50 State Blog Network

Please help out with this project. I'll have another announcement about this project soon--Chris

Local community blogs are important. Blogs like Raising Kaine in Virginia helped make the difference for Senator Webb and others this past election. I can speak to that personally, as a part of MichiganLiberal. But what about all the states that don't have a state-based community blog yet? How can a community blog reach a larger audience when they have a big story? Can we help each other to grow?

I'm proud to announce a new project through BlogPac - the 50 State Blog Network. The goal of this project is to produce a strong network of state-based blogs across the country, to help grow their local blogospheres and turn red to blue on a statewide basis.

It starts with a list. See below the cut for the list of state-based lefty community blogs I've compiled. If I'm wrong, or missing somebody, please speak up! You know your local blogs better than I do. We're not picking favorites, just looking for true community-based efforts. Also if you have contact information for any of these blogs, please email me.

What if your state doesn't have a community blog? If you're interested in helping to start one, or you know of a blog that's interested in moving over to a community platform like Scoop or Soapblox, please comment here or email me. I would love to help you get going. More updates later, including how OpenID through netroots.com can lead to a single signon across multiple blogs. Maybe we can arrange a in-person meeting or conference of state-based bloggers this year too, at the DNC Winter Meeting and/or YearlyKos.

Alabama: None
Alaska: None
Arizona:  http://www.aznetroots.com/
Arkansas: None
California: http://www.calitics.com/
Colorado: http://www.squarestate.net/
Connecticut: http://www.myleftnutmeg.com/
Delaware: None
Florida: http://www.flapolitics.com/
Georgia*: http://www.blogfordemocracy.org/
Hawaii: None
Idaho: http://www.liberalidaho.org/
Illinois: http://www.soapblox.net/chicago/
Indiana: http://www.liberalindiana.com/
Iowa*: http://www.politicalforecast.net/
Kansas: None
Kentucky: http://www.bluegrassreport.org/
Louisiana: None
Maine: http://www.turnmaineblue.com/
Maryland*: http://www.freestatepolitics.blogspot.co m/
Massachusetts: http://www.bluemassgroup.com/
Michigan: http://www.michiganliberal.com
Minnesota: http://www.mncampaignreport.com/
Mississippi: None
Missouri: http://www.firedupmissouri.com/
Montana: http://montananetroots.com/
Nebraska*: http://www.newnebraska.blogspot.com/
Nevada*: http://www.lasvegasgleaner.com/
New Hampshire: http://www.bluehampshire.com/
New Jersey: http://www.bluejersey.net/
New Mexico*: http://nmfbihop.blogspot.com/
New York: http://www.thealbanyproject.com/
North Carolina: http://www.bluenc.com/
North Dakota: None
Ohio: http://www.asohiogoes.com/
Oklahoma: http://www.blueoklahoma.org/
Oregon: http://www.blueoregon.com/
Pennsylvania*: http://www.keystonepolitics.com/
Rhode Island*: http://www.rifuture.org/blog/
South Carolina: http://www.SouthCarolina08.com/
South Dakota*: http://www.sdprogressive.com/
Tennessee: http://www.knoxviews.com/
Texas: http://www.burntorangereport.com/
Utah: http://www.wasatchwatcher.com/
Vermont: http://www.greenmountaindaily.com/
Virginia: http://www.raisingkaine.com/
Washington: http://www.washblog.com/
West Virginia*: http://wvkossacks.blogspot.com/
Wisconsin:  None
Wyoming: None

* = doesn't allow diaries, but is led by a team as opposed to a sole blogger.

Tags: BlogPac, netroots (all tags)



Re: 50 State Blog Network

Texas also has Texas Kaos. (Points to sig.)

There's actually a lively Texas blogosphere with some of the local blogs doing really exceptional work focusing on local issues and investigations.

