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RESOURCES AND ALLIED ORGANIZATIONS

As this is a somewhat exhaustive list, these organisations range in popularity, usefulness, and progressive ideology. They are in no particular order.

PROGRESSIVE & DEMOCRATIC RESOURCES

NON-PARTISAN RESOURCES

  • Wellstone.org

  • Center For Community Change https://www.communitychange.org

      • Resources to empower low-income people to bring about positive change in their communities.
  • OurStoriesOurPower.org

    • A site from the Center For Community Change where anyone can share their own personal story, by video or in writing, relating to a host of issues.
  • Rules Online & ParliPro http://www.rulesonline.com/ http://www.parlipro.org/

      • Resources for organizing and learning how to run smooth meetings and organizations. Based on the golden standard of Parliamentary Law, Robert’s Rules of Order
  • USA.gov/Developer

      • Who knew that the official website of the United States Government would be Developer friendly! There’s so much to explore here, I’ve only just begun.
  • POPVOX https://popvox.com/

      • Fantastic tool for following legislation, contacting one’s Legislators, finding organizations which share one’s convictions, as well as discovering resources to be help lead one’s own community in political and humanitarian action.
  • OpenSecrets http://www.opensecrets.org/

      • Find out exactly where each candidate got their funding, as well as information about every PAC and Super PAC.
  • VoteSmart Project http://votesmart.org/

      • A mega-resource to provide free, factual, unbiased information on candidates and elected officials to ALL Americans by way of rigorous policies to ensure a political balance.
      • Voting Records — Vote Smart digests key legislation in Congress and all 50 states into easy-to-understand summaries.
      • Biographical & Contact Information
      • Issue Positions (Political Courage Test) — We test thousands of candidates for President, Congress, Governor and State Legislature with our Political Courage Test. The Test accurately measures candidates’ willingness to provide voters with their positions on the issues they will most likely face if elected.
      • Interest Group Ratings — See how over 400 national and 1300 state special interest groups evaluate your representatives. Despite their bias, special interest group ratings can help indicate where an incumbent has stood on a particular set of issues.
      • Public Statements -Speeches and public comments made by the president, governors, and congressional representatives. Just type in a word, say; ‘immigration’ and all public utterances containing the word ‘immigration’ will appear.
      • Campaign Finances – How much money did your representatives raise and from whom?
      • Other resources include:
        • VoteEasy — this powerful, interactive research tool lets you instantly see which candidates are most like you
        • Publications — Free voter’s Self-Defense Manual, a 100-page report on your congressional delegation. A video, which describes what the Project does, how we do it, and how you can use it, is also available.
        • Voter Registration — Policies and procedures, voter registration forms, and where your polling place is.
        • Ballot Measures — Descriptions of ballot measures for every state, including complete text, sponsors, and election results.
      • Also includes educational material & resources both for use in schools, as well as to help those new to the political system.
  • GovTrack.us

      • Track all goings-on in Congress, from new builds, schedules, congressmen, statistics, etc. A fantastic tool for researching government and holding lawmakers accountable.

IssueVoter https://issuevoter.org/

  • Follow issues and be alerted when bills are proposed in Congress, as well as submit one’s opinion to one’s Representative before voting takes place.
  • Countable.us

      • Both a website and a mobile app that keeps you up to date on current legislation while giving you an opportunity to directly inform your Representatives of your opinion on pending bills and issues.
      • Also allows for conversation among fellow constituents as well as utilizing resources from various advocacy organisations.
      • GetCountable.com – Download the mobile APP
  • Change.org

      • A powerful tool to wage issue based campaigns utilising petitions, now with the added feature of optional fundraising attached to the petition.
      • More tools available than just petitions.
  • USA.gov

  • Regulations.gov — Your Voice In Federal Decision Making

      • Multiple avenues to keep up with, learn about, and have a say in the rules & regulations of several industries & facets of our Country.
  • Nextdoor http://nextdoor.com

      • A national social network and mobile APP specifically for neighborhoods

APPS for MOBILE, TABLET, & DESKTOP

  • VoteSpotter
  • Vote 1
  • Congress
  • Kentucky Legislative Coverage
  • We The People
  • Countable Countable.us
  • C-SPAN Radio
  • 5 Calls 5Calls.org

KENTUCKY / LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS

Back the Bluegrass http://backthebg.org

    • Back The Bluegrass seeks to facilitate a turnaround for Kentucky’s Democrats by focusing on data driven campaigns. A strategy that hinges on long term polling projects that will not only provide valuable data, but will also more accurately target flippable seats in 2018 and beyond. Simply put, the goal is to bring a more strategic type of campaigning to Kentucky’s progressive field and the untapped pool of millennial candidates here. Our organization is primed to exact just the change we described above. With an unprecedented number of progressive millennials showing interest in holding public office, the opportunity to build a stronger bench for Democrats in Kentucky has never been better.

FACEBOOK GROUPS & PAGES + Other Social Media

Kentucky Democratic Party  

 
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