RedState & Eagle Publishing: Growing The Conservative Movement Online
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Today marks the dawn of a new and exciting era for RedState.
In the beginning, when RedState was just a concept discussed over beers in a dive bar in Virginia, we all thought this idea could be a success. We believed there was a glaring need for online community and leadership on the right. We believed a site devoted to the conservative principles of life and individual freedom, one that welcomed individuals from throughout the political spectrum, could lead the way in building a new online grassroots providing support for strong, thoughtful, pro-American values. And we believed that, with hard work from contributors and committed people behind the scenes, RedState could become a unique place, an influential voice, and help achieve change for the common good.
To our amazement, thanks to you, this concept became a reality. Thanks to you, our readers and contributors, RedState today has established itself as a unique and respected online community. Thanks to you, RedState is a place full of smart and eloquent opinions, leadership on defining policy issues, in-depth discussion with political leaders, and community organization on behalf of the values we hold dear.
But we believe there is so much more we can do. We have lots of knobs we want to turn, but we lack the resources to turn them. So, for much of the past year, we have explored ways to grow RedState and take the site to a new level.
Read on . . .
Today, we agreed to a purchase agreement for the sale of the RedState network of sites effective January 2, 2007, to Eagle Publishing, Inc. Eagle Publishing, based in Washington D.C., owns Human Events, Regnery Publishing, the Conservative Book Club, and has long been a respected leader on the right.
For those of you who may be concerned that this new agreement will lead to changes for RedState, don't worry. While RedState will continue to take steps to improve the site, there are no plans for significant changes. RedState will remain a unique property within the Eagle family. Along with this agreement, Eagle has agreed to keep RedState intact along with the editorial content we and you value. Erick Erickson will continue to be the Editor of the site, and all the writers you've come to appreciate will still be here.
We believe that, with the resources of a committed and innovative company behind it, RedState can take the next leap forward at this critical time in our nation's history. This purchase allows for many things that the RedState model of the past two and a half years didn't - including more full-time staff, stronger support mechanisms and greater grassroots building.
You'll learn more about all the details in the coming weeks and months - but we are confident that this agreement is the best step for RedState's future, and the future of the online conservative community.
Thank you for your continued support, your readership, and your participation. These are exciting days, challenging days, and we are glad to face them with you, as we continue to aspire for great things ahead - for RedState, for conservatism, and for America. As Ronald Reagan once said, "we are too great a nation to limit ourselves to small dreams."
[DIRECTORS' NOTE:] For more information, please contact Erick Erickson, CEO of RedState, Inc., at email@example.com