Tuesday, March 06, 2012
iReport Pundit of the Week: Mark Ivy

 

It’s Super Tuesday, so it’s fitting that today’s pick for Pundit of the Week is a consummate politics junkie. Mark Ivy, 57, hails from Farmersburg, Indiana, and is an iReport commentator who tackles it all: In-depth issues, the horse race, and everything in between. And to his credit, he’s also never afraid to take on critics and admirers alike by jumping into the comments section and initiating some lively — and respectful — dialogue.

 

 

Affiliation: "I’m an independent moderate, I would say. Some things I tend to be conservative on, like the debt and fiscal policy, and some things I tend to be more liberal on, like certain social issues."

 

How did you first get interested in politics?
"I’ve been a politics junkie since I first started reading, and all through my education. I really started to go deep into things when I started to work for a daily newspaper, the 'Linton Daily Citizen' right here in Indiana. Out of nowhere, I became a reporter for them for several years, and politics was part of the beat."

 

Why do you share your opinion on iReport?
"For me, it’s about the community. I’m disabled, so in a way, iReport keeps me connected with the outside world. Even though I have some physical problems, mentally, I can still assess and listen, and sort through what’s going on in the world.

 

"I always try to do iReport commentary on issues that, whether I agree with them or not, at least gets a conversation going. Discussion is how we learn."

 

Who is your political or journalistic hero?
"Back in the day, I used to read anything by James Kilpatrick I could get my hands on. He seemed to have it down pat, that you have to know who your audience is, and write to them. You can’t always be going over, or under, their heads. You’ve gotta find that middle ground. So, Kilpatrick was a source I went to all the time to figure out the best way to improve my copy."

 

What is going to be the defining issue of the 2012 election?
"It’s all going to boil down to whoever has the best leadership skills, because that’s really what people look for in a president. Whether it ends up being President Obama, or one of the current Republican field, this election will be a referendum on who has the best ideas and acumen to lead the nation for the next four years."

 

What’s something that people might be surprised to know about you?
"One of the most unique things about me was that one of my first jobs out of college was working on an egg farm down in Louisiana, by myself, tending to something like 12,000 hens. Cleaning eggs, cleaning out the coops, and then packaging the eggs in cartons to be shipped off to the stores."

 

Follow Ivy here on iReport, and watch your customized homepage fill up with his smart, cutting-edge commentary. And if you’d like to take a more active role in the debate, you’re in luck! With election season kicking into full swing, there’s never been a better time to join the debate.

22 Comments
March 6, 2012
Click to view k3vsDad's profile

Thanks, Michael. I really enjoy my time here on iReports. Great to speak with you.

March 6, 2012

For a week you are King and you can tell the Ginger chick it is all about you.

March 6, 2012
Click to view PayNotaxes's profile

Awesome !!! Someone who really does his/her homework should be rewarded. I have seen too many on here given accolades for far less than K3vsDad has written.

Grats!!!

 

PC LOL

March 6, 2012
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Way to go Mark!!  Great reporting and commentary as always!!

March 6, 2012
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Sweet! Way to go, Mark! Well done.

March 6, 2012
Click to view blabbylips's profile

Excellent Mark, Happy you were finally featured. Well done.

March 6, 2012
Click to view k3vsDad's profile

Thanks, everyone. Wouldn't be possible without all of you.

March 6, 2012
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Good for you!

For this one time, I'll allow it to be all about you. ;)

 

Poor PC...it never seems to be about him. lol

March 6, 2012

It will be soon enough.

March 6, 2012
Click to view unBroken1's profile

Perhaps. If you take your head out of your...

Like in your avatar. :)

 

March 6, 2012

well if we keep jousting on this thread it will definitely become all about us ;)

March 6, 2012
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Always told you...unB1...LOL

March 7, 2012
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Mark, congratulations. You do a great job with this. You know your stuff.

March 7, 2012

Nice to see great work get acknowledged.

Mark is relatively new to our dysfunctional family but he jumped right in with no fear and started blasting out the facts. He's good at presenting his story in a clear and factual matter and pointing out when it's only his opinion.

March 7, 2012
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Thank YOU Mark! It was a pleasure interviewing you, and I'm glad I got a chance to shine a spotlight on some of the great work you've been doing.

March 7, 2012
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WELL DONE! Congratulations! Well-deserved!

March 7, 2012
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So Mark, what's dirtier, cleaning egg hens or the political climate we are in now?

March 7, 2012
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LOL, omekongo, believe it or not the hen coops by far!

 

Thanks everyone for the kind words.

March 9, 2012

Accolades are supposed to be accompanied with cake. Where's the cake? One of you fine chicks should get on that.

March 14, 2012
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Congratulations, Mark!!!

March 17, 2012
Click to view k3vsDad's profile

Thanks, markpel.

May 5, 2012

Hey Mark, congratulations, and well deserved!!!

 

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