- Oklahoma City's Daily Oklahoman
offered impressive coverage this cycle, including a handy "Political Ad Watch" feature (here's an example
). Norman Transcript
was also a go-to source of state political news this cycle.
- For all intents and purposes, the Portland Oregonian
newspaper of the Oregon governor's race this year. The Willamette Week
had some excellent profiles and investigations, but the Oregonian
's Jeff Mapes coverage
could not be matched.
- Philadelphia's financially struggling Inquirer
and Daily News
produced good coverage this year of the gubernatorial and Senate races, but it was the small papers that really shined in eastern Pennsylvania, including the Allentown Morning Call
and Scranton Times-Tribune
. Out west, Pittsburgh's Post-Gazette
attempted to top each other daily, with honorable mention going to the Harrisburg Patriot-News
. But the best campaign coverage was courtesy of pa2010.com
, and Pennsylvania lost a valuable resource when founder Dan Hirschhorn
left the site.
- The Providence Journal
is the place to go for top notch political coverage, including on the paper's "Projo Politics Blog
." Stories political junkies need to know when they look ahead in races can be found in the paper, including a good September story
about a meeting between gubernatorial candidate and state Treasurer Frank Caprio
(D) and Republican National Committee officials that took place earlier this year.
- As an early presidential primary state, South Carolina takes its political coverage seriously with a handful of strong outlets upstate and downstate along with an omnipresent AP
bureau. The Columbia State
is best known for breaking Gov. Mark Sanford
's (R) affair story by staking out a reporter at an airport and is the gold-standard for political journalism in South Carolina. Meanwhile, the Charleston Post and Courier
is usually good for a couple political stories to lead off each day during a statewide race while the Greenville News
is just as valuable in the northwest region.