--- Edward Summers <ehs@...
> Any ideas for
> interjecting ourselves into these organizations?
I'd say contact the government agency responsible for
putting out the data. In Cali it's the Secretary of
State but in Illinois it looks like the Board of
Elections is responsible.
Illinois looks like they are a few steps ahead of
California as far as uniform formatting. I did a
little surfing and you can get 7 or so years of
candidate and election info (in multiple
formats). Put the two together and you can cross
reference the names/positions in legislation.
They've even got a dtd for the bill status.
It's a round-a-bout way of getting everything we need
but I think it's the best approach. Mine data from the
sources responsible for creating/maintaining that
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