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Iowa
   In the Presidential nominating process, the Iowa Democrats could have both the first and last say.

California
   It’s important to field a candidate in every race, the implications can be many.

Michigan
   As Michigan state government teeters on the brink of shutdown, it’s important to keep in mind what this really means.

Georgia
   Tondee’s Tavern throws in the towel on Rep. Jim Marshall (GA-8) over his “No” vote on Childrens Healthcare

Texas
   Why should big money donors have all the fun, asks Texas Kaos? Welcome to the Battle of Ballot Island.

West Virginia
   WV-02 Democratic challenger John Unger garners positive news coverage as his Iraq War stance compares favorably to vulnerable Republican Rep. Shelley Moore Capito’s recent triple-backflip belly-flop.

Minnesota
   Joe Bodell of MNCampaignReport gives us the scoop about the CD3 race

Utah
   Utah Republicans vote against SCHIP

New Mexico
   Conservative Republican Senator Pajama’s Pete Domenici is squarely in the danger zone according to his latest approval numbers.

Alabama
   Mooncat makes the case that Rep. Terry Everett’s retirement means Democrats have a fighting chance for the AL-02 open seat.

Nevada
   Nevada Assemblyman David Bobzien talks to My Silver State about his endorsement of John Edwards.

North Carolina
   Ambassador Joe Wilson campaigned for Larry Kissell who is running for Congress in NC-08. The diary includes photos and video.

Arizona
   Thoughts on how much purity the Democratic Party can afford.

Colorado
   Angie Paccione has announced she will no longer be a candidate for Congress as she’s found a great job in the private sector. All the best to her!

Connecticut
   Maura reports on the decision by CT Catholic bishops agreeing to dispense Plan B in their hospitals for all rape victims.

Delaware
   Delaware Dem wonders why Joe Biden’s pollster would commission a push pull targeting other Dems as too liberal.

Florida
   Will the votes cast in Florida’s January 29th primary count or not?

Idaho
   Larry LaRocco has been endorsed by Wes Clark this week.

Illinois
   Congressional candidate John Laesch joins the fight in support of a Planned Parenthood clinic in Aurora.

Indiana
   A discussion on Evan Bayh’s endorsement of Hillary.

Iowa
   An Iowa blogger on his decision to run for office.

Kentucky
   Why the race for governor is not the most important one in Kentucky this year.

Louisiana
   Thoughts from Louisiana on the Jena 6 decision.

Maine
   There’s yet another candidate in the race to replace Tom Allen.

Maryland
   Maryland’s Senators “have lost their minds.”

Massachusetts
   Massachusetts needs more progressive media. Who’d have thunk it?

Missouri
   Why Claire McCaskill is better than Jim Talent.

Missouri
   It’s all Matt Blunt all the time. This time on his fighting with DC over unemployment numbers.

Montana
   Will Bob Keenan run against Max Baucus next year?

Nebraska
   There seems to be a lot of excitement over another run by Scott Kleeb for Congress.

New Hampshire
   Sununu is still running … away, that is. Mostly from cameras and reporters.

New Jersey
   Congressman Pallone blasts Rush Limbaugh. Good for him.

New York
   On Rudy’s $9.11 fundraiser.

New York
   Freshman Rep. John Hall takes a first step in ending the use of mercinaries in Iraq. A small step but better than nothing.

Ohio
   Tis the season! For renewed Republican dirty tricks in Ohio.

Oklahoma
   The Oklahoma GI Rights Hotline Begins Operations.

Oregon
   Seems like protesters also get arrested at Democratic Rep.’s offices.

Rhode Island
   Tom Harkin isn’t the only member of Congress having a steak fry. But I’ve got a feeling there will be no presidential candidates in Rhode Island this Sunday.

South Dakota
   After two terms of George W. Bush in the White House, South Dakota’s Republican Governor wants to “restore America’s greatness.”

Tennessee
   Democrat Mike McWherter is officially exploring a run against Lamar!

Texas
   Matt Glazer reports on the success of the TexBlogPAC.

Vermont
   Julie Waters on Anti-Gay harassment in Burlington vs her own experiences in Vermont.

Virginia
   The presidential race has gotten so long that some are turning their eyes to the VP slot. Jim Webb’s not ruling it out.

Washington
   First hand account of a town hall with Congressman Brian Baird on Iraq.

Wisconsin
   Xoff wonders what ever happened to Wisconsin budget bargaining.

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The 50-State Roundup

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roundup, it was a last-minute effort, so I hope what I've got is complete. Enjoy!

