50 State Blog Roundup (8/24/2007)
by WVaBlue, Sat Aug 25, 2007 at 01:10:27 PM EDT
This week's Roundup is brought to you by Clem Guttata of West Virginia Blue.
* 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.
* 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.