More on counting laws and discrepancies in the Resume of Congressional Activity

After my last post yesterday about Congress incorrectly counting the new laws in 2013, Daniel Schuman (of CREW) suggested that I look at previous installments of the Resume of Congressional Activity to see if there were other long-standing discrepancies in these historical counts of the number of laws passed by each Congress. I went through each of […]

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No news is good news

This page will be updated when the Congressional Data Coalition officially launches. In the mean time, check out our principles or join the coalition. Or enjoy some lovely music.

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Timeline of US legislative documents and data

1844 The message, “What hath God wrought?” sent later by “Morse Code” from the old Supreme Court chamber in the United States Capitol to Samuel Morse’s partner in Baltimore, officially opened the completed telegraph line of May 24, 1844. (1) 1845 The private firm, Little, Brown, and Company, began publishing the Statutes at Large under […]

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Transparency and liberty

John McGinnis has some kind words for work I oversee at the Cato Institute in a recent blog post of his entitled: “The Internet–A Technology for Encompassing Interests and Liberty.” As he points out, the information environment helps determine outcomes in political systems because it controls who is in a position to exercise power. The […]

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