Kentucky

The KY Speaker of the House
Sells Out.
  Minnesota 
A U.S. Senate candidate forum
for Dem candidates seeking to take on Norm Coleman next year was held Wednesday night.  Photos
included!
Texas
In what Vince Leibowitz at Texas Kaos calls “a target on the state's working poor”,Texas
is rolling out a $6 million database in January to track auto insurance coverage for real-time police use in
traffic stops. What could possibly go wrong with THAT?
  Iowa
Desmoinesdem of Bleeding
Heartland paises Bill Richardson's proposals for
transportation policy.
 
Illinois 

In Aurora, Illinois, women's health
is under attack
. See what you can do to help Planned Parenthood
and its support of women's reproductive health.
  Michigan 
A Michigan conservative blogger
has an unnatural fondness for hammers. 
California
Julia
Rosen of Calitics wonders why Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger isn't
doing more to stop the GOP electoral vote dirty trick campaign.
  Colorado 
 The Polis campaign
(CO-02) hires Jerome Armstrong as their internet political director
.
  Connecticut
Joe Lieberman is going
to spend Sept. 11 not with his constituents, but with
Ann Coulter and Sean Hannity. What a surprise.
  Texas 
Burnt Orange Report has released its August
Presidential and U.S. Senate tracking poll
with surprising
results. Clinton is lagging, Edwards is rising, and Obama is going
nowhere fast, not to mention there is a clear winner leader in the
race to defeat John Cornyn.

Oregon

Maverick Senate candidate
Steve Novick formally endorsed the Boxer-Sanders global warming
reduction bill
, and encouraged readers nationwide to sign on as
“citizen-sponsors” in a show of support prior to the vote.
  Montana 
John Edwards Hits a
Packed House in Montana
and Wows the Crowd in the Process.
  Maryland 
Free State Politics got seriously wonky in discussing
how Maryland can solve its looming budget crisis.
  Alabama 
The Alabama Department of Environmental
Management has acquired an expensive plane for aerial spotting of
polluters and been very coy about where it flies and who's aboard,
not to mention the purpose of the flights. Left in Alabama
and the local paper have been dogging them about the plane and about
inconsistant penalties for polluters.
  New Jersey 
After six long years, gays no longer
getting thrown under a bus
in Congress.
  Colorado 
The anti-union factions
in Colorado are delusional.
 
Georgia 

Georgia GOP reaches out to African American
community by advocating a “whiter” Augusta.
West Virginia
Carnacki of WVa. Blue implores Democrats to protect what's
most important about America.
New
Mexico

LP laments the death of the
Alberquerque Tribune.
Massachusetts
Mitt
Romney's comparison of his sons' campaign work to military
service lands him in hot water with an actual soldier's
father.
New York
Phillip Anderson does what Rudy Giuliani could not: list
all of Giuliani's mistakes in 30 seconds.

New Hampshire

 

Sen. John Sununu plans on
going down
with Baghdad Bush until the bitter end.

Virginia


 

Lowell rates Virginia politicians on their
level of outreach with the netroots.

Vermont

 

The state of Vermont is going to be
forced to pay
the attorney fees of the folks who got Vt.'s
campaign finance laws overturned. Ouch.

Ohio

 

As Ohio Goes catches
Rep. John Boehner shifting the goalposts for progress in Iraq.

Ohio

It looks like Dennis Kucinich is going
to get a primary challenger
for his Congressional seat.

New York

 

Brooklyn politics, it seems, is really f***ed up.

Rhode
Island

 

Sen. Jack Reed is giving his contribution from fugitive
Norman Hsu to charity. Good news.

North Carolina

 

There's a
meltdown going on
in the heavily Republican 11th congressional
district.

Florida

 

Even the legal defense
fund for embattled GOP Rep. Tom Feeney isn't clean.

Indiana

 

Suburban poverty in
Indiana is on the rise.

Missouri

 

Hotflash of Show Me Progress takes on factory
farming
in Missouri.

Washington

 

Conservatism is wreaking
havoc
on Washington state schools.

Delaware

 

Daily Delaware takes on GOP Rep. Jim
Castle's cowardly stance on Iraq.

Missouri

 

Gov. Matt Blunt may want English to
be the state's official language, but he still finds it useful to
hire a Spanish-
language polling firm.

Louisiana

 

Why did Republicans rally
around David Vitter, but not Larry Craig? I don't know, but their
excuses aren't holdiing up
.

Nevada

 

MySilverState remembers a Las Vegas soldier who
committed suicide.

Nebraska

 

New Nebraska Network tracks the
evolution
of Sen. Ben Nelson's views on Iraq.

Oklahoma

 

Sen. James Inhofe is “excited” at being
under attack in Iraq? Weird.

