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The Best State Political Blogs

The day has arrived!

After sifting through hundreds upon hundreds of recommendations that came in via the Fix comments section, Twitter and email, we are finally ready to unveil our list of the best political blogs in each of the 50 states.

A huge measure of thanks is in order for all the Fixistas out there for your great suggestions and advice -- this has been our favorite Fix post to write in recent memory.

The state-by-state list is after the jump and, beginning tomorrow, will sit in the left rail of the Fix homepage under a link titled (appropriately enough): "The Best State Political Blogs". That way, you can access the full list for months to come without having to go searching for this particular post. (Big thanks to deputy politics editor -- and web guru -- Paul Volpe for his help putting that together.)

Before we get to the list, a few caveats and a few of our favorites:

• This list is solely the work of Fix users and is entirely based on their recommendations. Many of these blogs have a clear partisan lean to them. We do not endorse the political views expressed on them. The goal is to provide folks with the best of the best from across the political spectrum in each of the 50 states. Thanks in advance for understanding.

• In a state where one blog was far and away the most recommended by Fix readers, we have noted it by bolding the name of the blog. In states with multiple blogs in which no one was the most mentioned, the order in which the blogs are listed is entirely random. Let us repeat: entirely random.

• There are a number of sites listed that are not purely blogs but rather primarily do news aggregation. We have included these on the list -- over the objections of some people in our comments section -- for one simple reason: If the site is one that politicos in the respective state check out, then we wanted to have it on our list.

• For those who question the influence the Drudge Report has had on how news is consumed, make sure to check out Complete Colorado, The Bean Walker (Iowa) and The Dead Pelican (La.) which are a rote copy of the Drudge format.

• The best named blogs on the list: Doc's Political Parlor & Lawn Mower Repair (Ala.), Rum, Romanism, Rebellion (Ariz.), My Left Nutmeg (Conn.), The Old River Road (La.), Writes Like She Talks (Ohio), Not Larry Sabato (Va.) and Horses Ass (Wash.)


Doc's Political Parlor & Home of Lawn Mower Repair
South Union Street (Montgomery Advertiser)
Left In Alabama
The World Around You


The Mudflats


Rum, Romanism & Rebellion
AZ/DC (Arizona Republic)
Sonoran Alliance
Blog for Arizona


Arkansas Blog (Arkansas Times)
The Arkansas Project
Blake's Think Tank


Flash Report

Face the State
Peoples Press Collective
Complete Colorado


My Left Nutmeg
Capitol Watch (Hartford Courant)
Connecticut Local Politics


Delaware Liberal


Sayfie Review
Naked Politics (Miami Herald)
FLA Politics
Post on Politics (Palm Beach Post)
The Buzz (St. Pete Times)


Peach Pundit
Tondee's Tavern


Akamai Politics (Honolulu Advertiser)


Red State Rebels


Capitol Fax
Prairie State Blue


Frugal Hoosiers
Advance Indiana
Indiana Barrister


The Iowa Republican
The Bean Walker
Iowa Independent
John Deeth Blog


Kansas Jackass


NKY Politics Blog (Kentucky Enquirer)
Politics in Kentucky (Louisville Courier Journal)
Page One


The Dead Pelican
Daily Kingfish
The Old River Road
Between the Lines
Bayou Buzz


Turn Maine Blue


Maryland Moment (Washington Post)
Eye on Annapolis (The Daily Record)
Maryland Politics Watch
Legum's New Line
Red Maryland


Blue Mass Group
Talking Politics (Boston Phoenix)


Capitol Chronicles
Right Michigan
Michigan Liberal


Minnesota Democrats Exposed
Minnesota Progressive Project
Dusty Trice
True North
Politics in Minnesota
The Uptake


Magnolia Report
Y'all Politics


John Combest
Show Me Progress
Fired Up! Missouri


Left in the West


New Nebraska Newtwork
Leavenworth Street


Ralston Report (Las Vegas Sun)
Inside Nevada Politics (Reno Gazette-Journal)
Las Vegas Gleaner
Desert Beacon

New Hampshire

Now Hampshire
Blue Hampshire

New Jersey

Garden State Grapevine (Philadelphia Inquirer)
Save Jersey
Blue Jersey

New Mexico

Heath Haussamen
Joe Monahan
New Mexico FBIHOP
Democracy for New Mexico

New York

The Albany Project
The Daily Politics (NY Daily News)
Capitol Confidential

North Carolina

Under the Dome (Raleigh News & Observer)

