Vermont- Despite Vermont's small size and remote location, there is no shortage of newspapers giving in-depth treatment to politics on a daily basis. The Barre-Montpelier Times Argus, Bennington Banner, Burlington Free Press and Rutland Herald are among the top, with the Free Press arguably being the strongest in terms of constant coverage. The Vermont Press Bureau is credited in the bylines of several papers, and during the 2010 campaign, the Banner, Times Argus and Herald picked up their coverage significantly as the Democratic gubernatorial primary became a highly contested affair. From that point forward, both major party candidates operated under constant watch of the fourth estate. Also, the Boston papers in neighboring Massachusetts picked up on stories throughout the campaign. Washington- If you want the best overall political news coverage, look to the state's paper of record, the Seattle Times, whose coverage of the Senate race was superb. From there, the Seattle-Post Intelligencer's "Strange Bedfellows" blog and Everett Herald's "The Petri Dish," will send you well on your way to gaining the knowledge necessary to be a real "Washington insider" -- the state, that is. East of the Cascades, turn to Spokane Spokesman-Review's reporting. West Virginia-West Virginia's political coverage is led by the capital's two papers, the Charleston Gazette and Charleston Daily Mail. Occasionally, the Parkersburg News and Sentinel and Wheeling Intelligencer News-Register contributed stories, and as the Senate race grew tighter it was increasingly covered in the national media. An interesting twist was that West Virginia's noted political commentator, radio host and Daily Mail columnist Hoppy Kercheval was an overt supporter of John Raese (R), and as a result Sen.-elect Joe Manchin (D) never went on his popular show during the campaign. Wisconsin- Given that the gubernatorial race featured two candidates from the Milwaukee area, it came as no surprise that Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel dominated when it came to coverage of the race. The paper also offers a useful "All Politics Blog," which, among other things, was a good source for staying on top of TV ads, including third party spots that got little coverage elsewhere. In the Senate race, Sen.-elect Ron Johnson's (R) hometown paper, Gannett's Oshkosh Northwestern had an impressive share of scoops on Johnson, including a report that Johnson inquired about stimulus funds. The Green Bay Press-Gazette, another Gannett paper, also offered good coverage, as did Wispolitics.com. Late in the Senate race, news felt slightly scarce from all outlets, and it took some digging to get beyond the bombardment of Sen. Russ Feingold (D) "pre-obituaries" that national outlets were writing. Wyoming- The Casper Star-Tribune offered the best overall coverage of the gubernatorial race this year and also features a political news blog. Also worth a read is Wyoming Tribune-Eagle's political news coverage.
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