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The Best State Political Blogs (Continued)

Earlier this week we asked the Fix community to help us put together a comprehensive list of the best political blog(s) in each of the 50 states.

And, we are happy to report that we are almost there.

Nine states remain outstanding: Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Maine, Mississippi, Nevada, Vermont, West Virginia and Wyoming.

If you are a political junkie and either grew up in or currently live in one of these states, we need your wisdom on the go-to blog (or blogs) in each of them. (Heck, even if you didn't grow up or live there but follow the state's politics closely, we want to hear from you.)

Offer your suggestions to the comments section.

As for the rest of the list, a few early trends are apparent.

• Minnesota has a VERY active political blogging culture.

• South Carolina, Iowa and New Hampshire -- the three most important states in the presidential nominating process -- are surprisingly light on good political blogs.

• Several bloggers organized write-in campaigns to get themselves included in our list.

Sayfie Review in Florida seems to be the leading votegetter of any state-based political blog.

We'll unveil the full list early next week along with a permanent spot on the new Fix front page. Keep the suggestions coming!

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 1, 2009; 3:45 PM ET
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Your Georgia blog (Georgia Politics Unfiltered) is no longer around. You should try Tondee's Tavern (www.tondeestavern.com).

Posted by: dbsatl | April 8, 2009 12:12 AM | Report abuse

MainePolitics.net for Maine

Posted by: mt12 | April 7, 2009 11:35 AM | Report abuse

Best blog in Florida -

SayfieReview.com

No other political site is more widely read in the State.

Posted by: greaterthingsthanthese | April 6, 2009 10:41 PM | Report abuse

Florida. The Buzz is best.
http://blogs.tampabay.com/buzz/
Sayfie is a mini-Huffington.

Posted by: Grace6 | April 6, 2009 9:12 PM | Report abuse

I find Blue Jersey quite valuable. It covers New Jersey from a reform Democratic perspective, but has a lot of useful news, regardless of one's political orientation.

Posted by: dvdavins | April 6, 2009 8:44 PM | Report abuse

In VERMONT I always turn to Philip Baruth's blog, vermontdailybriefing.com:
http://vermontdailybriefing.com

Baruth covers state and national politics with precision and humor. Like the majority of Vermonters, he leans to the left. Somehow he never loses his balance, though.

Posted by: jchaney | April 6, 2009 6:33 PM | Report abuse

Florida's best - Safie Review

Posted by: zorrozman | April 6, 2009 1:09 PM | Report abuse

If you're still looking for the best political blog in Florida, make sure you check SayfieReview.com. It's all I read for my political news from FL

Posted by: finkle5 | April 6, 2009 12:45 PM | Report abuse

I'm not claiming it's great, but since you mentioned a lack of NH blogs, I have http://www.nhpoliticalinfo.com. Make sure you get http://www.nh2012.blogspot.com/ too.

Posted by: KatherineWelsh | April 6, 2009 8:49 AM | Report abuse

Sayfie Review is a great resource in Florida, but its a glorified clip service -- not a political blog.

Justin Sayfie, a petty GOP lobbyist, steals content from every newspaper in the state, exploiting the industry's decision to give away its content. He does not contribute any of his own content or opinion (which is what a political blog should do, right?) while contributing to the downfall of the state's great newspapers.

Perhaps that's little harsh -- maybe he has some plan for returning his profits to the institutions he steals from...

Posted by: jonathan12 | April 5, 2009 2:34 PM | Report abuse

I'm from West Virginia, and as others have said the best political blog in West Virginia is West Virginia Blue, http://www.wvablue.com.

It was credentialed for DNC and was the first to cover the WV "Gay Sniper" Ad that was widely talked about last month.

Balloon Juice is the only other WV contender, but he is almost exclusively national. For WV perspective, WVaBlue.com is your best bet.

Posted by: JimMcKay | April 5, 2009 6:04 AM | Report abuse

WASH. state:

The NPI Advocate should be on your list.
http://www.nwprogressive.org/weblog

highly recommended. commentary on local politics without the profanity and petty stuff you'll find on some blogs.

