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April 23rd, 2009

Welcome to the blog. While hardly the centerpiece of this site, I think a weblog will be useful to provide occasional context and commentary on what’s going on in the U.S. Senate these days.

I can’t tell you how thrilled I am that Filibusted was recognized by Sunlight Labs’ “Apps for America” contest. The public sector has a long, long way to go toward being technologically clueful, but the Sunlight Foundation is doing amazing things to bridge that gap.

The late Molly Ivins often remarked how disheartening it was to observe the disconnect that most people feel between their daily lives and what happens in government. Why pay attention when you feel powerless?

But the APIs and data dumps provided by Sunlight Labs, GovTrack, the New York Times, and others are sowing the seeds for an entire crop of web apps that will bring citizens closer to their government, making it clear how much power individuals can have.

8 Comments

  1. April 23, 2009, 7:41 pm

    Thanks Andrew. Filibusted is genius. (And I’m watching these things abroad from sunny South Africa).

  2. April 24, 2009, 7:46 am

    I just found you thru the Apps for America recognition you recieved. Programmable web blogged about it here . Good job!!!!

  3. April 24, 2009, 6:58 pm

    This is a great idea! I found out about it from NPR.

  4. April 25, 2009, 8:08 am

    Heard about this via NPR about two seconds ago, totally excited to read on, and I’ve added you to my blog home page. Congrats and good luck!

  5. April 25, 2009, 4:29 pm

    HOW ABOUT BADGES?!! LIKE THE COOL PIRATE & FLAG ONE so, I can ALSO post a link on my culture blog to your webpage?!!

  6. bob
    April 26, 2009, 11:14 am

    Do you have records for filibustering in past senates? Bob

  7. April 26, 2009, 3:52 pm

    Bob: To a certain extent. The more recent the meeting of Congress, the more robust the data provided by GovTrack. I’d like to add historical data at some point, but I can’t say for sure when I’ll get the time.

  8. D.D.
    May 21, 2009, 6:37 am

    Coburn & Inhofe are doing their jobs, they are voting for the voice of Oklahomans- not the majority. I’m not sure if those of you running this site understand how this whole government thing works or not, but the job of our Senators is to represent the will of the people within their state.Calling them names & placing labels on them takes away from your credibilty.

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