Leave LA?: Bloggin' Iowa
Now if I were to move to Iowa I could theoretically keep blogging here at Mayor Sam. I really don't have to physically be in LA to do it. Or I could take up national politics at the more or less defunct Sam Yorty's America.
But if I were to start the "Mayor Sam of Iowa," I better check out the native blogosphere.
Interestingly - as much as you people like to imply that Iowa or the mid-west is some kind of racist backwater full of knuckle dragging Republicans - most of the Iowa blogs I've found are left leaning. Rest assured for you liberal dummies out there, Iowa is relatively "progressive." The Governor, Lieutenant Governor, most of the statewide officers and most of the Congressional delegation are all Democrats. Both houses of the Iowa legislature are controlled by the Blue Party. And of course one of the most liberal US Senators - Democrat Tom Harkin - hails from Iowa.
And its a great time for blogs in Iowa with contested Democratic and Republic presidential races right around the corner at the all important Iowa Caucuses.
Blog for Iowa reads like something right out of West LA or Studio City- pro-abortion, anti-war and anti-Wal-Mart. The site links to lots of favorite lefty causes and tools for the active mid-western liberal. Someone named Dr. Alta Price apparently pays to keep the blog's lights on at $15 a month.
Another lefty blog is Century of the Common Iowan. They like to make fun of Repubicans the same way like to make fun of dumbass local elected officials. Fair enough.
There are conservative blogs in Iowa and one of the more interesting sites is Krusty Konservative. Similar to the Tall Glass of Milk's "______ This" (herself an Iowa native) headlines or Red Spot's trademark all caps oddball names for various notables, this blogger has a hook too. Any word that starts with a C is spelled with a K.
Local politics in my mom's hometown of Clinton (where my grandfather served for several years as a City Councilman) get coverage in The Cman Blog. They too are fighting feel good tax increases promoted by local pols. And this blogger is doing something to step up - Connor Anderson is running for the Clinton City Council.
Besides politics, arts and culture gets coverage in the Iowa blogosphere and two of the blogs I saw - Juice Blog and Gussied Up - easily look like they could be based in Los Feliz or Silverlake or Santa Monica.
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