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This is going to be a long weekend, and there are lots of great stories from around the blogosphere to keep you busy.  In honor
of the Labor Day holiday, we will start off with some posts about workers.  This week's roundup is brought to you by Mooncat of
Left in Alabama.  If any blogs were accidentally left out, be assured that it's due to incompetence rather than malice.

Utah
  In Utah, Tower mine co-owner
Bob Murray has laid off
300 mine workers
.  Wasatch Watcher's marshall has the
story.  Way to celebrate Labor day, Mr.
Murray!

Wisconsin
  Uppity Wisconsin is looking
at Fighting
Bob Fest
as a good opportunity for activists concerned about
factory farms to get organized.

Georgia

  MoreLights takes
American Eagle
to task for not using its money, power and
influence to ensure the workers at its contractor's warehouse are
treated fairly and justly.

More below the fold. 

On Blogs and Media, Rights and Other Stuff

Colorado
  Gunny Bob
likes throwing the word Nazi around
and calling liberal blogs hate
groups.  It's time to push back.

Iowa

  The biggest news out of Iowa is the striking
down of the state's ban on gay marriage
.  The case will
be appealed to the state supreme court, but it's a start!

In Louisiana, Foster Campbell Goes On the
Air

Congressman Steve Rothman exposes the false
talking-points
and explains why the SCHIP program is
vital

New York
  Inspired by the 50 State Blog
Roundup, The
Albany Project and Daily Gotham Started a New York Blog
Roundup.

TXSharon smacks a
professor upside the head at TexasChaos for insinuating that if oil
companies can't drill in her backyard, the terrorists have
won.

On
Iraq 
 

Arizona

  Bobby Muller of Veterans for
America challenges Arizona Senator John Kyl to really
support our troops
, by voting for the Tauscher Bill which would
give them a fair deployment policy.

Colorado

  Zappatero wonders where Colorado
representatives
will come down on the troop surge in Iraq. 
Will they listen to their consciences or listen to the
spin?

Indiana
  Rep. Steve "Nuke 'em
All" Buyer told Sen. Richard Lugar and the rest of the GOP to shut
up
and be quiet about the Iraq War. Blue Indiana questions whether
Buyer has a leg to stand on when it comes to foreign relations.

Maine
  Mike Nutter points out that
Rep.
Tom Allen and every member of the Maine delegation except Republican
Susan Collins
took a stand to end the war.  Way to keep the
pressure on!

Pennsylvania
  Rep. Jason Altmire expects Gen.
Petraeus to recommend a timeline
for reducing troops in
Iraq.  phillydem hopes Altmire makes the connection between the
billions spent in Iraq and the lack of money to help flood victims in
his own district.

While aging politicians argue over the
definition of "success" in a surge,  Fake Consultant at
TexasKaos
reminds us poignantly that young men and women are still being parted
from their families.

On Holding Electeds
Accountable

Connecticut

  On the second anniversary of
Hurricane Katrina, tparty gives Senator Chris Dodd kudos for working
to get
NOLA and the Gulf Coast back on track
, but Connecticut's other
Senator, Joe Lieberman, only gets a lump of
coal.

Minnesota

  A revised
version
of a state fair fan with some interesting information
about Governor Pawlenty and his minion, Lt. Governor Carol
Molnau.

Missouri
  Activist judges are in the
eye of the beholder.  Howard Beale says the Missouri
governor will seek the help of an activist judge
to overturn a
recent court decision on campaign finance.

New
Hampshire

  In New Hampshire, Dean Barker
wants to make sure waterboarding
water carrier Sen. John Sununu
does not get a free pass for
supporting Alberto Gonzales long after most of us realized he might
not be the right man for the job.

At Free State Politics, we considered
the relevance
of Open Left's Bush Dog campaign in the state of
Maryland.

New Jersey
  A Blue Jersey diarist
questions Rep. Rob Andrews (D-1) apparent
support
for Chertoff as Attorney General, asking "Is Rob
Andrews Serious?"

DocHoc thinks Oklahoma Sen. Jim
Inhofe should get busy hunting terrorists
instead of doves. 
Really now, doves are much easier for Republicans to
find.

Ohio
  Ohio's Blue Dog Reps
Charlie Wilson (OH-6) and Zach Space (OH-18) are Wifflers


Virginia

  At Raising
Kaine
, Rob outs another Republican flip-flopper.

West Virginia
  Carnacki takes pity on
Republican State Senator Vic Sprouse
after he crashed his
political future on the shoals of hypocrisy.

On
Elections

Alabama
  After an interview with Benjamin Lodmell,
Mooncat thinks he is a very good challenger for Republican Jo Bonner
in AL-04.

California
  In California, David Dayen
reports that Republicans
are lining up to run against Congressman John Doolittle
in the
Republican primary.  How sad.

Illinois

  PrairieStateBlue is trying to put
together a questionnaire
for Congressional candidates
, do you have suggestions? Do you want
to try it in your state or district?

Massachusetts

  David says keep an
eye on the MA-05 race
.  Polling indicates this one is about
to get interesting.

Montana
  Vote by mail looks to be increasing
turnout
in a Missoula city election.  Jay Stevens has the
story.

New Mexico
  In New Mexico, prominent
local progressive blogs back begun the Beat Back
Bush
campaign to help defeat Republican members of Congress in
President Bush's pocket. 

Two North Carolina
Democratic stars
are going at it for the gubernatorial
nomination.  Anglico has the story, but wishes one of them would
enter the Senate race instead.

On
Republicans 

Florida Politics counts the ways
the GOP
has not been good to Florida
.  Of course, the possible loss
of presidential delegates to the party conventions is another
one.

Georgia
  Saxby
Chambliss
goes to Vietnam – 30 years too
late.

Michigan
  Wingnut group wants to recall
Michigan legislators
.. they're threatening a recall before the
tax vote even happens.

Texas
  The Texas GOP straw poll Sept
1 is looking
very lonely
, reflecting the party's declining
importance.

Vermont
  Last, but definitely not least, in
Class
Warfare – Making Sure That The Wealthy Get Their Share and Yours
Too
, bobhiggins dissects an email from the Heritage
Foundation.  This is a must read!

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!