I want to update the community on Disqus and our use of it. What you must understand first is that we have a growth plan for RedState over the next few years and we needed to push our redesign forward now, before election traffic, because up until the redesign launch RedState was crashing every day. It might not have been noticeable to you, but each | Read More »
Josh Trevino, RedState Founder, Moves on Up
I’ve long wanted to see Josh in a place like CNN with me, but today’s Transom brings really good and cool news: Joshua Treviño, a Redstate co-founder who has most recently served as vice president of the Texas Public Policy Foundation as well as a globetrotting raconteur and avid Twitterer (do not fight with him, as you will lose), will be announced today as a | Read More »
Eight Years of RedState
July 11, 2004, was actually the first live day of RedState with the actual site kicking off July 12th with user content. We went live on Scoop without the logo. Within a few months, we had the logo as we wanted and by 2005 had RedHot and ConfirmThem up and going. By mid-2006, Clayton switched us over to Drupal with a new design and we | Read More »
Can Rick Perry Rebound With a Flat Tax?
The Perry campaign wants to reboot, having retooled and refined its message and tried hard to get back on the jobs message. Okay, fine, but first the Perry camp needs to answer a basic question – why should supporters who went all in for him and wound up feeling burned give him a second shot? I asked him about that and it was, perhaps, a | Read More »
Thanks to Neil working his magic, we are back. Some tinkering under the hood went awry. Thanks to all who emailed, tweeted, texted, Facebooked, Google+’d, etc.
RedState is back fully functioning and operational. You’ll notice a new interface on the user side. We’ve made some upgrades and performed some maintenance around the site while cleaning out some coding cobwebs. If you are having some problems on the site when you first get back on, please clear your cookies. I speak from personal experience. Have a great Sunday. Consider this an open | Read More »
We May Or May Not Be ‘Ultraconservative,’ But We Certainly Didn’t Call the SBA Pledge ‘Ridiculous’
The pseudo-conservative Washington Post blogger, Jenn Rubin, has decided to label RedState as ‘ultra-conservative’. I can only guess that it is because we advocate hanging the traitor Jonathan Pollard instead of setting him free like Rubin does and also because we here at RedState embrace Jim DeMint as a standard bearer for conservatism while Rubin would prefer to take an exacto knife and excise from | Read More »
Using Twitter With RedState
I realize this is really random administrivia, but I have lately used the “tweet” button on posts at RedState (you have to go into the individual posts and look at the bottom of the post to see the button) and been disappointed to see credit given to @RedState for the content. It does’t have to be that way. For example, if you click the tweet | Read More »
We Got Caps
We have RedState caps. We sure do. I’ve got some at the house now and they are good looking caps. The caps come in, naturally, red, but also in khaki, and black. They actually are good quality caps and the RedState logo makes them look sharp.
The Rising Sun
Last week, after months of behind the scenes arguing and frustration, I made the call (and take full responsibility for making the call) to clean house here at RedState. A number of user accounts were disabled. If you feel the need to understand my reasoning you can go here. If you want or need a full explanation surrounding what happened and why, you can go | Read More »
Many of you who are not regulars are probably wondering what the heck is going on at RedState. I’ll be blunt. In the past year or so, the quality of diaries has really taken a beating, driven largely by a clique that resorted to recommending each others diaries and gaming the system. Unfortunately, over time, that clique became abusive to new users, those who disagreed, | Read More »
Thor’s Hammer + Releasing the Kraken
I have been moving this week and the site has descended into chaos in the comments. There are multiple petitions by many of you, the diarists, readers, and commenters of this site, to disband the recommended diaries list because it is being gamed by a number of diarists at the expense of new and, frankly, quality non-conspiratorial material. Being Scandinavian, let me introduce you to | Read More »
Melissa no longer has to make the coffee around here. I’m pleased to announce that Repair Man Jack and DHorowitz3 are our newest front page contributors. We’ll be ordering both of them around and Repair Man Jack is going to get to take out some trash I’m sure. Consider this an open thread.
The Great Debate
Although it is almost impossible to believe, we are already seeing the first glimpses of the 2012 primaries here at RedState. We have been through one season of contentious primaries before, and although our community has grown, we expect many of the same sorts of issues to crop up. Therefore, this is as good of a time as any to address some of the ways | Read More »
Dear RedState Community
We have a problem. There needs to be a certain amount of flexibility within the rules of this site and I think that as written they are sufficiently clear. The problem is that there is a group of commenters that has come to believe that the rules don’t apply to them. There are long time readers of RedState who believe that somehow the community rules | Read More »
You Are Entering a Republican Zone
This post was originally written by Bob Hahn on July 1, 2005. I have tweaked it just a bit and am bringing it back. Please note that while generally written about the great Democrat vs. Republican divide, the advice herein applies equally well to those all on the same side of the big ditch but who, for varying reasons, cannot get along. Who should read | Read More »
This is one of those posts that must occasionally be written, though I don’t like to write them. RedState is, above all else, a community site. Anyone can start a diary and participate in the community. Those who play well in the community avoid the blam stick and, over time, we tend to promote from within to the front page. The way we do promotion | Read More »
Advertisements and Sponsorships
I’ve been getting a lot of emails from people lately asking about advertisements and sponsorships on RedState for the coming year. People seem to be getting their plans and costs ready for 2011. Here’s what you need to know about advertising on RedState, sponsoring the Morning Briefing, and renting our email list. Advertising We use a CPM basis for advertising on the front page of | Read More »
Rubio & RedState
Stephen F. Hayes, over at the Weekly Standard, has written some more about things he left out of his original article on Marco Rubio. It included this bit. Rubio also mentioned others whom I did not include in my original story – for reasons of space. He noted: “Jeff Miller endorsing us in Florida was a big deal.” He mentioned Jeb Bush Jr and George | Read More »
Time Magazine has released its 40 Under 40 list for the year. Question number two is “What’s your go-to political blog?” Among Republicans on the list, RedState.com is the most consistent answer. Those listing RedState as their go-to blog include Marco Rubio, Nikki Haley, George P. Bush, Sean Duffy, Nick Ayers, and Mike Lee. Surprisingly, among the Democrats, not a single person listed Daily Kos | Read More »