Hey PolicyPitch readers, members and supporters! This is my first post here as a member of the PolicyPitch team, one of many I hope. Since PolicyPitch provides a way for citizens like you and me to get involved in our communities, I thought it would be interesting to look at something that affects all of our U.S. readers, whether they know it or not: access to federal court filings and documents, and the cost associated with that access. The next step, of course, is to see what kinds of ideas we can put together to pitch to our local and national leaders to effectively address the shortfalls in the current system. That’s what PolicyPitch members are doing on a daily basis, and it’s something I hope gains a great deal of traction and can assist in more citizen involvement in politics and policy. Continue reading
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While there is not much to the site yet, Obama’s launching of Change.gov does more than just keep the public notified of the transition period, it embraces the public’s ideas and shows a continuing commitment to interact with the American public. In addition to information about the transition team, Change.gov is asking the American people to share their stories and share their vision for new policy in his administration.
But will the public really be able use this site to influence the new administration? Will Obama listen if people use it? We will have to wait to find out what other tools will be designed for the site and whether any of it will matter. One thing is for sure, Obama is continuing his trend of using social media to gather support, furthering his message of transparancy in government, and at least attempting to give the public another outlet to influence public policy.