Government & Political Information
- The Iowa Legislature website contains legislators' names and
contact information, all current and archived legislation, the Code of
Iowa, the Iowa Administrative Code, fiscal information and current issues
publications from the Legislative Services Agency, lobbyists' names and
clientele lists, educational pamphlets about how government works, the
legislative calendar, daily House and Senate calendars and links to live audio
from both chambers as legislators are meeting.
- The Governor's office website contains links to information
about the governor, the lieutenant governor, the first lady, constituent
services (flag status, how to request a proclamation, how to request a letter,
how to apply for executive clemency), the newsroom (press releases and
speeches) and accomplishments (executive orders, signed legislation and special
- Iowa Public Radio covers Iowa's political scene,
including the program entitled "The Exchange," hosted by Jeneane Beck, which airs from the State
Library's Law Library every Monday morning at 10:00 (during legislative
sessions) and features interviews with political figures in state government.
Resources for Political Information and Fact-Checking:
- A nonpartisan, nonprofit "consumer advocate" for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. Politics
- Washington Post Fact Checker
- A blog by veteran Washington Post political reporter Glenn Kessler that is devoted to fact-checking statements by politicians and political advocacy groups, and ranking their accuracy.
- A scorecard separating fact from fiction for all parties produced by the St. Petersburg Times. Among other things, it tracks President Obama's campaign promises.
- Center for Responsive Politics
- This research group tracks money in U.S. politics and its effect on elections and public policy. Nonpartisan, independent and nonprofit, it aims to create a more educated electorate.
- New York Times Interactive Politics site
- This site provides analysis and context to explain and expose presidential candidates' truths, half-truths, and exaggerations.
- National Institute on Money in State Politics
- This site gives you the ability to follow the money in your state.
- Every Political Leader on Every Issue
- A website dedicated to providing non-partisan information to help voters make their decisions based on candidates' positions.
- Rumor Check.org
- Rumorcheck.org is a website dedicated to countering the creation and mass distribution of statements that have little or no basis in fact.
- Snopes.com explains and exposes urban legends, myths, rumors, and misinformation.
- Stinky Journalism
- Stinkyjournalism.com advocates for more rigorous and scientific journalistic methodology.
- Yahoo! News- The Signal
- A new blog that aims to provide unbiased information about upcoming events as well as featuring political predictions based on in-depth analysis.
- The Sunlight Foundation
- The Sunlight Foundation is a non-profit, nonpartisan organization that uses the power of the Internet to catalyze greater government openness and transparency, and provides new tools and resources for media and citizens.
- Regret the Error
- is a website devoted to unusual or noteworthy corrections started by Craig Silverman, who is now with the Poynter Institute.
- The Report an Error Alliance
- is a group that is trying to make it easy for consumers to report errors on a news organization's web page. Please note how it is used on every article in the Washington Post. Within the article, you will find a link to "corrections."