Greetings! My name is Austin Cassidy and I am the new owner of Independent Political Report.
A few of you may remember me as the guy who founded a blog called Third Party Watch back in 2005 and who subsequently sold that site several years later. That sale, for a variety of complicated reasons, would eventually lead to the creation of IPR back in 2008.
For a time in the early days of this website I was a contributing writer, minority owner and briefly held the ceremonial title of Publisher. But IPR really got off the ground and grew year after year because of the tireless work of founder Jason Seagraves (aka G.E.) and the dozens of other writers and contributors who have come and gone over the nearly 13 years that we’ve been online.
Folks like Paul Frankel, Trent Hill, William Saturn, Kimberly Wilder, Ross Levin, Red Phillips, Andy Craig, Caryn Ann Harlos, David Doonan, Damon Eris, Darcy Richardson, Gregg Jocoy, Fred Church Ortiz, Tom Knapp, Warren Redlich and the many other writers and frequent commenters have made IPR into what it is today. Since launching in May of 2008 we have published nearly 20,000 posts which have attracted more than 300,000 comments and tens of millions of unique visits!
Independent Political Report has changed hands a few times over the years and most recently was part of the SpinJ Corporation, which is owned by Warren Redlich and his brother Steve. Warren, as most of you know, is an attorney, realtor, entrepreneur and former New York gubernatorial candidate. He has many irons in the fire and recently expressed an interest in finding a new owner for IPR. I jumped at the opportunity.
I’ll be making another post in the next couple of days with some more details, so please stay tuned!