First, wish MEDLINE a happy 35th birthday.
Now for some political resources, lifted in part from Resourceshelf.org (where would any of us be without these guys?):
Resources of the Week: Election 2006
By Shirl Kennedy, Senior Editor
"An election is a moral horror, as bad as a battle except for the
blood; a mud bath for every soul concerned in it."
-- George Bernard Shaw
Be that as it may, the Tuesday after the first Monday in November is
coming up fast, and election-related information is a hot commodity.
Earlier this week, we highlighted one absolutely indispensable
political site, Project Vote Smart.
This amazing resource offers so much information that browsing here
can be like drinking from the proverbial firehose, but if you know
what you're looking for, it will save you a lot of time hopping around
the Web from site to site. Databases available here include:
* Biographical Information -- "Project Vote Smart compiles
biographical details and contact information for over 40,000
candidates and elected officials. We make every effort to provide
these details for everyone who runs for President, Congress,
Governor, and State Legislature in every state."
* Campaign Finances -- "Project Vote Smart provides detailed
breakdowns of campaign finance contributions for your elected
officials at the state and federal levels."
* Issue Positions (NPAT) -- "The National Political Awareness Test
(NPAT) is a key component of Project Vote Smart's Voter Self-Defense
system. Major leaders of the media, major parties and Project Vote
Smart repetitiously ask candidates one central question: ''Are you
willing to tell citizens your positions on the issues you will most
likely face on their behalf?' The NPAT is administered to all
candidates for presidential, congressional, gubernatorial, and state
* Interest Group Ratings -- "Despite their bias, special interest
group ratings can help indicate where an incumbent has stood on a
particular set of issues in the past few years. They can be
especially useful when ratings by groups on all sides of an issue
are compared. Web site links, if available, and descriptions of the
organizations offering ratings are accessible by clicking on the
name of the group."
* Voting Records -- "Project Vote Smart provides easy access to
Congressional and State voting records and maintains a collection of
key votes grouped by issue. Key votes typically include the initial
passage of legislation and final conference report vote versions
(the compromised versions of bills passed in separate House and
* Public Statements -- "Ratings. Our researchers collect public
statements for the President, Vice President, Governors, all Members
of Congress, and position papers for current candidates, who submit
them along with their responses to the NPAT. Congressional floor
statements, press releases, editorials, letters, columns, and
television show and committee hearing transcripts are added daily."