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‘Steps Ahead of Everyone Else’

Here’s another really nice email:

I love your website. In these troubled times I check in dozens of times a day. You are steps ahead of everyone else. Best $50 I spend each year.

It’s support like this that makes Political Wire possible.

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‘This Is Time and Money Well Spent’

Political Wire wouldn’t exist without so many great members. It’s emails like this that keep me going:

Thank you for providing such a great site. Please don’t double the membership cost, but it would still be worth every penny.

I’ve been visiting this site for several years and do so several times a day. This is time and money well spent.

And this one too:

I love Political Wire. It makes be better informed and keeps me entertained to the point that my TV non-news viewing has dropped significantly.

If you’re not yet a member, join for just $5 a month or $50 a year. You’ll get exclusive analysis, new features, no ads — and you’ll be supporting a site you love.

Thanks to everyone who spends part of their day here!

‘The Only Thing That Keeps Me Sane’

Emails like this are really special:

I just got my automatic renewal notice and will happily sign up for another year’s membership!  Political Wire has been a more-than-daily stop for me for years now, and since the 2016 election has been absolutely indispensable. I knew paying constant attention to politics would be ruinous for my mental health, and ignoring it would be a dereliction of my duty as a citizen. Having a one-stop site full of carefully curated political news has been incredibly important for me.

And this one too:

I am a retired pastor as of this month. Because I am now on a very limited budget I have been forced to make some difficult decisions. I will be letting my Sirius XM subscription (and Beatles channel) and a couple of my hobby magazine subscriptions expire. I am choosing to keep my subscription to Political Wire because some days it is the only thing that keeps me sane and gives me much needed perspective on all the garbage coming out of the White House, Congress and the right.  I hope and pray everyday that truth will win out over the lies saturating Washington. Folks like you are keeping that hope alive. Thank you so much for what you do.

If you’re not yet a member, join for just $5 a month or $50 a year. You’ll get exclusive analysis, new features, no ads — and you’ll be supporting a site you love.

Thanks to everyone who spends part of their day here!

‘What Sets Political Wire Apart’

Such a nice note:

A lot of web sites are trying out subscription models these days. I appreciate the value of consistent income for the web site and a chance to offer a better viewing experience for the subscriber.

What sets Political Wire apart is the quality of the membership content. I am continually amazed at other web sites using Onion-esque clickbait headlines to try to draw readers into subscription articles, often ultimately with little or no substance.

By contrast, I appreciate that subscriber content for Political Wire distinguishes itself from the free site by offering insightful points of view and commentary. I very much like the distinction between a top-quality aggregation of political news in the free site and top-quality analysis by subscription.

Keep up the good work!

If you’re not yet a Political Wire member, please consider it. You’ll be supporting a site you love — and you’ll get exclusive analysis, new features and no ads.

Join for just $5 a month or $50 annually.

The Case for Membership

Ev Williams writes:

There is — and probably always will be — a surplus of free content. But that’s like saying there’s a surplus of free food in the dumpster behind the alley. Some of it may be perfectly good, but most of us would rather pay for something more reliable and convenient if we’re able. And many people will pay a lot for something superior.

If you’re not yet a Political Wire member, consider it. You’ll be supporting a site you love — and you’ll get exclusive analysis, new features and no ads.

Join for just $5 a month or $50 annually.

‘The Best $50 We Will Spend’

A reader received an automated email that her credit card was about to expire:

Thank you for this reminder. I already had a note on my calendar for today to check my credit card so that I would not lose a moment of Political Wire. Your reminder was an extra push for me on one of my busy days to get it done!

Your website has been a huge godsend in the past year. Political Wire has allowed me to focus on key issues without wading through Apple News or individual news sites. But it gives me the links and resources to follow up on those details, should I want. Best of all, my husband has even become a huge fan — each morning he “snatches” my iPad and prefers drinking his coffee and reading through your site, before we chat.

So thank you for the short reminder to update our card. We look forward to utilizing your insights and assessments in the coming year. The best $50 we will spend in the next 12 months, I am sure.

