About the Dispatches

Welcome! We’re glad you’re here.

When we started the blog in 2007, The DC Dispatches was a collection of random musings from folks who lived in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. It was, and to a certain extent remains, an outlet of sorts for people working in the government, usually non-career politicos, who wanted to post anonymously about working in and about our nation’s capitol city.

We slowly carved out a niche based on reader comments and ideas. Our goal then, as it remains today, is to give a targeted group of readers another window on how things really happen in the political and public policy arena.

We are always on the lookout for new, fresh story ideas and angles; however, do not send us classified information. We’re not interested. If you’re in doubt about the status of the information, do not send it to us.

If you think you’re a potential whistle-blower, or have information that would be of interest to policymakers, seek legal counsel before engaging in that arena (we know a few lawyers who can help).

While most of our contributors are ideologically and politically conservative, we welcome posts (i.e., Guest Dispatches) from folks of every ideological and political bent.

Politics, public policy, and law-making is a contact sport, but it is not what you necessarily read or hear in the media or Hollywood.  We think it is much less dramatic and ordinary.  At times, it can be downright boring.

What you learn from CNN, FOX, MSNBC, ABCCBSNBC, talk radio, or read in many political blogs and some newspapers, is just part of the story. Sometimes, it is just plain wrong. A lot of it is entertainment.

There are differences between politics and governing. Big ones. While you cannot have one without the other, you must sometimes temper the former to advance the common good.  And you can only do that if you have the votes and political support to do so.

In the meantime, spirited debate is a good thing. Like a filter on a coffee maker, once its done, if done right, you’ll always have a fresh brew of ideas. That is what we enjoy doing here for you.

Make your world better, one idea at a time.

P.S., just because there is a lawyer or two posting on this site, nothing posted should be interpreted as “legal advice.” Contact your lawyer for legal issues.