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Online guide to the 2008 Democratic Convention

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This was posted under a slightly different title at my own blog, Peace Arena .  

I’ve been scouting out the best online news resources for following the Democratic Party convention in Denver, other than the well-known, corporate news operations (that I generally avoid anyway), which I think we can all find on our own. Below is what I’ve found so far, and I’ll add to the list as I come across others.

Note: If you only care about the Oklahoma angle, jump down here.

The official convention site is worth a look for speaker schedules, logistics, last minute updates and the like.

This is the first convention where bloggers are more than an afterthought, so check out the official list of bloggers credentialed by the Party. These independent (that is, not Party funded; all are fiercely partisan Democrats) bloggers will be “embedded” with their state delegations, so as  to bring all the surprise and spontaneity of the convention to life for their readers back home. (Seriously, it’s a good thing, and probably demonstrating much more integrity than that other embedding project the government tried with the media a few years back.)

The Big Tent –   there is literally something called “The Big Tent” (subtle enough for you, Dems?) serving as bloggers central for the convention; this site is not for news reporting apparently (bloggers do have their own outlets, after all), but for coordinating use of the facility.  Still interesting for those of us into the meta stuff. This not run by the Party, but by a group of bloggers and sponsors like Digg and Google.

Just to keep everyone confused with information overload, some of the credentialed state blogs (including Oklahoma’s), along with some non-credentialed ones, decided to aggregate their convention reports on yet another site, Roots Wire.

DemConWatch is an independent blog run by grassroots Democrats that has a pretty thorough background and coverage of the event — including live cams! And check out the DNC history links in the sidebar

Colorado sites that will probably have major resources dedicated to the convention.

A number of netroots/Democratic/progressive sites have dedicated sections for convention news, and have folks on the ground there.

Plus, some really good news: Democracy Now! will expand to two hours live broadcast on radio and tv for the next two weeks, covering both conventions. Unless you live at or near UCO, you’ll have to pick the show up after the fact on the web, but it’s worth it.  Their in-depth interviews are unequaled.

If you’re on Twitter, you can follow the Twitter Search tag #dnc08 that Twitterers in Denver at using to flag their tweets. Or, the Denver Post has a dedicated Twitter account for convention related updates, The DNC – a warning though: this is high-volume so you may just want to visit the page once or twice a day, rather than follow and hve your timeline completely swamped.

Okies in Denver

Last but not least, there’s the Oklahoma credentialed blog team, Calvin and Tim from DemoOkie Forum. Yes, Oklahoma’s credentialed blog is a forum, but I think it was an apppropriate selection, since it is the major site for the grassroots of the state Democratic Party. Anyway, thanks to Howard Dean, they will be right there in the Pepsi Center and INVESCO Field with the Oklahoma Delegation.

I’m very happy to see that the boys, once selected, actually realized they would need a real blog to pull this off, rather than trying to stretch that Snitz 2000 forum, which is already distorted way beyond its intended purpose (bless ’em, they do keep things hopping over there, it’s just clumsy and ugly as shit, and about as state-of-the-art as Windows 98, and I obsess about those things). I’m hoping they’ll like the new format so much that they will come home and do a complete overhaul of their site once Barack has moved in at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. with Michelle and the girls.

Tim posted about their plans for Denver:

If you want Gavel to Gavel, watch the news. It will be better than we can do. However, since we are embedded with the Oklahoma Delegation, we will be with them all day. You will get to meet them and see what really happens at these conventions. Delegates usually start with a breakfast at 7:30 am and continue until late night. I know when I went to Boston I was exhausted when I came back. You’ll go with them to receptions, caucuses and just hanging around.

We’ve brought digital cameras, digital videos and digital audio recorders. We plan on making a few of the attendees YouTube stars. Dr. Earl Mitchell from Stillwater has been drafted again as a special correspondent. We also will be sharing photos taken by the delegates themselves.

Hopefully we will fulfill Howard Deans vision of bringing the other parts of the convention home. We look forward to the opportunity.

If you want a down and dirty compilation of news out of Denver, check the sidebar of, there’s a list of the latest news headline from all the state bloggers, as well as the RootsWire feed. For any normal person, that will be more than enough! (I of course, am not normal and will be trying to go to every site for every last pixel of information.)

Tim and Calvin say they are making their photos and reports available to Oklahoma media. I hope they mean new/digital as well as old/dead-tree media, or I’ll really have to give them a netroots/open-source whup-ass tutorial, if they don’t get one in Denver first (which I suspect they might).

This list is by no means definitive! It’s just a starting point. If you have other links to offer, please post in comments.

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.

Left in Alabama
Democratic Presidential candidates outraise Republicans — in Alabama!
Renzi’s Seat in CD1 Up for Grabs.
Calitics introduced a new section, Calitics en espanol.  Please check out
Three part series on Health Care town hall meetings.


My Left Nutmeg
Connecticut blogger on the O’Reilly Factor.
Delaware Liberal
Republicans run and hide – Castle to hold ZERO town hall meetings during August recess.
FLA Politics
Republicans love to tell how dirty they get to win elections.
Tondee’s Tavern
What is Vernon Jones healthcare plan?  Don’t ask because unless you can decipher from his ramblings.
YouTube campaign messages – coming soon in Hawaii races?
43rd State Blues
Spud State Blog Rundown.
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.
Blue Indiana
Iraq veterans testify about PTSD and Republican Rep. Steve Buyer could careless.
Bleeding Heartland
Immigration “enforcement” continues to roll through Swift and Co plants with a union leader arrested in Marshalltown.
SUSA Poll: Very Bad News for Mitch
Daily Kingfish
Vitter retracts statements, continues backpedaling into oblivion.
Turn Maine Blue
Did Susan Collins commit a law violation with a fake “live conference call”?
Free State Politics
What are Obama’s chances in Maryland?
Tsongas backs individual mandate as part of health care reform.
Michigan Liberal
Fred Thompson has appointed one of the dimmest bulbs in Michigan political history to manage his campaign.
Minnesota Campaign Report
SurveyUSA:  Coleman Approval at 43%
Cottonmouth Blog
New John Eaves for Governor ad: These Are My “Values” and What I Stand For.
Fired Up! Missouri
There’s a Right Way To Do Things And The Matt Blunt Way To Do Things.
Left in the West
On economic development, Montana, taxes, and Forbes magazine.
New Nebraska
Does freedom of religion apply if you are Muslim? (At another Swift meatpacking plant, what gives?)
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!!!
As Ohio Goes
Interview About Ohio Blogs.
Buckeye State Blog
Rumor: Ohio Republican Implicated In Hooker Scandal.
blue oklahoma
Oklahoma Women Search For Crisis Pregnancy Care Elsewhere.
Loaded Orygun
Another example out west of people continuing to just say no to the GOP – Why the GOP in Oregon keep losing.
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.
Knox Views
Another biased right wing newspaper article about the minimum wage.
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 Kaos
Leave no congressional seat behind! – The Texas blog-o-sphere is working to line up a candidate for every district.
Wasatch Watcher
The state right wing newspaper slams Utah Republicans on their pathetic fear mongering of immigrants.
Green Mountain Daily
Is there a litmus test for gay marriage in Vermont?  It’s Not What You Think.
Raising Kaine
What are the odds on the Virginia Senate race in 2009.
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.
Uppity Wisconsin
People vs. Money on the Wisconsin health care plan.