South
Dakota

 

Lowell of Badlands Blue welcomes Sen. Tim
Johnson back to the Senate.

The 50-State Roundup

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Welcome once again to the 50-State Blog Roundup, brought to you this week from LoadedOrygun‘s TJ, one of the state blog rookies. Treat him kindly…

Alabama
Left in Alabama
Congressman Artur Davis’s aides are dropping hints about a gubernatorial run in 2010.
Arizona
AZNetroots
Got formaldehyde-laden trailers you need to get rid of? Bring ’em on down to Arizona, FEMA!
California
Calitics
The California GOP is heavy in debt, can’t pay the loans– and it’s making their position in budget battles look totally foolish.
Colorado
SquareState
Colorado’s congressional representatives Tom Tancredo goes national with an old Colorado ploy in his attack on SCHIP, holding child health care hostage over suspect claims of an issue concerning (guess what) immigration security.

Connecticut
My Left Nutmeg
My Left Nutmeg shows homestate pride in hosting the Chris Dodd smackdown of Bill O’Reilly, video version at last. Still priceless.
Delaware
Delaware Liberal
Mike Castle (R-DE) quietly backs the Democrats on the “troop rest period” bill, one Bush has said he’ll veto.
Florida
FLA Politics
Allegations of vote caging in Jacksonville as part of the US Attorney scandal have Senator Bill Nelson interested enough to start asking tough questions.
Georgia
Tondee’s Tavern
More from the world of low-echelon elected Republicans of Georgia…wingnut factor 8, tread carefully
Hawaii
Poinography!
So hey, Hawaiian Public Utilities Commission–Where are the data you promised and allocated $1.2mil for,  about gas refiners working the islands?
Idaho
43rd State Blues
It’s like data mining, right here in the 50 State Update! Tour the Spud State Review of top Idaho blogs.
Illinois
PrairieStateBlue
Trying to Google-ad their way out of backlash over culpable pollution of Lake Michigan,oil oligarchists BP are launching a major PR
  offensive for damage control.
Indiana
Blue Indiana
Hey, do you remember way back when I was talking about BP’s troubles in Illinois? Looks like trouble has leached over the border into Indiana. Feel bad for BP’s tough luck.
Iowa
Bleeding Heartland
Is a repeat of the 2004 Iowa caucus in the offing for Democrats? Scope the parallels.
Louisiana
Daily Kingfish
CenLamar creates a valued resource by compiling a compendium on the Jena Six, a story earning national attention for its evocation of racial tension and tradition thought to be bygone.
Maine
Turn Maine Blue
There’s a statehouse seat coming open, as another Republican calls it quits and gives Democrats a chance to extend their majority in Maine.
Maryland
Free State Politics
Melissa at Free State takes a look at the Baltimore transportation draft plan, and can’t believe they’d pretend it was adequate in the least.
Massachusetts
BlueMassGroup
It’s been a good summer for Gov. Deval Patrick; he’s rebounded from a rough start to post 53% favorability ratings (+13) in the most recent SUSA polling .
Michigan
Michigan Liberal
Over at Michigan Liberal,a crazy-thorough analysis of media consolidation in Michigan, complete with stock charts!   Wonky goodness through and though.
Minnesota
Minnesota Campaign Report
Congressman Oberstar is moving quickly to seek aid from the federal government, asking for $250 million in emergency funding in the wake of the I35W collapse Wednesday. Godspeed to those among the affected.
Mississippi
Cottonmouth Blog
More from the What You Get With a 50-State Strategy Dept:MS Dems tell Governor Barbour, “Hold on there, Guvnah!” for Haley’s education budget whoppers. Don’t take that kind of response messaging for granted in beet red states, folks. Encourage it.
Missouri
Fired Up! Missouri
Blunt gets Fired Up! about Supreme Court interviews, and is at it again with the bizarre, borderline sadistic questions for the nominees.  Good for a laugh, especially if you’re not up for Missouri Supreme Court.
Montana
Left in the West
If it’s summer in Montana, there’s probably a fire somewhere.  There’s a bunch at the moment; don’t tell Conrad Burns.
Nebraska
New Nebraska
Want to blame someone for California’s toying with proportionate allocation in the electoral college? How about Nebraska? 
Nevada
My Silver State
Sven has started a “who do you back?” diary forum for people to tout their favorites for Democratic Presidential nominee. The submissions are rolling in; here’s o
ne,
and here’s another, both for Barack.
New Hampshire
Blue Hampshire
Sen. John Sununu’s got a poverty plan! Privatize Social Security! We’ll call that a somewhat “long-termish” solution.
