Helpful Links

Specific issues or legislation:

A nonpartisan, nonprofit program from the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg Public Policy Center which verifies the authenticity of claims made by politicians or political pundits.  Useful for cutting through much of the rhetoric in modern political discourse and determining the veracity of things heard in advertisements, debates, interviews, etc.

Congressional Budget Office

The nonpartisan office charged with economic and budgetary analysis of proposed legislation.  Their reports provide the cost analysis and statistical data used for debate on the floor of Congress and are widely considered to be the most objective and reliable predictors of the actual impact of legislation.  Useful as an objective touchstone for statistical analysis amidst a wash of partisan think tanks.

CBO Director’s Blog

The official blog of the Director of the Congressional Budget Office.  Updated with discussion of pertinent analysis of important legislation, often in a much more layman-friendly format than the full CBO report.  Useful for getting a nonpartisan take on upcoming legislation without reading through hundreds of pages of data sets.


Congressional voting records:

The Washington Post Votes Database

Database maintained by the Washington Post of Congressional voting records.  Sortable by individual, district, or state, this provides an easily-navigable record of all Congressional votes in a user-friendly format.  Useful for determining how your representative has been voting on specific legislation.

Office of the Clerk

Official records of the U.S. House of Representatives, including committee information and legislative records.  A more robust and thorough record than the Washington Post Database, though less user-friendly.

United States Senate

Counterpart to the Office of the Clerk, the official site for the U.S. Senate provides information on Senate committees, schedules, and legislative records.  Again, thorough records on legislative votes, appropriations, and other such business are available for those willing to brave the necessary digging.



This page will be updated continually.  Have a suggestion for a resource that should be here?  Let me know!

2 Responses to “Helpful Links”
  1. Jay Conger says:

    May I suggest that you back off a bit and really see what your “Left leaning” persuasion has done to the state of California with its many sanctuary cities, now suffering from several years of “Left” leadership. Also you might notice what our current “Left” leadership has done to the US economy, unemployment 9.1%, Housing market in shambles, Nationalizing two of our auto manufacturers, tripling our national debt in only two and a half years, throwing our only true democracy in the turbulant middle east under the bus and even backing the Palistine terrorist demands, and the list goes on. I say lets go back to the true and proven capitalistic system and once again become the one country of world leadership it once was.

    • N. Asher says:

      First off, I’m glad to see you on here! I hope you and I can learn from each other, and I hope to hear your thoughts on the various topics brought up on this blog. I’m afraid you’ve brought up more in this post than I can adequately address, but I would encourage you to check some of your facts before coming to such sharp conclusions. For example, California has had a split legislature for at least the past decade, and of the last 30 years, a Republican has been governor for 24. The housing market crashed in 2008, under Republican leadership, and unemployment trends actually reversed since Obama took office. The term “nationalize” is an inaccurate description of what has happened to Ford and GM, as those companies remain privately owned and are on track to paying back the entirety of the loans received from the government. The US public debt has increased by approximately $3.5 trillion, which, you’ll find, is not even close to triple its previous levels.

      I can appreciate a divergence of opinions on how policy is to be implemented, but in order for discussion to be productive, those opinions must be anchored in reality and not simply our interpretation of what reality should be. Part of the goal of this blog is to look at the realities of politics and social attitudes and see if they truly match up with what our assumptions of them are. You may find that you benefit from that more than you think, and I hope that is something we can achieve together.

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