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Connect with Congress Online: Brad Miller and Linda Sanchez

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Over the past two days I've been working with Reps. Brad Miller and Linda Sanchez to hold online discussions about a specific piece of legislation (HR 3609). It has been a great experience to work to create a substantive dialogue between congressmen, legal experts, and the general online community and I think there is a real future for this type of conversation. The Internet enables ordinary citizens to actually hold forth with a member of Congress and to have their voice heard and preserved for others to hear. I've compiled a list of links to aggregate the conversation that happened over the last two days below the fold.

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The Day Sunlight Went Dark

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All morning the Sunlight Foundation was beseiged with internet connectivity problems. During this time the staff figured out that without the internet half of the Sunlight staff and consultants would be jobless and the other half would be confined to the library, meeting with shady figures in backrooms of Congress gathering information or held hostage to the phone.

According to Nisha's calculations:

Jobless: Elliot, Greg, Kerry, Carl, Micah, Andrew, Conor, Garrett

Phone Bound: Ellen, Zephyr, Nisha, Eric

Library Bound: Paul

Stalking the Halls of Congress and dusty three-ring binders: Bill, Larry

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Politics and The Internets

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A lot of attention is being paid to political efforts on the Internet lately. Every day this week the Washington Post has printed an article that in some way focuses on politics and the Internet, whether it being the use of YouTube by politicians, a flap over a picture on a campaign website, or the launch of a new online effort for bipartisanship. The Internet and politics are topics du jour in Washington this election season. Perhaps it’s because of the success of the YearlyKos convention or because the blogs and online organizing did not disappear after the 2004 elections as many in Washington expected. The answer to that is unknown but what is revealed in the media’s coverage of the Internet is a mix of bias, exuberance, and ignorance.

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