It’s emails like this that keep me going. Thanks to everyone who supports the site!

If you’re not yet a member, join for just $5 a month or $50 year.

‘I Can’t Believe It’s Taken Me This Long’

It’s emails like this that keep me going:

I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to subscribe. You and your team are doing such good work. The commentary is so impressive. Thank you!

And this one:

I have renewed and please don’t change a freaking thing about Political Wire.  Love what you cover, love the layout, and thoroughly enjoy the member’s only analysis.

If you’re a regular, become a member. You’ll get exclusive analysis, new features and no advertising — and you’ll be supporting a site you love.

Join for just $5 a month or $50 annually.

A New Revenue Stream?

This email made me laugh:

Love the site. I’ve been a paid member for two and a half years now. Renewing isn’t even a question. But may I make a suggestion for a new revenue stream? Advertise high blood pressure and anti-anxiety medications on the site. Every time I read something Trump or the GOP do, I get very angry. I could use a quick ad link to a site for a prescription to settle my nerves!

You’re going a great job serving our country by keeping facts alive.

This one helps keep me going:

Thank you very much for your work. I think in the old days (pre November 2016) it would be normal to check your site a couple of times a day. Now it’s probably hourly. It must be exhausting trying to keep up, but very much appreciated, especially the member updates.

If you’re a regular, become a member. You’ll get exclusive analysis, new features and no advertising — and you’ll be supporting a site you love.

Join for just $5 a month or $50 annually.

‘The First and Most Important Site I Check Each Day’

This email really made my day:

I’m a Democratic political operative (both in the field and the last 10 years as partner in a consulting firm). I’ve read Political Wire pretty much every day since 2003 when I was a grad student. The consolidation of relevant political news stories along with your critical analysis each day makes Political Wire the first and most important site I check each day – often on my phone as soon as my alarm clock has done its job.

When you offered the subscription — that became the best $50 I’ve spent each year.  Thank you and keep up the good work.

If you’ve been reading Political Wire for a while, become a member. You’ll get exclusive analysis, new features and no advertising — and you’ll be supporting a site you love.

Join for just $5 a month or $50 annually.

‘I Especially Appreciate the Deeper Analysis’

A reader emails to say she’ll be renewing her membership:

In other eras I have followed your curated political junkie website during campaigns. During the Obama era, I then drifted off and felt no impulse to pay ultra-close attention to the news.  That changed in 2015 when the campaigns were so crazy and compelling; I relied on your editorial voice and judgement to sift out the noise from actual news.

Once we elected the unthinkable — a boorish businessman surrounded by hucksters and cronies — I temper my always present anxiety with a goal of not being too media-obsessed. I read many other sites, but subscribing to Political Wire gives me a shortcut to assessing the significance of what’s happening.

I especially appreciate the deeper analysis pieces: insightful but not too long! They give me the freedom to move on and do something besides reading everything I can find. Thanks!

If you keep coming back to Political Wire, become a member. You’ll get exclusive analysis, new features and no advertising — and you’ll be supporting a site you love.

Join for just $5 a month or $50 annually.

‘Halfway Across the World’

Emails like this make my day:

I am delighted to renew my subscription to Political Wire. This is by far one of the best websites I visit, and I visit multiple times a day. It helps me sort out the grain from the chaff, and gives me context that is lacking almost everywhere else I look. I particularly want to express my gratitude for the incredible hours you have put in over this last year. We are living in epic times and your chronicling of it has been, well, epic. I live halfway across the world from you — 12 time zones to be precise — and therefore can see exactly when you start posting and when you end. Your dedication is truly inspirational. Thank you! Please keep it up.

And this one:

I have renewed and please don’t change a freaking thing about Political Wire. Love what you cover, love the layout, and thoroughly enjoy the member’s only analysis.

Thanks to everyone who supports Political Wire. I really appreciate it.

If you’re not yet a member, join for just $5 a month or $50 a year.