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Karen Suhaka

About: Karen Suhaka

I founded LegiNation, Inc. with the goal of making state level legislation more readily available to the professionals who need it, and even more importantly to the public at large. We are building products and websites to spark a renaissance in American politics, leveraging the internet to create the dialog so desperately needed amongst our elected officials, legislative professionals, and everyday citizens. This blog is an extension of those efforts.

Great! I made a scorecard! It’s really cool! Now what do the different scores actually mean?

April 6, 2017 How To, Tips and Tricks

Our scorecards include both a total score column and a vote index column. You can click on any column to sort by that column. You can use the filter to look at one chamber, one party, or even one specific legislator. If you have set up categories you can see scores calculated for any specific …
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Super Quick Way to Add a Bill to a Bill Sheet by Bill Number

March 31, 2017 How To, Tips and Tricks

If have a bill you already know about that you’d like to add to one of your bill sheets, the quick search screen is the fastest way to do it. First, type the bill number, like HB18 (with no space), into the search box all the way at the top of the screen. Second, click …
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Trampoline: Between Fun and Injuries — Guest Post from Larry Brown

March 26, 2017 Random Awesomeness, Soapbox

Trampoline: Between Fun and Injuries It is always fun to see kids being active, but some kids really bring activity to another level. In particular, many kids love jumping, so it is easy to understand the rising popularity of trampolines. Parents can buy a trampoline for the house and let the kids jump as they like. Seeing the potential …
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New Bill Management Tool (don’t just plus, manage!)

March 13, 2017 How To, Tips and Tricks

If you have several bill sheets covering related topics, you might find the same bills popping up on multiple sheets. You may well want your bill sheets to overlap; if you manage several clients with related areas of interest, for example, or if you have a “hot list” of bills specifically to share on your website. …
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Using Templates for Bill Sheets and Regulation Sheets

February 28, 2017 How To, Tips and Tricks

The columns in your bill sheets and regulation sheets are controlled by the template you chose to use for that sheet. You start with our default settings, but you can create as many different templates as you need for how you want to work with your data, and share your data. You can also create …
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One Father’s Fight – Guest Post by Luwana Faulkenburg

February 26, 2017 Random Awesomeness, Soapbox

This story comes to me from Luwana, about 2015 Nevada Assembly Bill 263. revising provisions governing the custody and support of children. In particular the bill’s stated purpose was: The Legislature declares that it is the policy of this State: To ensure that minor children have frequent associations and a continuing relationship with both parents after …
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So You Want To Take Action?

January 29, 2017 Gov and Political Process, How To, Legislative Process, Tips and Tricks

If you are interested in getting involved with the political process, but don’t know where to start, here’s some basic information you might find helpful. We will walk through the basic steps a bill goes through to give you some background, talk about how bills are numbered to help you figure who to call, when …
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2016 Wrap-up, Political Eye Candy Style

December 20, 2016 Eye Candy

It’s the time of year that I like to look back at the year that just finished. The special session in North Carolina that saw 30 bills introduced in the waning days of 2016 could be considered the cherry on top what can safely be called a very surprising year in American politics. We here at BillTrack50 were busier than ever, …
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