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February 14, 2003

February 14, 2003 | News Releases on Adds 100th Member Group

If you want to see the full picture of the conservative movement, you can spend hours on the Internet visiting more than 100 different sites. Or you can log on to and instantly get it in one sweeping view.

The Town Hall Web site, a project of The Heritage Foundation, brings organizations, columnists and citizens together under one umbrella to share conservative ideas. This week, Town Hall welcomed its 100th member organization-Human Events, the nation's oldest conservative weekly.

"Politicians often talk about building a big tent, and that's exactly what Town Hall is doing," Editor Jonathan Garthwaite said. "The member organizations and columnists we feature on Town Hall don't necessarily see eye-to-eye on every issue. Yet that's why our virtual community is so valuable-because it fosters and encourages an interactive, open and honest debate of the issues."

Garthwaite noted that Town Hall was the first interactive community for conservatives, "a one-stop mall of ideas," where people can exchange, discuss and disseminate the latest news and views from the conservative movement.

The site has come a long way since Heritage launched it in 1995. Back then, it partnered with only 13 groups. Today Town Hall boasts more than seven times that many, and it receives more than 1.4 million visits per month-making it one of the top-10 political Web sites, according to the rating group Alexa.

The site is unique, Garthwaite says, because it serves as a portal to so many other conservative sites. Visitors are just a click away from scores of conservative think tanks, news outlets, colleges and activist groups. Readers also can see the latest offerings from more than 60 conservative writers, or review an archive of their works.

In addition, Town Hall features original content including a Web log, a conservative book-review section and its own opinion columnists.

"Signing up 100 members is a great achievement," Garthwaite says. "And we look forward to working with those members to make the site even better as it continues to grow."

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