RedState functions as a discussion forum and group blog for a variety of conservative activists. Annually, it organises RedState gatherings for grassroots political activism which feature a large number of prominent public figures in conservative politics.
In March 2006, co-founder Domenech was hired as a blogger by the Washington Post Online, but was criticised for alleged plagiarism in a few of his prior writings throughout college. At the end of his first week, Domenech resigned, eventually admitting to plagiarism. He took a leave of absence from RedState at the time, from which he returned in July 2006 under a new handle (his own name).
On November 16, 2006, former congressman Tom DeLay posted a diary. Several additional members of the House of Representatives and the US Senate are regular diarists at RedState.
On December 20, 2006, RedState announced its sale to Eagle Publishing, Inc., effective January 2, 2007. Erick Erickson remained Editor-in-Chief.
On July 12, 2008, RedState launched a new version of its site, called RS3, introducing new features such as the ability to organise contributor and user diaries by state; action centres allowing users to take action related to emerging political issues; links to share posts via additional networking sites such as Facebook, Digg, and MySpace; and easier searching between related content on the Internet.
On August 13, 2011, Texas Governor Rick Perry announced his candidacy for President of the United States at RedState's 2011 RedState Gathering. The Austin American-Statesman reported that this was due to the growing influence of the site and Erickson.
RedState has additionally created numerous offshoot blogs on specific political topics, including a site opposed to then Senate Judiciary Committee ranking member Arlen Specter and a site supporting the judicial nominees of President George W. Bush.
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In January 2014, Eagle Publishing was acquired by Salem Media Group. In October 2015, Erickson announced he would be leaving the site by the end of the year to focus on his radio show.
In 2007, RedState banned new contributors who were posting in support of Ron Paul. The announcement on the blog read, "Effective immediately, new users might *not* shill for Ron Paul in any way shape, form or fashion."
In June 2011, Politico reported that an account executive from Eagle Publishing sent an email advertising a "RedState Endorsement Program Featuring Erick Erickson", including "Erick's Video Endorsement (subject to final approval by Erick)". Erickson said that neither he "nor his boss at Eagle" had seen the email before it went out and that "[his] endorsements aren't for sale".
In August 2015, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump was disinvited from the annual RedState gathering following controversial statements he made about American journalist Megyn Kelly. Kelly was invited to the gathering instead. Since then, Redstate has been one of the main centres of opposition to Trump's campaign for the Presidency, with most of its writers and editors vocally opposing Trump.