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Why the National Motto is Misguided

I have a simple request. Stop placing, “In God We Trust” on the back of your Police Vehicle.

In 2015, some police departments started putting the motto, “In God We Trust” on the back of their city’s police vehicles. This move by Police officers was met with both praise and criticism.

The critics say that it violates the separation of church and state, while supporters say that it’s our nation’s motto, and displaying it on police vehicles is patriotic.

A Sherriff from a police department in the Florida panhandle, Frank McKeithen, said in an interview with The Washington Post that he’s not trying to hide that the phrase is religious and that morals and ethics is what law enforcement is supposed to be about.

Before I get into the argument about the motto, I first want to say that Law enforcement is not about one’s personal religious morals. While our laws are based on a belief system, I would argue that that belief system does not come from religion, and it would even be dangerous if it was based on any religion at that.

Now let’s get back to the discussion at hand. While, “In God We Trust”, is our nation’s motto, I feel like the majority of citizens don’t know the history behind how it got to be just that.

Before “In God We Trust” was made our nation’s motto in 1956, three of our founding fathers, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and Benjamin Franklin were tasked to make a seal and a motto for the new nation.

Let’s take a quick look at these three men’s opinions on religion. Franklin was a deist who didn’t believe in the divinity of Jesus Christ.

Adams, as president, signed the Treaty with Tripoli in 1797, which reassured the nation of Tripoli, that the United States was not founded, in any sense, on the Christian religion. Jefferson actually created his own bible and left out all the miracles that came with Christ, including the divine birth and resurrection.

After many debates and drafts, the three men decided on the seal we still use to this day, the American Bald Eagle clutching thirteen arrows in one talon, and an olive branch in the other. The only motto that survived the committee is “E Pluribus Unum” which means, from many, one. This motto also appears on the seal.

Fast forward to the year 1864. This is when “In God We Trust” was first placed on a U.S. coin. During this time, the Civil War was still going on and religious sentiment reached a peak. Then on the 30th of July, 1956, President Dwight D. Eisenhower officially made “In God We Trust” the nation’s motto. Now, why would he do this?

Let’s look at this time period. The Cold War was at a fever pitch. A witch hunt started a couple of years earlier for any government official that was thought to be a Communist, this was called the Red Scare. This witch hunt was led by Republican Senator Joseph McCarthy. McCarthy would accuse many government officials of being members of the communist party.

McCarthy’s accusations were so intimidating, that few people dared to speak out against him. Despite the lack of any proof, McCarthy’s investigation caused more than 2,000 government employees to lose their job.

Thanks to the Red Scare, McCarthyism and people thinking communists were God-less people, McCarthy led the push to add the phrase, “Under God” to the Pledge of Allegiance in 1954. Two years later, “In God We Trust” was officially adopted as our National motto.

By placing that motto on police vehicles, you are going against what our founding fathers wanted this great nation to be, an inclusive place where everybody feels welcome regardless of their religion beliefs or lack thereof.

If you truly want to represent every citizen and be patriotic by placing a motto on the back of your police car, I suggest doing so by using the original motto, “E Pluribus Unum” or the opening line of our Constitution, “We the People.”

The 50-State Roundup

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New Mexico
   The greatest YouTube video you will ever see, featuring Republican candidate for House in NM-01, Darren White. He’s telling us to just say no. Impossible not to watch more than once.

Virginia
   How Virginia Won’t Close Its Budget Gap, and How It Should How Virginia Won’t Close Its Budget Gap, and How It ShouldHow Virginia Won’t Close Its Budget Gap, and How It Should

California
   CA-12: Tom Lantos could get a challenge from former state senator Jackie Speier.

Michigan
   The Michigan January 15th primary is back on!

North Carolina
   At BlueNC we’re putting together a resource that will help our readers Buy Blue in North Carolina this holiday season and throughout the year.

Kentucky
   Gunterman calls out Markos and Jonathon Singer of MyDD. MediaCzech gives us yet another reason why Mitch McConnell has got to go. Getting rid of McConnell is getting easier as he loses support of Independents.

Nevada
   My Silver State asked the candidates Nevada related questions that weren’t asked at the debate. Thus far, Chris Dodd, John Edwards, Barack Obama, and Mike Gravel have responded.

Alabama
   Alabama Gov. Bob Riley hates elections.

Colorado
   SquareState issues an open invitation to blogger boot camp. Congressional District 2 candidate, Jared Polis, announced his plans to visit Iraq over Thanksgiving.

