The Maine Blogscape
If for some strange reason the content here and at MainePolitics.net doesn't completely satisfy your need for online Maine political news and commentary, there is a large and growing list of blogs that might help fill that void.
For those of the progressive persuasion the place to go is Politics.Laws.com, a left-leaning blog run by Gerald Weinand with supplementary posts from a host of others who stop by to contribute (I've posted there a few times). Like some of the larger national blogs, TMB allows anyone who wants to log in and post their own "diary" which can be promoted to the front page of the site. TMB was a popular spot during the Democratic primary in Maine's first congressional district when campaign staff and proxies often stopped by to praise their candidate or attack their opponents.
You can find a good list of liberal-leaning personal blogs written by Mainers in the sidebar of TMB, but few of them update often, and most are focused on national issues. LeftyBlogs also provides a handy list and RSS feed of these kinds of blogs.
On the conservative side of the internet, As Maine Goes is the center of political attention. It's a forum rather than a blog, but the site's editor, Scott Fish, also links to certain forum posts in a blog-like way. The site is a mix of Republican inside baseball, rants that could be transcripts of right-wing talk radio and outlandish conspiracy theories, all of which often coexists in the same thread. Posting privileges now appear to be limited to those invited by Fish.
Speaking of talk radio, conservative radio host Ray Richardson maintains his own blog - although the content is mostly audio clips promoting his show.
None of Maine's political parties have an official blog. The Democrats did start one a few years ago, but didn't keep it going. Mark Ellis, the chairman of the Maine GOP, writes a personal blog and the Oxford County Democrats host a blog on their website, which they recently used to solicit volunteers to help with local recounts.
Some traditional media sources have also dipped their toes into political blogging. Susan Cover, political reporter at the Kennebec Journal/Morning Sentinel has been blogging consistently for over a year. Her colleagues at the Portland Press Herald, however, have been much less committed. As the pseudonymous media blogger TC Munjoy recently noted, their blog, Political Extra, hasn't been updated in weeks. The staff of the Portland Phoenix recently began a blog called About Town which has touched on some political issues.
PolitickerME is Maine's only professional web-only political outlet. The site features daily reporting from journalist Jessica Alaimo and commentary from "Wally Edge," an anonymous Maine political insider hiding behind the name of a New Jersey Governor who died in 1956.
Several interest groups have also hopped on the blogging bandwagon. The Maine AFL-CIO blogged consistently throughout the recent election and still maintains their site. The staff at the Maine Heritage Policy Center blog regularly on economic issues, and the Natural Resources Council of Maine maintains a blog on their site as well.
Tony Payne, the Executive Director of the Alliance for Maine's Future, writes a blog called Speaking of Politics and Dennis Bailey, a one-man interest group and President of Savvy Incorporated blogs at his website Savvy Spin.
The recent election season saw several campaigns launch their own blogs. Chellie Pingree's website featured a regularly updated blog that has continued to be active after the election. The latest post announces an on-line sign-up for Mainers to win tickets to the Obama inauguration, a smart move that will likely greatly increase her email list.
The Allen campaign never jumped on he blogging bandwagon, and clicking on the "blog" link on Mike Michaud's website brings you to a page that says "coming soon" even now, several weeks after election day.
The only candidate for the Maine legislature that I noticed blogging regularly during their race was Andrew O'Brien, who knocked off a Republican incumbent in District 44.
Seth Berry, a Democrat from Bowdoinham didn't blog much during the campaign but did take up the keyboard again after the election, most recently posting about his election as House Majority Whip.
Governor Baldacci doesn't blog, but his office does provide an RSS feed of their press releases.
If you know of a blog I've missed (and I'm sure there are plenty) feel free to drop me a line.