That Was... Interesting
Posted on Nov 21, 2016   •   140 views

Well, that was... unexpected.

Despite not leading in the polls for more than a few days at a time, and pre-election polling predicting an easy win for Hillary Clinton, election night stunned the world by finishing with Donald Trump being declared the victor, and the next President of the United States. In the days that followed, protests have broken out, cabinet picks have been scrutinized and criticized, Broadway lectured VP-elect Mike Pence, and the Democratic Party has begun their post-mortem process. No matter what, the foreseeable future promises to be... interesting.

Stay with us to follow along as Trump selects his cabinet and the country swears in a new President in January.

The State of 2016 (Now With McMullin)
Posted on Oct 16, 2016   •   242 views

With just over three weeks remaining until voting day arrives (set for November 8, not November 28), it is clear that the 2016 Presidential election will be described in only one word: chaos.

Never before has an election been so deeply divisive. In fact, Donald Trump has even called for the arrest of his opponent, Hillary Clinton, a move that has widely been seen as dangerous and desparate. In the last few weeks, Trump or his campaign has been besieged by accusations of sexual assault, tax evasion, colossal business failure, collusion with Russian interests, erratic debate behavior, and a flurry of incoherent threats and outlandish arguments, including the idea that the election might be rigged against him by a shadowy international banking conspiracy. It has been... surreal to observe, to say the least.

Most terrifyingly: Trump supporters have even threatened sedition should he not win.

Polling has consistently had Trump behind Clinton for the popular vote, electoral vote, and in most of the important swing states. While he has been able to narrow the gap at various times since the end of the primary season, he has never lead and is unlikely to be able to gain the necessary ground to secure a win before election day. This might set an unobservant voter to believe the election is boring, a foregone conclusion; on the contrary, it has been a thrilling contest due only to the content. There has been a shocking deluge of unfortunate news for Trump, with a new corroborated story seemingly every day. Many of these stories have been broken by a small circle of dedicated journalists, with notable callouts to David Barstow at the New York Times, Kurt Eichenwald at Newsweek, and David Fahrenthold at the Washington Post.

One genuine surprise amongst all the noise this year has been the rise of Evan McMullin, a long-time Republican leader and former CIA operative that decided to launch a conservative independent campaign near the middle of the election season. Despite being late to the game and holding a near-zero chance to win the White House, he has proven an important counterpoint to the populism of Trump. And, according to a recent poll, is actually within striking distance of winning Utah, only 2 points behind Trump and Clinton! It certainly helps that he is Mormon, but even more so that he has genuine conservative credentials (something prized by Utah Republicans). Should he maintain momentum and win Utah on November 8, it would be the first third-party win of any electoral votes in decades.

The Presidential season comes to a close in 24 days.

Don't forget to vote!

Are You Ready?
Posted on Jul 30, 2016   •   179 views

And here... we... go!

Primary and convention season for 2016 is officially behind us! Donald Trump is now the official Republican nominee, and Hillary Clinton is now the official Democratic nominee (and let us not forget the Libertarian candidate, Gary Johnson, and the Green candidate, Jill Stein). Over the next 100 days, these candidates will be battling for the office of the President from 2016 to 2020, and a lot of experts are expecting this to be one of the most ugly, negative, and devisive campaigns in recent memory. Trump is now famous for saying just about anything that happens to pass through his head (including, just today, comparing his business dealings to the death of the son of Khizr Khan, a soldier KIA in Iraq in 2004), and Hillary is certain to keep the message on the perceived fitness of Trump. It will be interesting, for sure.

Strap in! It will all be over soon enough...

Follow updates for the November 8th election here: President of the United States, 2016

And remember to VOTE!

And Then There Were Two
Posted on Apr 28, 2016   •   286 views

And just like that, we are down to two...

Okay, maybe not officially. No candidate has withdrawn from the 2016 Presidential primary since Tuesday (in fact, Ted Cruz curiously announced his VP, Carly Fiorina, despite being mathematically eliminated from securing the nomination before the convention and winning only 2 delegates this week). But the math is pretty clear, and both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have noticeably repositioned their rhetoric to focus on the general election in the last day. It would take something historic to unseat either of these frontrunners, and we are likely to see Trump and Clinton spend a lot more time discussing each other instead of their primary opposition.