Connecticut
   Lamont roasts Lieberman and My Left Nutmeg gives us a recap.

West Virginia
   At West Viriginia Blue they’re wishing Senator Robert C. Byrd (D – Beloved) a happy 90th birthday.

Washington
   At Washblog, BryceM reports on Mitt Romney’s meeting with Microsoft’s PAC. Don’t miss this great first-hand report.

Vermont
   In Signs, Polls and Conventional Wisdom Green Mountain Daily discusses Governor Douglas’s re-election prospects.

Utah
   Over at Wasatch Watcher, Marshall informs us that Attorney General Mark Shurtleff is endorsing a company that could very likely be committing fraud.

Delaware
   Delaware Dem laments Joe Bidens way with words but pegs him for Secretary of State.

Georgia
   They’re discussing water woes in Georgie which is the norm in the south these days.

Idaho
   At 43rd State Blues:Democracy for Idaho there is a series of videos of speeches from the Ada County JFK banquet.

Iowa
   Don’t miss the 6th in a series of diaries on how the Iowa Caucuses work hosted at Bleeding Heartland and written by DemoinesDem.

Indiana
   At Blue Indiana there’s good news in the polls for Democrats.

Texas
   Subprime Lending in Texas is being discussed at Burnt Orange Report. Subprime Lending in Texas is being discussed at Burnt Orange Report.Subprime Lending in Texas is being discussed at Burnt Orange Report.

New Hampshire
   Elwood makes the case for New Hampshire going first in the presidential primaries.

Massachusetts
   Blue Mass Group covers the Boston Herald’s Obama/Osama mix up in their dead tree version with pic.

Oregon
   Oregon’s College Dems go after Gordon Smith. See the video at Loaded Orygun.

Minnesota
   Quick review of the just-released Almanac of American Politics, 2008 edition.

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Oregon
   The media start to prick their ears to the primary race, now that '07 elections are over.

 

Nevada
   John Ensign, Nevada's junior Senator and head of the NRSC, is utterly optimistic by privately saying that he expects a net loss of two seats for Republicans in the Senate.

 

{the rest of the roundup below the fold!} 

Nevada
   Sven at My Silver State is wondering if Hillary is giving up on the SEIU Nevada endorsement.

California 
   Desalinization will be a major part of the West's water future. Is that a good thing?

Maryland 
   The regressive tax package currently in Maryland's General Assembly is the fault of… progressive Montgomery County?

Louisiana
   More special interest funding of GOP candidates …

Louisiana
   The REAL heroes are the ones who stayed to rebuild New Orleans …

New Mexico 
   Albuquerque Mayor Martin Chavez is attacking Tom Udall before the primary.

Michigan 
   The latest on Michigan's on-again/off-again presidential primary

West Virginia
   The latest front in Bush's Appalachian War: "Immunity" For Mining Companies

North Carolina 
   Lt. Governor and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Bev Perdue posts live at BlueNC to introduce her new webpage dedicated to building a new North Carolina.

Utah 
   Another Republican just helping out his buddies – Cheney's secret nuclear power deregulation and Tilton's scam on Utah

Alabama 
   An AP reporter erred in saying Judge Deborah Bell Paseur announced her candidacy for the Alabama Supreme Court in front of a sign about a recent ruling in favor of Exxon/Mobil, but the error is being repeated and embellished in the Alabama press.

Nebraska 
   Kyle laments that the state's entire Congressional delegation has signed Grover Norquist's anti-government tax pledge, including Democratic Senator Ben Nelson.

Nebraska 
   Kyle celebrates that the first statewide polling released in a long time shows President Bush with a lowly 41% approval rating.

Arizona 
   John McCain's mother campaigns with her son for the first time.. and immediately offends Mormons on Hardball.

 

Colorado 
   They're getting ready for the convention in Denver, and Howard Dean stopped by again to show folks around the place. Looks like new media will be prominently credentialed!

Connecticut 
   A guest appearance by Rep. Chris Murphy graces the 'Nutmeg, subject Iraq: not another dime except for redeployment.

Delaware 
   Are Saturday elections offensive to Jewish people?

Florida 
   Joe Garcia, Miami-Dade Democratic Chair, is considering and being drafted for a run against incumbent Mario Diaz-Balart (R) in the 25th district.

Georgia 
   Dale Cardwell triangulates against progressives on immigration to help get support against Saxby Chambliss.

Idaho 
   Boise businessman Walt Minnick joins the field of Democrats looking to unseat (R) Bill Sali. He joins Larry Grant and Rand Lewis, already announced.