Posted by: florenceroad | April 3, 2009 4:05 PM | Report abuse

No question in Florida and I'm glad to see my fellow Sayfie-ites (I think I just made that up :)) have already represented well. But I also need to put in my two cents for the Sayfie Review. (http://www.sayfiereview.com)

Posted by: gfrankle | April 3, 2009 3:54 PM | Report abuse

ARIZONA

Check out Blog for Arizona http://arizona.typepad.com/blog/

David Safier and AZ BlueMeanie beat the snot out of red state Republicans in Arizona.

Posted by: rawlaw | April 3, 2009 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Minnesota's best center-right blog has to be True North (www.looktruenorth.com) It is a compendium of some of the best center right bloggers in the state such as...

www.powerlineblog.com
www.hotair.com (Ed Morrissey is from MN)
www.shotinthedark.info
www.freedomdogs.com
www.ladieslogic.com

and many many more. They are all good center right sites.

From a non-partisan side there is only one Politics In Minnesota. They are the site that both sides read.

Cindy

Posted by: Sezuhoo | April 3, 2009 1:21 PM | Report abuse

In Arizona, BlogForArizona.com is the best!

Posted by: latrolexii | April 3, 2009 12:17 PM | Report abuse

New Jersey: PolitickerNJ


Posted by: jrlassiter | April 3, 2009 8:20 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: PhineasFinch | April 3, 2009 5:23 AM | Report abuse

Happy to see you already found the best political blog in Florida - SayfieReview.com. I encourage every lobbyist in my firm to read it every day. Best in The Sunshine State by far!

Posted by: lobbyed | April 2, 2009 10:50 PM | Report abuse

For S.C. its definitely www.PalmettoScoop.com

The best lookin site
The best content
The most relevant

Posted by: landsharkr2d2 | April 2, 2009 10:26 PM | Report abuse

South Carolina

www.indigojournal.com

www.seedingspartanburg.com

http://www.thepoliticsofjamiesanderson.blogspot.com/

Posted by: SCProg | April 2, 2009 9:58 PM | Report abuse

In New Jersey the top political establishmentarian blog is
http://politiker.com

The top established progressive blog is

http://bluejersey.com

The best new/up and coming site is Thurman Hart's Garden State Politics http://gardenstatepol.com/blog/

As the newspapers fall away and cut back on coverage, these blogs become all the more important...I recommend all three.

Posted by: nilent | April 2, 2009 9:26 PM | Report abuse

BlueJersey.com

Enthusiastic "thumbs up" for them.

Posted by: Cautious_Man | April 2, 2009 7:44 PM | Report abuse

I'd rather punch myself in the face than read Sunlit Uplands in South Carolina. It's a '700 Club' wannabe.

The Blogland of Earl Capps (http://earlcapps.blogspot.com/) seems to be the only independent conservative blogger with a brain in SC.

The Indigo Journal (http://www.indigojournal.com/) has a nice collection of progressive bloggers with different POVs.

Waldo Lydecker's Journal (http://waldolydeckersjournal.blogspot.com/) is... something different, but definitely worth a daily read.

Posted by: GameCok | April 2, 2009 7:12 PM | Report abuse

It's good of you to compile a list of the state blogs for your readers.

Blue Jersey is in its fourth year, our team of writers is scary-smart, passionate about progressive politics, and - sometimes - funny as hell.

Posted by: rosiefthim | April 2, 2009 6:49 PM | Report abuse

dgfd

Posted by: cape_seajoy | April 2, 2009 6:11 PM | Report abuse

Two Great S.C. blogs:

http://www.indigojournal.com

http://www.thepoliticsofjamiesanderson.blogspot.com

Enjoy Progressive blogging in S.C.

