Citizen Legislators – How To Regain The Magic Of Doing Something

01.13.17

I’ve spent a lot of time with legislators over the years, way more than you’d expect for someone who’s not a lobbyist or a glutton for punishment. At the start, it was because I was a reporter, so it was part of the job description. If you aren’t a good enough writer to cover the …
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State Gun Legislation and School Shootings

08.05.16

This is a guest post from Jacqueline Higgins with MSW@USC After a tragic shooting at UCLA left both a professor and the gunman dead this past June, national attention has once again turned to the issue of gun control on school campuses. Though President Obama led a major legislative push to prevent gun violence in schools …
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Video as Citizen Activism – Guest Post from Ildar Khakimov

11.27.15

There has always been a fine balance between the need to know and privacy. On one hand we have regions that passed legislation forcing police officers to wear body cameras and as a result saw a significant decrease in police brutality complaints. On the other hand violations of privacy such as the publishing of data …
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Is the Sex Offender Registry Effective? Guest post from Sonia Van den Broek

10.16.15

This is a follow up post from Sonia Van den Broek. See her original post Looking Myself up on the Registry here.   In the previous blog post, I alluded to the value of the sex offender registry. The best way to understand this value, I believe, is by answering the question “Is the registry effective?” Anything …
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Looking Myself Up on the Registry – guest post from Sonia Van den Broek

08.15.15

This is a guest post from Sonia Van den Broek, sharing a personal take on sex offender registries, a topic we have covered a couple of times. Looking Myself Up on the Registry Yesterday, for the first time, I pulled up my state’s sex offender registry. The number of purple four-sided shapes is astounding. The shapes …
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Information About Congress That *Should* Be at Your Fingertips (Guest Post from OpenTheGovernment)

12.06.14

By Amy Bennett  (http://www.openthegovernment.org/Congress_Info_at_Your_Fingertips) Modern Americans have come to expect and demand real-time access to information about the things we run into in daily life: the weather, traffic conditions, lunch specials in the cafeteria, etc. Shockingly, though, we continue to accept that our access to information about the laws being considered by Congress, and how Congress …
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The Value of Quality Campaign Data — Guest post from KnowWho

11.20.14

This post comes to us from the amazing folks at KnowWho. If you like our legislator pages then you already love KnowWho   The Value of Quality Campaign Data Quality campaign data comes in several forms depending on your particular need, and KnowWho’s data covers those needs with accurate political ratings and comprehensive contact information …
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Is Facebook Filtering Content for More Ad Revenue? Guest Post from Craig Wilcox of Simplur

10.26.14

Is Facebook Filtering Content for More Ad Revenue? The treatment of recent major stories by Facebook highlights how our country’s dominant social network can amplify likable stories and filter out uncomfortable stories and challenging ideas. Facebook is optimizing user experiences away from important social information that might otherwise lead to substantial social progress. The question that …
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Are You Smarter Than A Founding Father? (Guest post from Liberty Day)

07.24.14

This is the second in our series of posts from the Western Conservative Conference.  We were delighted with the Constitution, Declaration of Independence, and mini constitutional flash cards given to us by Andy McKean from Liberty Day. We’ve invited Andy to tell us a little more about Liberty Day and their mission to distribute copies of …
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Regulation Freedom Amendment (Guest Post from Roman Buhler)

07.20.14

Joe and I spent the weekend at the Western Conservative Summit, meeting many interesting people. We invited a few of them to share their ideas on this blog. The following opinions are of the guest blogger and do not necessarily represent the views of BillTrack50. Please share your opinions in our comment section below.   …
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Five Key Legal Challenges in Drug Abuse Cases – Guest Post

07.09.14

In any criminal case, the state has the burden of proving beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant has committed the crime with which he or she has been charged. Barring cases in which the defendant has either been caught red-handed either in possession of or distributing illegal drugs, or has been caught in a …
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Introducing OpenTheGovernment.org (guest post by Mary Treacy)

04.20.14

In some circles, change is happening fast inside the Beltway – One issue on the front burner is the issue of open government itself. OpenTheGovernment.org is a key player in coordinating the work of non-profit organizations with the Federal Interagency Open Government Working Group. A priority is to ensure that the process itself is open. One concrete …
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Guest Post: State Gun Safe Laws

03.09.14

  This is a guest post from Andrew Jerrard representing the Top Gun Safe Review website.  Before we start with Andrew’s post I want to share a list of current gun safe related bills: We’ve also dealt with second amendment issues before in our contrarian series and with another guest post infographic. And now, Andrew:   State gun safe …
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Introducing Vote4.US — guest post by Jerry Brower

09.25.13

In some ways, local elections have far more impact on your daily life than who get elected president, but the local candidates are usually the ones we know the least about.  Sometimes we end up voting for whoever placed the most signs or bought the most advertising.  For most, it’s too much work to do …
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Guest Post – America’s Gun Violence Epidemic Infographic by GWU

07.15.13

Posted on behalf of Sarah Fudin, who works in community relations for The George Washington University’s online Master of Public Health program, dubbed MPH@GW, which offers students the ability to earn their MPH online. The topics of mental health and gun violence have been a hot topic across news outlets and the facts have surely been …
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