Out of everyone, Trump had the biggest night on Tuesday for the GOP. He swept all five primary states, and by some impressive margins! He won 109 delegates out of 117 (that is 93.2% of all available delegates) and his lowest vote percentage came in Maryland, with 54.4%. Most amazing of all, Trump only lost 30 precincts out of 12,317 (statistically, that is just shy of 100%). If you include unpledged delegates that have expressed support for Trump, he now has an amazing 987 delegates, just 250 away from securing the nomination. With 502 GOP delegates in remaining contests, Trump needs to secure only 49.8% to secure the nomination before the convention, a feat that may prove not too difficult with winner-take-all contests coming up in Indiana, Nebraska, California, Montana, New Jersey, and South Dakota. In fact, if Trump was to win just California (Trump+27), Indiana (Trump+5), and Nebraska, he would secure 265 delegates and become the GOP Presidential candidate for 2016.

On the Democratic side, Clinton had a very impressive night despite falling short of a sweep. She won the 4 most critical states, including the all-important Pennsylvania, losing only Rhode Island, by 13 points. At the end of the night, Clinton picked up 216 delegates, increasing her lead on Bernie Sanders by 53. If you include superdelegates that have pledged support for Clinton, she now has 2,182 total delegates and is just 201 delegates shy of securing the nomination. That should prove an easy feat, especially with California (and it's 546 delegates) currently polling at Clinto+12. In the last day, Sanders has shown steely resolve toward remaining in the race until the convention, but will likely begin switching his priority to helping down-ticket progressive Democrats win Congressional seats.

We now enter a bit of a lull in the primary season. Tuesday, May 3, only has one primary (Indiana) and the following Tuesday only has 1.5 (West Virginia, and Nebraska GOP). Between now and June 5 there are 5 GOP and 7 Democratic contests in play before the final "Super" Tuesday on June 7. On that day, Canifornia, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, and South Dakota will go to the polls (along with a final caucus in North Dakota) and 303 GOP delegates and 851 Democratic delegates will be up for grabs.

What A Night In New York!
Posted on Apr 20, 2016   •   257 views

That was quite a performance by the frontrunners last night.

In the Republican party, the story continues to be all about Donald Trump, who took home almost all available delegates in New York, winning 89 of 93 with 60.4% of the vote. The remaining delegates went to John Kasich (4), while Ted Cruz finished a disappointing and distant 3rd, winning only 14.5% of the vote and took home no delegates. By morning, both Cruz and Kasich have been mathematically eliminated from any possibility of securing the nomination before the convention. To avoid a contested convention, Trump will need to win 393 of 674 remaining delegates (58.31%). 497 of the remaining delegates are awarded on a winner-take-all basis, including 125 on April 26 (with another 28 to be awarded proportionally from Connecticut). By polling and modeling, it will be quite a challenge for Trump to secure all the necessary delegates to be safe heading into June, but he will almost certainly enter the convention with the most delegates and votes, and may have a compelling case to make to unbound delegates that he is the right candidate to push over the top.

We shall see...

In the Democratic party, the story had been all about Bernie Sanders and his momentum prior to last night (he had won 7 straight contests going into New York). By the end of the night, however, his candidacy appeared to be all but over; Hillary Clinton won handily with 58% of the vote, taking home 139 delegates and widening her lead by 33. If we include superdelegates that have publicly pledged support for a candidate, Clinton now has 1,948 delegates, a full 710 over Bernie Sanders, and is just 435 delegates away from clinching (which would be 26.08% of remaining delegates). Excluding superdelegates, Clinton still has a 246 delegate lead over Sanders and needs 937 of 1,668 remaining delegates to secure the nomination (56.18%). Furthermore, Sanders is trailing in many upcoming states, including an double-digit dip in Pennsylvania, which has 210 delegates to award next Tuesday.

