##Happy New Year Everyone!
2016 was an unbelievable year for politics and I suspect that 2017 will be just as exciting - especially for us.
While things have been quiet over the holiday season, I have been working on a project that I have been planning for quite a long time. I’ve always wanted to create a news site that was linked to a discussion forum community where community members could write their own opinions, editorials, letters, or provide their own analysis of current events. Just as there is a balance of views here within our community, I believe that there should be a balance of views in the news. My goal was to create a news platform linked to our community that promotes the free expression of ideas and opinion where trusted community members can serve as authors and the stories that they write can be discussed here.
Our news site is called The Republic Standard and it is currently live.
I’m going to be working on integrating politiforum discussion capabilities and functionalities into the site. I’m also going to create a simple user-friendly platform where community members can submit their own articles. My goal was to launch the Republic Standard on January 1st, 2017 - so I am glad to have achieved that. I’ll provide additional updates as they are made and will leave this thread pinned globally for a week so that as folks come back from the holidays they will have a chance to look at the site and receive instructions on how to submit their own material.
I look forward to everyone returning from their holiday travels and kicking off a safe, happy, and productive New Year!