Our Team Members

All Things Democrat is run by a talented, dedicated team of writers. The following contains a short bio on each. All writers can be reached via our Contact page.

Doug Marquardt – Founder, Managing Editor

A resident of Arizona, Doug’s originally from Wisconsin where he earned his BA in French Language Studies in the 80′s and a BBA in Management Information Systems in the 90′s. He worked as a computer programmer through the rise and fall of the internet bubble and left the corporate world in 2004. In 2006, Doug founded All Things Democrat to put his programming skills to good use while supporting the online Democratic community. He now focuses on managing this site, sharing blogging responsibilities, and recruiting talented writers like the team members listed below.
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Ken Bhfrik – Senior Writer

What do you get when you give a proud liberal a conservative wife, and an 40 hour a week desk job? You get Ken, (or bhfrik which stands for bald headed freak) running a blog to work off some steam. He might not be the best riter, or the mostest edumacated… but he is the neo conservative nightmare: a liberal with the facts.
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Amanda Sheppard – Senior Writer

Amanda writes the Friday Feminism series on news and issues important to women, including reproductive rights, sexism, domestic abuse, equal pay and women in politics.

Amanda is a life-long progressive currently living in Florida, where she received her Associates degree. She has been a zookeeper, photographer, book seller, CNA, and is an aspiring writer. With a passion for animal rights she has been a champion of the voiceless for the past 25 years and frequently does rescue work. Her personal blog can be found at cyrakitty.com and on Twitter as @cyrakitty.
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Cindy Rose – Senior Writer

Cindy is a progressive feminist from Tennessee. Cindy found early on that her studies in Political Science and Sociology meshed perfectly with a love of irony and the written word. She has provided content and opinion for various websites and writes regularly on her own site- A Reasoned Perspective.
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Angee Chavis – Writer

Small town good intentioned liberal from Southeast Louisiana. An extremely private person forced into the political debate by the undaunted attacks on Women’s reproductive rights and privacy. Unapologetic Feminist. Bold supporter of “All things Democrat” from immigration reform to women’s reproductive rights to middle class mobility. Overwhelmed by passivity in the political agenda on this issue, I am in the fight now!

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Annie Walker-Leonard – Social Media Specialist

Annie resides in Texas where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Legal Studies and Master of Public Policy (to impress her mother). She is also a Certified Paralegal who proudly rejected Law School to pursue a life of civil disobedience (for the stylist, zip-tie bracelets). She is active in state and local politics, but her real passion lies in social and political activism. She founded her blog Define – Don’t Defend in 2010 and Tweets at @anne_tx where you’ll find some surprising names in an impressive list of followers (twitter.com/anne_tx).
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Malia Litman – Contributing Editor

Malia was a Registered Nurse, and a Senior Litigation Partner with Thompson & Knight in Dallas, where she served for 12 years before “opting-out” of her career to be a “stay-at-home” mother to her three children.

Malia had never been involved in politics until January 8, 2008 when she heard three simple words, “Yes, we can”. Those three words were not “mere words”, but instead they became the inspiration for Malia, to become a volunteer for the Obama campaign.

After the nomination of Sarah Palin, people around the country were outraged that someone so ill prepared would ever be put in a position to potentially be the President of our country! Rebuttal to the Rogue was Malia’s attempt to document the outrageous things Palin had done and said, and recognition of the wisdom of women who constituted the majority of the voters for Barack Obama.

Malia started her blog malialitman.wordpress.com. She has attracted the attention of over 1,700,000 viewers nationally, and internationally. In November of 2010 Malia published a second book, The Ignorance of Sarah Palin: A Humorous Refudiation of the Half-Term Ex-Governor.
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Note: Since our founding in 2006, we’ve been fortunate to have had a number of talented writers (not listed here) who have moved on to bigger and better things. Out of respect for their exceptional writing skills and dedication to the team, their posts will remain available in this site for future reference.

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