Hundreds of loyal Fixistas responded to our call to nominate the best political blog (or blogs) in each of the 50 states.
We got blog comments, tweets, Facebooks messages and plain old emails with recommendations about the best of the best. And, after a painstaking search through all of the nominations, we’ve aggregated them below. Starting tomorrow, you will also be able to find the full list on the left rail of this blog under the decidedly creative “The Best State Political Blogs” tab.
A few observations and caveats before we get to the list:
* The best political blogs list is entirely driven by Fix readers and commenters. Many of the blogs below are partisan and may use language and/or images that neither The Fix nor the Washington Post condones. To be clear, we are not endorsing the view of the blogs on the list. Instead we intend to serve as a gateway for interested political junkies to pick and choose your favorites.
* In a handful of states, one blog — or sometimes two — were recommended far more than others. In those cases — Sayfie Review for Florida, Capitol Fax for Illinois, Plunderbund for Ohio — the blog leads the state list and is in bold. In all other cases, the blogs are listed in alphabetical order.
* Minnesota continues to have a very active political blog culture. Eight Minnesota blogs made our list, the most for any state other than Florida, which put nine on the list. California and, interestingly, Nevada, each had seven sites makes the list.
* There are a number of sites listed that are not purely blogs but rather primarily do news aggregation. They have been included for one simple reason: If the site is one that politicos in a certain state monitor, then we wanted to have it on our list.
See a site you love that didn’t make the list? Add it to the comments section. This is an organic project and we aim to add to it in the coming days and weeks.
The Fix’s 2011 best state-based blog list