-- MidwestPolitics.com launches as Midwestern political news portal --
The site is a cooperative venture between sites based in Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin. Its goal is to provide readers with background and coverage of the crucial Midwest battleground in the months leading up to the 2008 presidential election.
Several of the states involved were key to the 2004 campaign strategies of George W. Bush and John Kerry and the region is again expected to be a frequent stopping point for the eventual '08 nominees. Already, Iowa and Michigan have proven to be important waypoints in the race to this year's nomination, and the next six weeks will see the other states hold their own contests.
MidwestPolitics.com currently features a constantly updating scroll of headlines from each of the member sites, plus a primary calendar and links to the individual sites. More features are planned as the general election approaches.
About the member sites:
WISCONSIN AND IOWA - WisPolitics.com and IowaPolitics.com
WisPolitics.com and IowaPolitics.com are independent, non-partisan online political and government news services based in Madison, Wis. and Des Moines, Iowa. They operate free sites and associated subscriber news services.
Go to www.wispolitics.com and www.iowapolitics.com
MINNESOTA - MinnPost.com
MinnPost is a nonprofit journalism enterprise that publishes MinnPost.com and MinnPost in Print. MinnPost.com provides news and analysis Monday through Friday, based on reporting by professional journalists, most of whom have decades of experience in the Twin Cities media. The site features high-quality video and audio, as well as written stories. It also includes commentary pieces from the community, and comments from readers on individual stories. The site will not endorse candidates for office or publish unsigned editorials representing an institutional position. We encourage broad-ranging, civil discussion from many points of view.
Go to www.minnpost.com
OHIO AND MICHIGAN - Gongwer News Service
For more than 100 years, Gongwer News Service has set the standard by providing its subscribers the most independent, comprehensive, accurate and timely coverage of issues in and around Michigan and Ohio's government and political systems. Written by a staff of experienced, professional journalists, Gongwer's daily Report provides detailed coverage of every legislative bill and closely tracks the intricate workings of the executive and judicial branches.
Go to www.gongwer.com and www.gongwer-oh.com
ILLINOIS -- Capitol Fax
Editor Rich Miller has been writing about Illinois politics since 1990 and began publishing Capitol Fax, a daily political newsletter, in 1993. He also is a Chicago Sun-Times columnist.
Go to http://thecapitolfaxblog.com/
2008 PRIMARY/CAUCUS DATES
Jan. 3: Iowa
Winners: Barack Obama (D), Mike Huckabee (R)
Jan. 15: Michigan
Winners: Mitt Romney (R), Hillary Clinton (D)
MidwestPolitics.com is a cooperative venture between six independent political and government news sites based in Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin.
Its goal is to provide readers with background and coverage of the crucial Midwest battleground in the months leading up to the 2008 presidential election.
Click on the state map above to visit each site individually.
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