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California Government, Politics- LPC Library Research Guide

California Political Information


California Assembly District Map. Find the assembly representative for a district.

California Senate District Map. Find the senate representative for a district.

California State Senators. List of California Senators.

California General Election Official Voter Information Guide, November 2012. Links to Propositions, Ballot Measures Summary, Other Information, and PDF Versions of Full Voter Information Guide in English, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Tagalog, and Vietnamese.

Cal-Access lists who has filed as a candidate in California elections, as well as information about campaign contributions, funding for political advertising...

California County Profiles - Updated by the California Department of Finance, this is a compilation of selected economic, social, and demographic data.

California Legislation - track Senate and Assembly Bills, or access full-text of California laws

 

California Voter Foundation - information about interest groups and voter resources


Capitol Resource Institute - conservative Christian perspective on issues such as television, abortion, welfare, and taxes, as well as on upcoming California legislation.

 

Fair Political Practices Commission - ensures the public’s right to know which interests are funding political campaigns

 

Follow the money - the nation's most complete resource for information on money in state politics

 

Maplight.org - illuminates the connection between money and politics

 

Rough & Tumble: A Daily Snapshot of California Public Policy and Politics - a daily digest on California politics

Statenet Capitol Journal - overview of issues, decisions, scandals and politics from all 50 states.

 

Government Information

 

City-Data.com - Excellent information about United States Cities. Just click on California and click on your city. .


Alameda County - County official website

ABAG Online - Association of Bay Area Government which features links to earthquake information, counties, cities and colleges

City of Dublin

City of Livermore

City of Pleasanton

City of San Ramon

City of Tracy

Community Information by Zip Code - links statistical data on population, education, health, environment, business, and politics which can be retrieved by entering a zip code

U.S. Census Bureau


Bay Area Census - provides "2010 Data by Population, Race, Sex, Age & Housing" for California and places, counties, cities, and areas throughout the Bay Area

CensusScope: Your Portal to Census 2010 Data - "...an easy-to-use tool for investigating U.S. demographic trends... With eye-catching graphics and exportable trend data, CensusScope is designed for generalists and specialists"

Census 2010 Resident Population and Apportionment Counts - "Census 20`0 results are available for the resident population of the 50 states, District of Columbia and Puerto Rico; congressional apportionment; and U.S. overseas population, consisting of federal employees (military and civilian) overseas and their dependents living with them"

Housing Topics - Data from 2000-2010 on the nation's housing, including apartments, single-family homes, mobile homes, and vacant housing units with household characteristics, income, housing and neighborhood quality, housing costs, equipment and fuels, size of housing unit, and recent movers

US Census Bureau: State & County QuickFacts. Quick, easy access to facts about people, business, and geography

State of the Cities Data Systems - "...provides data for individual Metropolitan Areas, Central Cities, and Suburbs," with access to specific cities' historical census data, current employment statistics, county business pattern databases, and FBI crime data

U. S. Census Bureau, 2007 Economic Census Data - "profiles the US economy every 5 years, from the national to the local level"

U. S. Economy at a Glance - key economic data, including unemployment rate, average hourly earnings, consumer price index, producer price index, U.S. import price index, and productivity for the past six months; state economic data charts and links to Bureau of Labor Statistics reports

U.S. Government Information on the Web Subject Index - valuable reference tool linking government documents indexed from government documents library Web pages

U.S. Politics


Center for Voting and Democracy - concise overview of current electoral issues, research and analysis of election-related topics such as instant voting runoff, redistricting, voter turnout, and more; frequently updated

CNN.com - allpolitics.com

Common Cause - a nonpartisan nonprofit advocacy organization founded in 1970 as a vehicle for citizens to make their voices heard in the political process and to hold their elected leaders accountable to the public interest.

FactCheck.org - "a nonpartisan, nonprofit, 'consumer advocate' for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics. We monitor the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews, and news releases. Our goal is to apply the best practices of both journalism and scholarship, and to increase public knowledge and understanding." Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania.

On the Issues - gives the positions on major issues for major federal and state offices, such as president and governor, by candidate or issue; includes biographies of each candidate, charts showing the candidates' position on issues, links to candidates' Web sites, and election schedules.

Politics 1.com - published as a non-partisan public service to promote fully informed decision-making by the American electorate

Project Vote Smart - "For reliable, meant-and-potatoes political information, research experts nearly all recommend Project Vote Smart

Smart Voter - designed to help voters understand their choices better including local contests; offers extensive background information on candidates in participating counties as well as information on state and local ballot measures; by using their search box the results can be located for the candidates

Voting and Registration Data - provides statistics from the Current Population Survey on U.S. voting and voter registration by various demographic and socioeconomic characteristics

 

More information may be found using LPC online print resources, such as: Academic Search Complete (EBSCO), CQ Researcher, Opposing Viewpoints (Thomson Gale), and America's Newspapers (NewsBank) from the Library Databases A-Z.

 

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