Hi. I don’t live in Jersey. I’m a software developer in Colorado who created SoapBlox, and a political junkie. SoapBlox is currently trying to fulfill the ’50 state strategy’ by helping progressive bloggers focus more of their attention on local politics.
The way I see it, time spent on national politics has the least Return on Investment for any sort of activist. The constituencies are too huge (especially for Senators), and most of what DC does has a very negligible impact on most people’s day to day lives (well, accept pay day). Sure, the feds can make huge sweeping decisions that affect us all, but most of the time, our daily lives are dictated more by the acts of our state and local governments.
So Jersey is a Blue State, right? But how blue? How progressive? Does the NJ state house or senate have rabidly lefty/progressive leaders? Is their at least a recognizable caucus at the state level whom “hard core” progressives could support? Are their safe “blue” state house districts where we as Progressives could get behind more progressive candidates (and kick out ‘old guard’ Dems who don’t share our beliefs?), and try to fill the legislature (and the future bench for national politics) with leaders who are anything but Republican-lite?
That’s what I think these State blogs should try to do: fight for more progressive candidates throughout the entire state legislature, to try and pass progressive legislation that can serve as a template for other progressive policies in other states, then on a national level.
I’m going to be stopping by here all the time to see how a blog running on me software is doing, so I might as well get to know y’all, and your state a little better.