[Since most of my time these days is spent at Bearing Drift, I’m sharing the New Year’s Day post for 2019.]
Hello, 2019! Goodbye, 2018.
It’s that time of year when it’s out with the old and in with the new. Here at Bearing Drift, it’s a time to look back at the past year, thank those who have built our foundation, offer extra thanks to our writers and background support, express gratitude for our readers, and start out with a clean slate in 2019.
Bearing Drift turns 15 this year — definitely a milestone for our group of writers and contributors who share their opinions, observations, and knowledge about the political world around us. With our concentration primarily on Virginia, we sometimes branch out to national and world politics when they affect us here in the Commonwealth.
Bearing Drift’s New Year’s resolution for 2019 is to continue to provide quality articles to our readers. We will strive to present new content on a regular basis, and we hope our readers will continue to support us and add their voices to the discussion.
As the new year begins, we want to take a moment to recognize those who make Bearing Drift the remarkable organization that it is and their contributions:
–Melissa Kenney is our Advertising Director and Managing Editor. She sells ads, shares her expertise, and also digs into the site to troubleshoot technical issues that may arise.
–Jason Kenney is our Webmaster. For an organization like ours, that is just about the most important person in the operation. He troubleshoots issues we may have and is practically on call at all hours of the day and night.
–Susan Sili is our resident “hostess with the mostest” who covers the General Assembly during session, shares entertaining tips, and writes historical pieces about Virginia.
–Brian Schoeneman is our editor-in-chief emeritus and occasional contributor who is always there to provide support and feedback.
–Rick Sincere, who is well known in the writing world and contributes to a number of publications, is our radio personality since taking on “The Score” nine months ago. He not only pens articles for Bearing Drift but also provides photos when attending candidate events.
–Stephen Spiker rejoined Bearing Drift in 2018. Experienced in polls, policy, and campaigns, he is a solid writer and numbers cruncher.
–Norm Leahy, who has served as editor-in-chief in the past, writes for Real Clear Investigations and provides a weekly column at the Washington Post that he shares with us.
–Cole Trower provides coverage of the Hampton Roads area as well as opinion and information about candidates and campaigns. He has served in grassroots leadership and worked numerous campaigns.
–D.J. McGuire, a former long-time contributor, returned in 2018 after a two-year absence. A former candidate for public office, his experience is in foreign affairs and financial issues as well as Virginia politics.
–Craig Storrs Jr. brings a wide array of experiences to his writing including working with elected officials, running campaigns, and grassroots leadership.
–Matt Hall is our goodwill ambassador, writing articles as well as conducting interviews of candidates and elected officials.
–Andrew Hull is on hiatus preparing to enter law school but is able to add the occasional article. Well-rounded in working campaigns, his quick wit and knowledge of the political scene endeared him to readers.
–M.D. Russ brings years of experience with a military and business background, weighing in on a variety of issues.
–Matt Walton offers perspective from the Richmond area, utilizing his experience working campaigns and running for public office.
–Jay McConville brings his experience in grassroots leadership and running for public office to his writing.
-Rollin Reisinger has written strategically in the past but has been working campaigns in recent months.
-Steven Brodie Tucker is our newest contributor. His thoughtful and fact-filled writing has already captured an audience with BD readers.
–Jim Bacon, editor-in-chief and founder of Bacon’s Rebellion, is one of our content partners, sharing his writing on economics, energy, and other issues of importance to Virginians.
–Rob Schilling has his own radio show and is a former Charlottesville councilman. Another content partner, he writes about topical issues.
–Mike Thompson is president of the Thomas Jefferson Institute of Public Policy, sharing articles about issues that concern the citizens of the Commonwealth.
-And me, Lynn R. Mitchell — editor-in-chief, photo chaser, and multi-tasker.
Here’s expecting even greater things for Bearing Drift in the coming year so stay with us to see where we go in 2019.
From all of us to all of you … Happy New Year!
Cross-posted at BearingDrift.com