We're happy to introduce a new member of our blogging team. Jason Bane is a journalist who has worked for a variety of print, web, and broadcast outlets, including People magazine and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. He also knows politics from the inside, having managed a number of candidates and political organizations. Says Jason, "I'm proud to say that I was elected student council president in 6th grade without contributions from lobbyists and special interests." Welcome, Jason.