Posted by: jamiesandersongcdp | April 2, 2009 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Mississippi:

Y'all Politics- http://www.yallpolitics.com/
Right of Mississippi- http://rightofmississippi.wordpress.com/
Majority In Mississippi- http://newmajorityinms.com/

MagnoliaReport.com isn't really a blog as much as it is a news site like Drudge, but deserves credit for being the oldest news site (not counting the MSM) on the internet in MS, and still has a lot of valuable info.

Posted by: brettk | April 2, 2009 4:28 PM | Report abuse

I always turn first to the Indigo Journal for the latest information re: Palmetto state disastrous Republican politics [see Sanford, et al:

http://www.indigojournal.com/showDiary.do?diaryId=640

...from a progressive point of view. IMO, they have courage and put themselves on the line. Things can get nasty here fast -- they are the best in the state, both well-written and informed.

Hunh, shabby you don't accept HTML. Never mind. Here's the URL for Indigo Journal:

http://www.indigojournal.com/

Posted by: whaleshaman | April 2, 2009 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Blue Jersey
Blue Jersey
Blue Jersey

Timely and important information and analysis.

Posted by: clammyc | April 2, 2009 4:19 PM | Report abuse

Indigo journal is an excellent progressive blog in SC with a variety of very good, very diverse bloggers. My favorite is a guy named Atlas.

Posted by: 2morrow | April 2, 2009 3:59 PM | Report abuse

"Nine states remain outstanding: Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Maine, Mississippi, Nevada, Vermont, West Virginia and Wyoming."

Vermont?

There is one stand out, Green Mountain Daily. http://greenmountaindaily.com

It is the only comprehensive, Statewide, member driven political blog. There are a few other good niche/issue blogs, but none that cover broad spectrum VT politics like GMD.

Posted by: Worcester_VT | April 2, 2009 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Blue Jersey (www.BlueJersey.com) is the best, and Editor-in-Chief Rosi Efthim rocks.

Posted by: tunghoy | April 2, 2009 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Fix: For the low-down ( as opposed to the down low) on New Mexico politics, read joemonahan.com every weekday. I do.

Posted by: tjdh | April 2, 2009 3:12 PM | Report abuse

We're on a roll:

BlueJersey.com

Posted by: lindafromNJ | April 2, 2009 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Blue Jersey for New Jersey

Posted by: CreedPogue | April 2, 2009 2:57 PM | Report abuse

bluejersey.com

in (what else) New Jersey

Posted by: heyman87 | April 2, 2009 2:57 PM | Report abuse

West Virginia: http://wvablue.com/

Sorry, I can't help with the other states.

Posted by: dawnmt | April 2, 2009 2:38 PM | Report abuse

In Mississippi, should also look at the Jackson Free Press for any news or reporting that hasn't been served to the media on a silver platter at an invitation only event.
http://www.jacksonfreepress.com/index.php/jackblog/

Posted by: annyimiss | April 2, 2009 2:21 PM | Report abuse

What about political blogs by Americans who live abroad?

http://republicanpoliticsamericanstyle.blogspot.com/

Posted by: claffiteau | April 2, 2009 1:21 PM | Report abuse

for Rhode Island blogs -

You need to list the R.I. Policy Reporter - great source of info on state legislative activity

http://whatcheer.net/

Posted by: rr500 | April 2, 2009 1:03 PM | Report abuse

Vermont's best political blog: http://greenmountaindaily.com/

Posted by: comtedevergennes | April 2, 2009 12:55 PM | Report abuse

North Dakota: www.northdecoder.com
This is a great blog with up to date information on politics in North Dakota.

Posted by: cyrunge | April 2, 2009 12:48 PM | Report abuse

AZ: Rum, Romanism and Rebellion!

Posted by: tstephencody | April 2, 2009 12:30 PM | Report abuse

You might want to check out this: http://www.blognetnews.com/influence/

It tracks state blogs in each of the 50 states and ranks them based on weekly statistics and a 12 week average. Many of the blogs already mentioned are at or near the top in the state influence tracker.