There are 5 states hosting primaries next week (Super Tuesday #3?) with 229 Republican delegates and 554 Democratic delegates up for grabs, including the biggest prize remaining until California on June 7 (Pennsylvania). The breakdown for the upcoming week is as follows:

Connecticut: 28 R / 70 D (Trump +22, Clinton +7.5)
Delaware: 16 R / 31 D (Trump +37, Clinton +7)
Maryland: 38 R / 118 D (Trump +14.7, Clinton +20.7)
Pennsylvania: 71 R / 210 D (Trump +20.5, Clinton +13)
Rhode Island: 57 R / 92 D (Trump +18, Clinton +9)

All of May only has 7 contents (5 Republican, 5 Democratic), so things will slow down a little after next week. When the dust clears on Wednesday the 27th, we should have a more clear picture as to who will be doing battle for the White House from July through November (or at least just how wild and crazy the convention will be).

What An Election!
Posted on Apr 01, 2016   •   298 views

This election is out of this world!

We have the most bombastic and polarizing political figure in modern American history leading in the Republican primary, and we have a surprise battle for the Democratic nomination that has exceeding what anyone could have predicted a year prior. Amidst those two principle stages we also have dozens of mini-stories: wife bashing, FBI inquiries,podium birds, and nasty debate.

If you're a Democrat, you're a little happier than the Republicans. While the primary fight between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders has been intriguing and mostly unexpected, it has not been particularly bitter. Supporters may throw around some small barbs, but the candidates seem happy to mostly agree-to-disagree on the debate stage. Republicans, meanwhile, are in chaos; Donald Trump has completely dominated the primary fight in a method and manner that confounds traditional expectations. He says and does dangerous things that would slay the average politician, and has somehow consistently escaped unscathed. His challengers, Ted Cruz and John Kasich, have attacked him from every angle to almost no success. The GOP establishment has openly and aggressively opposed their own frontrunner, and are undertaking a sustained and multi-pronged attack vector to try and upend the Trump machine. No matter the outcome, this has been a GOP battle for the history books.

As of the last set of state primaries, Clinton and Trump are still the frontrunners. However, Sanders had a pretty good week and gained some serious ground. Since March 16, Sanders has closed the gap by 86 delegates (+220 to +134) and won the last 5 states. Unfortunately for Sanders, though, Clinton still maintains a sizable (263) delegate lead, and a few upcoming delegate-rich states are more favorable to Clinton (most notably New York and California). Only time will tell, but the situation is definitely dire for the Sanders campaign.

The next primary is set to take place on April 5 in Wisconsin, with 96 Democratic delegates and 42 Republican delegates up for grabs. According to analysis conducted by FiveThirtyEight, Sanders has a 58% chance of winning the state, and the final outcome is likely to be very close. Meanwhile, the same projections put Ted Cruz at a 94% chance of winning Wisconsin, and he is expected to walk away with a sizable victory.

After Wisconsin, there are 8 primaries and caucuses left in April, with 771 Democratic delegates and 361 Republican delegates up for grabs:

Colorado (convention) on Apr 8: 37 R
Wyoming (caucus) on Apr 9: 18 D
New York (primary) on Apr 19: 95 R / 291 D
Connecticut (primary) on Apr 26: 28 R / 70 D
Delaware (primary) on Apr 26: 16 R / 31 D
Maryland (primary) on Apr 26: 38 R / 118 D
Pennsylvania (primary) on Apr 26: 71 R / 210 D
Rhode Island (primary) on Apr 26: 19 R / 33 D

Follow the upcoming primary fights here! We'll keep you up to date!

Senate Races 2016
Posted on Mar 21, 2016   •   254 views

Every four years, the country holds near-undivided focus on the race for the White House. The media will endlessly cover candidates, debates, and delegates, and citizens will argue for or against the Presidential candidate of their preference, and almost no one will talk at all about Congress. That is unfortunate, because Congress has much more influence over the structure of our lives through the budget, legislation, and agency appointments, and our vote is more significant in a race for a member of Congress.

This November, 34 of the 100 seats in the Senate are contested.

24 of those seats are currently occupied by a Republican, and 10 by a Democrat.
The Republicans hold a 54 seat majority in the Senate.

If just 5 Republican seats were to flip Democratic, the Republicans would lose their majority.
And if 6 Democratic seats were to flip Republican, the Republicans would gain a supermajority.

