For the last five years or so, I've wanted to establish a print version of Espresso Pundit. My friends always responded..."Print? You mean on like actual paper...that you put in the mail?" Yep. Actual print.
Sure, mainstream, general circulation, least common ddenominator, corporate group think newspapers are dying. However, niche papers are actually doing pretty well.
I believe that there is a large market comprised of people who are interested in politics and would be interested in additional coverage and analysis but who just aren't interested in blogs or other web-only content.
So I have finally followed through, and the good folks at Americopy are mailing the first edition as I write this. In the future, the paper will not be available on line, however here's a copy of the first edition.
One problem with print is that it is expensive, so I have to charge a basic subscription rate. In this case, I'm charging $25 annually and I will be distributing the paper on the second Friday of each month. The best way to subscribe is to click this link and use Paypal.
One advantage of Print is that it allows me to really expand the coverage. I've often complained that the mainstream newspapers only focus on the big issues like AHCCCS expansion, or the trivial issues, like so called guns in bars or who gets to use which restroom. There are literally hundreds of important bills that don't get any coverage. I'm also concerned that the mainstream papers only portray legislators in a negative light.
In response, I've invited guest columnists to discuss issues that they think are important. I think you will enjoy the comments of Dick Foreman, Sydney Hay, Paul Walker, Greg Hopley and Marc Ashton.I think you will also enjoy the perspective the Jason Rose and Barbara Lockwood add to the debate about Net Metering and the future of the solar industry. And don't miss the columns by John Kavanagh and Betsey Bayless about the proposed AHCCCS expansion.
In addition to guest columns and Point/Counter point by industry and political leaders, I've included a week's worth of Espresso Pundit columns for those of you who might have missed them. I've also added two features that I think you will enjoy. The first is what I call the "Real Facts of Life." These are lessons that I've learned over the years and that I've shared with my children. They are light proverbs and stories that have provided important lessons for me and my children and I thought you might enjoy reading them. I plan to publish one story in each edition.
Finally, I've included a feel good story that didn't receive any attention. A few weeks ago, the lobbyists and the legislators played a charity softball game in order to raise money for the Phoenix Children's Hospital. Steve Trussell, Director of the Arizona Rock Products Association, organized the event and hired a professional photographer. I thought it would be fun to show you a side of the Legislature that you are unlikely to read about in the mainstream papers.
I want to thank my first round of advertisers as well as Steven Heywood at Americopy for his tremendous help and support.
I hope that you will consider subscribing to the Arizona Political Report and if you would like to provide guest commentary, submit photographs, send story ideas, or buy advertsing, please contact me at email@example.com