Posted by: dmastio | April 2, 2009 12:02 PM | Report abuse

In Ohio it has to be Ohio Daily at http://www.ohiodailyblog.com. Ohio Daily has always been good, but this year it has taken off with new energy from Anthony Fossaceca and a group of experienced political journalists. Ohio Daily covers everything that impacts Ohio, be it in cities, the state, Washington, or international. If you only read the MSM, you are missing a lot.

Posted by: xielede | April 2, 2009 11:42 AM | Report abuse

And I shouldn't leave out http://www.theseventen.com/ for political analysis from South Carolina

Posted by: mbsnead | April 2, 2009 11:37 AM | Report abuse

Kansas:

Kansas Jackass, http://kansasjackass.blogspot.com/

Check it out.

Posted by: hawkrew | April 2, 2009 11:33 AM | Report abuse

South Carolina is ruled by paid political blogs. FITS, The Palmetto Scoop and wesleydonehue.com/ all add to the blogosphere but you have to understand they are being paid to spread their clients' messages.

My SC nominations are:
http://www.indigojournal.com/
http://waldolydeckersjournal.blogspot.com/
http://earlcapps.blogspot.com/

Three independent sites with a wide range of views and plenty of good information for and against both sides.

Posted by: mbsnead | April 2, 2009 11:21 AM | Report abuse

I have found a site, that may violate a couple of your rules, like profanity, and personal attacks, but whom ever writes this blog is IMO very funny.

You should check it out, and see for yourself. The profanity is not abusive, just used in context with the story he is doing.

It is called: http://americanrightsnow.com

I found it on google, but I am sure it is on Yahoo also.

Posted by: hubbleman007 | April 2, 2009 10:27 AM | Report abuse

I always look forward to the Sayfie Review original columnists and the weekly PowerPlay web-TV show. As a business leader and political junkie, SayfieReview.com gives me all of the political news I want to start my day as well as some fantastic original blog content. SayfieReview.com is my vote for best political blog in Florida!

Posted by: jgrey | April 2, 2009 10:21 AM | Report abuse

In Delaware, the go to political blog is www.delawareliberal.net -- looking at local politics and national politics with a Delaware spin.

Posted by: ctmde | April 2, 2009 9:45 AM | Report abuse

Sayfie Review is just a news aggregator. Its a great place for political news, but nothing original.

I live in Jacksonville so i'm always going to Sayfie, but i always go there to find what others are writing

Posted by: NJames1 | April 2, 2009 9:45 AM | Report abuse

When it comes to Delaware, delawareliberal.net is place to find commentary from serious to silly to heartbreaking. We have a lawyer, a CEO, IT guys, Bankers, homemakers, MBA's, and the unemployed representing the blog.

Posted by: donviti | April 2, 2009 8:33 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: DelawareDem1 | April 2, 2009 8:06 AM | Report abuse

I'm from West Va. -- most of us who can blog, left the state.

Posted by: newbeeboy | April 2, 2009 7:56 AM | Report abuse

In Ohio, it's Ohio Daily at http://www.ohiodailyblog.com.

I was the founder and executive editor for three years, during which time ODB became a featured state blog on the sidebars at MyDD.com and OpenLeft.com, became a contributor to Huffington Post, and was selected to be Ohio's blog at the 2008 Democratic National Convention.

Since January of this year it is run by Anthony Fossaceca, who has brought on experienced and talented journalists as front-page contributors and has raised the overall quality to an even higher standard.

Every day - it's Ohio Daily.

I also love WritesLikeSheTalks, BuckeyeStateBlog, and Plunderbund.

Posted by: jeffcoryell | April 2, 2009 7:54 AM | Report abuse

Chris--

The best political blog in Delaware is Delaware Liberal (http://www.delawareliberal.com).

Yes, as the name implies it covers politics in the First State from a decidedly liberal slant. We just sat down with Governor Markell for an in dept interview as to his budget and plans to bring sports gambling to the state.

Posted by: DelawareDem1 | April 2, 2009 7:34 AM | Report abuse

SayfieReview.com - hands down the best political blog in Florida. No question!

