Hiya BlueNCers. This was our week to pitch in with the 50 state roundup. I volunteered. I hope you enjoy it over the weekend. We don't have anything fancy like ClemG's post last week, just a plain Jane A-Z roundup. Thanks to everyone who sent in submissions - especially to Mike Paulle for saving me with a nice long list of articles complete with links and written in way that made copy/pasting them a breeze. You're a gem, Mike!.
Alabama's Left in Alabama features an excellent piece by Julie on her experiences with the National Healthcare System in England.
In California David Dayen of Calitics outlines how national Dems should take cues from California in the upcoming budget battles. Also at Calitics, California Reps want to change Electoral College from winner-take-all to proportional, causing a potential Blue-to-Red spectrum shift in votes nationally.
In Colorado SquareState has a plethora of goodies to choose from. From wacky things those wingnuts say to wacky things they do, SquareState has them covered. Lamborn: "If we want to win this war, we can": he actually said that. The Macaca blog is apparently up and running: There's a blog that's been around for a few months that seems eerily familiar to CO-GOP chair Dick Wadhams' old antics.
Maura at Connecticut's My Left Nutmeg wonders where Chris Shays has been after his 18th trip to Iraq. He's been silent, but his Dem companion seems to be channeling Shays.
FLA Politics in Florida comments on the elected piggies feeding at the trough.
Prairie State Blue covers the news in Illinois where they saw one Congressman retire (Hastert) and one one Congressman unretire (Gutierrez). In local news, Republicans are losing control of DuPage county so they do what they do best, they change the rules. (And did the Democrats let them?)
According to Bleeding Heartland Iowa gets progressively entrepreneurial. Also, Iowa has first Hillary ad. It’s not invisible here.
Maine complaint? At Turn Maine Blue they have a piece about possible Wikipedia shenanigans by Senator Collins staffer.
In Maryland Free State Politics asks: Why are some Maryland Democrats signing Grover Norquist's anti-tax pledge? Good question.
Blue Mass Group reports that Massachusetts voters hop in the VAN.
In Michigan, Michigan Liberal takes a look at outdated policy surrounding our public forests. Also, Michigan liberals spend money.
At Minnesota Campaign Report they are running a column about Jim Ramstad, who earns his keep in Congress as a "moderate" Republican, but has been pretty loyal to the White House instead of his constituents on Iraq issues.
A Mississippi Republican can’t face an ’08 red state bloodbath. Can’t blame him It’s going to be ugly for Bush apologists. Please take Trent Lott with you, sir. CottonMouthBlog has the story.
At Montana's Left in the West Jay Stevens gives us A little slice of rhetorical pie from Dennis Rehberg
New Nebraska reports on troubling practices by Nebraska vote-counters.
Sven at My Silver State is reporting that Obama is running his ads for the Nevada primary in Spanish.
New Hampshire Dems are disappointed in Congress. What could it mean for primary turnout? Blue Hampshire has the story.
At New Mexico FBIHOP they have an example of a Republican Representative, Steve Pearce, using taxpayer money to attack "liberals".
New York has reports from two blogs. At Daily Gotham is reporting that NYC libs are horrified that Guiliani is running out front. To know him is to not want to know him.
Also in New York The Albany Project has an excellent piece of original investigative reporting. Stop by and watch them unravel The Strange Case of Michael Caputo.
North Carolina's BlueNC reports that Buncombe County Republicans are Feuding openly [Via Scrutiny Hooligans] and RobertP has an awesome mashup of John Edwards' campaign activity in Iowa. Gregflynn reports that another NC Republican County Commissioner is arrested. Oh my!
In Ohio has this headline: College Republicans Fooling Ohioans, Misrepresenting Ohio Universities, with some nice original reporting and commentary. CZawadzki also has a nice piece that tells of a troubling pattern in the Ohio blogosphere.
Loaded Orygun has several stories to choose from. In Oregon "It was a bad week for Senator Gordon Smith. The Eugene Register-Guard accused him of "bending and selectively omitting the facts" about 2002's massive fish kill in the Klamath Basin, his potential election opponent Steve Novick called him out on those facts, and LoadedO's FOIA requests on Smith show a level of involvement and intervention he'd likely rather you not know about. Too bad, Gordon!"
In Rhode Island Russ Conway of Rhode Island's Future points out a great Naomi Klein interview which asks the correct question. Are we as adamant as fascists? Rhode Island's Future also reports on Former Providence Mayor Buddy Cianci who was just released from prison and is now getting a talk-radio gig.
In Texas, Texas Kaos is reporting that Diebold gives up the ghost.
Wasatch Watcher in Utah reveals More negligence in mine collapse, memo shows roof problems in March.
Virginia's Raising Kaine calls Romney a "Giant Foreign Policy Goofball
At West Virginia Blue they are reporting that the Mountain Party is aligning with the Green Party, but a strong third party is still not a reality for the near future.
In Wisconsin Mal Contends of Uppity Wisconsin has a lengthy piece on the Jose Padilla case and "America's descent into fascism".