|votesmart.org is letting me down
||[Aug. 22nd, 2010|07:46 pm]
The Question Club
For 8 years, I have been using votesmart.org to make most of my voting decisions. Even my Political Science professors in college insisted on using it for research on candidates. It was great. It showed all sorts of useful data on candidates, like:|
*Interest group ratings from dozens of PAC's, showing how often the incumbent voted in a group's favor.
*Standardized questionnaires to tell a hundred political stances at a glance. It was called the Political Courage Test, or the National Political Awareness test.
*Campaign financing info brought over from opensecrets.org. I love being able to tell at a glance who is paying for the candidate.
*Voting records, endorsements from groups, and a bio that includes job history.
It was great, because all this was in one convenient place. But today, I was really let down. They don't have the Political Courage tests for any of my candidates in Massachusetts. They have zip on the gubernatorial candidate running on the Republican ticket. Even for the incumbent governor, they only 2 interest group ratings for governor D. Patrick when there used to be hundreds last election. The site is missing a lot of info now. My state congressional primaries are next month, and they don't have any hard data on any of the candidates.
I'm really feeling let down. Does anybody else use this website? If you do, is the site having trouble? Do any of you know of a good place to go for this kind of election data?