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The Washington Post has launched a new site called WhoRunsGov.com that consists of comprehensive profiles of people in politics and the government.

Currently the site is focused on people involved in the government and politics on a national level but plans are in the works to expand it to include state officials, experts at think tanks and interest groups.

Each profile offers in-depth information on individual’s policy experience, involvement in government decision-making, major policy positions, voting records, political affiliations, campaign and personal finance information and related news articles from around the Web.

The Post says the goal is to provide policy biographies of all major government decision makers across the Executive and Legislative branches and independent agencies. Each profile highlights an individual’s main policy concerns.

"This is the first phase of a new venture to create a uniquely collaborative and rich information resource that demystifies the individuals behind Washington’s policy-making process," said Rachel Van Dongen, Editor of WhoRunsGov.com.

Washington Post Launches Political Database

"The site gives political, business and opinion leaders, as well as students, educators and engaged citizens, a destination for crucial, real-time information on Washington’s key players. And it will be a free resource for all."

The initial beta version of the site will allow users to discuss officials’ policy profiles. More social features will be added later this year when the site expands to become a moderated wiki.

Users will be able to add their own content to profiles after they are reviewed by an editorial team. Politicians profiled on the site will also be able to provide biographical details and share stories in their own words.
 

Washington Post Launches Political Database


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  • http://www.aidwebhosting.com Rajun

    Its a good news that Washington Post Launches Political Database. Hope their database have the data of political leaders of all countries.

  • Neil Womack

    I do believe it is time to put the congress on notice if they can not get there act together we need a trem limits. They will say that every four or six years the vote from the public will change but we all know that the big money buys there seats to put them back in and the way we as Americans see it they are put there to repersent our states or countys. We are not hireing a full time representive or a full time job person. Lets face it folks most of those in our senate and house do not have a clue as to what is going on out here in our states most are getting so old they live in the past years ago. We need to wake up our people and get this country back to be repersented again and can those in congress as we do not have anyone we can trust anymore. They think because they are there we have no say in our lives and this is the way most of them think today. Well lets get it together an dput these old foiges out get some new blood into our potical force I will dare anyone to start a list of names to draft something to get the ball rolling come on America wake up to the times. Our forefathers did not have this in mind for congress?

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  • http://www.netcasinogame.net/ net

    Is the Post following the trailblazing work of organizations like the New York Times and the UK Guardian in making the newspaper of the future a database of public information, layered with analytic, visual and programmatic added value? That’s what we have hopes for, but it’s not clear yet that the Post knows what to do with its new site.

  • http://www.uycw.co.cc/ Young Web World

    Ha, The Data base will soon burst if it contain each and every political incident

  • Guest

    I don’t have a clue just who Lou Pritchett is but he certainly hits the
    nail
    on the head.

    AN OPEN LETTER TO PRESIDENT OBAMA

    Dear President Obama,

    You are the thirteenth President under whom I have lived and unlike any
    of the others, you truly scare me.

    You scare me because after months of exposure, I know nothing about you.

    You scare me because I do not know how you paid for your expensive Ivy
    League education and your upscale lifestyle and housing with no
    visible signs of support.

    You scare me because you did not spend the formative years of youth
    growing up in America and culturally you are not an American.

    You scare me because you have never run a company or met a payroll.

    You scare me because you have never had military experience, thus don’t
    understand it at its core.

    You scare me because you lack humility and ‘class’, always blaming
    others.

    You scare me because for over half your life you have aligned yourself
    with radical extremists who hate America and you refuse to publicly
    denounce these radicals who wish to see America fail.

    You scare me because you are a cheerleader for the ‘blame America’ crowd
    and deliver this message abroad..

    You scare me because you want to change America to a European style
    country where the government sector dominates instead of the private sector.

    You scare me because you want to replace our health care system with a
    government controlled one..

    You scare me because you prefer ‘wind mills’ to responsibly capitalizing
    on our own vast oil, coal and shale reserves.

    You scare me because you want to kill the American capitalist goose that
    lays the golden egg which provides the highest standard of living in the
    world.

    You scare me because you have begun to use ‘extortion’ tactics against
    certain banks and corporations.

    You scare me because your own political party shrinks from challenging
    you on your wild and irresponsible spending proposals.

    You scare me because you will not openly listen to or even consider
    opposing points of view from intelligent people.

