Dan Sweeney graduated from the University of Missouri’s journalism school in 2000 and left the state to pursue a career in music criticism in Florida, where he voted in his first presidential election. In 2000. In Florida. Somewhat radicalized and deeply politicized by the events of the 2000 election, he left a position at Village Voice Media’s local altweekly and began operating the political blog Doomed Generation while also employed as associate editor of South Florida’s City Link Magazine, where he wrote a column covering the sex, drugs and rock ’n’ roll beat. With the 2008 election approaching, he abandoned the music column and the blog to cover politics full-time for City Link. His op-ed political column, Danation, ran in the paper until just before it folded in 2011. Sweeney now works as a freelance writer for numerous national and regional magazines as well as serving as adviser to Florida Atlantic University's student-run newspaper, the University Press. Additionally, he serves as political editor at Salty Eggs, a South Florida-based news and entertainment website, where he contributes political pieces under the Danation title.