You can find a log of them linked up at Burnt Orange or Texas Kaos on the blogroll.

by boadicea 2007-01-09 06:29AM | 0 recs
Re: 50 State Blog Network

yea, you really need to add texaskaos to that list.

by annatopia 2007-01-09 08:54AM | 0 recs
one more pitch for us

see this post at brains & eggs:

TexBlog-observation: With the addition of high-profile writers Anna -- she had her own place but has moved over to TK -- and Boadicea, Texas Kaos is currently doing the best investigative and analytical blogging from the progressive perspective about the developments down here in Deep-In-The-Hearta. BOR is evolving once more as one student generation (Karl-T) departs and another (Phillip Martin) assumes the day-to-day responsibility, and has lately become the go-to for insider dope on all things Lege as well as other Texas Democratic scuttlebutt.

by annatopia 2007-01-09 10:41AM | 0 recs
Re: one more pitch for us

Got it.. thanks!

by lpackard 2007-01-09 12:34PM | 0 recs
Re: 50 State Blog Network

Then there's also The Texas Blue, which just launched Jan. 1, but has already gotten articles from some big local names, like ex-Gov. candidate Chris Bell.  I think they're quite the up-and-comers, with quality reporting and analysis -- but then again, I'm the managing editor, so maybe I'm a little biased. :-)

by George Nassar 2007-01-10 06:52AM | 0 recs
Re: 50 State Blog Network

I've been reading you all a bit.

I wish you great success, even if you haven't included Texas Kaos on your blogroll. :p

by boadicea 2007-01-10 07:50AM | 0 recs
Re: 50 State Blog Network

You're right!  We don't!  That mistake will be fixed by the next time you see the site.

Though it would be nice to have a link back... :-)

by George Nassar 2007-01-17 06:19AM | 0 recs
Re: 50 State Blog Network

Hope Illinois gets another one.  The one you list is a bunch of whiners.  

DFA has been good in the past for local blogs.  But they are trying to merge all of them in the State.

But still, I say a very good idea.

People do want to get involved.  I have had people calling me about where they can find a protest against the surge.

We protest every weekend.  It did help the last election.  But damn I wish we had a national protest.

by rapallos 2007-01-09 07:51AM | 0 recs
Re: 50 State Blog Network

Hope Illinois gets another one.  The one you list is a bunch of whiners.

Whiners? I've always enjoyed the blog. They were a great source during the IL-06 primary in '06 and should be key during the IL-05 primary in '08.

by Bob Brigham 2007-01-09 09:49AM | 0 recs
Look who's whining

Care to substantiate your opinon there bud? I don't see anyone stopping your from posting your take on Illinois politics at SbC. The people posting at SbC are by and large all involved in the local Democratic poltical scene and involved on the ground in a variety of races.

Right now you'll find posts on the Greater Chicago Caucus - an organizing of several special interest and ethnic groups under one larger more effective group. You'll also read about the Chicago Aldermanic races.

If you want to throw insults, why not come to SbC instead and enlighten us with how we should blog correctly. In your opinion, of course.

by michael in chicago 2007-01-09 11:58AM | 0 recs
Are you sad your candidate,

Duckworth, in IL-06? That's my take on your complaint after reading some of your other comments on this blog.

by Jeff Wegerson 2007-01-10 09:33AM | 0 recs
Re: Nebraska

At the New Nebraska Network, we're happy to take submissions from readers via e-mail and to run them as diaries.  Would gladly move to more of a community-based format but only if it doesn't cost me anything.  Been running the site for two years - trying to build some sort of progressive online presence in Nebraska.  While a nice overhaul of the site would be fantastic, I'm not willing to invest money I don't have so that other people can make advertising revenues from our efforts.

Call me selfish.

by Skylewalker 2007-01-09 08:09AM | 0 recs
Re: Nebraska

Of course, it's somewhat telling that, as I write this, I can't even access my own damn website.  Blogger/Blopspot...convenient because it's free and my total ignorance of html can be compensated for, but boy do you get what you pay for.

by Skylewalker 2007-01-09 08:17AM | 0 recs
Re: Nebraska

FYI, I have my personal blog on www.blog-city.com.

While I pay for some bells and whistles, there's a free platform available there you might investigate.

