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Follow the Money
Track who is giving money to state candidates. From the National Institute on Money in State Politics.
Links to government sites in all 50 capital cities.
Official government websites locator cited by the following govt websites:, LOC, FEMA, EPA, IRS, HUD, DOJ, SSA, ARMY, NAVY, 49 state governments, and more.

National Center for State Courts

CIR: Who Gets Paid What in Your City/County/State?
Public employee pay database from Center for Investigative Reporting.

Public Information Databases
Organized by state, this site offers links to more than 4,300 government databases.

Washington Post: The Best State Political Blogs Newsroom
A quick reference to newspaper coverage around the nation on state budget coverage.

Library of Congress: State Resource Guides
Provides links to external Web sites and a bibliography containing selected works for both general and younger readers. This site will be updated on a regular basis.

AJR: Cutbacks in Statehouse Coverage (.PDF)
A 2009 study that has a state-by-state breakdown of shrinking statehouse coverage.

Patchwork Nation
From the Jefferson Institute, this site divides America's 3,141 counties into 12 community types based characteristics, such as income level, racial composition, employment and religion. It also breaks the nation's 435 congressional districts into nine categories, using the same data points and clustering techniques.

ProPublica PAC Track
Follow contributors and spending with political action committees.

Census QuickFacts
Look up state and county census stats using this image map.

Chicago Tribune Election Center
Tracks state, local and national elections.

National Association of Counties

State and County Quick Facts

State and Local Government Resources on the Net
Links state-by-state.

Federal Internet Guide
Offers state-by-state links to online court record search services at trial courts and government agencies. Find court locations, other legal services offered and more.

Court Records Blog
Part of's site, this blog covers some of the basics of court records, understanding documents, how a court room works, etc.

Free Public Records Directory
Free state court resources.

The Public i
A super investigative site from the Center for Public Integrity. Features studies, links to stories, commentaries and more.

National Center for State Courts

National District Attorneys Association

National Association of State Information Resource Executives
A great quick-reference of bios by state. Also has a directory page of topic areas such as education, revenue, treasures and legislatures.

EPodunk: City, County, Town and Community Information
Statistical data and other details on small communities across the nation.

International Trade Merchandise by State

Rural Blog
A collection of "events, trends, issues, ideas and journalism from and about rural America."
A great site. Roots out the funding sources of the most notorious anti-consumer groups. It continually adds profiles on the first of every month.

24/7 Wall Street: The Best and Worst-Run Cities in America
A collection of information on U.S. cities and towns. The site includes almanac-like reference data, property statistics, local weather reports, links to the official city web sites and maps for about 3,500 cities. The site also includes a summary article on about 50 major cities.

National Attorney Generals Association
This site has links to state attorney general's offices. Most attorney general sites, such as New York's have information on nonprofit organizations that make more than $150,000 a year.

Prairie Net: Full-Text State Statutes and Legislation

StateMaster: US Statistics, State Comparisons

National Center for State Courts: Listing of Courts
Links to state appellate, circuit and county courts Web sites organized by states.

National League of Cities
Studies, stats and stories on trends in urban and rural cities and towns.

American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees
Information from the nation's largest and fastest growing public service employees union.

State and Local Governments
A directory of links to state and local government sites.


National Governors Association: State Fiscal Update

Tax Foundation: New State Business Tax Climate Index

Stateline: State of the State Speeches
Various feeds from governors' speeches around the nation.

Library Chapters/Associations by State
A guide to those rights and resources for crime victims at the federal and state level.

MoJo 400

This non-profit Web site provides links to Web sites for every county and state in the United States.

Re-Entry Policy Council (RPC)
Policymakers representing Democrats and Republicans, law enforcement, corrections, health and other representatives.

Google: Government Sites
Search government-only sites with this special Google feature

National Governor's Association

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

Council of State Governments
This site has collected and analyzed data from numerous sources to create profiles of all U.S. cities. It featuresthousands of pictures, maps, satellite photos, stats about residents (race, income, ancestries, education, employment...), geographical data, crime data, housing, businesses, political contributions, weather, hospitals, schools, libraries, houses, airports, radio and TV stations, zip codes, area codes, user-submitted facts, similar cities list.

State Laws Database
Searchable index of state laws and legislation for all 50 states.
A news service operated by the Pew Center on the states produces in-depth stories on state-based public policy issues.

Community Associations Institute
Features a report card for America's 40 largest counties.
Association of Capitol Reporters and Editors is an organization for statehouse reporters around the country.

State Agencies Telephone Directory

National Priorities Project Database
Search state data on socio-economic needs and federal expenditures.You also create your own customized tables, graphs and reports.

Center for Public Integrity: State Database of Law-Breaking Lawyers
Use image-map/database for a list of lawyers in your state.

State Government Sites
A quick-reference listing of state government sites.

Lewis Mumford Center: Census Research
This site lists some census research analysis that is used by many reporters, especially those covering census information. It is run by Merci Miglino of the Lewis Mumford Center at the Research University at Albany, SUNY.

