Today, it feels nearly impossible to discern who is telling the truth and who is, as the President is so fond of screaming, “fake news.” My right-leaning father and I are consistently battling each other with conflicting facts from our niche news sources. For example, his conservative news bubble is telling him that Trump’s approval rating is high, while my liberal echo chamber tells me the opposite. How’s that possible, and what can we do about it?

While I lean decidedly left, I am independent-minded. I believe wholeheartedly that the two party system is screwing us, and I like to frequent sites that allow for readers to get both sides on important issues so I can make an educated decision as to how I feel about that topic. Nine times out of ten, I’ll lean with the libs, but isn’t it important to at least give yourself that chance to hear another side to things?

So where can you go for civil discussion that is at least moderately unbiased? As my holiday gift to you, I decided to collect a list of what I consider to be some of the best political blogs for the, er, only slightly biased independent thinker 😉 Re-vamp your blog aggregation this year by adding these sites to your must-subscribe list!

Sites and Blogs With Bipartisan/Moderate Content…

The Moderate Voice

Offering sections on society, politics, entertainment and much more, The Moderate Voice gives readers a full spectrum glance into the people, events and ideas that change our society. Articles range from addressing the current Republican tax bill as corrupt, to the little-known fact that Asiatic Cheetahs are facing extinction, to lighthearted comedy on the so-called War on Christmas.

Ordinary Times

Offering a discussion forum as well as political blog posts, Ordinary Times also focuses on civil political discourse. Recent articles tackle topics as diverse as the acquittal of Philip Brailsford, a former Mesa, AZ police officer, in the shooting death of Daniel Shaver, to a discussion of whether the holiday hit song “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” is playful fun or a much darker invitation to commit sexual assault.

Political Storm

Political Storm, similar to Ordinary Times, offers a free and open platform for voices from many different sides of the political spectrum to get their thoughts out there and debate. It’s a place where pretty much anyone can contribute fresh thoughts as long as your writing is solid, your facts are backed and your language and messages aren’t hateful.

The New York Times Political Blog

The New York Times features a highly evolved political commentary section offering many different perspectives. Recent exposes include the vast sum of money the House has expended to settle sexual harassment suits across the years. They also offer a very timely right and left look into the investigation Robert Mueller is conducting regarding possible Russian interference in the US election process.

Blogs About Centrist/Independent Party Advocacy…

The Centrist Project

The Centrist Project explores what a future without the divisiveness of the two-party system might look like. Their core values include environmental responsibility, social tolerance, fiscal responsibility and economic opportunity. Their mission is to help elect independent third-party candidates who actively work to solve problems. With at least 57% of Americans calling for an alternative to the current two-party system, this blog is timely and relevant.

The Independent Voter Network (IVN)

The Independent Voter Network, or IVN, seeks to create an open network for journalists who wish to engage in civil dialogue about policy issues. Their “About Us” page jokes that they have been called everything from undercover Republicans to anarchists, and they embrace this extreme disparity. Any good writer can contribute to the site as long as you follow their rules of etiquette for civil political discourse.

FairVote

FairVote focuses on pushing for electoral reform that gives voters more choice, stronger voices and a more representative political process for the people. This organization has made great strides in electoral reform at local, state and national levels. Their “Resources” page includes articles and blog posts that help followers keep up with the movement.

Open Primaries

Open Primaries is another electoral reform organization. This one pushes for nonpartisan primary systems where voters don’t have to join a political party in order to put their right to vote into action. Besides having tons of resources and advocacy opportunities, this site also offers a blog you can follow to keep up-to-date on what the movement is accomplishing and where.

Uniters

Uniters.org couples online resources and blog community discussion with grassroots groups of political independents who are pushing for actionable policy changes in locales all across the country. The organization is a nonprofit and is always seeking support and thoughts from like-minded centrists.

Moderate Voters

ModerateVoters.org is a daily news and commentary aggregator as well as an organization that is pushing for change. It also provides educational essays and resources on what it means to be a moderate voter in today’s world and what solutions are being offered by moderate politics, or “the third way.”

Check Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself

The blogs I’ve listed are some of the best moderate political blogs you’ll find! They’re great networks for open discussion from various political voices — and many of them accept guest writers if you’re interested! While it may seem moderate voices exist in a sea of silence in our current political climate, they do exist. Those who can have civil discourse and take the time to consider the other side of the story give us hope for a far better tomorrow.

As long as human beings have opinions, there will be bias in reporting. The best we can do is make an active effort to look at multiple sources and form our own conclusions from that. Even if you do tend to lean one way more often — which most people do — don’t get stuck in a partisan echo chamber. Read, read, read! Even if it totally pisses you off — read it. Then form an opinion.

You’ll be glad when you can back-up your winning argument against your conservative father with the real facts.

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Hi, I'm Kate Harveston. I'm originally from Williamsport, PA. After pursuing my degree in Professional Writing, it seemed only natural to get out there and start blogging! I am currently pursuing a career as a journalist and freelance writer, covering everything from human rights and gender equality, to US government and international politics. My life goal is to be one of the best female political writers online, while having some fun along the way (because politics can be fun!).

