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Launching a New Site
I'm launching my site govit.com. It's similar to govtrack.us, having legislation. New features are voting on legislation, and sending your vote directly to...
Feb 28, 2008
creating an account - problem
Hello! I love govit.com, but I put my information in the boxes to create an account and then I couldn't make it work. It said "invalid zip code"?? It's the...
Feb 28, 2008
Advertising ethics and ramifications question
A question on "advertising&q
uot; ethics for the list- I've been offered $250 a month to add a link+image on the front page of GovTrack, not just as an advertisement...
Jan 26, 2008
AP cites GovTrack, and another ethics question
An AP article cited GovTrack, which I think is a first. But I think it ... http://www.forbes.
html I have always billed the...
Jan 23, 2008
[Fwd: announce theinfo.org: a community for people who work with lar
... Subject: announce theinfo.org: a community for people who work with large data sets Date: Tue, 15 Jan 2008 11:56:42 -0800 From: Aaron Swartz...
Jan 17, 2008
New Legislative Analysis Community Blog
This week I'm launching GovTrack'
s Legislative Analysis Community Blog. The goal is to get thoughtful posts on current legislative issues written by the...
Jan 16, 2008
When bill status is uncertain
(Posted at: http://www.theopenh
) I always find it interesting how although our government is...
Jan 12, 2008
government documents and internet archive
Might be of interest if it hasn't popped in your email client of feed reader yet... -- http://www.nytimes.
html SAN FRANCISCO...
Dec 27, 2007
[Fwd: [openhouseproject] Eight Open Goverment Data Principles]
Also FYI. ... Subject: [openhouseproject] Eight Open Goverment Data Principles Date: Sun, 09 Dec 2007 15:25:59 -0500 From: Josh Tauberer <tauberer@...>...
Dec 18, 2007
Update on congressional transparency pledge at PledgeBank.com
FYI: [ This is a copy of the message you have just sent to everyone who signed your pledge http://www.en-
com/openhouse ] Hello, Thanks for...
Dec 18, 2007
Vote update timing
What is the schedule for updating roll vote XML files, as in /data/us/110/
? In particular, when is the bill element added? Our algorithm currently...
Dec 14, 2007
cosponsored feed for a rep
Hey all,, Does anyone know if there is a way to create a feed of a representative
39;s most recently cosponsored legislation? Thanks! Rob...
Dec 9, 2007
Senate Committee Roles
It looks like committees.xml for the 110th (I haven't checked any others) only has the Chairman listed for Senate Committees, and no other roles. Is this by...
Dec 4, 2007
An analysis and discussion mail list?
Prompted by a suggestion I got by email, I'm wondering what others think about: A new mail list for analysis of federal legislation and related issues, with...
Nov 10, 2007
New drupal module: uscongress
A drupal module was just released for grabbing legislative data and making group discussion pages for each bill. I could imagine it being very useful for...
Nov 4, 2007
Vector Image of USA
Hi, I'm thinking it might be cool to create a little flash map of the USA with the congressional districts. ...
Oct 28, 2007
What is the best way to fetch votes?
Every day we: - Fetch bills.index.
xml - Compare each bill's last action date to our copy, if different, a bill update is queued. - On bill update, the vote...
Oct 25, 2007
Oct 10, 2007
Two quick notes about data changes: In bill XML files, Senate votes on cloture motions had been parsed as "vote" nodes since failed cloture motions usually...
Sep 28, 2007
Misparsed vote in 108th H amdt 522
xml "On agreeing to the Neal (MA) amendment (A001) Failed by the Yeas and Nays: 197 - 228 (Roll no. 143)." ...
Sep 27, 2007
The Naked Congress
Good Friday, transparency lovers. This morning, CNET blogger Caroline McCarthy posted the following article: Welcome to the Naked Generation ...
Sep 24, 2007
Dear Gov Track E-mail Group Members; My name is Lee Siu Hin, national coordinator of the National Immigrant Solidarity Network (...
Sep 20, 2007
Dear Gov Track E-mail Group Members: My name is Lee Siu Hin, national coordinator of the National Immigrant Solidarity Network...
Sep 20, 2007
Need Better Shape File
To draw my map, I'm using the shape file from the Census.gov site (http://www.
. The problem is, there are so many points on...
Sep 19, 2007
108th vote index
I am adding 108th congress to my parser, but noticed a difference from the 109th and 110th; there is no votes.all.index.
xml. Is votes.index.
xml the same,...
Sep 19, 2007
LIVE on The David Allen Show - Chip Armstrong Exposes the Truth of
Read this : http://www.hamilton
com Listen on The David Allen show on Wednesday and Thursday from 2-4PM central time, 3-5 eastern time. ...
Aug 29, 2007
Site outages and status
If you’ve used GovTrack at all lately, you’ve probably noticed the chronic outages that have grown considerably worse over the last few months as traffic...
Aug 24, 2007
Custsom Search Engine
Hi, I setup a google CSE that searches about 55 sites whose focus could be loosely categorized as 'Government Watchers'
. I'm new to the open government...
Aug 13, 2007
Paul Broun (GA-10)
I'm using your excellent dataset for some analysis and noticed that Paul Broun isn't in the people.xml file, and that votes in which he participated have a...
Aug 9, 2007
Pledge your vote for transparency
Hi, all. Going in a slightly new direction, I am wondering if you all would join me in making a pledge regarding transparency in Congress. Specifically, if you...
Aug 6, 2007
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