Public Awareness Tools

For ease of access, below are some links to useful sites for paying attention to public issues in the United States.

The White House.  The official site of the President of the United States.  Provides access to speeches, executive orders and other presidential actions.

GovTrack.  An independent source, tracks the United States Congress and helps Americans understand what is going on in their national legislature. An excellent site for learning how members of Congress voted, and also for learning the status of particular pieces of legislation.

Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, Open Government Guide.  State by State guide to what’s publicly available.

Tracking Congress in the Age of Trump. How often every member of the House and the Senate votes with or against the president, from

Maine State Budget Primer 2017.  From 45 North Research.

Progressive Punch.  ProgressivePunch is a non-partisan searchable database of Congressional voting records, from a Progressive perspective. We show the performance of members within 160 different issue categories, along with detailed vote descriptions.

Demos: An Equal Say and an Equal Chance for All. Demos is an excellent site for staying abreast of issues around the heath of democracy in the United States.

Gerrymandering Project.  Also from

Reinventing American Democracy for the 21st Century. From the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (released June, 2020). 31 recommendations worth considering.