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Lucy Ma

Lucy Ma

Lucy graduated from CSU Chico with a double major in International Relations and International Economics. She first got her start in CA state politics as a writer for then Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. She has since gone on to serve as a Communications Director in the CA State Assembly, and as a political fundraising consultant based out of Sacramento. Lucy now joins IVN staff as a contributor focusing on CA state politics. As a registered Republican, her political leanings are right of center.

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Michael Mabe

Michael Mabe

I Graduated from college with a Bachelor's degree in Political Science. I avidly read and analyze material on all matters related to the social sciences (political science, history, economics, child development, psychology, and family therapy) and have been known to dabble in some of the hard sciences (physics and math). Call me a nerd, but nerd is the new awesome!! You can follow some of my research and writing at www.lessonsfromourfathers.com

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Selina MacLaren

Selina MacLaren

Selina is a law student at the University of Chicago and a graduate of UC Berkeley, where she received a B.A. in Political Economy. Her interest in government stems from internships at the State Department, on the Hill, and for a public defender's office. She spent six months studying in India and has a passion for international travel, but her recent priority destination is her sunny childhood home of SoCal.

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Michael Maguire

Michael Maguire

Michael spent more than 25 years in the newspaper business followed by several more as an industry consultant. He created a documentary chronicle of the construction of the Frank Lloyd Wright Usonian house on the Florida Southern College campus in Lakeland, Florida. Maguire has been a persistent volunteer in the arts-and-culture community, has appeared in art shows across the county, and is an active blogger in local political issues.

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Jim Mahler

Jim Mahler

Jim is the President of the American Federation of Teachers Guild, Local 1931. He has a bachelors of Science and Engineering Physics as well as a Masters of Science in Mechanical Engineering (combustion processes) from UC Berkeley.

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Brian Maienschein

Brian Maienschein

In November of 2012, Brian Maienschein was elected as Assemblyman for the 77th District, winning with a record number of votes in the district. Prior to being elected as an Assemblyman, Maienschein was selected as San Diegos first Commissioner on Homelessness. The program he created received a Golden Watchdog award from the San Diego County Taxpayers Association for its success in reducing homelessness and savings millions of dollars in taxpayer money. Brian was elected to the San Diego City Council in November 2000 with 63% of the vote, the most ever received by a non-incumbent, and was re-elected without opposition in 2004 to represent the San Diego City Councils Fifth District. In the course of both elections, he received the highest number of votes ever cast for a City Council candidate. During his tenure on the City Council, Brian preserved over 11,000 acres in the San Pasqual Valley from development. He secured the opening of State Route 56 and made numerous infrastructure improvements throughout his district. He is most well known for his outstanding response to two wildfires that swept through his district, the Cedar Fire in 2003 and the Witch Creek Fire in 2007. Brian and his staff walked the burned-out neighborhood streets themselves to create a list of the homes that had been destroyed and got this news out to his constituents before they were allowed to return. In the fires aftermath, he set up a one-stop shop for disaster victims to lead the rebuilding efforts. The plan he created is now viewed as a national model for disaster response. Prior to serving on the City Council, Brian was the Executive Director of Youth Court, an innovative program that has forged a partnership between law enforcement, schools, and community groups to get first-time juvenile offenders back on track. For his work with the program, Brian received the District Attorneys Crime Victims Rights Award. As a Councilmember, he expanded the program throughout San Diego. Thousands of San Diego students have now been through the program. In recognition of his hard work on behalf of our community, Maienschein received the 2003 Legislator of the Year Award by the American Planning Association. He has also been named one of the Top 50 People to Watch in San Diego by San Diego Magazine and was the recipient of the Top 40 under 40 Leadership Award by San Diego Metropolitan Magazine. Brian was named one of San Diego Magazines 50 People to Watch in 2011, receiving this prestigious recognition for a second time. Recently, Maienschein received the Channel 10 News Leadership Award and was named one of San Diegos 2012 Top Influentials by The Daily Transcript. Brian teaches a course on Election Law at the University of San Diego Law School and California Western School of Law. A graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara and California Western School of Law, Brians proudest accomplishments are his two daughters, Taylin and Brenna.

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Anouar Majid

Anouar Majid

Anouar Majid is a professor at the University of New England (UNE). He is Vice President for Global Affairs and Communications, the founding director of the Center for Global Humanities, and the founding chair of the Department of English, which he headed from 2000 to 2009. He is also the General Manager of UNE in Tangier, Morocco. Majid has published widely on relations between Islam and the West. He is the author of Islam and America: Building a Future Without Prejudice (Rowman & Littlefield, 2012); We Are All Moors: Ending Centuries of Crusades Against Muslims and Other Minorities (University of Minnesota Press, 2009); A Call for Heresy: Why Dissent is Vital to Islam and America (University of Minnesota Press, 2007), Freedom and Orthodoxy: Islam and Difference in the Post-Andalusian Age (Stanford University Press, 2004), Unveiling Traditions: Postcolonial Islam in a Polycentric World (Duke University Press, 2000), and the novel Si Yussef (Quartet, 1992; Interlink, 2005). Majid's articles and op-eds have appeared in Cultural Critique, Signs, Chronicle Review, Washington Post, and other publications. He was the co-founder and editor-in-chief of the print magazine Tingis, a Moroccan-American magazine of ideas and culture, and now edits it online at Tingismagazine.com.

