50 State Blog Network Roundup

Which bookstore will you be visiting at midnight tonight? Would you be surprised to learn that only one presidential candidate has played the Harry Potter card so far?

Either way, here are some updates from around the 50-State Blog Network, brought to you this week from Minnesota Campaign Report's Joe Bodell.

Left in Alabama
A decidedly non-establishment challenger emerges in Alabama's First congressional district. Ben Lodmell may be shaking things up a bit in Alabama Democratic Party circles.
A chilling future-imperfect scenario on terrorism. Ugh.
Yet another contact will be testifying against John Doolittle(R-Roseville) in what can only be described as a ticking clock until his indictment.
Colorado's congressional representatives fight back against President Bush's threatened veto of SCHIP reauthorization. What's SCHIP? "State Children's Health Insurance Program". Kick the kids while they're down, right Mr. President?
My Left Nutmeg
Thank you Ed Koch, who helped give us six more years of Joementum...at least you're being reasonable enough to admit that your support for continued American presence in Iraq was wrong-headed.
Delaware Liberal
Delaware Liberal's Jason Scott formally challenges Cong. Mike Castle (R-DE) to a debate on his Iraq policies.
FLA Politics
Christine Jennings, would-be Congresswoman but for 18,000 Diebolded undervotes in Sarasota County in 2006, is coming back for another run in 2008. Go Jennings!
Tondee's Tavern
State Senator John Douglas gets pulled over by a off-duty cop for erratic driving. After being let go with no ticket, Douglas threatens the city he will hold up grant funding opportunities and local legislation next session. Our favorite (R) punching bag.
Dueling op-eds from state legislators on veto overrides -- an interesting read.
43rd State Blues
That repeated whacking noise is 43rd State Blues' shoe against Sen. Larry Craig's noggin on oil, energy, Iraq, and...well, everything.
Illinois activists are looking at Congressional seats in 2008. In IL-6, Operation : Turn DuPage Blue is gaining increased prominance after Tammy Duckworth opted not to challenge Peter Roskam for a second time. In IL-10, Dan Seals was named a "Future Leader" at YearlyKos, but don't forget he has a primary challenger.
Blue Indiana
Republican Governor + Trickle-down Reagan-style economics = bad economic markers for Indiana. Pretty simple, actually.
Bleeding Heartland
I'll have to work on getting Amy Klobuchar to guest-post on MNCR, but until then, I'll be in awe of Bleeding Heartland and Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin's post on the recent all-night Iraq debate.
Daily Kingfish
Republican scion Bobby Jindal has retained a political consultant with a reputation for working on losing campaigns. Sort of. Read about it.
Turn Maine Blue
It's from earlier in the week, but Sen. Susan Collins and Joe Lieberman wrote an op-ed in the Boston Globe together. Mainers -- please, please, please remember that Sen. Collins hanging out and working with Joe Lieberman in no way makes her a bipartisan get-things-done sort of Senator. Quite the contrary. Also at Turn Maine Blue, Tom Allen is guestblogging in his effort to unseat Collins.
Free State Politics
Free State Politics has encouraging news for progressives in potential replacements for departing DINO P.J. Hogan from his Maryland State Sen. seat
A historical note on liberty, government overreach, and a really enormous ball of cheese. Also, a look at fundraising in the 5th CD race, with some interesting developments therein.
Michigan Liberal
I am shocked -- SHOCKED!!! -- to hear word of a Republican official seeking to suppress voter turnout and disenfranchise voters. If you can't win with fair rules, just change the rules, right?

