Category Archives: Government and Politics

What happens if the Federal Government Shuts Down?

This is some basic information put together by researcher Bill Lucey:


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Who has served the longest in the U.S. Senate?

Here’s an interesting blog post from Pete Basofin at the Sacramento Bee.  It was written shortly before Sen. Ted Kennedy died but is still relevant.  There’s a list of the longest serving Senators.

There’s also a list of how many senators have died in office since the beginning of this country’s founding.  To get that list, you have to link to Political Graveyard, which is worth linking here.  It’s a large biographical database of living and dead politicians.

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Inaugural resources for journalists

Al’s Morning Meeting on Poynter did a good job of putting together resources relating to the Inauguration.

There’s facts and firsts about inaugurations throughout history, the parade route, links to the media in D.C., sources for who’s covering the inauguration Live online, interesting facts about the inauguration and more. 

Check it out.

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Economic indicators and resources for journalists

Here are some good resources for our current national economic crisis that I’ve discovered lately:

Al’s Morning Meeting put together a good resouce about the auto industry bailout.

These next resources come from Librarians’ Internet Index.


This resource from the U.S. Census bureau provides daily updates on key economic indicators, such as the food industry, construction, residential sales and more. There is a link to the releases and a calendar showing when the releases are scheduled.

Information of Business Recessions and Recoveries

This is from the NBER Business Cycle Dating committee and among other things gives you the beginning and ending dates of U.S. recessions.

Economic Indicators

This is the monthly compilation of indicators which covers more than the daily source listed above.  I recommend that you click on tab labeled A-Z Resource List for a good look at what’s here and links to the reports.

This is a good page from the NYTimes on President-Elect Barack Obama’s new administration. There are profiles of selected and potential members

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State governments see growing budget problems

Since we are writing about our own budget spending cuts, (Gov. Rendell just asked state universities to cut spending) this looks like good background from the national standpoint.  How is the slowing economy affecting other state governments? 

Take a look at this piece from Al’s Morning Meeting posted today, 10/23/08.

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Elizabethtown College political experts available for commenting

With the impending presidential election, you may be looking for experienced political analysts. The Department of Political Science at Elizabethtown College can provide you with two experts representing strongly contrasting viewpoints: 

W. Wesley McDonald, Ph.D. ( or 717-361-1306)

* Professor of Political Science, Published author and invited speaker on conservative ideology and politics.

* Author of Russell Kirk and the Age of Ideology (U. of Missouri Press, 2004) and many articles on conservative politics and ideology for The Wall Street Journal, Modern Age, The American Conservative, The Southern Partisan, The University Bookman, and numerous other popular and scholarly magazines and journals.

* He also contributed articles to Takimag and VDare web sites. Has provided commentary and analysis on presidential elections to the Lancaster and Harrisburg print and electronic media since 1980, including featured appearances on WITF-TV, WITF-FM, and PCN.

E. Fletcher McClellan, Ph.D. ( or 717-361-1304)

·Professor and Chair, Department of Political Science

·Longtime advisor to the Elizabethtown College Democrats and instructor of courses on presidential elections and the presidency

·Frequent contributor of political analysis to local newspapers, including the Harrisburg Patriot-News and Lancaster New Era.

·Commentator on political events in local broadcast media, including featured appearances on WITF-TV, WITF-FM, and PCN

·Active member of American Political Science Association sections on the presidency, public policy, and political science education

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Find Your Legislators

I spotted this one on State Database of the Day:

Find Your Legislators – search for representatives and senators by zip code or county. Entries contain contact information and a brief bio. Here is a sample record:

Matthew E. Baker (Republican)

Bradford County (Part)

Tioga County



Personal History:

Married to Brenda K.


Cowanesque Valley High School, 1974

Mansfield University

Corning Community College, (A.A.S.), 1979

Elmira College, B.S., (Honors Scholar), 1988

Member of the House 1993 to date

Standing Committee Assignments:

State Government, Chairman
Contact Information:
E-Mail: Click here to contact Member

Home Page:

Hon. Matthew E. Baker

74 Main Street

Wellsboro, PA 16901

(570) 724-1390


Fax: (570) 724-2168

Hon. Matthew E. Baker

115 Ryan Office Building

PO Box 202068

Harrisburg, PA 17120-2068

(717) 772-5371


Fax: (717) 787-3412

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