7 thoughts on “The Best Political Blogs for Moderates to Follow in 2018”

  1. Some more centrists and moderates would likely be interested in, from my ‘Recommended Blogs of, by &/or for Centrists’ list at https://uniters.org/centrist-index/centrist-blogs:

    The New Moderate – One of my personal favorites, veteran blogger at The New Moderate Rick Bayan has been at it since 2007. I’ve had the pleasure of talking with him a bit over the years. He doesn’t post frequently, but when they do they’re in-depth and insightful.

    Resurrecting Democracy – Named after the book – ‘Resurrecting Democracy: A Citizen’s Call for a Centrist Third Party‘ – he published in 2011, Robert Levine has been plugging away on his Typepad blog ever since.

    The Independent View – Probably the most prolific blogger on this list, Michael Drucker posts frequently (often multiple times a day) and often in both great detail and length. Drucker was an officer in the Independence Party of New York, and usually writes about a mix of reform issues related to independent politics, as well as general public policy and current events.

    Politically Speaking – The blog of retired centrist Journalist Chad Selweski, Politically Speaking is a mix of national and local Detroit or Michigan state political analysis and commentary. As you might expect from a former reporter, the content has a more professional style than most blogs, which sets it apart nicely.

    Outside the Beltway – This mostly center-right to conservative-leaning libertarian (they call themselves classically liberal) blog has been around since way back in 2003. Recently, they’ve been a good and substantive source of ‘#NeverTrump’ style right-leaning opposition to the Trump administration. Even with hardly a social media presence, and the vast majority of content coming from just one (albeit quite prolific) blogger, they’ve built an audience that pulls in more traffic than any other in this section.

    The Moderate Voice – The 2nd most popular blog in this section, Joe Gandelman’s blog also launched in 2003 and mostly represents moderate center-left to mainstream liberal views. There was a time when they were a bit more balanced (not criticising – to each their own), which I only mention because their shift left was part of why I decided to launch my old blog back in 2011.

    Gruntled Center – Another veteran blogger, it’s author has been posting about politics and social commentary since 2005. Unlike some others here, his posts are often quite pithy and to the point, which I appreciate.

    The Transpartisan Review – This blog is more nonpartisan than centrist or moderate – the product of two thinkers on the opposite ends of the political spectrum, coming together and producing some rather interesting content.

    Free Wheel Media – A relative newcomer, this blog’s most noteworthy element is their weekly ‘Centrist Recap’ and ‘Independent Action’ columns, where they (respectively) choose a handful of stories related to centrist politics or independent candidates and summarizes them.

    Political Orphans – I only recently came across this one, but while it doesn’t have a big social following, it does have one of the most active comments section on this list (even more than many posts on The Hill blogs, amazingly). This is most likely due to the fact that the founder and author of the vast majority of content used to run a blog called ‘GOP Lifer’, before quitting the Republican Party and starting this new blog, and also writes for Forbes.

    Michael Smerconish – One of the bigger overtly moderate voices with a show on cable news (albeit only once a week), Smerconish also has a sort of blog where he shares links to a mix of content including his column at the Philadelphia Inquirer, videos from his show on CNN and a range of things from around the web.

    Sabato’s Crystal Ball – Political scientist and Rhodes Scholar Dr. Larry J. Sabato’s ‘Crystal Ball’ is the first place you want to go if you want the latest on what the best available data says about upcoming elections. A project of the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics (which Sabato is the founder and director of), their track record of success predicting major races is so high that the name of the blog might be an understatement (he also follows us on Twitter, so clearly he knows what he’s doing).

    Floor Action, Congress Blog & Ballot Box – Three of the blogs at The Hill (a DC-only print newspaper and one of the best nonpartisan political news sources), Floor Action revolves around legislative debate, Congress Blog featured op-eds from members of Congress and a wide range of contributors and Ballot Box focuses on campaigns.

    The Cook Political Report – Aptly called ‘the bible of the political community’ by CBS News’ Bob Schieffer, political analyst Charlie Cook’s newsletter began as a print newsletter all the way back in 1984, and has evolved into one of the go-to sources for election forecasting, with a mix of blog posts, a podcast and reports like the Cook Partisan Voting Index – a measurement of the partisan lean of every congressional district and state.

    SCOTUSblog – By far the most popular blog focused on the Supreme Court, and deservedly so. It’s not just some blog that’s focused on the Supreme Court – the bullpen of writers there consists of lawyers, law professors or law students. If you want the 4-1-1 on what is going on with a case, SCOTUSblog is the first place to go.

    Mediaite – The tent pole of Dan Abrams’ network of niche blogs (the only other I’d recommend checking occasionally is Law & Crime, as it is far more concerned with celebrities in trouble with the law than matters of legal significance), Mediaite does have a tangible leftward lean in much of the commentary you’ll find there, linkbait-style and hyperbolic headlines are the norm and a lot of content is fluff and ‘he said, she said’ garbage, but it’s worth following for their coverage of things like the worst examples of dishonest politicians playing rhetorical gymnastics during interviews, highlighting the occasional example of hosts actually doing their job and other things happening in the media. If it’s not already clear… I struggled with whether I should include them here, but there just isn’t an even-handed, non-hyperbolic alternative.

    1. Thank you so much for this, Solomon! My readers will really appreciate it. I also added in a section for Uniters.org in my post. Thank you again for the resourceful information and for all your organization does for the movement! 🙂

  2. And Donald Trump is the first president to fail at visiting us in Canada within his first year. He may be doing better at the polls with his base, but he certainly isn’t winning with the rest of the world.

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