Posted by: jgrey | April 2, 2009 6:35 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: cpceep | April 2, 2009 12:54 AM | Report abuse

In Colorado:
Non-Prophet--single handedly led the charge against Ted Haggard in Colorado


http://nonprophet.typepad.com/

In Alaska
Shannyn Moore--was on Countdown last week. Hard left blogger always with the inside baseball regarding Palin and Alaska politics

http://shannynmoore.wordpress.com/

Posted by: Friar_Tuck | April 2, 2009 12:36 AM | Report abuse

MINNESOTA REPRESENT!

Posted by: DustyTrice | April 1, 2009 11:59 PM | Report abuse

Please also look at:

http://nmisscommentor.com/

for northern Mississippi

Posted by: GeraldWeinand | April 1, 2009 11:00 PM | Report abuse

By far the best in S.C. is Palmetto Scoop.

www.palmettoscoop.com

The ONLY one I always read

Posted by: jford1969 | April 1, 2009 10:30 PM | Report abuse

GREAT to see you picked up SayfieReview in Florida! Best blog by far. I don;t know a single person in Tallahassee politics that doesn't start their day w/o Sayfie.

Posted by: joseboscan44 | April 1, 2009 10:29 PM | Report abuse

The Ridenbaugh Press (http://www.ridenbaugh.com/), by Randy Stapilus and Linda Watkins, has some of the best coverage of Idaho, Washington, and Oregon politics that I've seen. Their focus is on local issues that other Pacific-Northwest politics blogs often miss, but their higher-level politics and media coverage is great as well.

Posted by: DLiu | April 1, 2009 9:11 PM | Report abuse

In Iowa:

IowaIndependent.com is easily the best blog in the state. Lots of original reporting, breaking news and analysis.


John Deeth Blog is a close second. Very, very good as well.

The Iowa Republican could be good if it wasn't just a megaphone for the state party. Sadly underwhelmed.

Bleeding Heartland is a good community. Always fund discussions.

Other than that, nothing too impressive. Either they just link to other sites or rarely updated.

Posted by: spotocks | April 1, 2009 8:49 PM | Report abuse

South Carolina - http://www.indigojournal.com

North Carolina - http://bluenc.com

Posted by: tlmadison | April 1, 2009 8:09 PM | Report abuse

Nevada:

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

Vote Gibbons Out (http://www.votegibbonsout.blogs.com)

...and your humble Gleaner (lasvegasgleaner.com)

Posted by: gleaner | April 1, 2009 6:59 PM | Report abuse

I'm a definite PalmettoScoop.com fan down here in South Carolina -- funny, topical, and willing to take on the establishment.

It's high on the list to read every day, and (as a new resident) it's a great way to find out who's really on my side.

Posted by: dickcarl | April 1, 2009 6:43 PM | Report abuse

In New Mexico, last year you made a glaring omission leaving off the "pre-eminent" and "dominating" political blogger Joe Monahan. (www.joemonahan.com) Joe Monahan goes where most political journalists don't go and sets the political agenda each morning for the radio talk shows and television news assignment editors. Joe is a regular news analyst on 2 of the 3 Albuquerque TV stations and on the top political radio segments. His election nite radio shows have high listenership ratings.

Posted by: ElBruskiNM1 | April 1, 2009 6:35 PM | Report abuse

South Carolina - Palmetto Scoop

http://www.palmettoscoop.com

Posted by: beauheck | April 1, 2009 6:18 PM | Report abuse

well chris...
i can honestly and unequivocally say that bum frick egypt Arizona has nothing of interest in this category.
(((hearty grins))))

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | April 1, 2009 6:12 PM | Report abuse

I'll add to RightofMS's post about Mississippi blog's (whose blog is one of my personal favorites, btw).

