Monday, October 18, 2021


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Matt Fuehrmeyer


Former DCCC Director of Research and Strategic Communications and former Research Director for Senator Al Franken and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Follow him on Twitter @mfuehrme.

Melanie Schmitz

Executive Editor

Journalist, former senior politics editor at ThinkProgress. Follow her on Twitter: @MelsLien.

Cortney Rock

Managing Editor

Senior Editor. Formerly with PPFA and publications including the Los Angeles Times Magazine and Ms.

Karen Freund


Former copy editor at Daily Kos. Former translator at U.S. embassy in Moscow.


Oliver Willis

Senior Writer

Former research fellow at Media Matters for America who has been blogging about politics since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @owillis.

Emily C. Singer

Senior Writer

Emily C. Singer is a political reporter based in New York. She's covered campaigns and elections for years, including at Roll Call, Mashable and Mic. Follow her on Twitter @CahnEmily.

Josh Israel

Senior Writer

Former senior investigative reporter at ThinkProgress and former head of money-in-politics reporting at the Center for Public Integrity. Follow him on Twitter @jeisrael.

Casey Quinlan

LGBTQ Reporter

Casey Quinlan is the LGBTQ reporter at The American Independent. They previously worked for ThinkProgress as a gender and sexuality policy reporter. Casey has freelanced for publications such as Rewire News, New Republic, Teen Vogue, In These Times, Glamour, Bustle, Vox, SCOTUSblog, and Supermajority News.

Matt Cohen

Political Reporter

Matt is a reporter covering extremism and politics. He was previously a former Ben Bagdikian investigative reporting fellow at Mother Jones and the former arts editor at Washington City Paper and editor-in-chief of DCist. Follow him on Twitter at @Matt_D_Cohen.

Josh Axelrod

Political Reporter

Journalist, former reporter at and associate producer at CNN. Follow him on Twitter @j0shaxelrod.

Jacob Gardenswartz

Political Reporter

Political reporter and producer, previously with NBC News' White House team, MSNBC's legal unit, and Vox, among others. Follow him on Twitter @gardenswartzj.

Jessie Standafer

Digital Director

Digital strategist and content producer. Formerly Cabán for Queens and Maine Democratic Party. Creator of #PeoplePowered, used by progressive campaigns nationwide. Follow her on Twitter @JessieStandafer.

Ellison Skelly

Digital Associate

Digital strategist and designer, formerly non-profit educator and counselor.

Nuri Aydogan

Nurettin Aydogan

IT Manager

IT professional, technician and software developer.