Congrats to Michigan Liberal's founder, Matt Ferguson, on the birth of his brand new twins. Good luck Matt; you'll need it.
Minnesota Campaign Report
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) can always be counted on for a good legal complaint against political actors who are being naughty. In this case, it's the Republican Party of Minnesota getting slapped for playing fast and easy with their retirement fund contributions and other financial shenanigans.
Cottonmouth Blog
Cottonmouth Blog picks up on the NRA getting involved in the Lieutenant Governor's race. "Effective grassroots organization", huh?
Fired Up! Missouri
A Republican Governor misusing state government for political ends? Oh get out! I mean....oh, forget it. Incredulity just doesn't go far enough to cover the things these people think they can get away with.
Left in the West
The continuing shift toward strong protection of civil liberties and a hands-off governmental approach to social issues continues in Montana, courtesy of Matt Singer and Forward Montana. The media are starting to pay attention, too.
New Nebraska
Nebraska's state government still finds itself beholden to the big Telecom companies, who staunchly refuse to build large-scale, affordable high-speed Internet access in the state -- and they're preventing the government from doing it instead.
My Silver State
Welcome My Silver State aboard 50-State Cruise Lines! They have some coverage of presidential candidates' exploits across the state: Q2 Donations to Bill Richardson, staffing expenditures, and heavy web traffic for Barack Obama.
New Hampshire
Blue Hampshire
Republican Sen. John Sununu is in big trouble in 2008. Big. Trouble.
New Jersey
Blue Jersey
2006 was a bittersweet victory for many Democrats around the country. For as much good as Rahm Emanuel did as head of the DCCC, there were some cases where just a little bit of support could have given him even more victories (instead of tilting at windmills in Tammy Duckworth's unsuccessful run). Hopefully this means there's more progress to be made, and a bigger majority to be built, in 2008.
New Mexico
New Mexico FBIHOP
Heather Wilson and her odd silence in the face of questions on her stance on Iraq and the US Attorney scandal. Of course, if I were an endangered incumbent who's neck-deep in such a horrific scandal, I wouldn't want to discuss it either.
New York
The Albany Project
Details on a campaign finance deal reached recently in Albany -- and TAR says it's pretty good.
New York
Daily Gotham
Great fundraising numbers coming out of NYC-area State Senate races
North Carolina
Blue NC
Is Sen. Liddy Dole about to break from President Bush on Iraq?If the people of North Carolina have anything to say about it, she might want to consider doing so.
North Dakota
North Decoder
Ouch -- the Center for Public Integrity says North Dakota gets an F for its laws regarding financial disclosures for its Governor.
As Ohio Goes
As Ohio Goes keeps a close eye on the statements of Sen. Voinovich and just how serious he is about criticizing President Bush's conduct of the Iraq occupation.
Buckeye State Blog
Buckeye State Blog provides first-hand coverage of John Edward's vist to the poorest city in America (Edwards in Cleveland's Mt. Pleasant). Also, read It's With Sadness I Announce I'm Leaving BSB.
blue oklahoma
Oklahoma has a new state poet laureate -- read all about him. Very interesting stuff!
Loaded Orygun
With a recent move to SoapBlox, Loaded Orygun is up and running, highlighting a DSCC poll showing House Speaker Jeff Merkley within six points of Sen. Gordon Smith. Smith is one of the "moderates," along with Minnesota's own Norm Coleman, who are going to be heavily targeted for removal in 2008.
Keystone Politics
Keystone Politics finds a bombshell in the midst of U.S. Attorney investigations in Penn.: "Wecht charges prompt inquiry".
Rhode Island
Rhode Island's Future
Mark Democrat Jack Reed down on the list of U.S. Senators who are going to be safe as can be in 2008. Here's to hoping that if no serious Republican opposition appears, Senator Reed will contribute generously to Democratic challengers around the country to help build his caucus's majority
South Dakota
Clean Cut Kid
Who do state officials work for? Themselves, or the people who elected them? Clean Cut Kid takes on Governor Mike Rounds on exactly that topic.
Knox Views
It's apolitical, but ospreys are really, really, really cool birds, and this is a great shot of one with its catch. In more political events, Knox Views goes after Mitt Romney for his approach to sex education and child molesters.
Burnt Orange Report
In large states like Texas, where there are lots of colleges and universities, young voters actually can make a big difference in terms of elections, outreach, and activism. Details on YDA's activities in Texas here.
Texas Kaos
Do Texas Republicans just not care about public education? Seems that way
Wasatch Watcher
A great photo gallery from a recent visit by Bill Richardson.
Green Mountain Daily
Brattleboro, VT passes an ordinance banning public nudity from some areas of town. You really can't make this stuff up: "Don't people have a Constitutional right not to be offended?" ... Ah yes, the ethereal and seldom-mentioned 0th Amendment, which read "The right not to be offended by anything, anytime, anywhere, anyhow, shall not be abridged. By naked people. Ever."
Raising Kaine
Raising Kaine highlight a one prominent flip-flop over the Virginia Transportation Plan in "Jeannemarie Then...and Now".
State Rep Rodney Tom announces a run for U.S. Congress in the 8th district, where Darcy Burner lost a close race to Dave Reichert in 2006.
West Virginia
West Virginia Blue
West Virginia Blue notes that even as the West Virginia State GOP is facing an uphill battle (even Republicans don't trust the WV GOP), incumbent Republican Shelley Moore Capito (WV-02) is enjoying an "Incumbency protection racket: Capito shakes down carpenter's union"
Uppity Wisconsin
President Bush's approval rating is 19% in Wisconsin, with 73% disapproval. That is not a good place to be, generally (cue theme to 1980s cartoon "Captain Obvious").



