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:
“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 stateside.com/factpad.
“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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
City Desk – Colorado Springs
Dialogue Delaware – Sussex County
District of Columbia
DC Wire – Washington, DC
The City Pulse – Honolulu
Letters From the West – Western Idaho
Eastern Iowa Government – Eastern Iowa
Wichitopekington – Wichita, Topeka and Washington
Maryland Politics – Annapolis and DC Suburbs
MPLS. – Minneapolis
KC Community Blog – Kansas City
Biz Buzz – Great Falls
VOICE – Omaha
Bates Line - Tulsa
Hard Deadlines – Portsmouth
Charleston Watch – Charleston
City Hallways – Rapid City
Political Beat – Memphis
The City Cafe – Various Utah Cities
Writing on the Hall – Rutland
Sustained Outrage – Charleston