Local Flavors

I’ve been working like a dog, and doing new and interesting things with beautiful people…actually I just haven’t had that much to say.  I have been paying more attention to local blogs recently.

Here in Oklahoma, one of the better liberal blogs is The Lost Ogle.  The name is an OKC in-joke.  Also, Dustbury and The Oklahoma Observer.  For a not entirely batshit insane conservative take on local politics, The McCarville Report.

Let us know in comments who the local sources are in your areas.  Who should we be reading to get the flavor of local culture and politics?


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    Raven says:

    The Flagpole is DG’s old rag here in Athens. Not really a blog but it’s online. Gina and Tacos was here but he split.

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    nancydarling says:


    I like Barry Friedman from Tulsa, Sooner.

    In Arkansas the best liberal blog is http://www.arktimes.com/

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    jl says:

    ” The Lost Ogle. The name is an OKC in-joke ”

    What is the joke? I am curious.

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    Butch says:

    Michigan Liberal and to a lesser extent Blogging for Michigan are good for local news here.

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    The unfortunately named San Diego Politico is pretty good on the local level. http://www.sandiegopolitico.com/

    State level: Calitics http://www.calitics.com/

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    JPL says:

    For GA politics, political insider at ajc keeps us informed. link The comments are only readable for those with low pressure.

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    👽 Martin says:

    CA bond rating was upgraded today. Governor has a 51% approval rating (and climbing), legislature a 41% approval rating (and climbing). Increased support for gun control in the state, and we already had some of the strongest gun control in the nation.

    Things are looking up.

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    👽 Martin says:

    Via TPM:

    At the risk of reading too deeply into a race that is a little less than four years away, a poll released Thursday suggested that Hillary Clinton could carry the crimson red state of Texas in the 2016 presidential election.

    The latest survey from Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling showed Clinton essentially tied with Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ). She topped Rubio by a single point in the hypothetical matchup, 46 percent to 45 percent, and by only 2 points over Christie, 45 percent to 43 percent. But Texas voters gave Clinton an even wider edge over their own Republican governor and former presidential candidate, Rick Perry, 50 percent to 42 percent. Fifty percent of Lone Star State voters said they have a favorable opinion of Clinton, compared with 43 percent who view her unfavorably.

    This has now become the single greatest argument in favor of Hillary running in 2016. If she could win Texas – the GOP pundits would be apocalyptic. She is, after all, history’s third greatest monster – following Obama and Carter.

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    Riley's Enabler says:

    There are no sane local politics, but I do adore

    In the Pink, Texas

    for a funny view from Austin

    Edited because WTH, WP?

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    Mnemosyne says:

    Not to freak poor Kay out about guns even more than before, but yesterday’s shooting in Phoenix happened because a guy didn’t like the way his arbitration was going. The two dead were the judge supervising the arbitration and the opposing lawyer.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:


    Bookman is usually pretty good.

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    Jerome says:

    I live in Portland, OR, so basically you can just watch Portlandia and that’s it.

    For blogging, I like http://www.wweek.com/portland/ which isn’t awful, but it’s not, like, Pulitzer material or anything.

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    CJ says:

    In Iowa, John Deeth has the inside baseball stuff on local and state legislative elections. Bleeding Heartland and Blog for Iowa are also good sources.

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    Ted & Hellen says:

    DougJ has apparently stolen Sooonergrunt’s password.

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    MikeJ says:

    Since it gets linked here all the time there’s no point in mentioning the Slog. I will point out that even though Goldy now works for them, the blog he started, Horse’s Ass still exists.

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    TG Chicago says:

    If anybody has suggestions for Chicago or Illinois, please share. I do a lousy job of following local politics and I’d like to remedy that.

    Currently, about all I do is read Ben Joravsky’s stuff at the Chicago Reader. Which is great, but I should read more.

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    Woodrowfan says:

    I like Blue Virginia for the Old Dominion.


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    Kitty says:

    In Ohio you can’t beat http://www.plunderbund.com

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    Haydnseek says:

    @Raven: I really like Ed at Gin and Tacos. He moved on due to the vagaries of employment in academia, (I think he’s in Indiana now, could be wrong) but his writings on the site are very good. Doesn’t matter where he is. To those not familiar with the site, check it out.

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    Haydnseek says:

    @👽 Martin: As cynical as I sometimes am, I have to agree. I live in the San Gabriel Valley (CA 32) and even though my old rep is no longer in my district, my new one (and the people in her office) give me a bit of hope. Admittedly easy to say as my district, as well as Los Angeles county is deep blue, but it wasn’t always this way. Eternal vigilance, etc………

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    Soonergrunt says:

    @jl: The Ogle brothers, Kelly, Kent, and Kevin, are all anchors on local news stations, and their father was a fixture in the local news scene for decades.
    The blog proprietor, Patrick Nelson, named the blog after them.

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    burnspbesq says:

    The OC Weekly does a decent job of covering local politics and law enforcement matters, and even if it didn’t, it would be worth looking at for Gustavo Arrelano’s mostly hilarious “Ask a Mexican” column.


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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Haydnseek: Yes, I’m a Gin and Tacos fan too, and try to remember to check it out most days. There are several regular Balloon Juice commenters who also show up with some frequency over there.

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    draftmama says:

    In Montana – Montana Cowgirl


    She is definitely tuned in, and funnily enough completely anonymous which drives the righties crazy. hehe……

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    Yutsano says:

    Can’t recall the name and can’t look it up right now (still at work) but the liberal blogger from Alaska who really had Bible Spice’s number is really good.

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    Geoduck says:

    You’re probably thinking of The Mudflats.

    I tried twice to post about a Seattle-area blog, but I now suspect the name sent it to moderation, so if you Google “HA Seattle”, it’s the second entry that comes up. Another one is The Slog, run by The Stranger weekly.

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    Lord Omlette says:

    Blue Jersey and NJ Spotlight are pretty good for New Jersey news.

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    danielx says:

    Doghouse Riley has frequent commentary on the fetid cesspool referred to as Indiana Politics. Nice line in vitriol, too.

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    FlyingToaster says:

    For Massachusetts:

    BlueMassGroup is our best lefty blog (and links to the more local blogs)

    RedMassGroup is our sane what-EisenhowersGOP-would-be righty blog.

    I also follow lefty blogs in NH, ME and CT, but I think someone who lives there might have better insight than I.

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    Monkus says:

    Although infrequent, Waldo Jaquith in VA.

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    centerfielddj says:

    I agree with an earlier shout-out for Calitics and its good, detailed work on California politics. They often are a little slow in putting up new posts on their front page, but it’s an acceptable flaw; what does make the page is usually top notch.

    In the San Francisco Bay Area, East Bay Citizen does a great job muckraking in local politics, and has broken plenty of stories. Since the Bay Area News Group, the publisher of literally ALL local newspapers in the region, sucks major ass (surprise!), it’s been particularly valuable to have another talented journalist who can break news and have it reach enough of the public that, on certain discreet issues, the reports have started ripples which turned into outcome-changing waves. Oh, and he writes entertainingly too.

    One of my favorite muckraking reports from the site:


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    Read Blue Hampshire for a progressive take on New Hampsire. Some very good writing and comment threads for such a small state. I don’t know if a sane GOP blog exists but plenty of the Free State types writing gibberish if you want to find it.

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