It's main virtue being in the almost 3 years I've had the blog there, I've only had unexpected downtime twice.

by boadicea 2007-01-09 08:35AM | 0 recs
Re: Nebraska

Have you tried using Blogads or Google adwords? If your traffic is high enough, you might be able to make a few bucks a month - enough to pay for one of the hosting services out there.

by lpackard 2007-01-09 12:36PM | 0 recs
Re: Nebraska


I'd be happy to try and help 'overhaul' the site to a more 'community-based' format. You don't have to move off blogspot to do it, but if you really want to leave the googlespawn, it doesn't have to cost more than a couple beers a year.

Drop me an email if you want to talk about it.

by opendna 2007-01-10 03:19PM | 0 recs
Maryland Bloggers

It seems like Maryland Dem bloggers tend to create individual blogs and then cruise around the local blogosphere using things like leftyblogs or blognetnews.com.  Even many of the group that posts on Free State Politics have their own individual blogs.

For some other great Maryland Dem blogs check out:

Jousting For Justice
The League Re-Assembled
The Old Line
and my own personal blog Kujanblog.

by andy k 2007-01-09 08:58AM | 0 recs
Re: 50 State Blog Network

The District of Columbia isn't even on the list.  It should be.  No suggestions as to blogs yet (maybe some other people can help there) but it definitely needs to be here.

by meelar 2007-01-09 09:00AM | 0 recs
Re: 50 State Blog Network

Seconded.  Just because we're not a state doesn't mean we don't have politics worth blogging about.  And as many people as we have here, we should be a state, dammit!

by Sean Robertson 2007-01-09 11:47AM | 0 recs
Re: 50 State Blog Network

You're right, sorry I left DC out. Sounds like you guys should get together and start a DC blog!

by lpackard 2007-01-09 12:28PM | 0 recs
DC Blogs

There was a great blog called letsfreedc ("blogging until DC residents are equal") but alas, the bloggers ran out of steam when most Democrats left us high and dry in our bid to hold a first (non-binding) primary to draw attention to our status.  SO I guess they blogged until DC residents were equal or DC residents were demoralized by the 2004 election results.

I recommend the archives.  Perhaps an email to Mark Richards or Cal or Sam would inspire them to revive the website.  

Or perhaps our bloggy new shadow Rep Mike Panetta (who blogs here) can hold down the DC lefty blog fort until we a real firebrand can step up.

by freedc 2007-01-09 01:04PM | 0 recs
Re: 50 State Blog Network

As a progressive mississippian, I was disappointed (though unsurprised) to see that my state doesn't have a statewide blog. I've considered starting one before, even came up with a possible name: MississippiBlogging (playing off the "mississippi burning" phrase). Anyway, would be interested in doing this for my state, assuming I can do so and still, you know, work my day job. can contact me at: sun_god_79 AT yahoo DOT com

by AmericanJedi 2007-01-09 09:11AM | 0 recs
OpenID / Netroots.com

Of course, if we can get the state blogs on board w/ OpenID, readers will be able to use any OpenID provider, not just Netroots.com. That's why it's so cool. It's a distributed system that puts the power of identity in the hands of the user - they choose who to trust. With Netroots.com we're hoping to build an OpenID provider that also includes some helpful tools for online activists. I promise to write more about it soon.

by clockwerks 2007-01-09 09:28AM | 0 recs
Re: OpenID / Netroots.com
Just a note here -
We're working on OpenID at Uppity Wisconsin.  I think we'll be up with it pretty soon - it's just about ready, but it fell onto the back burner a week or so ago - a few more projects going on.
by shanson 2007-02-17 04:18PM | 0 recs
Re: 50 State Blog Network

I would change MT to Left in the West which is now scoop, has been around for over two years and was the primary blog leading the push for Tester. MT Netroots in new, but LitW has rocked for a long, long time.

by Bob Brigham 2007-01-09 09:31AM | 0 recs
Re: 50 State Blog Network

No it's SoapBlox, not Scoop!

Again, I get no love :P

by pacified 2007-01-09 10:57AM | 0 recs
Re: 50 State Blog Network

Texas Kaos loves ya, baby.

by boadicea 2007-01-09 12:42PM | 0 recs
Re: 50 State Blog Network

One thing that also needs to be considered is sub-state blogs. California, for example, is large enough that in addition to blogs dealing with the whole state, it would make sense to have ones concerned with the north or south of the state, even with certain of the metropolitan or regional areas.