The coming election cycle is very important for reasons beyond the Presidency.

The Senate races to be watching this November are:

Alabama (incumbent: Richard Shelby)
Alaska (incumbent: Lisa Murkowski)
Arizona (incumbent: John McCain)
Arkansas (incumbent: John Boozman)
California (incumbent: Barbara Boxer)
Colorado (incumbent: Michael Bennet)
Connecticut (incumbent: Richard Blumenthal)
Florida (incumbent: Marco Rubio)
Georgia (incumbent: Johnny Isakson)
Hawaii (incumbent: Brian Schatz)
Idaho (incumbent: Mike Crapo)
Illinois (incumbent: Mark Kirk)
Indiana (incumbent: Dan Coats)
Iowa (incumbent: Chuck Grassley)
Kansas (incumbent: Jerry Moran)
Kentucky (incumbent: Rand Paul)
Louisiana (incumbent: David Vitter)
Maryland (incumbent: Barbara Mikulski)
Missouri (incumbent: Roy Blunt)
Nevada (incumbent: Harry Reid)
New Hampshire (incumbent: Kelly Ayotte)
New York (incumbent: Chuck Schumer)
North Carolina (incumbent: Richard Burr)
North Dakota (incumbent: John Hoeven)
Ohio (incumbent: Rob Portman)
Oklahoma (incumbent: James Lankford)
Oregon (incumbent: Ron Wyden)
Pennsylvania (incumbent: Pat Toomey)
South Carolina (incumbent: Tim Scott)
South Dakota (incumbent: John Thune)
Utah (incumbent: Mike Lee)
Vermont (incumbent: Patrick Leahy)
Washington (incumbent: Patty Murray)
Wisconsin (incumbent: Ron Johnson)

Stay tuned to CivicMinding for continuing coverage of the 2016 election season!

Comeback Clinton and Dominating Trump
Posted on Mar 16, 2016   •   184 views

Just a week after Bernie Sanders staged a historic upset in Michigan, overcoming a 20 point polling deficit, Hillary Clinton roared back to life and swept all five states (maybe) that were up for grabs on March 15: Florida (with 64% of the vote and taking 130 delegates), Illinois (51% and 68 delegates), North Carolina (55% and 59 delegates), Ohio (57% and 76 delegates), and (possibly) Missouri (50% and 31 delegates). We say possibly on a Clinton win in Missouri because that primary was astonishly close, with Clinton now holding a razor thin lead of 1,531 votes (with 619,673 votes cast, that represents only a 0.24% advantage). The margin of victory is so narrow for Clinton that many media organizations have yet to declare a firm winner. Nonetheless, the delegate count for either candidate is unlikely to change even if somehow a few thousand votes prove wrong (highly unlikely) and Sanders walks away with a slim win.

The current delegate totals of current Democratic candidates are:

Hillary Clinton: 1,132 (+372 since March 11)
Bernie Sanders: 818 (+272 since March 11)

Clinton requires 1,251 delegates to secure the nomination, and Sanders needs 1,565. There are 2,394 delegates to be allocated through June.

On the Republican side, Donald Trump continued his domination, winning 4 of 5 (maybe) and walking away with another 177 delegates: Florida (with 46% of the vote and taking 99 delegates), Illinois (39% and 34 delegates), North Carolina (40% and 29 delegates), and (possibly) Missouri (41% and 15 delegates). The only state he lost was Ohio, where John Kasich walked away with 47% of the votes and 66 delegates. We also say possibly on a Trump victory in Missouri because he holds only a razor think lead on Ted Cruz of 1,726 votes (with 762,460 votes cast between them both, that is only a 0.23% advantage). Most interestingly, Marco Rubio, the junior Senator from Florida, garnered only 3% of the vote from his home state, a devastating loss that was likely responsible for the suspension of his campaign.

With the GOP race now down to 3, the current delegate totals of available options are:

Donald Trump: 621 (+162 since March 11)
Ted Cruz: 396 (+37 since March 11)
John Kasich: 138 (+84 since March 11)

Trump requires 616 delegates to secure the nomination, Cruz needs 841, and Kasich needs 1,099. There are 909 delegates to be allocated through June.

