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Monday, January 10, 2011

Political Education 101: Niftiness and Transparency Are Taken to a National Level

We provided a link a few days ago, e-lobbyist.com, which gives readers information to track legislative bills introduced in state legislatures.

Here is a link I discovered sponsored by C-Span, congress.org, which focuses on national legislation and legislators' votes:

Track your Senators' and Representative's votes by e-mail
Each week (that Congress is in session) you will receive:
Key votes by your two Senators and U.S. Representative.
Links to send e-mail to your members of Congress using pre-addressed forms.
Upcoming votes for your review and a chance to offer e-mail input before they vote.
Use this weekly vote monitor to track the decisions made by your elected officials on key issues.

If you scroll down the website, you can access the following information:

You now have an efficient manner to track legislation on the state and national levels. These sites are marvelous tools in obtaining the elusive transparency voters desire from the government and elected officials. It seems this would be a valuable tool for students studying government.

Many thanks to C-Span for this service. The entire Health Care debate was promised to be read in the spirit of transparency on C-Span by the new administration, but alas, this did not happen. The public received one hour of debate the administration allowed C-Span to air. This site may be the only transparency the voters get until that promise is fulfilled.

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