Props to Scott Trudeau for IMing me this blog post on 37Signals about a new service of the Washington Post. The US Congress Votes Database allows users to search votes by member, by congress, by margin and more! Then you can subscribe to an RSS feed. So an organization that wants to spread the word about how congressmen in their area are voting could aggregate the vote feeds for their congressmen on their website!
A truly open government would make this stuff available on its own and we wouldn’t have to rely on a media organization for it. Oh well… Thank you Washington Post! This rocks!
Maybe some local new organizations will pick up the concept and apply it to state legislatures.