New Jersey
Blue Jersey
Democracy Corps polling has got to be giving Mike Ferguson and other Congressional Republicans severe heartburn.
New Mexico
New Mexico FBIHOP
Tom Udall fights for a renewable energy standard in Congress.  Rock on, Tom!
New York
The Albany Project
Home day care workers: vital, caring for and educating our young loved ones, and yet they make jack crap and aren’t unionized. That’s gonna change in NYC, if the United Federation of Teachers have something to say about it..
New York
Daily Gotham
Microlending–it’s not just for World Bank and impoverished countries. It works here, too.
North Carolina
Blue NC
“State of the Candidate’s Websites, Take 2” is a recap of the online presence, or absence thereof, for North Carolina’s leading Democrats.
North Dakota
North Decoder
<a href="http://www.northdeco…
  >Is Bobcat bidding bye to Bismarck? Bummer.
Ohio
As Ohio Goes
Headlines from the front of cultural politics:Ohio Goppers Say, “Womens’ Rights? Better Ask Your Man!” plus Ohio Republican Announces Run with Anti-Gay Tirade
Ohio
Buckeye State Blog
Rudy Guiliani shows that sharp eye for qualified underlings, hiring the disgraced Bob Ney’s favored spokesperson as his Communications Director. I’m going to give her the benefit of the doubt on whether she’s hiding a whacking in her past.
Oklahoma
blue oklahoma
The big news in OK, no doubt: Andrew Rice’s challenge to incumbent Sen. Jim Inhofe. Oh, to dream, perchance to flip!
Oregon
Loaded Orygun
The state media are slowly starting to ask the question: “Was Gordon Smith actually involved in the plan that killed 70,000 adult salmon?” Loaded Orygun has the state Dem Party’s compilation of the clippings, and TJ gives you a bullet-fact primer on the scandal. It WILL be a campaign issue.
Pennsylvania
Keystone Politics
Dr. Dean is spreading the medicine in Pittsburgh: Big ad buys and expensive consultants are yesterday’s tools for yesterday’s campaigns. Retail, retail, retail.
Rhode Island
Rhode Island’s Future
Senator Whitehouse goes to Greenland to visit the shrinking fjords.Pretty great picture.
South Dakota
Clean Cut Kid
Clean Cut Kid is having real life and spam issues that are interrupting blogging. Oh, how we have been there.
Tennessee
Knox Views
Alternative papers can be a vital jumpstart to a more progressive city. Knoxville may finally have a real one, one that is holding the old boys city network accountable for a change.
Texas
Burnt Orange Report
Rick Noriega has made an ad, and for a bio I think it’s pretty strong.
Texas
Texas Kaos
After what was surely exhaustive (and exhausting) research, scientists at UT have determined people have sex primarily as an expression of affection. Some say getting closer to God–talk about performance anxiety!
Utah
Wasatch Watcher
Will Utah Congressman Matheson and the rest of the Blue Dogs get the hint about Iraq?
Vermont
Green Mountain Daily
Vermont, one of the national leaders in towns who resolved against the Bush administration, heard back. Can’t guess whether he took their advice? Think harder.
Virginia
Raising Kaine
Special shout to my 27-year home and the blog named after the mayor of my home for 10 years, Richmond…speaking of Kaine himself, he’s stepped into the public light and endorsed a timeline for Iraq withdrawal. Hey, it’s Virginia. They do everything slow, especially in summer.
Washington
WashBlog
Noemie digs into the King County Republican Party [ewwww],  unearthing their aggressive, speculative and harrassing vote suppression tactics, revealed in an interview with more pride than remorse. Ewwww.
West Virginia
West Virginia Blue
Affordable higher ed for adults– why not just do it?
Wisconsin
Uppity Wisconsin
The results are in, and Governor Doyle is off the hook for influence peddling. Investigators found no connection between contributions and the approval of a nuclear power plant. The clearance ran in the papers with decidedly less prominence than the allegations.

See you next week!

The 50-State Roundup

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Here are some updates from around the 50-State Blog Network, brought to you this week by Wasatch Watcher, the progressive community blog in Utah…Yes that Utah…because when Dr. Dean says 50 states, it means 50 states.

Alabama
Left in Alabama
Democratic Presidential candidates outraise Republicans — in Alabama!
Arizona
AZNetroots
Renzi’s Seat in CD1 Up for Grabs.
California
Calitics
Calitics introduced a new section, Calitics en espanol.  Please check out http://espanol.calitics.com
Colorado
SquareState
Three part series on Health Care town hall meetings.

