Results from the May 1-15 segment of American Pundit are in, with writers from Kentucky and California claiming $250 apiece and earning eligibility for the $5,000 Grand Prize, to be awarded after the November elections.
Congratulatons are in order for bramdavis of Louisville, who weighed in with “A third party of mice” on May 8 in response to the writing assignment on third party viability. bramdavis used a Canadian political fable to illustrate how American politics is a lot like a nation of mice always choosing a white cat or a black cat to be their leader. Finally, the mice had the revolutionary idea to elect a mouse as their leader because the cats kept looking out for feline interests over those of the mice.
bramdavis, a Stringer for Allvoices since March 29, 2012, earns a promotion to Anchor along with the prize money and advances to the next level of The American Pundit competition.
Our other winner wrote about one of the most controversial topics of this or any other election season: same-sex marriage. In “A moment in history: a reaction to Obama's gay marriage endorsement,” published May 9, San Francisco writer Michael Springer offered a big-picture, historical perspective on the president’s support of marriage equality. Springer, a Stringer who joined the site on March 15, 2009, writes that Obama’s announcement “will be looked back upon as a defining moment in the history of gay rights.” He goes on to applaud the president for having “the conviction to stand up for what is right.” Kudos to Springer for articulating what so many supporters of same-sex marriage were feeling in the wake of Obama's pronouncement.
Like bramdavis, Springer earns a promotion to Anchor as well as the prize money and advancement to the next level of the contest.
The assigned topic through May 31 is about the role of social media in American politics: The much-anticipated Facebook IPO was May 18. How has social media, including but not limited to Facebook, changed American politics? What role do you see social media playing in the 2012 presidential election?
The next deadline for entries is at 11:59 p.m. on May 31. Two additional winners will be selected from the entrants, with at least one winner picked from entries on the assigned topic.
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If you like writing about U.S. politics and the 2012 campaign, enter "The American Pundit" competition. Allvoices is awarding four $250 prizes each month between now and November. These monthly winners earn eligibility for the $5,000 grand prize, to be awarded after the November election.