The main thing is to avoid the top-down model of setting one blog as 'the' state blog. There's a place for several for each state, looking at everything from statewide races down to congressional districts right down to very local races. I think making sure they're all linking to each other and functioning as a cohesive whole which further connects to national blogs is the key, not just making sure each state has a blog which claims to represent it in the blogosphere.

by Englishlefty 2007-01-09 09:33AM | 0 recs
Re: 50 State Blog Network

In CA, the Santa Barbara Progressive also allows diaries.

by Bob Brigham 2007-01-09 09:38AM | 0 recs
Re: 50 State Blog Network

very, very cool. sounds like a great project.

and not just because our blog is listed, either.

whatever we can do to help this get off the ground, we'd be more than happy to do.


by lipris 2007-01-09 09:40AM | 0 recs
Re: 50 State Blog Network

Laura (lpackard) and Matt Fergusun deserve a lot of credit for making MichiganLiberal.com so successful. We now have seven blogs exclusively tracking the republicans in Michigan's congressional delegation, and none of them would exist if it weren't for MichiganLiberal.

by BZP 2007-01-09 09:48AM | 0 recs
Re: 50 State Blog Network

In Ohio, I like Buckeye State Blog: http://www.buckeyestateblog.com/

by madorskytapir 2007-01-09 10:06AM | 0 recs
Re: 50 State Blog Network

Me too, but it no longer allows diaries (and Staff left...so sad).

That was one of the reasons why I suggested up-thread that the MT selection be changed to the site that does allow diaries from a site that is simply multi-authored. The scalability factor is important.

by Bob Brigham 2007-01-09 10:18AM | 0 recs
Re: 50 State Blog Network

Last time I checked, we still have diaries. They're on the lower right sidebar.

AsOhioGoes is great if you love Hickmania.
Just sayin'.


by BuckeyeStateBlog 2007-01-09 02:26PM | 0 recs
Re: 50 State Blog Network

Classy Jerid.

Anyone can post at As Ohio Goes. It is for everyone, even the Hickmans of the world. Fortunately, there is only one Hickman, but there are multiple talented bloggers participating in AOG including Joseph Hughes, Mark Adams, Jolly Roger, Dl, MrsD -  Heck, we even had a few candidates post over the midterm so I don't see why you need to get nasty.

by czawadzki 2007-01-10 11:58AM | 0 recs
Ohio - As Ohio Goes
I post there (As Ohio Goes), though I was a reader and lurker before I started an account. I started one because I think the site has a great potential for statewide blogging on very important issues. I also think it could grow into a MyDD- or Kos-like site about the Buckeye State once more people know about it. Just my two cents.
by Joseph Hughes 2007-01-10 12:11PM | 0 recs

Is that the kind of collaborative effort and civility you use at BSBlog? Maybe that's why I don't bother reading it, but regularly visit AsOhioGoes.

Just sayin'

by Timroff 2007-01-10 12:17PM | 0 recs
That really is kinda the point, Tim.

I like a lot of the work that comes out of BSB, especially when "Staff" was still there.  But there always seemed to be a kind of antagonistic feeling there which you don't seem to find at AsOhioGoes.

I don't know if it's a snobbery, or they've just had to deal with so many trolls over the years that they became a bit caustic.  Either way, without "Staff" contributing there anymore, it won't be the same.

Seriously, as an open forum, BSB just can't compare with AsOhioGoes.com

by Mark Adams 2007-01-10 05:34PM | 0 recs
Re: That really is kinda the point, Tim.

Very cute.

For those out of the loop, Hickmania is a reference to a an Ohio blog troll that is banned at BSB...but used to be a regular diarist at AOG.

As for the other comments about AOG v. BSB...I'll take a pass.


by BuckeyeStateBlog 2007-02-18 03:08PM | 0 recs
Re: That really is kinda the point, Tim.

But you didn't take a pass Jerid - you had an email campaign done to espouse the worthiness of BSB over AOG sent to the 50 State Project.