North Dakota

Dakota Politics


Buckeye State Blog
Third Base Politics
Cincinnati Politics Extra (Cincinnati Enquirer)
Writes Like She Talks


Jeff Mapes (The Oregonian)
Blue Oregon


Okie Funk
Blue Oklahoma


Harrisburg Politics (Philadelphia Inquirer)
Above Average Jane
2 Political Junkies
Gort 42

Rhode Island

Rhode Island's Future
Projo Politics Blog (Providence Journal)

South Carolina

Indigo Journal
Palmetto Scoop
Political Net News
Wolfe Reports

South Dakota

South Dakota War College


Post Politics (Nashville Post)
Nashville for the 21st Century


Burnt Orange Report
Burka Blog
Capitol Annex


Utah Policy


Green Mountain Daily


Not Larry Sabato
Virginia Politics (Washington Post)
The Shad Plank (Daily Press)
Blue Virginia
Blue Commonwealth
Too Conservative
Tertium Quids


Horses Ass
Strange Bedfellows (Seattle Post Intelligencer)
Politics Northwest (Seattle Times)
The Petri Dish (Everett Herald)
Political Buzz (Tacoma News Tribune)
Northwest Progressive Institute Advocate

West Virginia

West Virginia Blue


Widgerson Library & Pub
Eye on Wisconsin
Badger Blogger
Lakeshore Laments
Boots and Sabers

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 8, 2009; 4:05 PM ET
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For Virginia, may I suggest:

Posted by: mskarlik | April 16, 2009 10:24 PM | Report abuse

Chris, as a fan of The Fix and the founder (in 2003) of Red State Rebels in Idaho, I am honored to have it selected as our state's best blog. Alas, I had to mostly put it on hold last fall when I became communications director at the Idaho Democratic Party (where I do blog ... and tweet ... and so on). Some other Idaho blogs deserving national attention include Unequivocal Notion, 43rd State Blues, The Political Game and MountainGoat Report from the D side. On the R side, Adam Graham is a prolific scribe and Dennis Mansfield is trying to point the way toward a more progressive conservativism.

Posted by: JulieinBoise | April 15, 2009 12:46 PM | Report abuse

Did you know that Lakeshore Laments doesn't even live in Wisconsin? He lives in Northern Virginia. Did you actually read any of the state blogs or did your researchers do it?

Posted by: facts3 | April 14, 2009 10:51 PM | Report abuse

I couldn't figure out how to make a simple comment to respond to your article on Gov. Sanford not taking the stimulus money. But it was the most bizarre article. It references his ad, his making his case, and it quotes his enemies. Yet it never quotes his ad, so we never get to hear his side. Getting to be a little too common for your stories. Cutting out clearly the side you don't want to hear. Too bad for you and your future reputation as an independent journalist! Why not quit the pandering for the left?

Posted by: spk2moi | April 13, 2009 11:27 AM | Report abuse

Thank you for the state blogs, I am always looking to broaden my horizons and hear voices not represented by corporate media. I learned a lot about the newsmedia from this episode of The Joan Kenley Show: I learned a lot from this episode of The Joan Kenley Show: The Media: What’s True, What’s Not ( It had a couple guests on talking about the media and how highly paid media journalists are now compared to how they used to be. I didn’t realize that there was a time when journalists identified more with working, everyday people because they WERE that. I didn’t ever look into the history of the money trail and I never realized how much of a money-making enterprise journalism is now. The show mentioned Sam Zell, a capitalist uninterested in the news – who borrowed $11-15 billion to become the owner of the Tribune company, which owns the L.A. Times, which has like a 40% profit margin… it makes me angry to understand how little of what I hear is true – and how it’s really just motivated by money. It had a couple guests on talking about the media and how highly paid media journalists are now compared to how they used to be. I didn’t realize that there was a time when journalists identified more with working, everyday people because they WERE that. I didn’t ever look into the history of the money trail and I never realized how much of a money-making enterprise journalism is now. The show mentioned Sam Zell, a capitalist uninterested in the news – who borrowed $11-15 billion to become the owner of the Tribune company, which owns the L.A. Times, which has like a 40% profit margin… it makes me angry to understand how little of what I hear is true – and how it’s really just motivated by money.

Posted by: Horse1 | April 12, 2009 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Pretty lame. This illustrates why Twitter "queries" will not replace google searches as some techno-wannabes claim. To illustrate the absurdity of your approach, one needs only realize that Minnesota has 8 listings while California has 3...seriously??? This is lazy at best and shows why so many traditional media hacks are looking for new lines of work.

