Praise for iSolon.org's Work on
Legislative Information Systems
“Dr. Snider's The Dismal Politics of Legislative Transparency offers a cogent explication of the inherent conflict between legislators and legislative data, dismantling the mechanisms of legislative information to expose the conflicting incentives often at their core. This argument has assisted me in advocating for bulk access to legislative data, illuminating the need for access to legislators' roll call votes, as well as the widespread failings of legislatures to make this information available.”
--- John Wonderlich, Policy Director, Sunlight Foundation
It's a fascinating, terrific piece of writing. I liked the conceptual framework you've set up: the reasons given by legislatures for not making roll call data available, the expanded speech solution via a Shadow Legislature enabled by new technology, fat and thin private legislative media and their value, the cycle of influence supported by fat and thin private legislative media, and the impact on journalists of reduced information costs. Thanks for writing this.
--- Greg Elin, Chief Data Architect, Sunlight Foundation
"Your presentation at the 2008 Annual Meeting of the National Online Legislative Associates (NOLA) was compelling. Our members were eager to discuss your research on the online accessibility of roll call votes and your ideas for using new information technology to make legislative procedure more democratic. We look forward to learning about your future work in this area."
Andy Fish, President of NOLA and Managing Partner of the Texas Legislative Services.