"I mean hell, people had to bombard them to add BSB to the blogroll"
http://www.buckeyestateblog.com/blogpac_ thoughts_from_across_the_nation#comment

As for Dave Hickman, he posted 3 Ohio Majority Radio press releases - Big Whoop.

by czawadzki 2007-02-21 04:17AM | 0 recs
Re: That really is kinda the point, Tim.
Cindy, I'm getting tired of this. You want to keep trashing me, having your frontpagers show up to make random comments and pose as general readers to praise your site, fine, whatever. I'm not gonna get sucked in to your drama...I've got important things to do at BSB. As for the "orchestrated" campaign. I was cc'ed on those emails...that's about it. Vessels is a big boy, he's allowed to do what he wants. -Jerid
by BuckeyeStateBlog 2007-02-21 08:48PM | 0 recs
Re: That really is kinda the point, Tim.

I am sorry but it seems to me that you are the one who showed up here to trash me.  The thread STARTS with YOU stating "AsOhioGoes is great if you love Hickmania". I don't care if BSB is here or not but you don't need to insult AOG to get ahead. It was unneccesary.

When I initially saw you were not included and then realized it was because they thought you did not have diaries - I was going to post a comment in BSBs defense, correcting the misunderstanding - Then I read down a little more and saw that instead of stating the facts, you decided to throw a barb at me - not cool.

Please get back to your "important work" and leave me alone. I have been nothing but nice to you.

BTW: AOG diarist and commenters are also general MYDD users, not quite the same as an email campaign.

by czawadzki 2007-02-22 04:22AM | 0 recs
Re: That really is kinda the point, Tim.
"...don't want no drama, No, no drama, no, no, no, no drama" -Hump, Black Eyed Peas
by BuckeyeStateBlog 2007-02-22 07:49AM | 0 recs

Left in the West in Montana has diaries.

Montana Netroots doesn't -- and it also has some conservative contributors. It's a good site, I'm just not sure it's progressive or a community site.

by Left in the West 2007-01-09 10:23AM | 0 recs

As Ohio Goes is good, but Ohio also has Buckeye State Blog (http://buckeyestateblog.com).

by Jeff Coryell 2007-01-09 10:46AM | 0 recs
Re: Ohio

I would second As Ohio Goes.  I browse there pretty frequently.

by dl 2007-01-10 12:20PM | 0 recs

The Las Vegas Gleaner certainly does allow comments and has have a thriving comments sectio -- and by the one, it is run by one person -- so you should remove the asterisk. Its also far from the only progressive blog and not really a statewide blog.

by desmoulins 2007-01-09 10:47AM | 0 recs
Re: NV

Thanks.. is there a better one to use, or are there not really any statewide community blogs?

by lpackard 2007-01-09 12:37PM | 0 recs
Re: NV

Gleaner is probably the most widely read statewide blog, and definitely the most influential progressive glob, even though the focus is more on Las Vegas; I think you should leave it and just take away the asterisk.

There is an excellent one, but doesn't seem to generate much comment, at www.votegibbonsout.com. And there are several more, Desert Beacon and Turn Tahoe Blue, that are linked off of Gleaner.

by desmoulins 2007-01-11 09:14AM | 0 recs
Re: 50 State Blog Network

I'm partial to   Rochester Turning myself.

City blog for a city in New York state.

by sayhar 2007-01-09 11:00AM | 0 recs
Re: 50 State Blog Network

rochester turning is one of my fave ny blogs. buffalo also has a whole damn bunch of great blogs.

by lipris 2007-01-09 02:06PM | 0 recs
New Mexico

We have been looking into upgrading our New Mexico blog, New Mexico FBIHOP, for some time now.  But we decided that we would wait until after the election so nothing would happen in that critical time.

Of course, our candidate, Patricia Madrid, lost, but that's not the point.

I think that upgrading to a Scoop blog would be something that we would consider, but we really don't know that much about it.  We don't know what kind of work this would entail, how much bandwidth it would require, etc.

