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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 (

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

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

Best blog in Florida -

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.
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,

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 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 Make sure you get 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,

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, 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.

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. (

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


Check out Blog for Arizona

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 ( It is a compendium of some of the best center right bloggers in the state such as... (Ed Morrissey is from MN)

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.


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

In Arizona, 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 - 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

The best lookin site
The best content
The most relevant

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

South Carolina

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

In New Jersey the top political establishmentarian blog is

The top established progressive blog is

The best new/up and coming site is Thurman Hart's Garden State Politics

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

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 ( seems to be the only independent conservative blogger with a brain in SC.

The Indigo Journal ( has a nice collection of progressive bloggers with different POVs.

Waldo Lydecker's Journal ( 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


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

Two Great S.C. blogs:

Enjoy Progressive blogging in S.C.

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


Y'all Politics-
Right of Mississippi-
Majority In Mississippi- 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:

...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:

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."


There is one stand out, Green Mountain Daily.

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 ( 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 every weekday. I do.

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

We're on a roll:

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

in (what else) New Jersey

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

West Virginia:

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.

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

What about political blogs by Americans who live abroad?

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

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

Vermont's best political blog:

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

North Dakota:
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:

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 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 for political analysis from South Carolina

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


Kansas Jackass,

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 all add to the blogosphere but you have to understand they are being paid to spread their clients' messages.

My SC nominations are:

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:

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, gives me all of the political news I want to start my day as well as some fantastic original blog content. 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 -- 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, 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

I was the founder and executive editor for three years, during which time ODB became a featured state blog on the sidebars at and, 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


The best political blog in Delaware is Delaware Liberal (

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 - 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

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

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


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

Please also look at:

for northern Mississippi

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

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

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 (, 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: 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 -

North Carolina -

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


Desert Beacon (

Vote Gibbons Out (

...and your humble Gleaner (

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

I'm a definite 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. ( 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

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 -
RespondMississippi -
rightofmississippi -
New Majority in Mississippi -

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 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 (blogwatch section).

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


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 -

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:

2) Connecticut:

3) Minnesota:

4) New Jersey:

5) California:

6) Texas:

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


Okie Funk,
Blue Oklahoma,

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

Wisconsin -

Boots and Sabers -
Lakeshore Laments -
Badger Blogger -
Wigderson Library and Pub -

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

Happy to see 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'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

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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