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Chris Malone

Chris Malone

Chris Malone is a sought after advisor, public speaker and co-author of the award-winning book, The HUMAN Brand. He is also a frequent guest and contributor to CNBC, FOX Business, Bloomberg TV, Wall Street Journal Live, Forbes and Businessweek.

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Gwen Mandell

Gwen Mandell

Gwen is the Director of National Outreach for Independent Voting. To contact her, click the email icon above.

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Alan Markow

Alan Markow

Alan Markow has been a professional writer and communicator for over 40 years. He has been a senior corporate communications executive for major companies in high technology, telecommunications, banking and chemicals. During the Vietnam era, he served as a Navy journalist and broadcaster. He has blogged for IVN.org since its inception. Alans personal political views range from liberal to libertarian

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J. Hutton Marshall

J. Hutton Marshall

Hutton is currently studying political science, economics and English at San Diego State University. He also manages SDSU's student newspaper, The Daily Aztec, and interns for an internet marketing company, Thunder SEO. Issues of interest: Internet privacy, government transparency, middle east diplomacy, and financial influence on politics.

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Dan Marshall

Dan Marshall

Dan Marshall is associated with Oak View Law Group, he is a financial writer and enjoys writing articles on the global financial situation, bankruptcy, making money online, the stock market, debt consolidation, and mortgages along with other finance-related topics...

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Jeff Marston

Jeff Marston

Marston currently sits on the board of the Independent Voter Project. He was president and co-owner of Marston+Marston, Inc., a full service public, governmental and community relations firm and before that, was senior vice president of another San Diego-based public relations firm where he spent nearly four years serving as the lobbyist for the City of San Diego in Sacramento. Before his employment there, Marston was a member of the California State Assembly representing San Diegos 78th District. While in the State Assembly, Marston served on the Committees on Education, Housing and Community Development and Revenue and Taxation.

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Drew Martin

Drew Martin

A Georgia native, and recent transplant to Charleston, SC, Drew first took an interest in politics after being inspired by the Ron Paul 2008 presidential campaign. After much study he became convinced the only logical and morally acceptable society is one in which individual liberty is protected and devoid of any state intervention. Heavily influenced by the politics of Frederic Bastiat, Albert Jay Nock, Thomas Jefferson, Barry Goldwater and contemporary writers such as Ron Paul, Bill Kauffman and Jeffrey Tucker; Drews worldview is a blend of traditional conservatism and classical liberalism. You can find his work at www.unitedliberty.org.

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Jacqueline Mary

Jacqueline Mary

Mostly self trained writer, also mostly self educated. Class of 2016 Graduate with a BA in History from Cal State San Marcos. Fed up with politics as usual. Bad journalism is a major pet peeve. I want to take readers on my journey to know new info.

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Joshua Mason

Joshua Mason

Joshua Mason is a writer from London who has written online content as well as print journalism. He has turned his hand to many blogs including about sports betting tips. He has become fascinated with American politics since he was in school. He hopes one day to experience the real thing when he moves across the Atlantic.

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Steven Maviglio

Steven Maviglio

Steve Maviglio is the principal of Forza Communications, a Sacramento-based public affairs/campaign firm. He was formerly Deputy Chief of Staff for two history-making California Assembly Speakers, Karen Bass and Fabian Nunez, where he provided strategic communication and political advice to the Speaker and the Assembly Democratic Caucus. Capitol Weekly recently named him one of the most powerful staffers in the Capitol.

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Jim Mayer

Jim Mayer

Jim Mayer is executive director of California Forward, a bipartisan public interest effort to bolster democracy and improve the performance of government in California. Jim was part of the team that developed and launched California Forward in 2008.

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Simon Mayeski

Simon Mayeski

Simon Mayeski is a writer, an activist, and an independent consultant, most recently at Common Cause in San Diego Area coordinating "Election Protection". He serves as Common Cause's watchdog at the SD Ethics Commission, has over 20 years experience in computer programming and web development, and knows that global climate change is serious business.

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Lara McCaffrey

Lara McCaffrey

Lara McCaffrey is a 2010 graduate of the University of California, San Diego where she was a student of politics and history. During lunch breaks at her securities law firm job, McCaffrey writes freelance for various alt weeklys such as the San Diego Reader and OB Rag.

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Danika McClure

Danika McClure

Danika McClure is a writer and musician from the Northwest who sometimes takes a 30 minute break from feminism to enjoy a tv show. You can follow her on Twitter (click the Twitter icon above).

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Patricia McConnell

Patricia McConnell

Patricia McConnell is the Editor of News Growl, an independent political news and fashion website. When she is not writing content for her site she is normally listening to a podcast, drinking too much coffee, or extolling the virtues of the Oxford comma.

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Andrew McDowell

Andrew McDowell

I am an independent who believes the system has turned bad and unsavory enough that voters will unite to take the country back from those who wish to keep us in control.

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