Over the last four years that this blog has been running, we have nearly doubled our audience every year. We’ve grown from a handful of readers to over 1,000 readers per day during Oct/Nov. What started as a simple outlet for my political frustration has swelled into a Whatcom County institution.
Here at the Political Junkie, we are always striving to improve our content. Whether that is recruiting new guest columnists (see here and here), or spending the time to dig deep into issues (our two year long coverage of the new jail or analysis of obscure ballot measures), we are constantly growing. Over the last three months, I’ve been interviewing some of my readers and the next step is clear:
Weekly coverage of our state legislature
We have not had reliable Whatcom-centric coverage of the state legislature in over a decade and the team at The Political Junkie is aiming to fix that. For the entire session (Jan-Apr), we would be bringing you accessible political reporting about what is going on in Olympia. Here are some of the things we would be able to provide:
- Exclusive interviews with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle
- Weekly updates on bills sponsored, amended and championed by the legislators in the 40th and 42nd
- Local insight into how recently passed laws will affect Whatcom County
- On the ground coverage when breaking news erupts out of Olympia
- Balanced analysis of laws sponsored by our legislators – and what they mean in plain English
This level of coverage would require some significant time and energy investment. Especially since this would be in addition to our usual two-three posts a week covering local elections, city and county council activity and the Friday Odds and Ends. That is why I’m turning to you, my avid readers, to see if you would be willing to support this effort. Click below to donate to The Political Junkie’s legislative coverage fund.
To provide weekly coverage of our state legislature, we have a goal of $500. This would provide the resources to justify the time and energy spent bringing you the best possible coverage. If we meet the goal by the end of December, we will be able to launch our new feature first thing in January. As always, all donations to The Political Junkie are confidential.
Thank you to everyone who has supported this blog in the past, it means a great deal to us and has allowed us to grow into the media source we are today. Together, we can build a truly unique news outlet.
– Riley and Bryna Sweeney
P.S. Even a donation of $20 would help us meet our goal. Click the button above or here to donate today!