In other words -- anyone have any personal experience or suggestions for us over here in New Mexico?

by fbihop 2007-01-09 12:40PM | 0 recs
Re: New Mexico

Do it via soapblox instead of scoop :)

by Jerome Armstrong 2007-01-09 02:22PM | 0 recs
Re: New Mexico

There ya go!

Seriously, though, check out SoapBlox.  It works and it's cheap!


by pacified 2007-01-09 02:46PM | 0 recs
Re: New Mexico

Thanks, I'll check it out.  I guess I should shoot LPackard an e-mail about this now...

by fbihop 2007-01-09 03:06PM | 0 recs
Re: 50 State Blog Network
Thanks for the link to us over at Keystonepolitics.
We are all Democrats and most of us are very active in the state party. We do try and play it straight, though, and to keep the disagreements civil.
by phillydem 2007-01-09 12:48PM | 0 recs

Mississippi has the Jackson Progressive blog: http://www.jacksonprogressive.com/JPBlog /

by Kagro X 2007-01-09 12:50PM | 0 recs
Re: 50 State Blog Network -see LeftyBlogs

Lefty Blogs has 50 state coverage and several thousand blogs :


There's much to be done though, so don't worry !

by Bruce Wilson 2007-01-09 02:02PM | 0 recs
Re: 50 State Blog Network -see LeftyBlogs

leftyblogs rules.  love the fact it has state specific headline aggregators.

by annatopia 2007-01-09 04:27PM | 0 recs
Re: 50 State Blog Network -see LeftyBlogs

I signed up at LeftyBlogs about a week ago (?) but my blog still hasn't shown up. Any idea what a reasonable expectations is for the initial setup?

by SLJ 2007-01-10 02:53PM | 0 recs

Raising Kaine is ready to work with any and all state-based Progressive blogs.

This year was an incredible triumph for all of us.  Momentum is on our sides, but you only need to look at the other side of the aisle to see how fast that can go away.

New coordination, organization, and initiatives like this are crucial, as long as they are built on solid progressive principles.

Working together, there's nothing we can't accomplish.

Let us know what we can do to help.

by 5oclockshadow 2007-01-09 02:14PM | 0 recs
Re: 50 State Blog Network


Tennessee Guerilla Women at guerillawomentn.blogspot.com and Music Row Democrats at mrdtalk.com.

by Sadie Baker 2007-01-09 04:09PM | 0 recs
Re: 50 State Blog Network

I'd just like to say that for those places that don't have a "community blog" yet -- a very important distinction from the "lone angry voice" blog -- there really is no reason NOT to go with Soapblox as your platform. It is dirt cheap ($15/mo) and super-functional. You will have nearly as much functionality as DKos or MyDD -- you won't miss the rest -- and you gain the power to create a community, which is powerful.

Our traffic went way up after we went to Soapblox. Some of that was timing, but a lot of it was just giving people a chance to use our blog as their blog. We now have over 2,500 registered users at Blue Mass. Group, which gives the site a lot of credibility, and our diarists a lot of eyeballs looking at their stuff. I wouldn't call it an "organizing tool", but it's a way to create community in a way that the typical toilet-paper roll Blogger site just can't do.

If you're thinking about it in places like Kansas or Louisiana or wherever, go ahead and open your doors to your community.

by Charley on the MTA 2007-01-09 04:41PM | 0 recs

I love kyle, @ the New Nebraska Network, and work with him on a daily basis in Nebraska Young Democrats...

but I'd like to put in a plug for the UNO Democrats blog.  It has a larger community and readership, and a more mydd-like perspective.  

Also, three writers for the UNO Dems blog will be at the DNC Meeting in Feb, but no one from the NNN will be there.  

So, at least in the future if not for this project, please consider the UNO Dems Blog.  


by johnowens2 2007-01-09 10:56PM | 0 recs
Re: Nebraska

Also, we're moving to a user-diary feature set up at some point in the near future.

by johnowens2 2007-01-09 10:56PM | 0 recs
Re: Nebraska

ok, one more point,
the uno dems blog sent someone to YearlyKos vs 1.0 in Vegas too.  In fact, I was in the MyDD caucus room live-blogging right along w/ all the rest of you.  

