November 12, 2001
Capitol Spotlight, http://www.c-span.org/capitolspotlight/
Capitol Spotlight is a website dedicated to
monitoring and reporting on key votes in the U.S. Congress. It is a joint effort
of Congressional Quarterly (a leader in political journalism) and C-SPAN (a
political network created by America's cable companies) provided free of charge.
Each week that Congress is in session, Capitol Spotlight provides in depth
reporting and video coverage of important legislation. On the
website you will find:
- Key Vote Preview Story: brief articles by CQ
reporters on featured pieces of legislation including background on the
- Key Vote Preview Interview: video and
transcripts of interviews with CQ reporters on prominent legislation (produced
by C-SPAN). For example, during the week of Nov. 5, 2001 Samuel
Goldreich was interviewed about the bioterrorism legislation introduced by Sen. Edward
Kennedy (D-MA) and Sen. Bill Frist (R-TN).
- "Ask the Expert": the general
public asks CQ reporters questions about the week's featured vote.
- Key Vote Story: CQ reporters post a key
vote story the day of a featured vote including vote results and party vote
- Bills to Watch: a weekly update on important
bills before Congress, including links to the full text of the bills on the
Library of Congress Thomas website, http://thomas.loc.gov/.
- Web Resources: links to websites related to
the featured legislation.
The website contains an archive of key vote
stories, preview stories, bills to watch, and chat transcripts from July 16,
2001 to the current time.