Even before I became a journalist, I was never able to identify with just one political party and its platform. Even the third-party parties just didn't seem right. So, when I registered to vote, I did so as a "decline to state." I feel more comfortable and open in choosing my candidates and voting for propositions because I do so based on what they stand for instead of voting down the party line. It also helps in terms of my career, because I've not pledged allegiance to a group. I don't contribute to any campaigns or groups where my name will be recorded, because this, too, gives the appearance of bias when you're a journalist.