100 County Network

When do we get a 100-county network? For that matter when do we start getting extensive local political blogging at all?

50 states, 210 media market, 435 Congressional Districts, 3080 counties, 192,480 precincts

50 states, 210 media market, 435 Congressional Districts, 3080 counties, 192,480 precincts

When All 100 Counties are Connected

When do we get a 100-county network?

They may be now ... but barely. Dial up sucks. DSL is somewhat better. Wireless ... ha! Not even. Cable - expensive.

We need better internet choices for everyone. You know who holds the purse strings. Apply pressure. It's the only way to make it work.

Excellent point

What does state coverage look like beyond the major cities?

50 states, 210 media market, 435 Congressional Districts, 3080 counties, 192,480 precincts

50 states, 210 media market, 435 Congressional Districts, 3080 counties, 192,480 precincts

Not that great

There are a couple of Congressional district blogs. Stan has one in the east (Which district?) I do the 10th. I've been trying to get partners for my blog and it's been pretty rough going. I was trying to do a weekly or twice monthly coverage just of news as well as LTE and posts about when a newspaper only covered one side of the story but I've moved out of state so that effort is languishing . . .

Watauga Watch covers that county and the 5th very well. Oh, I think some folks have started a 5th district blog, but like the eastern one, I don't have a link handy.

Don't know much about the east or central. Jerimee Richir at NCDP might know more.
News of the 10th district: See Pat Go Bye Bye,

I think sites like Orange Politics.org

can do wonders for local politics. Bring in some sunshine, bring a better understanding, and a sense of belonging to the process, or the process belonging to you.

One of the pitfalls of childhood is that one doesn't have to understand something to feel it. - Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.

Yeah. But What About the Rest of Us?

What would Johnston get? Shit brindley brown?

Johnston Politics.org could be created and online in

less than one day, with a total expense of under $20. The question is, would you run it? Would you keep it updated? Could you draw in the local politicians the way OP does?

If the answers are yes, yes, yes, and yes - shoot me an email.

One of the pitfalls of childhood is that one doesn't have to understand something to feel it. - Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.

Sure I Would

But Leslie and I can talk to each other here.

if ya get my drift ...


Yeah, like Robert said, the technology is relatively simple. Good old fashioned elbow grease is what makes these sites work. You have to have a group of people who are willing to give it a starting push.

- - - - -
Where Liddy At?
Where is Liddy?
Anyone seen Liddy?

Have things like that worked when the Pols are mostly (R)?

I'd love to see a Moore Politics online, and I know just the guy to set it up - I get to sleep beside him every night.

Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

Ok! Now I've got something new to throw in hubby's lap.

He'll be so happy!

I guess the best thing to do is get the site set up, and then email to folks announcing that it's there. I'll have to visit Orange Politics and any other county sites to see how they do it. Because you know - there's just not enough for me to do in my life already. :)

Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

Hey Linda

Be sure to keep us posted on your marvelous new adventure. Maybe a day-by-day, blow-by-blow accounting of your trials and tribulations?

We really do need to get all 100 counties up and running. Just as BlueNC is a scaled down version of the national blogs, it would be awesome if there were county (or multi-county) versions of BlueNC.

What would be even more awesome is if some sugar daddy (Jerimee) were to develop a step-by-step process and a template that could be shared and used by every county/group that wanted. Not tied to the party . . . that would be too restrictive for bare-knuckled political fighting . . . but for independent bloggers who want to carry the blue flag.


I can see it now!

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There has been such poor participation on local blogs - The Pilot tried to get them started, but I think they made them too focused. Momo has a great blog there, but the only one to ever really comment there is me. The other bloggers there? Mostly writers for the Pilot.

Publicizing the thing will be the hard part.

Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi