About IVN

The Independent Voter Network (IVN.us) is an open news platform for independent-minded authors and readers. The mission of IVN is to raise the level of civil discourse to a place where solutions are more persuasive than talking points, and participation is not conditioned on your party affiliation.

The current congressional approval rating is just over 10%, trust in the news media is under 30%, most importantly, voters are fleeing the parties in record numbers, with about HALF of Americans now describing themselves as independents. Still, with an increasingly partisan government and media, the voices of independent-minded Americans are not represented.

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The purpose of IVN.us is to provide unfiltered political news and policy analysis across the political spectrum. Unlike traditional media, IVN actively encourages writers and readers of differing political tendencies to engage in a constructive dialogue.


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 IVN is able to do this through our etiquette — a four point guideline to encourage constructive conversations.


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Meet the IVN Team

Shawn Griffiths, In Full Color Column Editor 


Shawn has covered political and election reform for several years on IVN. He uses his own knowledge and experience on the topic, and brings on experts to give readers an in-depth look at reform efforts from across the country they cannot find anywhere else. Shawn publishes his in-dept on his column, In Full Color. A native Texan, Shawn studied History and Philosophy at the University of North Texas, and has been an editor for IVN since 2012. He now lives in San Diego.

Jeff Powers, IVN San Diego Column Editor 


Jeff hosts “Powers Podcast” and the IVN Video Newscast with Lindsay France. Jeff covers local politics and the news stories that make San Diego the unique place it is. It’s something he has done for nearly two decades. First as a TV news anchor, reporter, and producer in San Diego, and now as an editor of IVN San Diego. Powers is a native San Diegan.

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Lindsay France, Business of Politics Column Editor


Along with serving as IVN’s business editor, Lindsay France covers the White House, Congress, and The Supreme Court. She also hosts the bi-monthly podcast “The Business of Politics”. Lindsay is a member of the Society of American Business Editors and Writers and a devoted volunteer with the ASPCA’s FIR Rescue Team.

T.J. O’Hara, Principal Political Analyst: T.J. represents IVN as its Principal Political Analyst, and is a valued advisor and writer, as well as the host of Deconstructed.  He’s the author of three books, hundreds of nationally published articles, and a frequent political commentator on radio and television.  T.J. has been a CEO and strategic consultant for a wide bandwidth of companies in the private sector. In 2012, he became the leading independent candidate for President of the United States and earned the venerable Whig Party’s first endorsement since the 1850s.  He currently lectures in both the public and private sectors on how to achieve transformative change and the behavioral neuroscience behind it.

Stefani Mills, Social Media and Podcast Manager: Stefani focuses on marketing, production, and social media for the IVN team. She graduated from the University of San Diego with a B.A. in Communication Studies and a Nonprofit Management Credential.


In addition to our editorial team, IVN is home to over 400 authors!

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