(I was sitting right next to Moureen Dowd in fact)

by johnowens2 2007-01-09 10:58PM | 0 recs
Re: Nebraska

Oh John...is that the way you want to play?  Should we mention that the blog goes inactive for weeks - if not months - at a time?  And in terms of statewide reach/appeal/esteem, do you really want to be pulling out the ol' measuring stick?

"MyDD-like perspective"?  What the hell does that even mean?

But, by all means, plug away.  I hope you guys will keep up the good work of the last two weeks.  And, by all means, enjoy your DNC meeting.

Suppose I should be gratfied that we've come far enough that we can even have a turf war.  Ahhh....progress!

by Skylewalker 2007-01-10 01:52AM | 0 recs
Re: Nebraska

Needless to say, GO HUSKERS!!!  (aka UNL)

by Skylewalker 2007-01-10 01:57AM | 0 recs
Re: Nebraska

alls fair in love and blogs Kyle!

Hope you don't mind... I promised Dave I'd increase the promotion of UNO Dems blog nationally.  This seemed like a good place to start.  

...I did at least say "in the future" **wistfully looks the other direction**

... is this what an "active local blog community" looks like?  I always wondered.  Perhaps we'll swing the '08 Senate election?

by johnowens2 2007-01-10 10:08AM | 0 recs
Re: 50 State Blog Network

For Oregon, I'd respectfully submit the one I co-founded, Loaded Orygun, the Oregon journal of politics and culture. It's a two-person outfit (you may know my co-founder, Carla, from Preemptive Karma), and while we're currently on Blogger and have no diaries, we're in the process of moving to our own domain and switching to MT. (Speaking of, if anyone can help me resolve perl issues that are putting mt.cgi into an endless loop and getting our account suspended, email me at loadedorygun-at-gmail, thanks!)

I love BlueOregon, and I know Kari is a frequent contributor of items here at MyDD. It has more reach than LO, many more contributors including current local and state politicians, and is generally considered the dean of OR blogs. However it's primarily a discussion arena for progressives, rather than a unified platform for  advocacy and investigative reporting. I modestly submit that LoadedO is more of the latter, and is in fact the most-read blog by BlueOregon readers, so it's uniquely suited as a complement to BlueO in the 50-state context, I believe.

I don't want to wade into another state's blogbattle, but if you're talking lefty blogs in Washington, you simply can't leave out Horses' Ass. If nothing else, Goldy is also on the radio now, which gives him double-threat power. He's a difference-maker.

by torridjoe 2007-01-10 10:46AM | 0 recs
Re: 50 State Blog Network

Torridjoe's right -- Horses Ass is an important one to include for Washington.  I don't see the "Blog Wars' out here in WA...  (though maybe some blogger battles; Washblog's had a little excitement recently).  Goldy is a community-builder -- suceeding through excellence rather than competition.

Washblog, the blog you have listed now, and on which I'm an editor, is indeed a true community blog  -- with 14 front-page writers, a soon-to-be-announced new editorial board of 6 members, and a diary section open to the community.   We regularly promote diaries posted by community members to the front page.  And we're actively reaching out to progressive community groups to contribute content and to advise us on their issues and on networking across issues.  

We have an advocacy mission -- to work with other blogs and community organizations to help network the progressive movement in the state.  Washblog's writers and board members are community activists, grassroots, feet-on-the-ground people -- as are many of our readers and contributors.

by Noemie Maxwell 2007-01-10 12:14PM | 0 recs
Re: 50 State Blog Network

I've been hosting a Wisconsin progressive blog for some time - http://www.uppitywis.org.  I've emailed Laura about it - I just wanted to invite anybody in Wisconsin who would like to contribute to do so - we have blogs available to anyone who registers, a link directory to Wisconsin progressive/liberal/left-wing resources, and quite a lot more -- but we could sure use more contributors.

It's interesting - I'm up here in the Northwestern part of the state, but most of the contributions and readers come from Madison and Milwaukee.

by shanson 2007-01-17 12:42PM | 0 recs
by nachnachoo 2007-06-26 07:59AM | 0 recs


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