Posted by: HUH0 | April 12, 2009 12:12 PM | Report abuse

Chris - Thank you very much for mentioning as one of South Carolina's bests. We really appreciate the shout out.

- Wesley Donehue &

Posted by: wesleydonehue | April 12, 2009 12:00 PM | Report abuse

Sorely missing from the list of Washington State blogs is Sound Politics -

Posted by: dwturner08 | April 10, 2009 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Chris, Thanks for ignoring Rough & Tumble on your list of key California political sites. I'll try to do my best to return the favor.

Posted by: jkav | April 10, 2009 1:46 PM | Report abuse

For the record, the first Wisconsin blog is Wigderson, not Widgerson. Don't blame you for spelling it wrong, it took three years after his dad married my sister to get it right.

Posted by: riverbear | April 10, 2009 11:27 AM | Report abuse

For Vermont: I'm a fan of Green Mountain Daily, but you'd be remiss in leaving out "Fair Game" by Shay Totten (no, I am not he) - one of the few excellent investigative and informative news sources about Vermont politics available online.

Posted by: rubberbuiscuit723 | April 10, 2009 11:23 AM | Report abuse

As Gomer Pyle said, "Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!" This is the greatest! I'm a political junkie in my home state of Louisiana and now I can follow the junkie sites in Florida where my sister lives or in Maryland where a good buddy lives or in neighboring states like Texas or Mississippi. Fix, this is just one more indication that you've got your finger on the pulse of your readers. Shazam! Too much fun!

Posted by: tollman54 | April 10, 2009 9:21 AM | Report abuse

Add to list for Texas:

Posted by: tropiclane | April 9, 2009 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for mentioning us at Indiana Barrister.

Posted by: abdulesq | April 9, 2009 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Wow, I had no idea I was even in the running. Thanks Chris for listing my humble blog.

Posted by: gort42 | April 9, 2009 3:26 AM | Report abuse

Congrats to the Sayfie Review!

Posted by: greaterthingsthanthese | April 8, 2009 10:24 PM | Report abuse

You're missing two in California:
Capital Notes:
Capital Alert:

Posted by: Mediaptera | April 8, 2009 8:32 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: scrivener50 | April 8, 2009 7:39 PM | Report abuse

Colorado Pols link is bad. Good list overall.

Are you guys going to make a badge of some kind that winning blogs can display? That would be cool.

Posted by: ang33 | April 8, 2009 6:22 PM | Report abuse

Actually it is time to begin considering the disaster of the over-consumptive nuclear family. We could use larger boned units for financial security and to decrease the silent abuse behind closed doors. It would share a family among more people and help and contribute to controling population growth,. It would allow shared intimacy and diversity in a non-destructive way for families. It would provide assistance rather than substance abuse, lessen divorce trauma financially, there would be less risk of losing security and it would help weather times of layoffs and might be a good environment for foster kids too and have less focus on natural parenthood. The merged family still only has two adults for lots of children so this would be much better with more adults with a variety of skills and less children

Posted by: cgillard | April 8, 2009 6:05 PM | Report abuse

The Colorado Pols link is fubar

Nice job, but can we have a recount in South Carolina? I demand to know how many times Jeffrey Sewell voted for himself.

Posted by: mbsnead | April 8, 2009 6:01 PM | Report abuse

Thank you so much for including my blog,, in your list! Very pleased to be listed with so many excellent local bloggers!


Posted by: jasonc_22 | April 8, 2009 5:37 PM | Report abuse

PolitickerNJ isn't a blog, it's a online newspaper. It's owned by a company (Observer) - same with a lot of these "blogs" . You should focus on the citizen created blogs not these legacy blogs.


Posted by: stray | April 8, 2009 5:21 PM | Report abuse

Not a bad compilation. 2 others I read are:

New York:


Local political blogs are excellent and are the future of political grassroots, especially now with traditional media being so squeezed due to a combination of the precipitous drop in advertising revenue and readers being turned off due to incompetence and overall hackery (Hiatt's WaPo included).

Posted by: AjaxtheGreater | April 8, 2009 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Chris, thank you so much for including my blog, Writes Like She Talks, and giving the added recognition of being one of the best-named blogs. Perhaps we'll meet in the not too distant future and you'll be able to judge whether the title fits! (hint: I'll be covering by blog the Politics Online Conference at GWU 4/19-4/21)

Posted by: jillzimon | April 8, 2009 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Nice work! And I have a question. Is there no blog for District politics? Is there no District politics? Or is it that the District doesn't count?

Posted by: billspaulding | April 8, 2009 4:37 PM | Report abuse

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