Friday, June 17, 2005

A bloggerific idea

Here is a great idea: Plogress. Take the legislative information from THOMAS at the Library of Congress, and turn it into a blog. Separate each Senator's and Representative's votes out onto their own page and give each an RSS feed.

The only down side is that it's all in the incredibly legalistic language of Congress (voted yes to tabling the motion to vote for the amendment that would remove paragraph 2 of subsction C of ...), but it's a great way for those citizens who actually give a damn about finding out what their elected officials actually do for them.

Go to my Rep, Timothy V. Johnson's, page. It tells you nothing about what he's doing. You can get a list of legislations he's sponsored and co-sponsored, but nothing about what he's voted for, what issues he's working on, or anything else about his actual activities. The guy was elected in my district, and I could never find out anything about his stance on any issues, and I was looking. His News page hasn't been updated in over a month, and then it's less-than-weekly. Come on, communicating this sort of thing is what blogs are perfect for; Dean shows that in his Presidential race and his Blog for America. Let's see some attempt to keep your consituents informed.

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