The next round of primaries and caucuses come in a week, on March 22:

Arizona (primary): 58 R / 85 D
Idaho (caucus): 27 D (Sanders +2 as of Feb 26)
Utah (primary): 40 R / 37 D (Clinton +7, Rubio +2 as of Feb 15)

Stay tuned with us to monitor these campaigns:

Democratic Primary
Republican Primary

A Historic Week
Posted on Mar 11, 2016   •   295 views

Bernie Sanders staged a historic upset in Presidential politics this week in Michigan, dramatically altering the tone of both Democratic campaigns in recent days. Despite polling consistently behind Hillary Clinton for several weeks leading into the Michigan primary, and by as much as -28 on March 3rd, Bernie Sanders won the state by 2 points, taking home an astonishing 67 delegates. Unfortunately for his candidacy, however, he was barely viable in Mississippi, gaining only 4 delegates, and Clinton still secured a solid 60 delegates in Michigan in the tight contest, which left Sanders down 19 delegates on the night for March 8th (90 to 71).

Heading into the weekend, the delegate count (not including superdelegates) stands at 762 for Clinton and 549 for Sanders.

There are another 691 Democratic delegates up for grabs on Tuesday, March 15, including the critical states of Florida and Ohio.

On the Republican side, Donald Trump had yet another monumental week, winning Hawaii, Michigan, and Mississippi on Tuesday, securing an additional 72 delegates. He continues to lead that pack with 459 delegates, a solid 99 delegates ahead of Ted Cruz, and is maintaining substantial leads in polling for most upcoming contests, including in Florida and Ohio. Ben Carson recently endorsed Trump, and it seems unlikely that anything will prevent him from becoming the GOP nominee for President heading into the convention in June. Nonetheless, he continues to be a polarizing figure, and many Republican officials are working aggressively to try and upend his campaign. Only time will tell if these efforts will have any effect on voters.

There are another 358 Republican delegates up for grabs on Tuesday, March 15.

Continue to follow the Democratic race and the Republican race right here!

Delegates Through March 8
Posted on Mar 04, 2016   •   244 views

There are seven primaries and caucuses taking place this weekend, and four more on the first Tuesday following the weekend. Over the next four days, 328 Republican delegates and 344 Democratic delegates are up for grabs. As you might expect, all candidate campaigns are in full swing, making phone calls and knocking on doors. Super Tuesday was quite a spectacle, but nothing has been concluded, and there is a lot more votes to collect, debates to watch!

The following delegates are available on Saturday, March 5th:

Kansas (caucus): 40 R / 37 D (Clinton +10 as of Feb 26)
Kentucky (caucus): 46 R
Louisiana (primary): 46 R / 59 D (Clinton +47 as of Mar 3rd)
Maine (caucus): 40 R
Nebraska (caucus): 30 D

On Sunday, March 6th:

Maine (caucus): 30 D
Puerto Rico (primary): 23 R

On Tuesday, March 8th:

Hawaii (caucus): 19 R
Idaho (primary): 32 R
Michigan (primary): 59 R / 147 D (Clinton +28 as of Mar 3rd)
Mississippi (primary): 40 R / 41 D (Clinton +54 as of Mar 2nd)

By the time Wednesday rolls around, a whopping 1,344 Democratic delegates (not including superdelegates) and 1,008 Republican delegates will have been won. Furthermore, just a week after that, another 792 Democratic delegates and 367 Republican delegates are up for grabs. When any Republican candidate hits 1,237 delegates, they will have secured the nomination; however, Donald Trump is the closest with only 319, so we still have a long way to go. By contrast, Hillary Clinton (if you include superdelegates) is only 1,331 delegates shy of the nomination, which means a clean sweep would bring her to within two or threes wins of total victory; however, even with impressive polling figures Louisiana, Michigan, and Mississippi, proportional distribution will ensure that we still have a long way to go for the Democrats, as well. We fully expect both parties to come down to the wire in June.

Super Tuesday 2016
Posted on Feb 29, 2016   •   237 views

Super Tuesday is upon us!