A comprehensive collection of demographic, lifestyle, and economic data covering over 2,600 U.S. cities portrayed as thematic maps, informative reports, detailed tables and colorful charts --- all freely available.
Stats, contacts, other resources about city/local government.

United States Conference of Mayors

National Governors Association
Anything you want to know about the nation's governors and policy statements on state and federal issues.

ProPublica Recovery Tracker: How Much Stimulus Funding Is Going To Your County?
This non-partisan site covers every side of a topic with an easy-to-use index.
This free database allows you to track legislation across states. It takes some time to use, though.

State Departments of Transportation

Locate State Government Sites
A search engine and image map takes you to official state sites.
Clearinghouse of state and local government sites.

ProPublica: How Much Stimulus Money is Your County Receiving?

National Center for State Courts
Research, newsletter, links to other organizations.
Local government sites.
A great election resource that tracks state supreme courts, their elections and news on judges.

Taxpayers for Common Sense
Watchdog group on wasteful government spending. Site includes a media page and is organized by categories such as government contracts, energy, transportation, national security, etc.
Includes some links to city government information. Some read like travel brochures.
Organized by state and city, explore data on many U.S. communities. Law News by State

National Association of Counties

Census Factoid Central
Get the statistical lowdown on where you live with a few mouse clicks at State and County QuickFacts.

PC Magazine's Undiscovered Websites: Government
From November, 2007, a great collection of sites that provide shortcuts to many federal government and news sites.

Institute for State Studies

Municipal Mall
Claims to be a meeting place for municipal and provincial leaders, as well as people who are studying government. Has a newsletter, events and discussion pages.

Chamber Of Commerce
A central resource for community, tourism and business information.

Index of State Malpractice Laws

First Headlines: State News List
Scan news from each state using an image map.

National Association of Secretaries of State

Center for Public Integrity: Watchdogs on Short Leashes
An interesting December 2001 study on how many state legislatures have ethical oversights.

Government Finance Officers Association
This association offers background on public-sector finance and accounting. Government Salary Lists
Look up salaries for all kinds of federal positions.
This watchdog group offers a clearinghouse of stories on urban sprawl and the legislation to stop it. Hs a state-by-state summary of how state open space legislation is dying on the vine from budget cuts.

Other Urban Sprawl Web Sites
Dozens of great links to organizations and activist groups.

RootsWeb U.S. Town and County Database
Search for city and county sites.

Public Library Rankings.
The annual ranking of 9,000 public libraries is available in a spreadsheet copy for journalists. A good newsroom training tool for spreadsheets.
This site profiles every county and more than 25,000 communities across the country. The site was compiled by journalists formerly with the Detroit Free Press, the New York Times and American Demographics magazine. The site uploads new data daily, including census, EPA, FDIC, FEC, USGS, etc.

Illinois Congressional Primaries
Part of the Knight Innovation Lab, this site provides "innovative technologies designed to help voters gain new perspectives on the candidates for Congress competing in the March 20 primary in Illinois."

State Mottos List
Magazine on federal government and military. State Mottos

AngelFire: Real State Mottos

Stateline: States in Finanncial Trouble (2009)

City of Chicago information server
A guide to Chicago city government. Good for finding offices, phone numbers, department heads, census info., etc. See also Chicago Chamber of Commerce.

Cook County information server
County offices, demographics, meeting schedules, etc.

A must-read for anyone covering politics and federal government. Daily updates on what's going on, links, resources, etc.

The Washington File
Another must-read for anyone covering politics and federal government. It's a feed of government-generated stories on global and national issues.

USA Today: State-by-State Population Growth (1790-2000)

State Data Centers
This Census Bureau site uses an image map to link to state data sites. A great site to hit on a weekly basis for updates.

AOL CityGuide: Government Guide
Enter your zip code, city or state to find links and contact information to services, officials, agencies, etc.

Open Congress: 50 Key Senate Votes

ResourceShelf: California State Archives Links
Databases of hundreds of historical documents and other pieces of the public record.

Wikipedia: State Agency Databases
A wiki on state databases that feature information on businesses, licensed professionals, etc. Defense and International Relations Agencies
This site helps you identify government agencies at local, state, federal and international levels.

National League of Cities
Includes a press room and resources for best practices, etc. for running city government.

National Governor's Association: Greener Fuels, Greener Vehicles
A state-by-state resource guide in .PDF format.; What Government Does
Background story on fundamental functions and services the government performs at all levels.

State Legislative History Research Guides
From Indiana University, this site links to legislative tracking guides in all 50 states.

Cornell Law: State Courts Opinions

Web-Strategist: Social Networking Statistics, 2009

NYC Stat
Mayor's office of operations for New York City. Stats, performance reports, surveys, etc.

ProPublica Recovery Tracker: How Much Stimulus Funding Is Going To Your County?

Bureau of Labor Statistics: State Economies at a Glance
This handy image map helps you track census and economic statistics in all 50 states.

IRS: Tax Statistics

Cornell Law: State Courts Opinions

One Impressive Fact About Every State


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