The United States of hashtags

February 10

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Imagine you’re clicking around the web, and you come across an illuminating story on the Florida governor’s race. You want to share it with your friends, so you hop over to Twitter, enter a pithy comment, and add the hashtag #sayfie.

Who is Justin Sayfie and why does his name grace tweets about Florida politics? Sayfie, a lawyer and former speechwriter for Jeb Bush, runs Sayfie Review, a website that covers the Sunshine State. If you’re looking for the latest on Florida, that hashtag is your best bet.

But what about other states? A friend of GovBeat asked us that very question. There’s no universal template for state political hashtags — someone should make a list.

Well, ask and ye shall receive. We canvassed our sources around the country in search of the standards for political hashtags in each state. Including tags specific to state legislatures, here’s what we found:

Alabama: #alpolitics

Alaska: #AKLeg, #akpol

Arizona: #azpol, #azpolitics, #azleg

Arkansas: #arpx, #arleg

California: #CALeg, #capolitics

Colorado: #COPolitics, #coleg, #copols

Connecticut: #ctpolitcs, #ctleg

Delaware: #politicsDE, #netDE

District of Columbia: #DCision14

Florida: #sayfie

Georgia: #gapol, #gapolitics

Hawaii: #HInews, #HIleg

Idaho: #IDpol, #idleg

Illinois: #twill

Indiana: #INlegis

Iowa: #iapol, #iacaucus, #iapolitics

Kansas: #ksleg

Kentucky: #kyga, #kypol

Louisiana: #lalege

Maine: #mepolitics, #meleg

Maryland: #MdPolitics, #mdpol, #mdleg

Massachusetts: #mapoli

Michigan: #MIpol, #milegislature, #mileg, #mipolitics

Minnesota: #mnleg, #stribpol

Mississippi: #MSLeg

Missouri: #MOLeg, #Mohouse, #mosenate

Montana: #mtpol, #mtleg

Nebraska: #nepol, #neleg, #unicam

Nevada: #nvpol, #Nvleg, #wematter

New Hampshire: #nhpolitics, #nhleg, #FITN

New Jersey: #NJLeg, #njpolitics

New Mexico: #nmpol, #nmleg

New York: #NYPol, #nypolitics

North Carolina: #NCPol, #ncga, #ncleg

North Dakota: #ndpol, #ndleg

Ohio: #ohpol, #ohleg

Oklahoma: #okpoli, #okpol, #okpolitics, #okleg

Oregon: #orpol, #orleg

Pennsylvania: #papolitics, #pasenate, #pahouse, #papoli

Rhode Island: #ripolitics

South Carolina: #SCTweets, #scpol, #scleg

South Dakota: #SDleg, #SDsen

Tennessee: #tnleg, #tnpolitics, #tnpol, #tnhouse, #tnsenate, #VOLS

Texas: #txlege, #txpoli

Utah: #UTpol, #utleg

Vermont: #vtpoli, #vtleg, #vt

Virginia: #VApol, #vagov, #vaga2014, #vahouse, #vasenate

Washington: #waleg, #waelex

West Virginia: #wvpol, #wvleg, #wvlegis

Wisconsin: #wipolitics

Wyoming: #WYLegis, #wyleg

Did we miss any? Leave any additions in the comments, we’ll check them out.

Reid Wilson covers state politics and policy for the Washington Post's GovBeat blog. He's a former editor in chief of The Hotline, the premier tip sheet on campaigns and elections, and he's a complete political junkie.
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