Y'all Politics - www.yallpolitics.com
RespondMississippi - respondmississippi.blogspot.com
rightofmississippi - rightofmississippi.wordpress.com
New Majority in Mississippi - newmajorityinms.com

Another good one for both views is the Red/Blue blog at the Clarion Ledger. I would post the link, but it's ridiculously long. Good one for views on state and local matters, from both a Democrat activist and a Republican activist.

Due to various recent happenings within the state Democratic Party, the only viable D blog, Mississippi Perspective, is no longer active. Pretty much all of the bigger left leaning blogs, including former leading blogs folo.us and Cotton Mouth, are now defunct.

Posted by: jscms | April 1, 2009 5:58 PM | Report abuse

I'm with AjaxtheGreater: a conglomerator that has no original content should not be on a "best blogs" list.

West Virginia Blue is an excellent blog, and I also like Delaware Liberal.

Here in Iowa, I work hard at Bleeding Heartland, and I also enjoy the John Deeth blog, Century of the Common Iowan and Popular Progressive, to name a few. There's an extensive Iowa blogroll at IowaPolitics.com (blogwatch section).

Posted by: desmoinesdem | April 1, 2009 5:49 PM | Report abuse

Vermont: http://greenmountaindaily.com

They were one of the ones selected to go cover the Dem Nat'l Convention.

Posted by: lordradish | April 1, 2009 5:39 PM | Report abuse

Mississippi is easy

Yall Politics
Majority in Mississippi
Right of Mississippi -ME
Our favorite D blog (Cottonmouth) folded in January

Posted by: RightofMS | April 1, 2009 5:38 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: blake1 | April 1, 2009 5:14 PM | Report abuse

North Carolina - BlueNC - http://bluenc.com

Posted by: BetsyMuse | April 1, 2009 5:12 PM | Report abuse

South Carolina blogs:

Democrat: Indigo Journal
Republican: Palmetto Scoop
Libertarian: FITSNEWS

Posted by: PalmettoBug1 | April 1, 2009 4:52 PM | Report abuse

1) New York: thealbanyproject.com

2) Connecticut: myleftnutmeg.com

3) Minnesota: mnpublius.com

4) New Jersey: bluejersey.com

5) California: calitics.com

6) Texas: burntorangereport.com

Also, not to be a pain, but news conglomerators like Drudge and Sayfie Review really aren't blogs: there is no discussion or analysis, just links to other people's articles, and in my humble opinion should not be included in a blog conglomerator project like the one that Cillizza is doing.

Posted by: AjaxtheGreater | April 1, 2009 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Oklahoma

Okie Funk, www.okiefunk.com
Blue Oklahoma, www.blueoklahoma.org

Posted by: khochenauer | April 1, 2009 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Wisconsin -

Boots and Sabers - www.bootsandsabers.com
Lakeshore Laments - www.lakeshorelaments.com
WPRI - www.wpri.org/blog
Badger Blogger - www.badgerblogger.com
Wigderson Library and Pub - www.widgersonlibrarypub.blogspot.com

Posted by: kevinbinversie | April 1, 2009 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Happy to see SayfieReview.com doing well. Sayfie has a HUGE following here in Florida! Has to be the best blog in the State. Thank you, Chris for noticing.

Posted by: jaredthomas | April 1, 2009 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Oh and DARN TOOTIN' Minnesota has an active political blogging culture! :)

Posted by: JoeBodell | April 1, 2009 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: dpotts86 | April 1, 2009 4:07 PM | Report abuse

From a fellow Hoya, now in Ohio for 20 years:

Writes Like She Talks: just named by Women's eNews as Journalist of the Month, first blogger ever chosen; ranked in the top by BNN/Ohio since its inception; covered 2008 elections for Newsweek.com's The Ruckus, also co-blogs at The Moderate Voice (oh, and it's my blog - almost four years old)

Others already noted that I would second:

Glass City Jungle
Ohio Daily Blog
Plunderbund

Buckeye State Blog, Blue Ohio Blog and Blogger Interupted should also be looked at.

Posted by: jillzimon | April 1, 2009 4:05 PM | Report abuse

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