My name is Mike, I live in St. Louis MO, and I host the progressive UMSL BLog found at http://www.umslblog.com which was made to give a progressive voice to the University of Missouri St. Louis campus.  I self identify as an first generation Italian American progressive social democrat.  My main political focus will be campaign finance and election reform. You will see the influence of Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn, William Blum and George Orwell in my writing.  I am an amateur.  I am warming up.  But once this fall semester starts I will be publishing what will hopefully be original thought and analysis of state, national and campus issues.  I also want to expose students to non mainstream thought and culture.  Thank you for this opportunity!