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This week’s round-up once again brought to us by Betsy Muse of BlueNC.

On the eve of the South Carolina primary, those of us near the state are busy canvassing, calling and doing everything we can to stay on top of the local news. Earlier today I pulled up every online newspaper I could find listed for the state and found that the local news was doing a better job than the national media at portraying the race for the Democratic presidential nomination as a three person race.

John Edwards had plenty of press in the local news with at least one or two of the larger papers touting his rise in the polls and a couple of the smaller ones still reporting last week’s news. It was interesting to see that some papers showed only pictures of Clinton and Edwards and at least one paper showed only Barack Obama. Since online “front pages” change frequently, I obviously only had a snapshot of what was being shown at that particular time. However, if it was indicative of the mood of voters in South Carolina, might the national press and the pundits that bloviate therein be out of touch with what’s really going on in South Carolina? I guess we’ll find out on Saturday.

In the meantime, your bloggers at the 50 State Blog Network have been busy.

Here’s your roundup for this week:

North Carolina
   While the Democratic candidates for governor plan for their live-blog debate at BlueNC, the four candidates for Lt. Governor have participated in live debates in Asheville and Fayetteville (Part 1, Part 2). Three of the four have agreed to a live-blog debate at BlueNC.

Utah
   Obama Ad For Utah

Virginia
   BREAKING: FTA Rejects Metro to Dulles Project BREAKING: FTA Rejects Metro to Dulles ProjectBREAKING: FTA Rejects Metro to Dulles Project

Iowa
   desmoinesdem ponders why Iowa has never sent a woman to Congress or elected a woman governor.

Minnesota
   Third-district congressional candidate Ashwin Madia has hit the airwaves ahead of precinct caucuses — read about his ad

Alabama
   jonwil documents the atrocity known as the Alabama Republican Congressional delegation.

California
   Real eminent domain reform has qualified for the ballot, not the Hidden Agendas the right-wing groups are trying to get past the state so that they can ban rent control.

New Jersey
   RUN D.M.C. rocks the New Jersey Statehouse.

Iowa
   Iowa Republican fundraising is even worse than national

Nebraska
   Republican Gov. Dave Heineman is pushing for a super-sized corporate welfare package costing the state more than $60,000 for each job created.

Kentucky
   The Heather Ryan controversy exploded in the KY blogosphere this week, yet the mainstream media was AWOL. Newly elected Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear is apparently taking a pass on making a strong challenge to Mitch McConnell this year, in order to placate a big donor.

New Mexico
   New Mexico Second Congressional Candidate Bill McCamley writes about a true chance for change from the disastrous politics of Rove and governing of Bush.

South Dakota
   Clinton vs. Obama: Tom Daschle Weighs In Clinton vs. Obama: Tom Daschle Weighs In Clinton vs. Obama: Tom Daschle Weighs In

Colorado
   Mark Udall goes to Afghanistanand finds things are not what the Administration says. Mark’s running for Senate this year, too! Governor Bill Ritter urges the use of paper ballots this year after most of Colorado’s voting machines were decertified just a few weeks ago.

West Virginia
   The perennial question of West Virginia teacher pay kicks off a lively debate.

Maryland
   State Senate President Mike Miller meets the bloggers.

Michigan
   Last words on the Michigan presidential primary – how the delegates are awarded

Wisconsin
   At Uppity Wisconsin mal contends writes about US Attorney Stephen Biskupic and his transgressions that could potentially be prosecuted under the Federal Criminal Code.

Arizona
   At AZNetroots they catch John Shadegg exploiting a campaign finance loophole.

Pennsylvania
   Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell endorses Hillary Clinton.

Washington
   At Washblog they’re discussing how to increase the power of Progressives.

Connecticut
   In Connecticut the leglislature will hold public hearings on optical scan elections.

Vermont
   At Green Mountain Daily there’s a discussion about a case where religion has crept into the public schools and it may have been going on for years.

Georgia
   In Georgia, flackattack takes a look at what happens when you ignore electability and is ready to be convinced to vote for “your candidate”. Anybody want to give it a shot?

Texas
   At Burnt Orange Report they take a look at what Democrats have to do to take back the Texas House.

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California
   Arnold Schwarzenegger tries to slowly bleed the state’s high speed rail so that it doesn’t get built.

North Carolina
   NC-03 candidate Marshall Adame is receiving hate mail from BLACKWATER supporters in his district. A good sign for Democrats that Marshall is on the right side of the issue.

Texas
   Texas’ youngest DNC member suggests that his spot be kept as a ‘youth seat’ when elected at this summer’s state convention.