For those unaware, Super Tuesday is the name affectionately given to a specific Tuesday, always in February or March, when more delegates are available to be won by candidates in both the Democratic and Republican campaigns than any other day of the year. In 2016, which has become known as the SEC Primary due to the number of participating states that also house a college with athletics in the Southern Conference, 865 delegates from the Democratic pool are up for grabs, including 252 from Texas, and 595 delegrates are up for grabs from the Republican pool in 11 states. It is going to be a very interested and critical junction in the 2016 Presidential race, and we will certainly be watching!

Find your polling location and plan your Tuesday!

The states participating in Super Tuesday 2016, along with corresponding delegates:

Alabama: 53 D / 50 R
Alaska: 32 D / 28 R
Arkansas: 66 D / 40 R
Georgia: 102 D / 76 R
Massachusetts: 91 D / 42 R
Minnesota: 77 D / 38 R
Oklahoma: 38 D / 43 R
Tennessee: 67 D / 58 R
Texas: 222 D / 155 R
Vermont: 16 D / 16 R
Virginia: 95 D / 49 R

To cast a non-primary vote for your preferred candidate:

Hillary Clinton
Bernie Sanders
Donald Trump
Ted Cruz
Marco Rubio

Apple and the FBI
Posted on Feb 19, 2016   •   282 views

It has become one of the great heavyweight fights in American politics: the battle over encryption!

In one corner of the ring, we find technology heavyweights: Apple, Google, Facebook. We also find many technology and privacy advocates, who say loudly and often that removing or breaking encryption for the purposes of investigating or stopping terrorism is a significant government over-reach and dangerous for the common citizen.

In the other corner of the ring, we find many branches of the US government: NSA, CIA, FBI. We also find many leaders from those governmental organizations, who are saying loudly and often that encryption prevents the swift and necessary investigation and interruption of international terrorism and must be circumvented.

This fight has taken center-stage in recent days, as Apple CEO, Tim Cook, released a web-based plea to customers and citizens on February 16, 2016. An excerpt from that plea:

We have great respect for the professionals at the FBI, and we believe their intentions are good. Up to this point, we have done everything that is both within our power and within the law to help them. But now the U.S. government has asked us for something we simply do not have, and something we consider too dangerous to create. They have asked us to build a backdoor to the iPhone.

Specifically, the FBI wants us to make a new version of the iPhone operating system, circumventing several important security features, and install it on an iPhone recovered during the investigation. In the wrong hands, this software - which does not exist today - would have the potential to unlock any iPhone in someone's physical possession.

The FBI may use different words to describe this tool, but make no mistake: Building a version of iOS that bypasses security in this way would undeniably create a backdoor. And while the government may argue that its use would be limited to this case, there is no way to guarantee such control.

We want to know what you think about this issue: VOTE NOW!

2016 Presidential Frontrunners
Posted on Dec 08, 2015   •   249 views

It is now less than a year until the 2016 Presidential election arrives, and already we have had many months of chaos and debate. The highlights from the campaign season thus far have been the meteoric rise of anti-establishment candidates Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders, and the enormous and disjointed GOP field.

With the exception of a single week in which Ben Carson briefly lead the field, Trump has sat atop polling for GOP candidates almost from the start, and everyone has rotated around behind him. The atmosphere of GOP debates and public rhetoric has been vitriolic, and there has been significant public concern about what a Trump candidacy might mean for the longterm health and strategy of the GOP. Meanwhile, Hillary has maintained a pretty stable lead on Bernie (although the numbers show the race is definitely close enough to watch), despite the two acting congenial.

Let us know what you think of these front-runners:

Hillary Clinton
Bernie Sanders
Donald Trump

2016 promises to be a very interesting year in American politics!

Week of May 17
Posted on May 18, 2015   •   314 views

This week, the following bills are under consideration by either the House of Representatives or Senator:

H.R. 1314: Ensuring Tax Exempt Organizations the Right to Appeal Act

The Senate added the bill to its floor schedule for the following day on May 16, 2015.

Status: This bill is provisionally dead due to a failed vote for cloture on May 12, 2015. Cloture is required to move past a Senate filibuster or the threat of a filibuster and takes a 3/5ths vote. In practice, most bills must pass cloture to move forward in the Senate.