Illinois 
   Prarie State Blue stays closer to Dan Lipinski's corruption scandal than white on rice, exposing the family's fake children's charity.

Indiana 
   Indiana's (literally) dirty secret: 3rd in the nation for CO2 output

 

Iowa 
   Presidential endorsements by state legislative officials? You want em, Bleeding Heartland has em!

Kentucky
   Rep. John Yarmuth confronts the BS emanating from the State Department Inspector General, and smacks it down, hard.

 

Maine 
   Sen. Susan Collins says she needs $8mil to win her race…but don't worry, she'll mostly be asking people not from Maine. (Really!)

Massachusetts 
   The Mass GOP goes Kevin Bacon in Animal House, shouting "All is wellll!" while Republicans continue to panic. 

Minnesota 
   Steve Sarvi, DFL candidate in the 2nd district, and perhaps part of Fightin' Dems Wave Two- raw, but just what folks are looking for?

Missouri
   Gov. Blunt did not like having an ex-staffer reveal that the Office deletes his work emails!

 

Missouri 
   House Armed Services Chair Ike Skelton reminded folks in Kansas City about Iraq: It's the Readiness, Stupid.

Montana 
   Montana's only Constitution Party legislator looks to put a "fetus as person" bill onto the ballot for next year. Good luck with all that.

New Hampshire 
   Sununuism: Look Smart, Do Nothing.

New Jersey 
   Gov. Corzine proposes to slash the state's debt a nickel at a time, borrowing from future toll revenues. 

 

New York
   Steve Harrison campaigns in Manhattan to replace NYC's only GOP Congressman, Vito Fossella. 

New York 
   Iraq vet Jon Powers, running in NY-26, gets Wesley Clark's endorsement.

Ohio
   Quinnipiac polling suggests Gov. Strickland won't necessarily carry Ohio as someone's VP.

Ohio 
   And here's Mrs. Strickland, talking about Hillary

 

Pennsylvania 
   PA schools are running nearly $5bil short of necessary funding, and need an immediate sextupling of the per-student rate. Yowza!

Rhode Island 
   RI writer Tom Sgouros notes taxes are just taxes–until you ask who pays them.

South Dakota
   SD makes the list of 16 "Zero Star" states failing to seek and use cleaner energies.

Tennessee 
   Got a ban like Knoxville's on new billboard advertising? Maybe you should go digital to skirt it…like they did in Knoxville. 

Texas 
   Netroots Nation comes to Austin!

Texas
   Property taxes, Demagogues, and Schools

Vermont 
   Hooray for Sen. Leahy, who end-arounded Arlen Specter an
d got telcomm immunity stripped
from the likely FISA bill draft out of committee!

Virginia 
   Anti-immigrant sentiment flares in the Richmond suburb of Chesterfield County. 

— 
Washington

 George Fearing, Fearless to Challenge Doc Hastings in the 4th

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Wisconsin
   Uppity Wisconsin discusses the disquieting implications of the US Attorney scandal on all prosecutions.

West Virginia
   WV Blue has Senator Rockefeller’s statement, and a translation from Capitulating Weasel to English.

Washington
   Washblog is taking on the question of media ownership in a pragmatic way by encouraging readers to support local community radio station, KSER. They share some fairly compelling reasons to do so.

Virginia
   Raising Kaine reports that a Red Storm is definitely not rising in online campaign fundraising.

Vermont
   Seems like almost everyone in the state of Vermont has been mentioned as a potential gubernatorial candidate. Green Mountain Daily tries to sort out wheat from chaff.

Utah
   Utah’s residential treatment programs: Eight dead kids and counting…

Texas
   Texas Kaos is keeping track of the numbnuttery of Texas legislators between sessions. They may need to add staff. Texas State Senator Kevin Eltife is concerned about a condom crisis at U Tyler. The crisis is that the university clinic is making condoms available to college students-who would never THINK about having sex without free condoms. Of course.

Texas
   Texas bloggers were vocally unhappy (as were a lot of other activists) when some members of the Democratic Legislative Caucus split to support powerhappy Speaker Tom Craddick. Primaries are afoot for many of the Iscariot Caucus, and some of the”Iscariot Caucus” are deciding to call it a day rather than face their constituents.

Tennessee
   Drug resistance staph is on the rise in Tennessee, Knoxviews reports.

South Dakota
   Badlands Blue takes a look at Why Cellulosic Ethanol is the Way to Go.