    You scare me because you falsely believe that you are both omnipotent
    and omniscient.

    You scare me because the media gives you a free pass on everything you
    do.

    You scare me because you demonize and want to silence the Limbaughs,
    Hannitys, O’Relllys and Becks who offer opposing, conservative points of
    view.

    You scare me because you prefer controlling over governing.

    Finally, you scare me because if you serve a second term I will probably
    not feel safe in writing a similar letter in 8 years.

    Lou Pritchett

    Please keep this one circulating

  • Guest

    Subject: Presidential comparison quiz

    If George W. Bush had made a joke at the expense of the Special Olympics, would you have approved?

    If George W. Bush had given Tony Blair a set of inexpensive and useless (to Tony Blair’s UK video formatting) DVDs, when Tony Blair had given him a thoughtful and historically significant gift, would you have approved?

    If George W. Bush had given the Queen of England an iPod containing videos of his speeches, would you have approved?

    If George W. Bush had bowed to the King of Saudi Arabia , would you have approved?

    If George W. Bush had visited Austria and made reference to the non-existent “Austrian language,” would you have brushed it off as a minor slip?

    If George W. Bush had filled his cabinet and circle of advisers with people who cannot seem to keep current on their income taxes, would you have approved?

    If George W. Bush had ordered the firing of the CEO of a major corporation, even though he had no constitutional authority to do so, would you have approved?

    If George W. Bush had proposed to double the national debt, which had taken more than two centuries to accumulate, in one year, would you have approved?

    If George W. Bush had then proposed to double the debt again within 10 years, would you have approved?

    So, tell me again, what is it about Obama that makes him so brilliant and impressive?

    Can’t think of anything? Don’t worry. He’s done all this in 10 weeks — so you’ll have three years and nine-and-a-half months to come up with an answer.

    God Bless America!

  • Guest

    I don’t have a clue just who Lou Pritchett is but he certainly hits the
    nail
    on the head.

    AN OPEN LETTER TO PRESIDENT OBAMA

    Dear President Obama,

    You are the thirteenth President under whom I have lived and unlike any
    of the others, you truly scare me.

    You scare me because after months of exposure, I know nothing about you.

    You scare me because I do not know how you paid for your expensive Ivy
    League education and your upscale lifestyle and housing with no
    visible signs of support.

    You scare me because you did not spend the formative years of youth
    growing up in America and culturally you are not an American.

    You scare me because you have never run a company or met a payroll.

    You scare me because you have never had military experience, thus don’t
    understand it at its core.

    You scare me because you lack humility and ‘class’, always blaming
    others.

    You scare me because for over half your life you have aligned yourself
    with radical extremists who hate America and you refuse to publicly
    denounce these radicals who wish to see America fail.

    You scare me because you are a cheerleader for the ‘blame America’ crowd
    and deliver this message abroad..

    You scare me because you want to change America to a European style
    country where the government sector dominates instead of the private
    sector.

    You scare me because you want to replace our health care system with a
    government controlled one..

    You scare me because you prefer ‘wind mills’ to responsibly capitalizing
    on our own vast oil, coal and shale reserves.

    You scare me because you want to kill the American capitalist goose that
    lays the golden egg which provides the highest standard of living in the
    world.

    You scare me because you have begun to use ‘extortion’ tactics against
    certain banks and corporations.

    You scare me because your own political party shrinks from challenging
    you on your wild and irresponsible spending proposals.

    You scare me because you will not openly listen to or even consider
    opposing points of view from intelligent people.

    You scare me because you falsely believe that you are both omnipotent
    and omniscient.

    You scare me because the media gives you a free pass on everything you
    do.

    You scare me because you demonize and want to silence the Limbaughs,
    Hannitys, O’Relllys and Becks who offer opposing, conservative points of
    view.

    You scare me because you prefer controlling over governing.

    Finally, you scare me because if you serve a second term I will probably
    not feel safe in writing a similar letter in 8 years.

    Lou Pritchett

    Please keep this one circulating

  • George Washington

    COULD THIS BE THE OPENING OF THE DOOR WE’VE BEEN WAITING FOR?

    AP- WASHINGTON D.C. – In a move certain to fuel the debate over Obama

  • http://www.capitt.com Guest

    Very nice find… I visited the cite today and it looks interesting hopefully they will add large municipalities and contact the politician etc.

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