For the moment, I have settled on the current look and feel of the site. The Google Ad Sense is fairly non-obtrusive and the articles are flowing nicely.
I have begun reprinting the better articles on some other sites. My hope is to increase exposure over time. A rising tide lifts all boats as they say, right?
Further work will be required to really get the election section rolling. I hope to have much of that done in the coming weeks.