Washington Post Names SAB Top State Political Blog

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The Washington Post annually holds a contest to name the top political blogs in the states. The blogs included in the list are all reader-submitted, and I’m happy to say that SAB made the list for North Dakota.

You can see the full list here.

Winning notoriety for being a political blogger in North Dakota – not exactly a hotbed of political blogging – might seem like a trivial thing, but with SAB in its 10th year of existence it’s not something I take lightly. This website has become a hub of sorts for political news in the state, as well as an important forum for political discussion, and that’s not due entirely to me.

Yeah, I write most of the posts, but SAB gets important contributions from regulars and guest posters alike. You readers send me the emails that help keep me informed, and provide the discussions that keep the site lively. You readers are the ones who keep coming back for more.

For that I’m thankful. SAB has been, and still is, on the cutting edge of digital media in this state. I hope to write more about that later this year in commemorating the 10th anniversary of the blog’s founding, but for now know that I’m thankful to all of you who participate whether you’re left or right or otherwise.

Digital media isn’t top-down like old media. It’s participatory. It’s a conversation. That’s what matters.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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  • WOOF

    Congratulations

  • Roy_Bean

    Congratulations, and thanks.

  • Jake

    CONGRATS!!!!

  • two_amber_lamps

    Whaaa? You mean top honors doesn’t go to RBB’s Echo Chamber?

    Lol… suck it lefties!!

    Congrats Rob!

  • Guest Observer

    Congrats Rob!! Your hard work has paid off!!

  • borborygmi

    Kudos to you

  • http://flamemeister.com flamemeister

    Congratulations! Maybe you’ll attract some quality liberal bloggers now—if there are any.

    • Yogibare

      The liberal bloggers can be read daily in the articles by the Associated Press which are carried in most U.S. newspapers, including the Tribune and Forum.

  • RCND

    That’s awesome news Rob! Congrats to you for all your hard work, and for taking the risk to start the blog and then do it full time.

  • PK

    Congratulations Rob.

  • opinionated

    Congratulations for letting us know what is going on in our state

  • LastBestHope

    Great news. Well done sir.
    (glad the WaPo doesn’t subtract points for troll input)

  • devilschild

    Good job kid. While the Forum is taking down their comment sections (another one bite the dust today…DL Online) you are just reaching your prime.

    • ec99

      I noticed that. Just like the G F Herald, no courtesy of an advance heads up. Interesting how the media can’t stand criticism.

      • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

        It’s hard to accept criticism. It’s hard to write about controversial things in an open forum where everyone can take pot shots at you, deserved or not.

        • ec99

          At the same time, papers have no problem in doing their own criticizing. If they were not allowed that outlet they’d scream bloody murder. Yet they have no problem in silencing those who criticize them.

          • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

            I won’t go so far as to accuse them of violating free speech rights. It’s their venue, they can do as they please.

            But it is a little hypocritical, you’re right.

          • ec99

            It’s their venue. But then you have the Herald proclaiming itself the “people’s paper.” But the people’s comments are refused. Don’t forget, all letters to the editor are chosen for publication by the editor.

          • devilschild

            And subject to editing…oh well…it’s their paper.

        • JoeMN

          Criticism is a hard one to figure.

          Inviting it randomly most often earns you respect.

          However, giving it is another matter entirely.
          Great job Rob

  • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

    So does this mean you guys will trust WaPo reporting now?

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      I can’t speak for anyone else, but I think we should be skeptical of all media sources.

      I certainly don’t expect anyone to accept my writings uncritically, as you of all people should know boob.

  • yy4u2

    Congrats n may the great ride of the blog n debate continue.

  • http://ndgoon.blogspot.com Goon

    Why would anyone nominate North Decoder?

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      I wondered about that too. I don’t normally read that one as there isn’t usually a lot of interest there, by as of earlier today it hadn’t been updated since last month. Or commented on, it seems. But maybe they thought since I’m conservative they had to balance it out.

      Whatever, I’m just happy for the honor.

  • http://ndgoon.blogspot.com Goon

    Rob will have more foam at the mouth trolls now.

  • Guest

    Wow! It’s like winning an award for the tallest person in China!

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      Racist. :-)

      • Guest

        Says the person who opposes the VAWA because be believes Native Americans are corrupt.

        • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

          Tribal corruption is, in fact, a major problem.

        • JoeMN

          Guest is merely pointing out that American Indians are an approved victim group.

          Any criticism of a member for any reason, even corruption is automatically grounds for a charge of “racism”.
          Asians on the other hand, have not as of yet been fully deemed victims, and therefor fair game for liberal bigotry.

          • camsaure

            And don’t forget the Jews, even though the majority of them are liberal. They are constantly under attack from the obuma admin and liberals.

    • http://proof-proofpositive.blogspot.com/ Proof

      Yao Ming is 7′ 6″. If you add the seven and the six and subtract your shoe size, Gusty, you end up with your IQ .

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yao_Ming

      • Guest

        Apparently, Goof doesn’t realize Yao Ming is NOT in China and more importantly, does not understand the concept of a joke based on informal generalizations either.

        Incompetent, impotent, and incontinent. Goof is the real joke wherever he goes; what a Goof!

        • http://proof-proofpositive.blogspot.com/ Proof

          So, a 7’6″ Chinese man doesn’t fit with your vastly ignorant world view and your only fall back is that he is not “in” China? Really? You stalk him, too Gusty?

          Why don’t you tell all the folks here that whenever you have nothing better to do (which is virtually every day) that you call yourself “Goof” and comment over at my blog? I’m sure that they will be so much more impressed with your trolling ability if you do. /sarc

          I notice you did not contest my math, Gusty. And I was being generous about your IQ.

          • Guest

            Goof is apparently so retarded that he doubles down on his ignorance. If simply being unresponsive is a constructive admission in Goof’s view, it’s quite telling that he deliberately chose not to respond to the incompetence, impotence, and incontinence allegations. Now I can always say that Goof’s all three by his own logic of admission!

            What a Goof!

          • http://proof-proofpositive.blogspot.com/ Proof

            So, it is your assumption that even though at least one Chinese man out of millions was proven to be 7’6″, that none other was ever as tall or taller? Ever? Did the little voices in your head tell you this? Are they the same ones who give you delusions of adequacy? Are you not taking your medications?? Ask the pretty nurse to up your dosage before she straps you in tonight.

            Your projection about retardation, though, is duly noted, bless your heart! .

          • Guest

            I didn’t read your post, as usual, but thanks again Goof that by your own logic of admission you are incompetent, impotent, and incontinent! Your admission will indeed be oft repeated!

          • http://proof-proofpositive.blogspot.com/ Proof

            Poor Gusty, bless his heart! No one has ever accused him of knowing how to read! He says he doesn’t read what I post. Leaving him, I guess, to rely on reports from the little voices inside his head.

            (If each voice had a vote, Gusty could be president!)

            We’ll just put down “admission” as yet another in the long. long list of English words he cannot quite understand.

            Gusty the Goof, my self appointed gadfly, has nothing of substance to say. In those forums where he weakly tries to argue a point, any point, he generally has his arse handed to him. In his impotent rage at having nothing to say and not the brains enough to say it if he did, all he can do is rage against those who do (such as Rob or myself) , typically with course, scatological attempts at insults, which show neither wit nor class.

          • Guest

            I didn’t read any of your post again, but it was pretty long, so you must have searched long and hard for things to plagiarize and copy.

            Thanks again for admission that you are incompetent, impotent, and incontinent! Because of your admission, I could really care less what you have or will ever write again.

            What a Goof!

          • http://proof-proofpositive.blogspot.com/ Proof

            ” I could really care less what you have or will ever write again.”

            LOL! I’ll believe that you “couldn’t care less” what I write, the day you stop responding to what I write and what I post. If you couldn’t care less”, then why bother to stay up late and lurk over at my blog for yet another chance for you to heap scatological insults upon me and wish for my death, since, I guess you realize that I could beat you in any honest intellectual debate for at least three months after I’m dead. (After that, I’ll just phone it in!)

            In fact, you “care so little” about what I write, I guess we won’t look for your next response in 3-2-1…

          • Guest

            Didn’t read your post again, but again, it was quite brave of you to admit incompetent, impotent, and incontinent, Goof!

          • http://proof-proofpositive.blogspot.com/ Proof

            So you proudly admit you comment on things you do not read? That would certainly explain the quality and vacuity of most of your comments, Gusty, the Goofy Gadfly!

