50 State Blog Roundup (8/24/2007)

From the diaries - Todd

There's lots of great stories from the 50 State Blog Network this week. Please take your time this weekend, pour yourself a cup of coffee (tea, or soda) and savor the reading. You'll be glad you did.
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This week's Roundup is brought to you by Clem Guttata of West Virginia Blue.

Featured Items

* As Marshall said when he promoted this item, "Excellent work...this is journalism!"Crandall Canyon, The King of the Mountain, The Fox in the Coop. Additional notes: The same item was cross-posted at As Ohio Goes. There's a reason Crandall has been a big contributor to Republican politicians.

*The Albany Project and Daily Gotham were all over the story of (now) resigned GOP operative Roger Stone. If you don't know the story, do yourself a favor and visit the two blogs that helped bring him down this week. (There's too many posts to pick just to link to.)

* I can't stress enough how devastating this is to the Appalachian region: Expansion of Mountain Top Mining. Learn more about Mountain Top Removal.
Social, Economic and Environmental Justice

* The Bush administration's new restrictions on who is eligible for SCHIP could affect a relatively rich state like Maryland

* Matt Singer has more: Bush Administration Declares War on Children's Health Care.

* This week marked the 80th Anniversary of the executions of Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti.

* Here's an interesting question from Maine: The Christian Civic League: Domestic terrorists?

* Remember those local anti-immigrant laws that makes the news from time-to-time. They haven't worked out so well in Riverside, NJ.

*BP decision is applauded by all (except the Governor) for putting off plans to increase dumping in Lake Michigan.

* What's more important? More corporate tax cuts or properly funded schools? "Stealing From Our Schools" tells the Republican answer in Texas.

* Remember Medicare Part D? Here's a heart-wrenching story of its (negative) effects on those who need help the most.

* A good point from Delaware: "Let's have some REAL economic development for a change."

*The Hoover Institution Harbors Bigots. What are they going to do about it?

* Wind power brings out  tensions in the green movement.

* Not everyone has forgotten about Katrina survivors. Bush's FEMA Again Lifting Wrong Finger for Katrina's Families.

* Learn about the The Presidential Politics of Yucca Mountain.

*Crumbling infrastructure at nuclear power plants?!? Say it isn't so. Must see pictures of What's really going on at Vermont Yankee.

State, Local and Blogging News

* Mike Caulfield has a thoughtful piece,  "Retail Politics for the Masses", on the role of blogs, the early NH primary and candidate access. Here's an example of that candidate access, "Policy Straw Poll: Executive Power/Executive Overreach".

* Ralph Bordie reports, "Inspired by the 50SBN, the Texas Progressive Alliance has been putting together a Texas version every week. Vince Leibowitz over at Capitol Annex hosts again this week." :-)

* Catch up on Idaho with the Spud State Blog Rundown.

*"Thank Goodness for Google!" as it catches local Republicans in Virginia trying to rewrite their inconvenient history.

* I confess my geography knowledge is a little weak sometimes... who knew: Rhode Island as a Boston suburb. (Why should I be surprised... by the same measure, commuter rail, West Virginia is also a DC suburb.)

Turning Red to Blue

*LA-GOV: Jindal's Official Response to the Democratic Party's Commercial: Disingenuous or Stupid?

* Buckeye State Blog reports that Election Complaints Are Fun...Especially When We Win. Great work, Jerid!

* In Illinois, IL-19 and IL-13 got Democratic challengers. IL-11 did them one better, not only getting a challenger, but also saw the birth of a grassroots activist organization. Oh yeah, Denny Hastert might resign this November too.

*Mark Schauer to challenge Walberg in MI-07.

*Rick Renzi retires in Arizona.

* From Texas: Why my girlfriend cried, and why I donated $50 to Rick Noriega.

* I'm sure you're dying to know who Inhofe's Man is the White House in 2008.

* Will this be a campaign issue in NC-10? At the least it is a reminder that Big Brother may be watching you, but you can also watch Big Brother.

* You know you're in trouble as attention goes up, your numbers go down... "Special Session Bump: Blunt Approval Ratings Scalped to 42%". Here a Missouri Special Session Roundup, too.

* Pres. Bush is coming to town, so challenger Darcy Burner (WA-08) is holding a fund-raiser.

* Find out what Rep. Reichert says to the conservative faithful in this fun diary retelling a protest, counter-protest and campaign event.

*Fred Watch: Thompson Non-Candidacy Earns FEC Complaint.

* Republicans are spending money trying to discipline Republicans on Iraq War votes. Here's the news from Loaded Orygun, MN Campaign Report, and New Mexico FBIHop.

*Shays' Week From Hell Continues. Enough of these weeks, it'll turn into a horrible year. George Ryan had an even worse week.

* Heard about that Sen. Coburn (R) vs. Sen. Nelson feud? For Your Viewing Pleasure: The Famous "Assface" E-mails.

About our Party

* There's lots of good news this week about South Dakota Sen. Tim Johnson returning.

* In Michigan the big news is, State Senate passes Jan 15th primary bill.

* The DNC Convention is one year away and there was a big kickoff event. Alas, Senator Salazar was afraid of a blogger with questions.

* From Iowa, a word about that Iowa state fair "Cast Your Kernel" exercise.

* Depressing if true... The surge is working...on Congressional Democrats.

* Mooncat kicks off an interesting series, profiling the Alabama delegation. Bud Cramer (AL-05) gets the treatment first.

* Learn about the flank of the Bush Dog campaign in Georgia.

Tags: 50 State Blog Network, 50 State Blog Roundup (all tags)



Re: 50 State Blog Roundup (8/24/2007)

Thanks for promoting the diary.

There's a lot of great work on display here, I hope folks will take the time to follow at least a few of the links.

Also, if you're not already a member of your state's blog, why not join today? :-)

by WVaBlue 2007-08-25 01:35PM | 0 recs
Re: 50 State Blog Roundup (8/24/2007)

There are some fantastic selections here.

I've been trying to find out where I can volunteer to lend a hand with this project-or at least get the code for the diary so I can promote it on Texas Kaos as well.

If you'd be so kind as to email me using my screen name at gmail, I'd appreciate it.

by boadicea 2007-08-25 01:47PM | 0 recs
Re: 50 State Blog Roundup (8/24/2007)

Check your gmail account. If you didn't get anything, email Clem G. at wvblue at gmail.com


by WVaBlue 2007-08-25 04:59PM | 0 recs
Muchas gracias.

Got it

by boadicea 2007-08-25 05:14PM | 0 recs


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