Rhode Island
   Apparently, nothing is too good for the walls of the Carcieri Administration in Rhode Island. Certainly not a few crushed pearls in the wall treatment.

Pennsylvania
   In a story whose headline says it all, Keystone Politics reports PA Senate moves to ban bonuses for legislative aides

Oregon
   Bill Bradbury, current Secy of State and former Senate nominee against Gordon Smith, lays out in this video from the Oregon Democratic Summit ’07 why Oregon doesn’t need a Red Senator in a Blue State.

Oklahoma
   Blue Oklahoma makes sure that John Sullivan’s vote against health care for kids is duly noted, even though he overlooked mentioning it in his latest constituent communication. An oversight, we’re sure Rep. Sullivan will appreciate having corrected.

Ohio
   And in a Rules are for OTHER People Doubleheader, Buckeye State Blog notes that Bob Latta gets smacked around by the normally very genteel (and non-partisan) folks at Project Vote Smart.

Ohio
   As Ohio Goes reports the latest episode of Ohio Republicans’ long running series “Rules are for OTHER People”, This ep takes place in Upper Arlington.

North Dakota
   When some right winger tries to tell you Ann Coulter doesn’t represent the Republican Party, ask them why North Dakota Public Service Commissioner Kevin Cramer calls Acid Annie one of his favorite people“. Ah, that’s some real heartland values, Kevin.

North Carolina
   Astroturf Rising in NC. Fortunately, Blue NC is on top of the developments.

New York
   Daily Gotham has some exiting news from Rensselaer County. Andrew C. White is running for local office. Let’s hear it for Stephentown!

New York
   As Rudy Guliani continues his campaign to be the Fearmonger in Chief, the Albany Project is on the story of Rudy and the Radios asking questions that deserve answers.

New Mexico
   In New Mexico, Democrats are trying hard to draft Tom Udall to run for the open Senate seat.

New Jersey
   The latest installment in Bush’s Occupation are noted by Blue Jersey. NJ National Guard Facing Largest Deployment since WW II.

New Hampshire
   Blue Hampshire takes a look at what may become an increasingly relevant question in a lackluster Republican presidential field. Who can beat Huckabee?

Nevada
   My Silver State reports that the Nevada Caucus date will stay where it is.

Nebraska
   As part of an ongoing discussion on the state of the Nebraska Democratic Party, the New Nebraska Network looks at registration and voting trends over a fair number of years.

Montana
   Left in the West is keeping an eye on FCC Commissioner Kevin Martin’s latest scheme to clear the way for more Clear Channel megalopolies. Fire up your dialing finger, and let your opinion be known.

Missouri
   Show Me Progress, meanwhile, is keeping an eye on Matt”Baby” Blunt’s financials. Seems that while he denies fundraising in the Governor’s Mansion, his campaign report tells a different story.

Missouri
   Fired Up Missouri takes the St Louis Post Dispatch to task for what should be an appalling ethical lapse-but is all too common. Letting a right-wing hatchetwoman opine as if she were a disinterested observer shouldn’t even be a close call, but apparently no worries for the P-D.

Mississippi
   Cottonmouth Blog follows the creative response of State Lege candidate Jim Payne to the mystery of the disappearing campaign signs. He’s incorporated it into his campaign ads. Check out the videos.

Minnesota
   Minnesota Campaign report has a two part (at this time) series with MN-02 candidate Steve Sarvi. Excellent work.

Michigan
   Could there be another Michigan government shutdown? The budget still isn’t done, and the clock is ticking.

Massachusetts
   Blue Mass Group has reassuring words for any Californians nervous that the Governator’s small steps toward protecting LGBT families threatens their own marital status. So, Let California Ring!

Maryland
   A Maryland state lawmaker decries the culture of secrecy surrounding political appointments in Montgomery County.

Maine
   Turn Maine Blue has the story of just how incompentent Lance Dutson to run an advertising campaign. (Hint, he not only can’t get it together to do a Google ad, he thinks nothing of trumpeting the fact.) Once again, reality out satires satire.

Louisiana
   LA-GOV: Jindal Proves He’s Got No Heart

Louisiana
   LA-GOV: Jindal campaign accepts hundreds of thousands in ethically and legally questionable contributions

Louisiana
   A Democrat refuses to apply the law equally to Republicans … only in Louisiana, kids!

Kentucky
   BlueGrassRoots is feeling the Yarmuth! love after the freshman Rep stood up for the Constitution. More and BETTER Democrats.