          • Guest

            Poor Goof, perhaps one day he’ll think of a better mocking moniker for me, we shant expect much from such a the senile, decrepit mind, though- and impotent, incompetent, and impotent to boot. Perhaps Goof shall take the name Goofiii to reflect the common, initial letter of his admitted conditions.

          • http://proof-proofpositive.blogspot.com/ Proof

            How exactly in the world, oh Goofy Gadfly, do you know what my “mocking moniker” for you is, if you don’t read my comments, as you have stated earlier? That didn’t take long for you to expose yourself once again as a clownish dolt.

            Have trouble with logic much, Goofy Gadfly? Or just telling the truth? (Or both?)

          • Guest

            Glad to see that I can still waste Goof’s time with minimal effort. Successfully wasting the time of such a pathetic, senile maniac is a public service anyone should be proud of.

          • http://proof-proofpositive.blogspot.com/ Proof

            At least I don’t waste my time spamming the exact same comment over and over, in lieu of original thought, like some trolls I could mention, Gusty Goober.

            Speaking of a lack of original thought, I noticed you nattering on about “public service”. It was just a few days ago, over at my blog, on one of my comments that you don’t read because you could care less, that I said:

            “As such, I consider putting up with your boring, boorish, lame
            and pointless comments as a public service.”

            “Public service”. It appears I already live rent free inside your head, Goofmeister. I realize that whenever you trolls want to sound more intelligent, you try to sound like me. Try not to be so obvious next time.

          • Guest

            Every second Goof wastes here is one less that he might inflict his rage over his admitted incompetent, incontinent, and impotence onto others.

          • http://proof-proofpositive.blogspot.com/ Proof

            Yeah. The first time you pointlessly and mindlessly accused me of “impotence”, Gusty, I took you to task for your “impotent rage”. You couldn’t tell the difference between the two. Now you echo (and project) your rage onto me.

            Maybe someday if you learn what all the big words mean, you might be able to use them correctly? (Stop laughing!)

            Finally, you assume that the troll smacking I do here is a “waste of time”. I find it recreational. It keeps me from becoming a lonely, bitter dwarf, who trolls the blogs of people he can’t win arguments with, only to leave scatological insults in lieu of original commentary, or to impersonate prepubescent girls, like some Goofy Gadflies I could name.

            But since you won’t read this, Gusty, (or at least say you won’t, you little attention whore!), you won’t be able to intelligently respond to what I’ve said.In other words, no different from any of your other comments.

          • Guest

            More of Goof’s impotent, incontinent, and incompetent rage I presume.

          • Hal513

            “…perhaps one day he’ll think of a better mocking moniker for me,”

            How about everyone just calls you willie bonilla?

          • Hal513

            Speaking of impotent, where is smallwillie bonilla the documented tax cheat and STD carrier?
            Brahahahaha!

          • Onslaught1066

            Certainly, no one has ever accused him of having any facts.

            An opinion monger extraordinaire, our little gusty.

          • http://proof-proofpositive.blogspot.com/ Proof

            Gusty the Goofy Gadfly says he doesn’t care what I write and then comes and visits my blog several times a day just to confirm his suspicions! Too funny!

            He also cares so little about what I write, that he created his own blogger profile just so that he could tell me so, on my blog! And that’s why I believe everything that he says! /sarc

          • Onslaught1066

            Are these blogger profiles public?

            I could use a good laugh.

            Does he describe his fetish for posing as a 5 year old girl on hockey blogs?

          • http://proof-proofpositive.blogspot.com/ Proof

            They’re public, but some guys who have literally nothing worthwhile to say, don’t bother to fill them out. Maybe it’s because whatever institution they are in (penal, mental, etc.) restrict the amount of time they can spend on the computer?

          • Onslaught1066

            His cursor is probably a crayon.

          • Guest

            Nothoughts1066’s is probably fecal matter scribbled on the wall.

          • http://proof-proofpositive.blogspot.com/ Proof

            More scatological insults? I know you’re not reading this, Gusty the Goofy Gadfly, because as soon as you saw it was from me, you stopped reading, since you could not care less what I write. You said so, yourself!

            It will be interesting to see if any of the little voices in your head bring it to your attention so that you can respond with yet another lame, boring and boorish bit of scatology.