New Jersey
   Will Obama Girl’s magic wear off in the Feb 5th New Jersey Presidential primary?

West Virginia
   Why did West Virginia state supreme court judge Elliott Maynard happen to have lunch and dinner and dinner and lunch in Monaco with coal magnate and serial plaintiff Don Blankenship?

New Mexico
   The always exciting New Mexico Legislative Session kicked off this week with the emphasis on universal healthcare, ethics reform and energy policy. And even a bit of domestic partnership.

Michigan
   Compendium of posts covering the Michigan primary and after-analysis

Rhode Island
   State Rep. Criticizes RI Weapons Manufacturer for Iraq Corruption

Iowa
   desmoinesdem makes the case for Ed Fallon for Congress.

Kentucky
   Mitch McConnell is askeert of a 12-year old girl in Paducah. So askeert that he has apparently threatened to withold funds from their city. Ice cube millionaire Greg Fischer announces for Senate, and the KY grassroots/netroots yawns.

Nebraska
   Congressional Quarterly’s 2007 results are in. Ben Nelson’s 69.8% party loyalty is the lowest of any Democratic Senator but is a far better representation of Nebraska voters than Rep. Adrian Smith’s unthinking and embarrassing 98% loyalty to his Republican masters.

Louisiana
   Rep. Richard Baker resigns, and in the process, opens up LA-06 for the first time since 1986. Plumbing the depths of ol’ conservative standby Louis “Woody” Jenkins belief system … and this is likely to go on for some time, as he just announced his candidacy for LA-06. Meanwhile, in the other special election (LA-01), the Ponchatoula Times endorses Dr. Gilda Reed! And finally, our new Governor, the Ethics Champion, cuts his staff a break on ethics …

Alabama
   Using GOP tax framing against them: After the Alabama Supreme Court overturned (on a party line vote) a $3.6 billion award against Exxon Mobil, Lt. Gov. Jim Folsom proposes simplifying the tax code for oil and natural gas producers.

Virginia
   “The most mean-spirited piece of legislation I have seen” “The most mean-spirited piece of legislation I have seen”“The most mean-spirited piece of legislation I have seen”

Indiana
   Rep. Mark Souder (IN-3) really, really wants to be friends with lobbyists. This week finds that friendship taking a bizarre (but not unexpected) turn.

South Dakota
   Energy policy is changing in this country, and South Dakota is perfectly positioned to contribute to, and benefit from, that change. Energy policy is changing in this country, and South Dakota is perfectly positioned to contribute to, and benefit from, that change. Energy policy is changing in this country, and South Dakota is perfectly positioned to contribute to, and benefit from, that change.

Minnesota
   Goings-on in the Minnesota Senate race, as well as more dumb quotes from the Heir to Katherine Harris, our very own Michele Bachmann.

Arizona
   Bob Lord, the man who is going to retire John Shadegg, has his best fundraising quarter ever.

Colorado
   At Square State they have an in-depth interview with Will Shafroth, one of three candidates vying for the nomination in CD2.

Connecticut
   Jim Himes is making every dollar count while Chris Shays burns through his war chest.

Florida
   Tom Feeney has a fight on his hands in Florida’s 24th Congressional District as Kosmas (D) tops Feeney’s best fundraising quarter in his career.

Georgia
   Bus Drivers continue to organize in Georgia.

Idaho
   Idaho and the politics of sex.

Illinois
   At Prairie State Blue they’re celebrating having two CDs in early Red to Blue fundraising efforst with the DCCC.

Maine
   At Turn Maine Blue they’re discussing how to entice healthcare workers to work in rural areas.

Maryland
   Kweisi Mfume to endorse Donna Edwards.

Massachusetts
   At Blue Mass Group they seem to have had enough of Mitt Romney, but enjoy when Romney gets caught lying.

Nevada
   My Silver State has done an excellent job of providing balanced coverage of the Edwards, Clinton and Obama campaigns.

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New Mexico
   A local reporter created the Muckraker’s Guide to New Mexico, a great resource for any aspiring muckraker in the Land of Enchantment.

Utah
   Another right wing “think tank” working hard to promote bigotry.

Oregon
   Oregon Senate candidate Steve Novick takes another bold progressive stand and says “Put No Child Left Behind out of OUR misery.” The full speech, at Loaded Orygun.

Georgia
   The GOP takes control of Georgia and a top Republican in the legislature is hours from his home and family but minutes from a female lobbyist’s house, drunk driving, gets arrested, and what happens? Well, he avoids justice!

