McHenry County Blog Makes “Best Local Political Blogs” List

Stateside Associates is located in Arlington, Virginia.

I’m not sure what this means, but a lobbying firm named Stateside Associates has scoured local blogs in the nation and selected what it considers the best in each state.

For Illinois two were selected. One, “Clout Street,” is run by the Chicago Tribune. The other is McHenry County Blog.

An email from Graham Grossman, Manager, Social Media Services, for the firm, starts with “Congratulations” and reads in part:

McHenry County Blog is a journal of news and opinion designed to bring to light matters of public interest and to encourage public participation in the governmental process.

“At Stateside Associates we have been reviewing blogs that cover local politics for several months to find the very best the web has to offer.

“Your blog was selected for inclusion on the Best Local Politics Blogs list. The list is a comprehensive review of blogs that cover politics and policy issues in cities, towns, counties and regions across the country.

“Stateside Associates’ Best Local Politics Blogs list has been published alongside the Best State Politics Blogs (published in fall 2011) on our website.”

The press release from last Thursday follows:

“ARLINGTON, Va., Jan. 5, 2012 — Today Stateside Associates published a list of the best local politics blogs in the United States. The Best Local Politics Blogs list, formatted to fit neatly into Stateside’s FactPad(TM), highlights bloggers that publish the most insightful content covering municipal, local and/or regional issue politics.

“These blogs have proved to be a valuable asset for Legislative Associates, Regulatory Counsel and other staff working at “Stateside Associates as they track and manage client issues. They provide both real-time

“Stateside is the only firm to offer clients comprehensive local government monitoring services covering more than 4,000 city and county jurisdictions nationwide,” said Stateside President and CEO Constance Campanella.

“‘It seems a natural fit for us to publish this list of what we’ve found to be the most comprehensive municipal and regional blogs. After all, “all politics is local.”‘ [Emphasis added to this quote from former U.S. House Speaker Tip O’Neill.]

“The Best Local Politics Blogs list follows on the heels of the Best State Politics Blogs list published by Stateside Associates in fall of 2011. ‘We received such a positive response to the Best State Politics Blogs list that we knew we had to publish a companion list covering only the best local blogs,’ explained Samantha Holvey, who has been working at Stateside Associates to manage the local government information services.

“FactPad inserts are designed to provide professionals that work in state and local government affairs, public sector sales and regulatory compliance valuable, quick-reference information. FactPads are distributed free to clients. Both the Best Local Politics Blogs and the Best State Politics Blogs FactPad inserts, along with many others, are available at

“To find out more about receiving a FactPad, or to learn more about the Best Local Politics Blogs FactPad insert, please contact Samantha Holvey at [email protected] or at 703-525-7466.

“Stateside Associates is the proven leader in state and local government relations. Since 1988, Stateside Associates has offered clients state, federal and local Issue Management, Legislative Monitoring, Regulatory Forecasting, Groups Program Management and Lobbyist Management, all of which are grounded in first-hand knowledge and based on serving clients’ unique needs. The firm serves more than 100 active clients ranging from the Fortune 500 to small trade associations.”

I’ve copied and pasted the entire list with links below:

Best Local Politics Blogs


The Daily Siftings – Montgomery


News From Assemblyman Patrick Flynn – Anchorage
The Village: A rural blog – Rural and Tribal Areas


PHXBeat – Phoenix
Tucson City News – Tucson


LA Observed – Los Angeles
City Beat – Sacramento
City Insider 
– San Francisco
Political Blotter – San Francisco Bay Area


City Desk – Colorado Springs


East Haven Vine – East Haven
Cityline Blog – Hartford


Dialogue Delaware – Sussex County

District of Columbia

DC Wire – Washington, DC


Broward Blog – Broward County
Naked Politics – Miami Dade County
Palm Beach Politics – Palm Beach County
TheBuzz – Tampa Bay
Go Town Crier – Wellington


The City Pulse – Honolulu


Letters From the West – Western Idaho


Clout Street – Chicago
McHenry County Blog – McHenry County


Jim Shella’s Political Blog – Indianapolis
Capitol WatchBlog – Indianapolis


Eastern Iowa Government – Eastern Iowa


Wichitopekington – Wichita, Topeka and Washington


Louisville News and Politics – Louisville
The ‘Ville Voice – Louisville


Maryland Politics – Annapolis and DC Suburbs


The Boston Phoenix: Talking Politics – Boston
Mass Politics Blog – Boston
Holyoke First – Holyoke


Local in Ann Arbor – Ann Arbor
Detroit Uncovered – Detroit


MPLS. – Minneapolis


KC Community Blog – Kansas City


Biz Buzz – Great Falls


VOICE – Omaha

New Mexico

City Hall – Albuquerque
A Female New Mexican’s Point of View – Albuquerque

New York

Local Politics – Albany
Politics on the Hudson – Lower Hudson Valley
Searchlight on City Hall – New York City
NNY: The Public Interest – Watertown

North Carolina

Bullseye – Durham
OrangeChat – Chapel Hill and Raleigh


Politics Extra – Cincinnatti
Northern Ohio Local Politics – Northern Ohio


Bates Line – Tulsa


Clark County Conservative – Clark County
Ridenbaugh Press / Northwest – Pacific Northwest
Local Government – Portland


Philly Clout – Philadelphia
Early Returns – Pittsburgh

Rhode Island

Hard Deadlines – Portsmouth

South Carolina

Charleston Watch – Charleston

South Dakota

City Hallways – Rapid City


Political Beat – Memphis


City Hall Blog – Dallas
Houston Politics – Houston
Local Politics – San Antonio


The City Cafe – Various Utah Cities


Writing on the Hall – Rutland


Government Page – Arlington
All Politics is Local – Norfolk
Blue Ridge Caucus – Southwestern Virginia


Politics Northwest – Seatlle
Political Buzz – Tacoma

West Virginia

Sustained Outrage – Charleston


Laptop City Hall – Madison
City of Madison Mayor’s Blog – Madison
Milwaukee Talkie – Southeastern Wisconsin


McHenry County Blog Makes “Best Local Political Blogs” List — 12 Comments

  1. Well deserved Cal.

    Our community owes you a debt of gratitude.

    Folks have no idea the amount of work it takes to complete just one post per day, let alone the multiple postings you put forth each day.

    You’re a valuable community asset and basically our most thorough source of local news.

    Although I know you pay for all of the documents you post for the most part, you let us view what is really happening at no cost.

    Well……of course you do get that HUGE state retirement package!! I guess we can call it even then?

    Just kidding Cal. Congrats and well deserved honor for your blog!

    Thanks again Cal!

  2. Nice job Cal!

    Someone once said that “evil thrives wen good people do nothing.”

    You, obviously, are not doing nothing.

    Keep up the good work.

    We need to know what’s happening and need people to sort it all out.

  3. While I don’t agree with your politics, I congratulate you an a great site and accomplishment.

  4. Kudos. Great job Cal. You put a lot of hard work into the blog. You are EVERYWHERE where there is something going on in the county. Well deserved.

  5. Super Cal is even more amazing today. Great job (like Blake said) on being EVERYWHERE.

  6. I guess Stateside is hoping potential clients read Stateside’s name in your blog.

    I wonder what clients Stateside has in McHenry County and Illinois.

    I do agree with them this is a great blog.

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