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Gabriel Saint Cyr

Gabriel Saint Cyr

A New Jersey native with degrees in English, Spanish, and Japanese. Hopes to bring an even-handed perspective to the issues.

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Jackie Salit

Jackie Salit

A highly respected political innovator and advocate for the rights of independent votersJackie is the President of IndependentVoting.org, the countrys leading strategy and organizing center for independents, with chapters in 40 states. Since 2005 she has hosted a bi-annual national conference for independents.

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Julian Sanchez

Julian Sanchez

Julian Sanchez is a Washington, D.C.based writer and journalist who covers the intersection of privacy, technology, and politics (with occasional forays into pop culture and philosophy). He currently works as a Research Fellow at the libertarian Cato Institute, and is a contributing editor for Reason magazine. He also contributes to The Economists Democracy in America blog. Before joining Cato, Julian was the Washington Editor for the technology news site Ars Technica, and earlier an an assistant editor at Reason. He studied philosophy and political science at New York University before moving to D.C. in 2002.

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Genevieve Santiago

Genevieve Santiago

Genevieve is a recent UC Berkeley graduate, having earned her BA in political science. She is also a self-proclaimed 'political junkie' and can often be found fawning over DemocracyNow.org or other unbiased, straight-shooting political news sites. While at Cal, she strived to be politically well-rounded taking courses in the U.S. Presidency, Congress, Latinos in U.S. politics, urban and metropolitan politics, the "welfare states," war, political psychology, political theory, and California politics. She went through college with the reminder that we cannot change anything unless we understand it, and is making an earnest effort to do just that. Genevieve wants to contribute to IVN because she values news sources that do not pander strictly to the left or right. As time has progressed, our two leading political parties have only become more divided on critical issues, and Americans are presented with less "fair" media. This has resulted in a greater number of independent voters, and more Americans who do not wish to be affiliated with Democrats or Republicans. Genevieve included. When she is not soaking up all that is newsworthy, she enjoys spending time with her family. She comes from a large, close-knit Spanish, Mexican, and Puerto Rican family. Genevieve also enjoys outdoor activities. Hiking, yoga, running, or riding bikes to the local marina are some of her favorite activities.

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Peter Schaeffer

Peter Schaeffer

In 1986, Mr. Schaeffer co-founded MVS Software, a privately held software development company, and was VP of Technology for MVS Software until April 1990. At MVS Software he was the author of OPS/MVS -- the industry and technological leader in mainframe automation. MVS Software was acquired by GOAL Systems International, Inc. in early 1990. From June 1990 to June 1991, Mr. Schaeffer was employed with GOAL Systems where he authored the second-generation version of Runtrac software. In 1991 Mr. Schaeffer founded NEON Systems, Inc. a leading provider of Enterprise Access and Integration software. He served as the President and CEO from 1991 to 1995, and served as the CTO for NEON Systems up through 2001. NEON Systems went public in 1999 and was acquired by Progress Software in 2006. Mr. Schaeffer joined JMI as a special advisor in 2000 and served as a Director of Scalable Software, Inc. and Configuresoft, Inc. In addition, Mr. Schaeffer encourages the development of non-profit organizations through his considerable philanthropic support, which includes the Fort Bend ISD Education Foundation, Oakland Ballet, and the Western Ballet. Mr. Schaeffer was also one of the founders of HSVP (Houston Social Venture Partners), the Houston affiliate of SVP (Social Venture Partners). Mr. Schaeffer holds a BS degree in Organic Chemistry from the University of Chicago.

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Trudy Schaffer

Trudy Schaffer

Trudy Schafer is Senior Director for Program for the League of Women Voters of California, a nonpartisan political organization that encourages informed and active participation in government.

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Marcus Schantz

Marcus Schantz

Marcus Schantz is a practicing felony criminal defense attorney in Chicago and political enthusiast. He has recently entered the world of freelance writing where he wants to write about politics and distance running. He set a personal record in the marathon on October 7, 2012, running the Chicago Marathon in 2:49:03. Coke Zero is his only vice.

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Jack Scherer

Jack Scherer

Jack Scherer is an attorney in the New York City area with a Juris Doctor from Pace Law School and a Bachelors degree in Political Science from the City University of New York, Queens College.

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Craig D. Schlesinger

Craig D. Schlesinger

Craig is an artist and analyst in Nashville, TN not affiliated with any political party.

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Brad R. Schlesinger

Brad R. Schlesinger

Brad is a law student at St. Thomas University School of Law and holds a Bachelors of Science in Criminal Justice from Florida International University. His research and writing focuses on civil liberties, the criminal justice system, and drug policy.

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Dale Schlundt

Dale Schlundt

Dale Schlundt holds a Masters Degree in Adult Education with a concentration in American History from the University of Texas at San Antonio and is currently an Adjunct Professor for Palo Alto College. Dales new book Education Decoded (A Collection of My Writings) is now available on Amazon.

