Allvoices is pleased to announce the March 1-15 winners of the American Pundit contest, a pair of New York City writers with two very different takes on two very different topics.
Our Writing Assignment winner is Richard J. Sepulveda, user name RobertNickels, for his extremely original take on Mitt Romney’s campaign strategy in Sun Tzu, Machiavelli and Mitt Romney. Although he has been an Allvoices stringer since Feb. 22, 2010, this is his first report for Allvoices. He starts off with a bang, earning $250, a promotion to anchor and advancing to the next level of eligibility for the $5,000 grand prize.
Our other winner is Suzanne Surbeck, an Allvoices anchor and site member since Sept. 29, 2009. In The League of Women Voters: Standing up for democracy, one vote at a time, Surbeck reminds us of the importance of voting and highlights the League of Women Voters efforts to make voting as easy as possible for all those who enjoy the hard-won right to vote. For her efforts, she wins $250 and advances to the next level of competition.
For the second half of March, we’re taking a step back from the drama of the 2012 campaign in search of a more historical perspective on the presidency. The Writing Assignment for March 16-31 is: Excluding Obama, who was the best (or worst) president in American history, from George Washington through George W. Bush? Explain your reasoning.
We are leaving Obama out of the mix since his administration is a work in progress. Are you a fan of Franklin Roosevelt and the New Deal? Let us know about it! Or maybe you’re a fan of Ronald Reagan, who famously declared that “government is the problem.” Can’t stand, or Richard Nixon? Tell us why they were so bad for the country.
There have been 42 U.S. presidents in addition to Obama (assuming you only count Grover Cleveland once -- thanks to cyberquill for reminding us about that one). Now is your chance to earn recognition (and prize money!) for sharing your opinions on their legacies. If you have strong opinions about more than one former president, don’t hesitate to submit multiple entries. Beginning March 26, select on-topic contest entrants will be highlighted in the “More Election Coverage” section of The American Pundit page, so tell your friends, families and co-workers to check it out. Let’s help make the voices of American Pundit writers a “destination page” throughout the 2012 campaign.
The next deadline for entries is at 11:59 p.m. on March 31. Two additional winners will be selected from the entrants in that time period, one from entries on the assigned topic and one from other entries.
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