Jill Jankoski

Contributor

Although she was born in Kentucky and raised in Wisconsin and Maine, she considers Boston home. Following her parent’s divorce, she was raised primarily by her mom and grandparents, spending summers with her dad. Today, they are two peas in a pod. Hers was not a political family at all. She knew who the president was and was subjected to the nightly news as it was her mom's 'can't miss program' but that was as 'political' as it went.

A long time student of political science, she became politically active at the age of 16. Wanting to do something to affect positive change and inspired by her social studies teacher, in 1991 she worked on a grassroots campaign for a local newscaster running for U.S. Congress. This being Madison, WI, “43 miles of liberalism surrounded by reality”, she was told not to expect much. The night Clinton won the White House, Scott Klug won his Congressional seat in a landslide! Though she was delighted he'd won, especially in a very liberal district, the disappointment that Clinton was elected president was palpable. That was her first up-close taste of politics but she fell in love.

Having moved to Boston at the age of 20 to be closer to her dad in Maine and live in the city she loved, she worked for Mitt Romney's unsuccessful campaign to unseat “the Liberal Lion” Ted Kennedy However, she discovered the political environment of Massachusetts made Wisconsin look conservative. She also went to a rally at Faneuil Hall in downtown Boston when Hillary toured for healthcare reform and learned still more about politics.

She 'found herself' politically somewhere between Boston, Massachusetts and Florida, where she relocated to in 1999 in order to be closer to her mom, as she recovered from a chronic health problem that nearly cost her her life. While in Florida, she got her degree in Political Science from FSU in 2003. She bore witness to what happens when your university is within two miles of the Governor's Mansion when the governor is the sitting president's brother during a national emergency such as 9/11, which changed her life in many a way as she dealt with several issues stemming from her time working in Boston. During the summer of 2008, she discovered that she is the only conservative on her mom's side of the family.

After getting laid off twice in 18 months between 2006 and 2008 when the new construction and real estate markets suffered economic downturns. She started her own tiny virtual assistance business and is currently working on building her business as well as doing more freelance writing and other work. Never one to hide her feelings or opinions, she also comments on various blogs, including her own, and other social networking sites on a regular basis.

She currently lives in North Carolina with two cats. Her hobbies include cheering for my sports teams (Go Red Sox!), opining on political issues, gardening, hunting garage sales, going to the beach and working out.

As of September 15, 2017, Jill's 21 articles like "More Real Betsy DeVos" have totaled 2.4M views and shares.

Jill's 21 most recent articles:

APR 24 2017
AND Magazine
Entertainment

An Open Letter to Judd Apatow

I'm a rape survivor and your comparison is invalid
"Trump hasn't taken my freedom or my sense of trust in myself from me"

MAR 06 2017
AND Magazine
The Independent

More Real Betsy DeVos

A breath of fresh air in a stale system
"I would argue that the choice of betsy devos for secretary of education is in itself innovative"

FEB 18 2017
AND Magazine
The Independent

Awakening From A Political Coma

Surviving a trump administration
"Two, your candidate losing an election is not a crisis or a tragedy. 9/11, the challenger explosion and kennedy's assassination were tragedies. your candidate not being elected president, not so much!"

JAN 14 2017
AND Magazine
The Independent

Equity V Equality

Producing fairness in a free society
"Let's try this again. life isn't fair. but the lack of fairness should drive you, not cause you to beg for equality or equity. the truth is you need neither."

JAN 09 2015
Looks.Love
Style

Pants vs. Skirts

Who is Better Presidential Material
"The bigger more important question is what makes a great president"

APR 23 2014
AND Magazine
The Right

1 Year Later

The Boston Marathon: A Personal Perspective
"A year later, I’m still stunned sometimes that it happened at all."

MAR 31 2014
AND Magazine
The Independent

24 Days and Counting

Missing Malaysian Flight MH370
"Nevertheless, 777's don't just disappear!"

MAR 24 2014
AND Magazine
The Right

Change Washington

Remove The Labels
"We are the biggest part of the problem."

JAN 19 2014
AND Magazine
The Right

Rape in The Military

Yes on S. 967
"In fact, one in every three women serving in the military has been assaulted or raped."

JAN 01 2014
AND Magazine
The Right

When Right Is Wrong

Why 20-Year-Old Stephen Sawyer Resigned
"Sometimes you have to break the rules to do the right thing, in an emergency for example."

DEC 25 2013
AND Magazine
Entertainment

Santa Needs a Hug

Santa Is Human Too It Seems
"I'm going to be brutally honest and tell you that this Christmas, I just haven't really felt it."

DEC 17 2013
AND Magazine
The Right

Newtown - 1 Year Later

Why More Gun Control is Not the Answer
"We mourned the senseless loss of life a year ago and we remember it somberly today."

JUL 22 2013
AND Magazine
The Independent

Rolling Stone Cover

Terrorism struck Boston on Monday, April 15, 2013.
"There is nothing sexy or glamorous about terrorism."

JUL 20 2013
AND Magazine
Columns

Rolling Stone Cover

Terrorism struck Boston on Monday, April 15, 2013.
"There is nothing sexy or glamorous about terrorism."

JUL 19 2013
AND Magazine
The Independent

Trayvon Martin v. 535

When Will We Stop Ignoring Black on Black Violence?
"What about the 14-year-old boy shot to death July 2 in the 5000 block of N. West Avenue in Chicago?"

MAY 30 2013
AND Magazine
The Independent

Gays in The Boys Scouts

Why Both Sides Are Wrong
"The Boy Scouts seek to develop good citizens and kids with good values, correct?"

MAY 08 2013
AND Magazine
The Right

Theater of the Absurd

No on AB-1266
"A proposed amendment to California law would allow boys to shower with girls."

MAY 03 2013
AND Magazine
The Right

Naked Scanner Time

The Politics of Airport Security
"Last Friday, I went to my local airport and got to go through the naked scanner"

MAR 30 2012
AND Magazine
Columns

Pants vs. Skirts

Who is Better Presidential Material
"The bigger more important question is what makes a great president"

JAN 19 2012
AND Magazine
The Right

TOP 10 GOVERNORS OF 2011

Look at Who Made a Difference in 2011
"What makes a great governor Need someone be controversial to matter"

AUG 15 2011
AND Magazine
The Right

we the problem

Let's Win Our Country Back in 2012
"We the People! We, yes, we are the problem. And only we can fix us!"

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