast with seamless commentaries and expert opinions, not to mention the pageantry that is the hallmark of such salubrious celebrations. There will be an abundance of words to mark this historic occasion and of course the irony of this is, that with all these words, it may well be, that not merely a word, but a word with a 'suffix' actually determines the outcome of this election. To those of you who have not been taking your 'suffixes' of late, permit me to be more explicate. A suffix is an affix added to the end of a word serving to form a new word and may also carry grammatical or lexical information. In the normal course of events 'isms', seldom take centre stage, but as the war of words between Senator Clinton and Senator Obama gathers momentum, these literary superfluities, will be drafted into frontline action.

The present race for the Democratic presidential nomination is progressively evolving into a distasteful diatribe, where once, honesty and decency was a prerequisite between such rivals. Hostility and contemptibility is now the currency of this unseemly humourless discourse. This contest has the potential to mark a great and historic moment in American politics, with three very different, very gifted and extraordinary individuals seeking the presidency; a first lady Senator, a first African - American Senator and an elder Senator and war hero. It is equally possible that this contest could rapidly descend inexorably into an ugly charade, a bare knuckles fight, if sexism, racism and ageism are permitted to dominate the election debate. There is a perilous risk in the indiscriminate hit and run rhetoric being used by both Democratic candidates and from this perspective, it is evident that each candidate is never to far from setting off a few indiscreet landmines. Is it only a matter of time before we hear that the aged Senator McCain is in fact, too aged to become President and that his health, not to mention his mental state of mind, might not survive much beyond Inauguration day? Is it only a matter of time before we hear that the White House is in fact, not ready for a first lady, a heroic dodger of sniper firing or is her state of mind to showing early stages of dementia? Is it only a matter of time before we hear that America is not ready, just yet anyway, for an African-American to become Commander in Chief, who has graduated with seventeen years of spiritual indoctrination through the twisted and outspoken Reverend Jeremiah Wright Jr. and what now of the good Senator's current state of mind? I expect that such statements may never be aired with such directness but be assured that reference to these very fine personal attributes will be delivered to a brain cell near you before you cast your vote.

It must be said of course, that I will be ready, if officially invited, with my winter woollies to attend Washington on the 20thJanuary 2009.


John Shortall

Posted by: jshortallconsultants | March 26, 2008 7:09 PM | Report abuse

Virginia: Vivian Paige's blog at http://blog.vivianpaige.com

Posted by: anonymous2006x | March 26, 2008 7:07 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: jkajohnbaker | March 26, 2008 7:00 PM | Report abuse

Good blogs in NEW MEXICO:

http://www.nmfbihop.com/

And if I do say so myself:

http://www.DemocracyForNewMexico.com

Posted by: bassbrain | March 26, 2008 6:46 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: jkajohnbaker | March 26, 2008 6:46 PM | Report abuse

Oh man, Georgia Politics Unfiltered is written by one guy who some think goes off the rails now and then. There are two good group blogs on the left side of the aisle:
http://blogfordemocracy.org
and
http://tondeestavern.com

On the right, there's
http://peachpundit.com

Posted by: shighsmi | March 26, 2008 6:46 PM | Report abuse

Whoops, they didn't link. That's:

http://www.chooseorlose.com

http://www.streetteam08.com

and my personal site for Idaho

http://www.think.mtv.com/briantrich/

Posted by: thecrisis | March 26, 2008 6:35 PM | Report abuse

Chris,

Please remove Idaho's blog that is listed there. The Spokesman Review is a Washington State newspaper.

If you want a blog focused on Idaho, MTV did a project where they have a youth reporter from every state, covering that state's issues. I am the youth journalist from Idaho - www.think.mtv.com/briantrich/ and if you go to www.chooseorlose.com and www.streetteam08.com you can see a list of every blogger/journalist from every state.

Go find your youth reporter!

Posted by: thecrisis | March 26, 2008 6:28 PM | Report abuse

Arkansas- www.underthedome.com

Posted by: rett_h | March 26, 2008 6:26 PM | Report abuse

The Seattle Times isn't fit to wrap fish with.

The Evergreen State's best political blog is at the Tacoma News Tribune:

http://blogs.thenewstribune.com/politics/

Posted by: bondjedi | March 26, 2008 6:25 PM | Report abuse

Oregon: Blue Oregon

http://www.blueoregon.com/

Posted by: StrCatcher | March 26, 2008 6:22 PM | Report abuse

Oregon: Blue Oregon

http://www.blueoregon.com/

Posted by: StrCatcher | March 26, 2008 6:22 PM | Report abuse

Oregon: Blue Oregon

http://www.blueoregon.com/

Posted by: StrCatcher | March 26, 2008 6:21 PM | Report abuse

For the state of Washington I read David Postman of Times.

http://blog.seattletimes.nwsource.com/davidpostman/

Posted by: johnbessey | March 26, 2008 6:16 PM | Report abuse

For New Mexico: www.joemonahan.com---

Posted by: newsguy | March 26, 2008 6:01 PM | Report abuse

Of course the mighty Las Vegas Gleaner (http://www.lasvegasgleaner.com) is conspicuously absent from your list.

Posted by: editor | March 26, 2008 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Here's the best political blog in Alabama:

http://www.politicalparlor.net/
"Doc's Political Parlor and Home of Lawn Mower Repair"

Posted by: amos.snead | March 26, 2008 5:53 PM | Report abuse

Texas - www.burntorangereport.com

Iowa - www.iowaindependent.com

Posted by: CCDMembership | March 26, 2008 5:50 PM | Report abuse

OK -- for Massachusetts:

www.bluemassgroup.com

Posted by: eaglaw | March 26, 2008 5:48 PM | Report abuse

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