Indiana
   So, how stupid is the Indiana Republican Party? Stupid enough to send mail to South Bend from Indianapolis dissing that fair city. That’s several bales of stupid, for those of you keeping score at home.

Illinois
   Prairie State Blue is following the Kabuki theatre surrounding Dennis Hastert’s resignation, and what will happen after the Hokey Pokey antics are over, and IL-14 needs a new representative.

Idaho
   G43rd State Blues pulls a thread on the so-called Idaho Hall of Fame (newest inductee in the Wide Stance Wing, Sen Larry Craig). Leads to a few questions, including whether it’s not more properly a “Hall of Shame”.

Georgia
   GWelcome news over at Tondee’s Tavern as well. Josh Lanier is forming an exploratory committee for a run against Saxby Chambliss. Run, Josh, RUN.

Florida
   Good news out of South Florida. Fla Politics reports “No More Free Ride for South Florida Republicans”. Suh-weet.

Connecticut
   My Left Nutmeg has some local shenanigans to keep an eye on in Danbury. Seems there’s a lot of coincidence in Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton’s finances. A LOT of coincidence.

Colorado
   At Square State, they’ve got the skinny on when a civil rights initiative ain’t. When Ward Connerly decides to export some cranky California crazy to tamp down affirmative action,don’t just say no. Say”hell no”.

California
   Calitics is keeping an eye on what passes for healthcare reform in Schwarzenegger’s fevered brain. Still stinks. Bet you’re as surprised as we are.

Alabama
   Alabama’s 5 Republican Congressman voted against working families to support Bush’s veto of S-CHIP reauthorization. Alabama needs fewer Republican Congressmen.

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Alabama
   Alabama Democrats pound Republican incumbents over SCHIP vote.

California
   The California Dream Act, which would provide for financial aid for ALL students, is now on the Governor’s Desk. Take Action Today.

Maryland
   The state of play on SCHIP doesn’t look good, but in Maryland we do have some options.

Michigan
   More about the Presidential primary mess in Michigan.

Michigan
   On Wednesday, the UAW struck Chrysler for half a day. This follows on the heels of the 2-day GM strike last month.

Nevada
   Martin Heinrich may be running for Congress in New Mexico but he was born in Fallon, Nevada. He shares his childhood memories with My Silver State.

New Mexico
   The surprising retirement of Republican Senator Pete Domenici created a domino effect, which New Mexico FBIHOP explored in a five part series, the final part coming today.

Nebraska
   Republican Congressman Lee Terry of Omaha cast one of only two votes AGAINST freeing the leader of Myanmar’s democratic movement. New Nebraska Network’s Mike Nellis wants an explanation.

West Virginia
   Among other offenses, West Virginia right-wing columnist Don Surber shows no decency in attacking the Frost family.

Texas
TxSharon at Bluedaze finds that it’s no longer safe to go into the water in Texas. Meanwhile, Brains and Eggs reveals the sordid tale of Sharon “Killer” Keller, the presiding judge of Texas’ Court of Criminal Appeals, where “justice for all” closes at 5pm – sharp. Blue 19th discovers Rattlebrain Randy Neugebauer likes disasters.

New Jersey</em
Blue Jersey’s Huntsu asks WTF ??? with the federal attorney publicizing the arrests of Democrats but not Republicans? Meanwhile, I explain why the NJGOP cannot win (Hint: We know what they stand for).

Arizona
AzNetroots ponders the Art of Not Playing Into the Enemies Hands. And Blog for Arizona gleefully discovers that the GOP is gearing up on immigration – an issue that cost them dearly last election cycle.

Iowa
Bleeding Heartland wonders why Joe Biden is campaigning with Sam Brownback – there’s a reason, but it’s a dumb-as-hell one.

New Hampshire
Blue Hampshire uncovers more asshattery by John Sunnunu. The Liberal Patriot has noticed Americans want the war funding cut – has Congress?

Indiana
Blue Indiana points the finger at a lying “Christian Conservative” organization (that’s about the only kind there is, right?).

Oklahoma
Blue Oklahoma believes that kids deserve decent schools and maybe health insurance, too.

Vermont
Green Mountain Daily knows – anti-tax nuts are everywhere. The Vermont Daily Briefing has a voice in their pocket – but it keeps saying “dese” and “dem”.

Montana
Left in the West says “We love us some Democrats!” – Maybe because they fight for kids

Illinois
Prairie State Blue reports victory in pressuring Baron Hill and looks at growing up in GITMO.

