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