The Policy Report

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Political Resources


The Political Resources Page is designed to serve as a resource for the political novice. It has links to government websites that can give you information on candidates, propositions, or analysis of both. It also includes anything that we thought might be useful to the political researcher who wants impartial information.

Do you know a resource that isn’t listed here that probably should be? We would love to hear about it. Please Email Adam and let him know about it!

Election Results Archive

General Resources / Non-Profit Organizations

  • Register to Vote– The site is a page in the California Secretary of State’s Website that will mail you a voter registration form already filled out for you to sign and mail.
  • Project VoteSmart – This site is a great resource to see an elected official’s voting record. Rather than hearing what they say on an issue, view how they voted on that issue. Actions speak louder than words.
  • Govtrack.us – This site allows you to look up the voting record of members of congress and track bills as they go through committees in the US Senate or House of Representatives.
  • FactCheck.Org – This site is a non-partisan organization that does research on claims made in political ads, speeches and the like.
  • Public Policy Institute of California – Similar to the Legislative Analyst’s Office, except this one isn’t government run and is funded privately.  These guys provide inpartial analysis of State Public Policy.
  • The Rose Institute – A research center at Claremont College that focuses on California Public Policy.

Advocacy Organizations

  • California Forward – An advocacy organization that focuses on bipartisan government reforms including redistricting and the California budget process.
  • California Business Roundtable – A non-profit, nonpartisan organization composed of chief executive officers of leading California businesses.
  • California Clean Money Campaign – A non-profit organization that advocates for public campaign financing.
  • National Popular Vote – An advocacy organization that supports the elimination of the Electoral College and using the national popular vote to elect the President.

Blogs and Websites

  • BlogNetNews – A regionally based syndication of political and current event blogs.

Political Parties

City of Los Angeles Resources

  • City of Los Angeles Website – This site has links to Mayor Villaraigosa’s website, and links to the City Council’s Website. You can watch tapings of public hearings online and get information about your City Councilman.

State of California Resources

  • California Bill Lookup Service – This website allows you to see the actual text of a bill, from when the bill was introduced to the current incarnation of the bill. Amendments are stricken out so you can see what text was removed. The site quality is fair, but it is a great resource.
  • California Campaign Finances Website – This site lists the contributions to political candidates or campaigns as required by law.
  • California Secretary of State Website – The Secretary of State is charged with the facilitation of impartial and fair elections for the State of California. Here you can get the language of propositions and information about candidates. It also tells you when elections are and can register you to vote online.
  • Legislative Analyst’s Office Website – This office reviews all legislation that is proposed in California, including proposed bills in the Assembly and Senate and State Ballot Initiatives and provides impartial, independent analysis. A good resource to get the straight talk on legislation.
  • ElectionTrack.com – This site keeps track of campaign contributions that state candidates declare including how much the donation was and who contributed it.  You can see who contributes to specific campaigns.  It can even notify you of exceptionally large contributions by email.
  • California State Assembly Website – This is the website for the lower house of the California Legislature. It has assembly rosters, and agendas for committee and assembly hearings. Updated Daily.
  • California State Senate Website – This website is similar to the Assembly Website, but is for the State Senate of California.
  • California Governor’s Website – The site for the Governor of California.  Has features including links to government resources and an archive of signed and vetoed bills.  It also has the latest announcements issued by the Governor.

Federal Government Resources

  • The House of Representatives Website – This site has information on committee assignments, hearing dates and times, house bill lookup and other helpful features. It also helps you find your congressman and view their website.
  • Office of the Clerk of the House of Representatives Here you can look up information regarding the specific text of bills and laws, see how representatives voted in roll call votes and other similar information.
  • The US Senate Website – This is the official site of the Senate. It has similar functions to the House of Representatives website, including links to individual senator’s websites.
  • The President’s Website – The official site of the President of the United States.
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