Virginia
Raising Kaine reports that Virginia is turning more blue than purple – maybe because Republicans can help being dicks.

Colorado</em
Dick Armey (that’s his real name) has some choice words about James Dobson. Square State also has the sickest deportation story you’re likely to hear today.

New York
Joe Brunno ripped off taxpayers – guess which party he’s in?

Georgia
Where did the water go? Maybe the drought is God punishing Glenn Richardson’s insane 20% sales tax plan.

Maine
Stupid Republican tricks. Turn Maine Blue also discusses single payer healthcare.

Utah
Why can’t the voucher people play fair – did they have a bad playground experience?

And, in case you’ve been dead, Al Gore won the Nobel Prize for Peace.

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Has it been a good political week? A bad one? Depends on where in America you are. Have a peek at the headlines from around the 50-State Blog network:

New Jersey
Chairman Andrews discusses what’s next with ENDA.

Texas
When a judge wields the power of life and death and considers regular office hours more important than ensuring that power is, well, judicicious, then it’s time to impeach Judge Sharon Keller.

Michigan
Michigan government shut down on early Monday morning. It’s back, but the media is at least partially complicit in what happened.

Georgia
A new name pops up in Georgia as a potential candidate to run against Sen. Saxby “Shamless”.

More after the break

Minnesota
Joe Bodell gives us a roundup of the DFL Founders’ Day Dinner

Iowa
Simon Stevenson reminds us why Tom Harkin is the best senator ever

Indiana
Blue Indiana gives us the scoop on how Republican Mitch Daniels corporate friends are helping him buy a new image

Illinois
PrairieStateBlue reports on a major recuitment for the Democrats in the IL-11 Race

Nebraska
Clinton-Nelson 08? Don’t count on it says Kyle Michaelis of the New Nebraska Network

Nevada
The most common thing in the world: putting a sign in your window to show your support for the troops and call for ending the war, and another one for your favorite candidate (in this case Obama). No problem, right? Well not in the dorms at the University of Nevada Reno. Now, even the ACLU got involved. An infringement of free speach?

Iowa
Find out the public finance limits on the John Edwards campaign in Iowa at Bleeding Heartland.

Nevada
A married couple from Nevada, one is a Democrat, one is a Republican. Now, they tell their story on how they settled on a presidential candidate. And a Democrat at that!

West Virginia
Republican Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (WV-02) doesn’t care about West Virginia flood victims

Alabama
Left In Alabama thinks the Siegelman case is about to run under some interesting Republican doors, such as Alabama’s junior Senator, Jefferson Beauregard Sessions, III.

Arizona
Az Netroots reaches out internationally to join the Burma Newsladder at a critical time for that beautiful and tortured nation.

California
Calitics has a few ideas for State Treasure Bill Lockyer on how to balance the budget. Think outside the box, Bill.

Colorado
In a very meta posting, a Squarestate diarist shares his experience of local blogging. Hint: it’s a place a blogger can have a big impact.

Colorado
Pacified’s had enough. Defund the Mercs.

Connecticut
Is Joe Lieberman on the list of superdelegates for the Democratic National convention?

Idaho
Poor Senator Wide Stance-he drew a Judge who thinks a college education and six weeks to think about it is enough to inform a guilty plea. Sorry, Lar.

Colorado
Local marijuana campaign SAFER put up a billboard asking Ricky Williams to come play for the Bronocos.

Colorado
There’s a rumor that Larimer county GOP chair Ed Haynes may resign due to his racist outburts.

Kentucky
Majority Leader Mitch McConnell puts himself squarely in Rush Limbaugh’s corner. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell puts himself squarely in Rush Limbaugh’s corner.Majority Leader Mitch McConnell puts himself squarely in Rush Limbaugh’s corner.

Maine
Turne Maine Blue calls for a national popular vote, NOW.

Utah
Vouchers are being stuffed down Utah’s throat – get the latest Utah Voucher news of the shenanigans by out of state voucher supporters.

Maryland
The lone Maryland congressman to vote against reauthorizing SCHIP is feeling the heat.

Alabama
Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions just noticed his pro-bank legislation gives him the appearance of a conflict of interest. He and his wife not only own stock in companies the legislation would benefit, but the financial industry is one of his biggest contributors.

Oregon
The Eugene Register-Guard’s new Politics blog doesn’t think much of the DSCC getting involved and picking Jeff Merkley over Steve Novick for the Oregon Senate primary.

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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.