          • Onslaught1066

            When it runs out of even half-baked opinion, this is the result.

          • http://proof-proofpositive.blogspot.com/ Proof

            Gusty, the Goofy Gadfly is a pathetic, attention starved individual. Does anyone seriously think the little attention whore is fooling anyone other than himself when he says he’s not going to read what I say about him? Bless his heart!

          • http://proof-proofpositive.blogspot.com/ Proof

            Fortunately, his monitor is so spittle flecked, the crayon rubs right off!

          • Guest

            So sorry Nothought1066, but if you think things such as the location of a Senator’s office are “opinion pieces,” nobody should ever listen to your retarded diatribes about distinguishing the two. No wonder conservatives are in such dire straights if they have such problematic reasoning skills that you exhibit.

          • Onslaught1066

            Poor lil feller, can’t quite grasp the difference between fact and opinion.

            Tell you what, gusty, when you do post a fact, I’ll acknowledge the fact.

            Til then you’re still just an opinionated, over-rated, second grader with delusions of adequacy.

          • Guest

            Since’s Goof admits now his incompetence, incontinence, and impotence, I can still take solace in wasting his time since he apparently will reply regardless of whether is senile ramblings will be read.

          • Onslaught1066

            Your syntax is trending toward error. Perhaps it is time to resume your blood pressure meds, oh, and a CAT scan might be in order to detect tell tale signs of an aneurism.

          • Guest

            Poor Nothought1066, no amount of dumbing it down will every make reading material completely accessible for you, I’m afraid.

          • http://proof-proofpositive.blogspot.com/ Proof

            Once again, Gusty, the Goofy Gadfly demonstrates that he cares so much about everything I write, that he is obsessively compelled to respond to every one. I wait with baited breath to see if you care so little for what I write, G3, that it will keep you from both visiting and commenting on my blog once again tonight (after midnight), in lieu of an actual life on your part.

          • Guest

            Glad to see that I can still waste Goof’s time with minimal effort. Successfully wasting the time of such a pathetic, senile maniac is a public service anyone could be proud of.

          • http://proof-proofpositive.blogspot.com/ Proof

            Since “Goof” is the name you chose for your own blogger profile, it is self evident that you waste “Goof’s” time both here and on my blog. Thank you, Captain Obvious! It’s a symptom of not having a life. Now, keep pretending that you don’t read my comments just because you have no answer for any of the myriad of points I have made illustrating your insanity, buffoonery, and general irrelevance, Gusty, the Goofy Gadfly.

            Your projection, once again, is duly noted.

          • Guest

            “Glad to see that I can still waste Goof’s time with minimal effort. Successfully wasting the time of such a pathetic, senile maniac is a public service anyone could be proud of.”

          • http://proof-proofpositive.blogspot.com/ Proof

            Glad to see what minimal efforts go into responding to the comments you (say you) do not read, Goofy Gusty. But then, a complete lack of originality has long been your hallmark.

          • two_amber_lamps

            INCORRECT, you take solace in impersonating 5 year old girls on MN area hockey blogs. Why would someone take to impersonating 5 year old girls on hockey blogs? Most would take this as untoward behavior but ONCE AGAIN I shall magnanimously give you another opportunity to clear your name and explain your motivations for such odd behavior. Many of us just assume it’s due to your habitual sniffing of various 3M adhesive products, which has most assuredly taken a toll on what little moldering scraps of brain tissue you have left. So set the record straight Gusty…. amigo! Why do you impersonate 5 year old girls on MN area hockey blogs?

          • http://proof-proofpositive.blogspot.com/ Proof

            Not only that, but, since I ignored his last boring, repetitive and banal comment here two days ago, this morning he signs in to his other sockpuppet account, so he can leave yet another boring, repetitive and banal comment on my blog, because, of course, he craves my attention, despite the ‘fact’ he says he “couldn’t care less” what I write or post, claims he never reads my comments, and as such, is unable to make any sort of intelligent or reasoned response to them!

          • two_amber_lamps

            You would think a creature of so many accounts might actually put as much thought into his sock-puppet names as he does into the content of his posts… alas, we are wrong. Gusty is just as big a disappointment here as he has been his entire life, disappointing his mom time and again. I’d mention he’d also disappointed his father but I seriously doubt the identity of said sperm donor was ever determined.

