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Could Members force a vote on the DISCLOSE Act?

In both the House and Senate, the majority controls the agenda and the Leadership of the majority decides what does or does not come up for a vote — with one exception: the discharge petition.

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There is no “Capitol Jail”

There is no Capitol jail.

There is a tomb chamber under the crypt (beneath the star), which was meant to house Washington’s body. Washington made arrangements to be buried at Mount Vernon. The tomb chamber has bars, leading many to assume it must be a jail cell. It’s never been used as one, though.

Disrupting Lobbying Through Transparency

For many outside the startup world, the term “disruptive” may have negative connotations. It was not something you wanted on your report card. Certainly for two women — one an Indian-born American and another a Southern girl — being called “disruptive” is not something our grandmothers would have praised… until now. POPVOX co-founder Rachna Choudhry and I are in New York today to be officially named “disruptors” — and we couldn’t be more pleased!
The Tribeca Film Festival Awards for Disruptive Innovation
The Tribeca Film Festival Awards for Disruptive Innovation, founded by Craig Hatkoff, capture the spirit of Harvard Professor Clay Christensen’s…

POPVOX Resources for Congressional Staff

We at POPVOX think a lot about Congress and the staffers that make Congress go. Recently, a Congressional office asked us to share best practices for using POPVOX in their work. The following slideshow demonstrates how staffers (and advocates) can use publicly-available POPVOX information to lead a legislative effort. (Staff also have access to some special district-specific tools and dashboards when they are logged in with a staff account.) How are YOU using POPVOX? Let us know!
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Team Changes

Today POPVOX announces that co-founder Josh Tauberer, a pioneer in the world of open government, is moving onto a new phase in his work for  government transparency. Since joining the team in July 2010, “Dr. T” has built a robust tool that closes the gap between citizens and Congress.  While we will miss him, we are excited to watch him continue his work through GovTrack, consulting, public speaking, and the release of his new book, Open Government Data.
The entire team is extremely grateful for the talent and insight he has brought to POPVOX and wish him the very…

POPVOX team changes

Today POPVOX waves goodbye to co-founder Josh Tauberer, a pioneer in the world of open government, as he moves onto a new phase in his work for  government transparency. Since joining the team in July 2010, “Dr. T” has built a robust tool that closes the gap between citizens and Congress.  Through GovTrack, public speaking, and the release of his new book, Josh will continue this work. The entire team is extremely grateful for the talent and insight he has brought to…

Where Will Congress find the Pay-Fors?

Will the Conference Committee tasked with hammering out an agreement on extending the payroll tax cut end up as a “Super Committee 2.0”? The question was posed by Felicia Sonmez in the Washington Post’s “2Chambers” blog — and it makes sense. Many of the players are the same (see below) and so is the task: find agreement on hundreds of billions in “pay-fors.”  
The Payroll Tax Cut Conference Committee must find savings or cuts to finance extending the payroll tax cut, unemployment benefits and the “doc fix,” to stave off almost 30% automatic cuts to physicians paid by Medicare. The…

Which Advocacy tactic is most effective?

People always ask: “What is the best way to get my message to Congress?”.
We discussed this at length yesterday at the “Better Activism Day” Livestream, hosted by Clay Johnson at InformationDiet.com (see former staffers at 1:10:00 discussing this.)
We at POPVOX are working with Congress to ensure that messages sent through the POPVOX system are delivered int he best and most effective way possible. However, we know from our experience working in Congress that even POPVOX is not THE most effeciv means of making your point to Congress. THAT is still reserved for in-person direct contact with the Member…

Better Activism Day: Jan 18

We’re happy to participate in the InformationDiet.com’s livestream of “Better Activism Day” on January 18 (which will be available on informationdiet.com/live.)
POPVOX is neutral – we don’t take a position on bills, including SOPA or PIPA, but we are 100% on board with any effort to help people understand how Congress works and how to engage with the Congressional process.
From the announcement by Clay Johnson, author of “The Information Diet”:

On January 18th, the plan for 

Announcing POPVOX Congress Match – Does your Representative (or Senator) represent you?

With the beginning of the 2012 Election Year, POPVOX is proud to introduce “Congress Match” — a personalized grid to show how well your Representatives and Senators line up with your views.
Congress Match displays every bill on which you expressed an opinion, along with how your legislator voted (if a vote was held). Congress Match also shows if your Member voted present or was absent.  
As you weigh in on more bills and Congress takes more votes, Congress Match will update to help you see just how “representative” your Representative or Senators are.  That means that in 2012, you…