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This is Isaac of Free State Politics . I've put together this week's
roundup, it was a last-minute effort, so I hope what I've got is complete. Enjoy!


The KY Speaker of the House
Sells Out.
A U.S. Senate candidate forum
for Dem candidates seeking to take on Norm Coleman next year was held Wednesday night.  Photos
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?
Desmoinesdem of Bleeding
Heartland paises Bill Richardson's proposals for
transportation policy.

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.
A Michigan conservative blogger
has an unnatural fondness for hammers. 
Rosen of Calitics wonders why Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger isn't
doing more to stop the GOP electoral vote dirty trick campaign.
 The Polis campaign
(CO-02) hires Jerome Armstrong as their internet political director
Joe Lieberman is going
to spend Sept. 11 not with his constituents, but with
Ann Coulter and Sean Hannity. What a surprise.
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.


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.
John Edwards Hits a
Packed House in Montana
and Wows the Crowd in the Process.
Free State Politics got seriously wonky in discussing
how Maryland can solve its looming budget crisis.
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.
The anti-union factions
in Colorado are delusional.

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.

LP laments the death of the
Alberquerque Tribune.
Romney's comparison of his sons' campaign work to military
service lands him in hot water with an actual soldier's
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.



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



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.



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


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.



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



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



Suburban poverty in
Indiana is on the rise.



Hotflash of Show Me Progress takes on factory
in Missouri.



Conservatism is wreaking
on Washington state schools.



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



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.



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



MySilverState remembers a Las Vegas soldier who
committed suicide.



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



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



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…

Left in Alabama
Congressman Artur Davis’s aides are dropping hints about a gubernatorial run in 2010.
Got formaldehyde-laden trailers you need to get rid of? Bring ’em on down to Arizona, FEMA!
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’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.

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 Liberal
Mike Castle (R-DE) quietly backs the Democrats on the “troop rest period” bill, one Bush has said he’ll veto.
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.
Tondee’s Tavern
More from the world of low-echelon elected Republicans of Georgia…wingnut factor 8, tread carefully
So hey, Hawaiian Public Utilities Commission–Where are the data you promised and allocated $1.2mil for,  about gas refiners working the islands?
43rd State Blues
It’s like data mining, right here in the 50 State Update! Tour the Spud State Review of top Idaho blogs.
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.
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.
Bleeding Heartland
Is a repeat of the 2004 Iowa caucus in the offing for Democrats? Scope the parallels.
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.
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.
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.
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 Liberal
Over at Michigan Liberal,a crazy-thorough analysis of media consolidation in Michigan, complete with stock charts!   Wonky goodness through and though.
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.
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.
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.
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.
New Nebraska
Want to blame someone for California’s toying with proportionate allocation in the electoral college? How about Nebraska? 
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
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
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  >Is Bobcat bidding bye to Bismarck? Bummer.
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
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.
blue oklahoma
The big news in OK, no doubt: Andrew Rice’s challenge to incumbent Sen. Jim Inhofe. Oh, to dream, perchance to flip!
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.
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.
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.
Burnt Orange Report
Rick Noriega has made an ad, and for a bio I think it’s pretty strong.
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!
Wasatch Watcher
Will Utah Congressman Matheson and the rest of the Blue Dogs get the hint about Iraq?
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.
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.
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?
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!