H.R. 1987: Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2015

The House Majority Leader indicated the bill would be considered the week of May 8, 2015.

We are also continuing to highlight many of the 2016 Presidential hopefuls:

Mike Huckabee, Republican
Rick Santorum, Republican
Scott Walker, Republican
Ted Cruz, Republican
Marco Rubio, Republican

Hillary Clinton, Democrat

We welcome your feedback, votes, and referrals!

Stay Informed With Us
Posted on May 05, 2015   •   372 views

It can be a daunting task to stay informed.

It can be even more difficult to stay engaged.

Politics is a long, complex, convoluted game that can often resemble one-player chess played by carrier pidgin. And it can seem even worse when one or both sides of the divide refuse to play by the already ridiculous rules (as has happened much in recent years). It should therefore not be much of a surprise that Congress has an 80% disapproval rating as of April, and has seen as low as a 9% approval rating (in November 2013). People don't much like or understand or have the patience for politics, and so they often dislike politicians.

However, we believe that you can be informed and engaged without too much pain. That is why we are here: we want to strip away the chaos and confusion and distill the issues and people down to their most basic elements. When only the core of a matter remains, making a choice becomes reasonable.

Register today and start learning (and voting)!

Bills! Bills! Bills!
Posted on Feb 27, 2015   •   412 views

Bills! Bills! Bills!

We have now imported all 2,029 federal bills and resolutions that have been introduced or are currently under consideration or in committee by the 114th Congress (after having imported all Congressional leaders into our system yesterday). These bills represent a significant amount of legislative potential, including new laws and regulations, repeals, spending packages, and procedural actions, and they deserve some citizen review. So take a look, search for what interests you, and let your voice be heard!

Our system will also be automatically adding new bills as they are created.

We will be introducing more issues in the next few days, and will also be importing more and more material from state and city legislators over the next few weeks. As part of this effort to centralize government information and make it more accessible to citizens, we will also be rolling out an API and portal for municipal interests by the middle of March that will allow local legislators to automatically push new bills and ordinances to our system (and immediately present them to interested local users) with minimal effort.

If you are, or work for, a municipal office and are interested in participating, contact us now.

Keeping a watchful eye on government activity is getting easier!

Ready for Action in MA!
Posted on Feb 26, 2015   •   340 views

As of this morning, the current legislative session for Massachusetts has been loaded into our system! Residents can now let their elected officials know how they feel about the issues they are currently deliberating, and we encourage those residents to jump in and let their voices be heard!

Very soon, we will be introducing important issues to the voting process, including most of the major concerns of the day: immigration reform, global warming prevention, gun control, foreign intervention, and more! We certainly look forward to hearing from you more, and getting a solid understanding of the thinking of the populace.

As we continue to rollout features, we kindly request your ongoing feedback and criticism, including feature suggestions! It is the only way we can grow!

Getting Started
Posted on Feb 25, 2015   •   380 views

We in America do not have government by the majority.
We have government by the majority who participate.

   - Thomas Jefferson

There are some who say that modern government is broken.
They say that the will of the people has been ignored, that the American nation is now being run by oligarchs (or technocrats, or plutocrats...) that answer to no one but themselves.

To that I say: Maybe.

It's hard to say, really. I mean, let's be honest: are you even aware of what most of your government does? The 113th Congress passed 10,637 bills, for cryin' out loud! Did you read them all? I very much doubt it. That's a lot of reading! And that is only the federal government; what about the states? In Massachusetts, from 2011 to 2014, the state legislature passed 945 bills, and that is one of the lowest legislative outputs of any state in the nation!

It's hard to keep up...

Our ultimate goal is to help you stay informed! We want you to know when your city, state, or nation is about to pass a bill or elect a representative or leader, and we want your voice to be heard! We want to know what you think, and we want to see if your elected officials vote with the voice of the people in mind!

We're just getting started, so the site is a little bare right now. But very, very shortly it will be filled with bills, officials, and issues that will require your input! Please consider registering today and we will keep you informed of our progress, and let you know when things are ready for voting!

Let the voice of the public be heard!