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Ryan Schuette

Ryan Schuette

Experienced journalist, columnist, and cartoonist covering international politics, foreign aid, the housing industry, and domestic politics. Also the founder of a nonprofit and Limited Liability Company.

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Lisa Scott

Lisa Scott

Lisa Elaine Scott is a writer, teacher and filmmaker. Her current documentary film project, Outdated Democracy, identifies the barriers to meaningful representation and presents and evaluates the solutions for creating a more representative democracy. www.outdateddemocracy.com

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Joel Searby

Joel Searby

Joel Searby is the Founder and President of The Sycamore Lane Company. He is a veteran consultant with over 10 years experience in the realm of political campaigning, government affairs, corporate and non-profit strategic planning, leadership development, and faith-based initiatives.

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AJ Segneri

AJ Segneri

For 15 years I have worked as an activist, political campaigner, and social entrepreneur. During that time I have helped organize in the areas of social justice, economic rights, education, and the environment. Along with my work, I have spoken at one day workshops, conferences, and conventions to speak on issues and to train those to improve their skill set. Outside of my work I have taught in academia in the fields of cultural studies, political philosophy, and sociology.

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Michael Semanchik

Michael Semanchik

Michael Semanchik is a staff attorney at the California Innocence Project. He has reviewed hundreds of cases of innocence over the last five years. He recently received a 2013 California Lawyer Attorneys of the Year Award. Support the California Innocence Project: http://californiainnocenceproject.org/about-the-project/support-the-project

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Kendall Shain

Kendall Shain

Kendall is a San Diego native with a BA in Global/International Studies from the University of California Santa Barbara. Kendall has an avid interest in seeking out the truth from what is reported by the media.

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Ilya Shambat

Ilya Shambat

Iyla came to USA from Soviet Union at age 12, and at age 18 finished University of Virginia. In his adult life he has worked in software industry, traveled around America, studied different conceptual systems, translated a large body of Russian poetry, worked and volunteered in a variety of capacities, published a poetry book called Poems to Julia and wrote significant amounts of essays and poetry on different themes.

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Ilya Shapiro

Ilya Shapiro

Ilya Shapiro is a senior fellow in constitutional studies at the Cato Institute and editor-in-chief of the Cato Supreme Court Review. Before joining Cato, he was a special assistant/advisor to the Multi-National Force in Iraq on rule of law issues and practiced international, political, commercial, and antitrust litigation at Patton Boggs and Cleary Gottlieb. Shapiro has contributed to a variety of academic, popular, and professional publications, including the Wall Street Journal, Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy, L.A. Times, USA Today, Washington Times, Legal Times, Weekly Standard, and National Review Online, and from 2004 to 2007 wrote the "Dispatches from Purple America" column for TCS Daily.com. He also regularly provides commentary on a host of legal and political issues for various TV and radio outlets, including CNN, Fox News, ABC, CBS, NBC, Univision, "The Colbert Report," and American Public Media's "Marketplace." He lectures regularly on behalf of the Federalist Society and other educational and professional groups, is a member of the board of visitors of the Legal Studies Institute at The Fund for American Studies, was an inaugural Washington Fellow at the National Review Institute, and has been an adjunct professor at the George Washington University Law School. Before entering private practice, Shapiro clerked for Judge E. Grady Jolly of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, while living in Mississippi and traveling around the Deep South. He holds an A.B. from Princeton University, an M.Sc. from the London School of Economics, and a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School (where he became a Tony Patio Fellow). Shapiro is a member of the bars of New York, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Supreme Court. He is a native speaker of English and Russian, is fluent in Spanish and French, and is proficient in Italian and Portuguese.

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Debbie Sharnak

Debbie Sharnak

Debbie Sharnak is a PhD candidate in history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a focus on Latin America and international relations. Her work examines the origins and evolution of human rights. She was a 2014 Fulbright Scholar in Uruguay.

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Eric Sharp

Eric Sharp

Eric Sharp is a grassroots activist, artist, and journalist from Tennessee. He's worked with Young Americans for Liberty, and written for The Humble Libertarian, YAL blog, and Mises Canada.

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Ryan Sharp

Ryan Sharp

Ryan has been an activist (non-paid) since 2000, and has been the elected Vice President of America's Party of Florida since 2009.

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Mia Shaw

Mia Shaw

Columnist, reporter and editor for the Daily Californian. Political economy, rhetoric and society & environment triple major at UC Berkeley. Human and animal rights activist, model. Works at KTVU Channel 2 News and KGO Radio 810. First book out soon.

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Jesse S

Jesse S

Jesse is a political strategist and writer based in NYC

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Dennis Sherrard

Dennis Sherrard

50 years and change, father of 3 who lives in the North Texas area. Have been crazy about politics, golf, horses, single malt whisky, cigars, etc. for years. Have a terrific wife who puts up with all my crap. The kids are terrific as kids usually are.

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