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There has been some discussion on the site about having a database on our elected officials. So let’s figure some things out.
Question 1 : Who is on the list?
An easy start to the list is all elected officials. We should probably keep tabs on people in appointed positions, as well as people running for office. Do we need to keep track of foreign politicians as well?
Question 2 : What do we track?
Some of the things we came up with are: Committee roles, voting records, social media opinions, donor lists, advertising reports, attendance records, thinktank/special interest group rankings.
Question 3 : Why?
The site I would like to see would let me get as much of an independent view on who I should vote for. Also something that could be used for fact-checking social media posts.
Question 4 : How?
One issue that I see is the scale.Just the amount of people to track is non-trivial. And we would need some bots or humans to scrape websites, as well as some safeguards to make sure that the information is accurate. And yes, there is the cost of hosting the website. And where to host the site.
I welcome all discussion about any of these questions. Or if such a thing already exists.
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