Louisiana
   Landrieu fundraising numbers are WAY ahead of her ’02 pace. Meet Gilda Reed y’all … she’s running for Jindal’s old seat. When will NOLA and the Gulf Region be given the attention it deserves during this Presidential campaign???

Texas
   KT Musselman informs us of one of Texas’ more eclectic Republican U.S. Senate candidates.

West Virginia
   Is Republican Rep. Capito (WV-02) trying to bask in popular Democratic Gov. Manchin’s reflected glory?

South Dakota
   Sen. Tim Johnson Raises Over $700,000 in 4th Quarter Sen. Tim Johnson Raises Over $700,000 in 4th Quarter Sen. Tim Johnson Raises Over $700,000 in 4th Quarter

Virginia
   House Republicans Reject Open Government House Republicans Reject Open Government House Republicans Reject Open Government

Kentucky
   BlueGrassRoots shows how Andrew Horne will cut into Mitch McConnell’s support in rural KY, as he wins over a conservative KY blogger.

Maryland
   Same-sex marriage is on Maryland’s legislative agenda — is it on the agenda of Democrats?

North Carolina
   At BlueNC Robert P. analyzes the choices in North Carolina’s race for Lt. Governor. We’re also celebrating Larry Kissell’s 2 pt lead over Robin Hayes in the latest SEIU poll. Finally, at BlueNC, Linda Cloud provides us with essential information to assist in advocating for children in North Carolina.

New Hampshire
   At Blue Hampshire, state Rep. Jim Splaine asks if 17 year olds who will turn 18 by the general election should be allowed to vote in the New Hampshire primaries.

Iowa
   Demoinesdem puts out a call to fix the problems with the Iowa Caucuses.

Wisconsin
   Will Wisconsin Historical Archives provide proof of Ron Paul’s racist remarks? Head on over to Uppity Wisconsin and find out.

Alabama
   In Alabama a right leaning non-profit gets public funds for its “educational” efforts.

Michigan
   State Senate Democratic Leader Mark Schauer (D-Battle Creek) discusses a statewide initiative to make health care in Michigan a top priority. Video

Washington
   At Washblog, Noemie Maxwell questions whether new Hospital Commissioner is taking steps toward privatization.

Arizona
   At AZNetroots they invite you to hop on board John McCain’s B.S. Bus.

Vermont
   Julie Waters gives us a hilarious, snarky look at the concern trollish diaries found throughout the liberal blogosphere urging Edwards supporters to abandon all hope.

Nevada
   Sven at My Silver State delivers coverage of the (DNC) Convention Conversation Forums.

California
   Calitics features a conversation with Sal Rosselli of UHW on Healthcare Reform

Colorado
   In Colorado professional reporters are working to keep bloggers and other alternative media sources off the floors of the state house and state senate. In Colorado professional reporters are working to keep bloggers and other alternative media sources off the floors of the state house and state senate.In Colorado professional reporters are working to keep bloggers and other alternative media sources off the floors of the state house and state senate.

Go West Virginia Blue!

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We lost our wager with the progressive blog West Virginia Blue over yesterday’s football game between the Mountaineers and Sooners.

Since the Sooners lost (and, man, did they ever lose), blue oklahoma has to promote West Virginia Blue over the next couple of days.

This is not a difficult task. West Virginia Blue is an excellent, progressive political blog. West Virginians should be as proud of this blog as they are about their football team right now.

Here is the blog’s mission statement: “West Virginia Blue is your home for Democratic politics, progressive policies, the good life and free living in Wild, Wonderful West Virginia. We are dedicated to highlighting the work of West Virginia bloggers and fighting for progressive causes that benefit all of us here in West Virginia.”

The blog has featured recent posts dealing with the blogosphere’s love of president contender John Edwards and the state’s former Senate Minority Leader Vic Sprouse. The blog has a nice, clean layout with a lot of interesting visuals.

Take a look through West Virginia Blue, and, remember, progressive blogs like it and blue oklahoma are now operating in all the states.  

 

A Blue Bet

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The wager is on.  The progressive blogs West Virgina Blue and blue oklahoma have come to terms on the bet for tonight’s Fiesta Bowl game between the Mountaineers and Sooners.

Here are the terms: The blog which covers the state with the losing team has to promote the other site with a post once a day for the rest of the week to Friday.

Mister Okrahead, a regular contributor to blue oklahoma, says the Sooners will roll it all out for tonight’s game.

“We have the Sooner Schooner, Sooner Magic, Sooner Swagger, and we are, in fact, a nation to itself, the Sooner Nation.  The Mountaineers stand little chance against these formidable weapons.”

Boomer Sooner!