            Nonetheless, his vapid mewlings make for some diversion…. marginally somewhere between a retarded-hannitard and a bloviating-bob.

            It takes all kinds of left-tards to make the SAB go ’round!

          • http://proof-proofpositive.blogspot.com/ Proof

            “vapid mewling” sums it up pretty well. He is back again craving my attention, responding to yet another comment he claims not to read. . Poor little attention whore Goober will have to get it somewhere else!

            I don’t mind troll smacking him a little bit, but he hasn’t come up with any new material…ever. There’s not enough No-Doze on the planet to endure his mindless repetition.

          • two_amber_lamps

            I’d say the first week or two of it’s appearance I thought… perhaps, just perhaps we might actually have a leftist capable of holding it’s own, bringing up facts to buttress persuasive arguments. However once it’s usual gambit of tired dreck was exhausted and it was found out to be the low-life child imposter/3M minion it’s taken a turn for the absurd. Now like some manner of wounded animal it lashes out with rage-filled abandon like that proverbial 5 year old it poses as on MN area hockey blogs, but a child that has only recently learned a few bad words from listening to one of the multitude of road-hardened layabouts his mother had liaisons with…. and more than willing to regurgitate said obscenities for some meager semblance of attention… even if it is a thorough beating.

          • http://proof-proofpositive.blogspot.com/ Proof

            Any grown man, who is not a part of a police sting operation, who impersonates a five year old girl on the Internet, is one sick puppy! Does 3M stand for Mindless, Midget Moron when it refers to Gusty?

          • Guest

            Poor Goof, we all know what 3i stands for: Goof’s admitted incompetence, impotence, and incontinence. What a Goof!

          • http://proof-proofpositive.blogspot.com/ Proof

            Gosh! Still not reading my comments, are you Pathetic Loser Guest? Good luck selling that one! Your dedication to ignoring me because you could care less what I say (Stop laughing!) is…impressive! /sarc

            Now show us just what a good little attention whore you are and respond to this comment with something equally insipid.

          • Guest

            Wow! Goof’s company must be extremely repulsive if he’s so adamantly enthralled with unresponsive discussion. One might suggest he get a cat to talk to instead, but Goof’s beleaguered family doesn’t need another useless piece of sh*t sitting around all day. What a Goof!

          • Guest

            Wow! Goof’s company must be extremely repulsive if he’s so adamantly enthralled with unresponsive discussion. One might suggest he get a cat to talk to instead, but Goof’s beleaguered family doesn’t need another useless piece of sh*%t sitting around all day. What a Goof!

          • two_amber_lamps

            Probably a relocated refugee from the “To Catch A Predator” who decided to move off to a happier hunting ground…. Your 3M is a distinct possibility… I shall go with Malignant. Mongoloid Milksop. :D

          • http://proof-proofpositive.blogspot.com/ Proof

            If he comes around again, someone hang a pork chop around his neck, so maybe the dog will play with him?

          • Guest

            Poor Goof. Nobody in his family (he has no friends, obviously) wants anything to do with an admitted senile, impotent, and incontinent fool, so he continually responds to unresponsive posts or makes yet another “babe” post on his lame blog! What a Goof!

  • thetruth

    Outstanding Port! Your readers from India will love this news!

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      Yes, all 10 of them that read daily. :-)

      • thetruth

        Riiiggghhtt;)

        • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

          There is nothing so amusing as an am imbecile confident in his ignorance.

  • dakotacyr

    along with NorthDecoder which is listed on top of yours.

    • Hal801

      I see you still haven’t gotten over your jealousy.

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      That’s true.

      But I’m pretty sure a) they did them alphabetically and b) North Decoder hasn’t been updated yet this month.

  • mikemc1970

    Congratulations Rob.

  • camsaure

    Congrats Rob, More people see this then our legislaters realize. Maybe Carlson and Wardner saw this coming, causing them to write their self grandising post the other day.

  • Waski_the_Squirrel

    Congratulations!

    I think it’s pretty amazing that you can make money in North Dakota doing a blog. It shows that a true entrepreneur can create a market where one did not exist before.

    Whatever one may think of the politics of this blog, its existence is an inspiration.

  • SusanBeehler

    Congratulations!

  • scanham2

    Congratulations! And keep up the good work.

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