This page is aimed at making it a bit easier to keep track of what’s going on in Washington.
Who’s my Representative?
The folks at Govtrack make it really easy to get the answer to this question. Follow this link, enter your address and you are off and running. You will get information on both the two senators in your state and importantly, your representative in the House of Representatives.
Take note of the Congressional District number you live in. Why does it matter? Because in some states the other people in your district may live in other communities in your state while the people living across town may be in a different district. You can’t hold representatives accountable if you don’t know who they are representing.
What’s in the News?
Setting up a news alert so you can see what your representative is saying and doing is also easy. Head to Google News, type in the name of your representative (use quotes like this “Peter Welch”) in the search box, press search and you get the latest news stories that include your representative. Once you get the results you can click on the link to “follow” this topic and you will get updates when new stories are published.
How can I get Better Reporting?
Wikipedia maintains several handy lists of media outlets organized by State.
Here is one for Newspapers
And other for Television Stations
And another for Radio Stations
Click through to the sites by choosing the right hand bar on the Wiki page and scrolling to the bottom to find the external link. Nearly all media outlets will have an Editorial or Contact Us link, let them know you want to see more about what the candidates are proposing and less about zero sum politics. This goes double if the outlet starts running attack ads.