We've been experimenting with political features for a couple of years on our Web site, trying to find a good way to help voters make their election decisions.
The hottest local races this fall are the two county commission contests -- Democrat Tom Ferrell vs. Republican Mike Printy, and Democrat Pat Shenigo vs. Republican Joe Hayberger.
So we've begun a new blog feature allowing the candidates to speak for themselves. We've just posed our first question, asking each of the four to explain why he chose to run.
Why is this approach useful?
I read many political blogs on the Internet. Many of them believe political coverage in the newspapers is biased. They either believe that (A) We're all a bunch of left wingers, in the tank for Barack Obama, left wing think tanks, labor unions and the Democratic Party (see Instapundit for examples of this line) or (B) We've all sold our souls to the corporate media, and essentially we do nothing except parrot the Bush administration and repeat Republican talking phrases (this is the line taken, for example, by Glenn Greenwald).
With our new Decision '08 section, the candidates address you in their own words, and we run exactly what they send us.