 

Connecticut
My Left Nutmeg
Connecticut blogger on the O’Reilly Factor.
Delaware
Delaware Liberal
Republicans run and hide – Castle to hold ZERO town hall meetings during August recess.
Florida
FLA Politics
Republicans love to tell how dirty they get to win elections.
Georgia
Tondee’s Tavern
What is Vernon Jones healthcare plan?  Don’t ask because unless you can decipher from his ramblings.
Hawaii
Poinography!
YouTube campaign messages – coming soon in Hawaii races?
Idaho
43rd State Blues
Spud State Blog Rundown.
Illinois
PrairieStateBlue
This week Illinois saw a Blue Dog from Chicago get another primary opponent, a downstate Republican get an ex-Repub Democratic challenger, and now a Republican drops out of the 2008 race after praising Congressional Dems. Oh, and while Senator Dick Durbin has been busy with open source legislating, he still had time to engage British Petroleum on their polluting of Lake Michigan.
Indiana
Blue Indiana
Iraq veterans testify about PTSD and Republican Rep. Steve Buyer could careless.
Iowa
Bleeding Heartland
Immigration “enforcement” continues to roll through Swift and Co plants with a union leader arrested in Marshalltown.
Kentucky
BlueGrassRoots
SUSA Poll: Very Bad News for Mitch
Louisiana
Daily Kingfish
Vitter retracts statements, continues backpedaling into oblivion.
Maine
Turn Maine Blue
Did Susan Collins commit a law violation with a fake “live conference call”?
Maryland
Free State Politics
What are Obama’s chances in Maryland?
Massachusetts
BlueMassGroup
Tsongas backs individual mandate as part of health care reform.
Michigan
Michigan Liberal
Fred Thompson has appointed one of the dimmest bulbs in Michigan political history to manage his campaign.
Minnesota
Minnesota Campaign Report
SurveyUSA:  Coleman Approval at 43%
Mississippi
Cottonmouth Blog
New John Eaves for Governor ad: These Are My “Values” and What I Stand For.
Missouri
Fired Up! Missouri
There’s a Right Way To Do Things And The Matt Blunt Way To Do Things.
Montana
Left in the West
On economic development, Montana, taxes, and Forbes magazine.
Nebraska
New Nebraska
Does freedom of religion apply if you are Muslim? (At another Swift meatpacking plant, what gives?)
Nevada
My Silver State
Obama is coming to Elko in rural Nevada  and promises to work hard to win in rural communities.
New Hampshire
Blue Hampshire
Mitt Romney Terrified of You…Tube.
New Jersey
Blue Jersey
Rothman endorses Obama; will serve as Northeast Regional Campaign Co-Chair.
New Mexico
New Mexico FBIHOP
Some background information on a New Mexico based foundation attacking Bill Richardson’s economic policies.
New York
The Albany Project
Another Draft Dodging Republican Randy Kuhl Disses Vets.
New York
Daily Gotham
Tale of Republican Cowards: Giuliani and Romney Continue the Bush Chickenhawk Tradition.
North Carolina
Blue NC
Another progressive blog helping organize and getting people hooked into being the change.
North Dakota
North Decoder
Happy Pioneer Day!!!
Ohio
As Ohio Goes
Interview About Ohio Blogs.
Ohio
Buckeye State Blog
Rumor: Ohio Republican Implicated In Hooker Scandal.
Oklahoma
blue oklahoma
Oklahoma Women Search For Crisis Pregnancy Care Elsewhere.
Oregon
Loaded Orygun
Another example out west of people continuing to just say no to the GOP – Why the GOP in Oregon keep losing.
Pennsylvania
Keystone Politics
Pa. ranks 5th in highest tuition for public colleges.
Rhode Island
Rhode Island’s Future
Republican Gov. Carcieri Hides Out in the Woods.
Tennessee
Knox Views
Another biased right wing newspaper article about the minimum wage.
Texas
Burnt Orange Report
The Texas blog-o-sphere has outlined an ambitious goal of finding 800 donors to enlist in the pro-Noriega movement.
Texas
Texas Kaos
Leave no congressional seat behind! – The Texas blog-o-sphere is working to line up a candidate for every district.
Utah
Wasatch Watcher
The state right wing newspaper slams Utah Republicans on their pathetic fear mongering of immigrants.
Vermont
Green Mountain Daily
Is there a litmus test for gay marriage in Vermont?  It’s Not What You Think.
Virginia
Raising Kaine
What are the odds on the Virginia Senate race in 2009.
Washington
WashBlog
Do our Representatives even READ what they’re passing?
West Virginia
West Virginia Blue
Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) puts the icing on the cake… that Gonzales has committed perjury.
Wisconsin
Uppity Wisconsin
People vs. Money on the Wisconsin health care plan.