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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.

Scorecard Improvements 2017

September 15, 2017 How To, Tips and Tricks

As usual, we’ve been hard at work on improvements over the summer. The post is a quick list of all of the new features you might want to check out. First and foremost, we’ve finally gotten our issue solved regarding legislators that are out of office. So your scorecards from past years should now have …
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Sharing Important Bills: Examples for Inspiration

September 5, 2017 How To, Tips and Tricks

We created our bill list widget, map widget, stakeholder page, scorecard, and API hoping they would prove a useful way for people to share important legislation with their members or with the public. We have been delighted with the creative, effective, and even beautiful uses our customers have devised for using our tools. Some examples …
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Using Keywords to Expand or Refine Your Search

August 22, 2017 How To

One of my favorite features of BillTrack50 is our Keyword column. This column contains the most important words from the bill, as interpreted by IBM Watson. Although these results aren’t completely perfect, as they’ll often list state names or other information you already know, they do often reveal very helpful information which can assist you …
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How Colorado Motorcyclists Can Be More Focused, Less Distracted Riders

August 20, 2017 Soapbox

This is a guest post from Mark Conner of DriveSafely.info Photo Credit: Pixabay.com   Like in many parts of the country, distracted driving is an epidemic that leads to a shocking amount of road injuries and deaths in Colorado. Around 13% of all highway deaths last year in Colorado had distracted driving play a role. …
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BillTrack50 Basics: Seeing How Legislators Voted

July 29, 2017 How To, Tips and Tricks

Seeing how legislators overall, and individually, is easy on BillTrack50. After you have found the bill you are interested in and clicked on it, you’ll be looking a the bill detail page. The first thing you see is the summary information, which is a great place to start. But notice the other tabs; there is …
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What Engagement Looks Like to Us

July 29, 2017 Company News, Eye Candy

Here at BillTrack50, we like to keep an eye on our website traffic using Google Analytics, which surely comes as no surprise. Leading up to the election we had a big spike in traffic, to record levels for us. The day before the election is still the biggest day we’ve ever had.  Of course we …
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HB or SB? Here’s Why It Matters

July 27, 2017 Eye Candy

Do bills introduced in the upper chamber have a better chance of getting passed than bills originating in the lower chamber? The answer, as always, depends on which state you are looking at. Let’s take a look at the data, starting with where things stand with bills introduced in 2017 as of right now (the …
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Why You Should Be Concerned ISPs are Selling Your Browsing History

July 22, 2017 Internet & Tech

This is a guest post from Sandra. See the end of the post for more information about the author. The first seven months of the Trump presidency have been interesting, to say the least. With so much talk about the Russia investigation and the proposed health care reform bills, many have the impression this administration …
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