Congressional voting records made useful (with RSS too!) 06 Dec 2005
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The Washington Post just launched a what I’d call a prism for congressional voting records. Shine a bill through the site and out come the colors. You can find out the Yes/No/No-vote records by party, state, by legislator, by region (south vs midwest vs northeast), by baby-boomer status, by gender, and… wait for it… astrological sign! Take H R 2419, for example. The site lets you browse every vote in the U.S. Congress since 1991.
Even more useful is the ability to subscribe to a legislator via RSS. Here’s Barak Obama’s RSS feed. When he casts a vote you’ll see it in your feed. Subscribe to yours today. Pretty damn useful I think.
Part of the brains behind this project is Chicagoan Adrian Holovaty. He’s also behind the Django web-app framework for Python and Chicagocrime.org. David and Adrian had a little debate last Saturday at DePaul University here in Chicago. I hear 130 people showed up for the show.
Well done Adrian and the Washington Post.