Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Convention State Blogging Credentials Announced

WE'VE MOVED! Democratic Convention Watch is now at

This just came in from the DNCC. Congrats to all of the blogs that got in!


Party Chairman Notifies Selected Blogs Via Online Video Message

DENVER - As part of the Democratic National Convention Committee's (DNCC) commitment to engaging a broad spectrum of audiences in the 2008 Democratic National Convention experience using new technology and other creative means, Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairman Howard Dean today announced the blogs selected to participate in the DemConvention State Blogger Corps during the four-day event in August. Governor Dean notified the blogs selected via an online video message available at .

"Similar to the record-breaking voter turnout our Party has seen during the primary season, the demand for these coveted blogger positions is yet another indicator of the tremendous interest in this historic Convention," said Governor Dean. "The Internet has played a critical role in connecting Americans to elected officials and candidates seeking office. The DemConvention State Blogger Corps will continue to foster this dialogue - in all 50 of our states and our territories too - as we head towards this year's historic election and elect a Democrat to the White House."

The DNCC previously announced an expansion of the credentialed blogger pool from past Conventions and the addition of a state blogger credentialing program. As part of the new DemConvention State Blogger Corps, designed for bloggers covering state and local politics, bloggers will receive unparalleled access to state delegations and the floor of the Convention hall. In a truly unprecedented move, the DNCC will seat these bloggers with their respective delegations during the historic four-day event, providing even greater access for local coverage and perspective. Highlights from these blogs will also be featured on

"The members of the DemConvention State Blogger Corps represent a broad spectrum of voices that illustrate the 'big tent' nature of our Party," said DNCC CEO Leah D. Daughtry. "Many of these blogs are vibrant communities, well respected in their home states and committed to ensuring that all voices can be heard in the political process. I'm excited about the roles these bloggers will have in engaging an even broader, more diverse base of people from around the country in conversations not only about the Convention, but about the future of our nation."

More than 400 applications were received from bloggers across the United States and multiple territories. Some of the blogs selected for the State Corps are full-time, professional endeavors while others are the work of individuals, who through their own efforts have become recognized authorities on state and local politics. Bloggers had to submit daily audience information and provide examples of posts that made their blogs stand out as an effective online organizing tool or agent of change, a demonstration of both the reach and impact blogs have had and will continue to have on the 2008 election. The program recognizes the growth of more localized blogs and is in line with Governor Dean's 50-state strategy.

In addition to the State Blogger Corps, the DNCC will soon credential a General Blogger Pool, to include local, state and national political bloggers, as well as niche and video bloggers from across the country. All applicants not selected for the State Blogger Corps are now eligible for selection as part of the General Blogger Pool.

The DemConvention State Blogger Corps is listed below.

in the lead up to and during the Convention.

ALASKA - Celtic Diva's Blue Oasis -

ALABAMA- Doc's Political Parlor -

ARKANSAS- Under The -

ARIZONA - Ted Prezelski - Rum, Romanism and Rebellion -

CALIFORNIA - Calitics-


CONNECTICUT -My Left Nutmeg -


DELAWARE - TommyWonk -

DEMOCRATS ABROAD - Democrats Abroad Argentina -

FLORIDA - Florida Progressive Coalition -

GEORGIA- Tondee's Tavern -

GUAM - No Rest for the Awake - Minagahet Chamorro -

HAWAII - Ian Lind Online -

IOWA - The Iowa Independent -


ILLINOIS- Prairie State Blue -

INDIANA- Blue Indiana -


KENTUCKY - BlueGrassRoots -

LOUISIANA - Daily Kingfish -

MASSACHUSETTS - Blue Mass. Group -

MARYLAND - The Center for Emerging Media -

MAINE - Turn Maine Blue -

MICHIGAN - Blogging For Michigan -

MINNESOTA - Minnesota Monitor -

MISSISSIPPI - The Natchez Blog -

MISSOURI - Fired Up! LLC -

MONTANA - Left in the West -



NEBRASKA - New Nebraska Network -

NEW HAMPSHIRE - Blue Hampshire -


NEW MEXICO - Democracy for New Mexico -

NEVADA - Las Vegas Gleaner -

NEW YORK - Room 8 -

OHIO - Ohio Daily Blog -

OKLAHOMA - DemoOkie -

OREGON - BlueOregon (blog) -

PENNSYLVANIA - Keystone Politics -

PUERTO RICO - Jusiper -

RHODE ISLAND - Rhode Island's Future -


SOUTH DAKOTA - Badlands Blue -

TENNESSEE - KnoxViews/TennViews -

TEXAS - Burnt Orange Report -

UTAH - The Utah Amicus -

VIRGINIA - Raising Kaine -

VIRGIN ISLANDS - Democratic Party of the US Virgin Islands -

VERMONT - Green Mountain Daily -


WISCONSIN - Uppity Wisconsin -

WEST VIRGINIA - West Virginia Blue -

WYOMING - Hummingbirdminds blog -

We're still waiting for the general blog credentials which will hopefully be announced soon. If your blog isn't on the list you still can get in.


Me said...

So how many of these blogs hand-picked by the DNC currently lean in favor of supporting Obama, and how many lean in favor of supporting Hillary.

Knowing that could provide some insight into whether anybody other than really thinks that Hillary is "still in the race".

Independent voter said...

What happened to the best OF the best? Where are you guys on the list?

Oreo said...

Thanks to Walt for giving our address on Ed Schultz.

Eddie talked over you when you said it but we appreciate it!

Aaron said... was selected as the host-state blog.

I did an interview with Gov. Dean about bloggers and the convention that can be found here...

JayZed said...

I trust DemConWatch will be on the list of general blogs? You guys deserve front-row seats at the convention. In fact, I think you should get to be special add-on superdelegates.

Matt said...

DCW has applied for credentials, and are waiting to hear back from the DNCC sometime in the next month.

Jeff Walters said...

The blog chosen in Mississippi has only has 24 posts this year. Since March 11, thay have had zero posts on state or federal politics.

The Union Girl said...

So, how many of these blogs chosen aren't even Political blogs like DCist?

there are 12 posts on the front page of DCist and althought they relate to DC, none are political in nature. DCist is like sitting with a fun gossipy neighbor who knows that skinny on everything and makes all the stories fun and interesting even when they aren't. But that isn't a Dem blog or even a political one.