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Introducing the new Statehill

Just over a year ago we launched Statehill. At the time of launch we were live in only one state and pursuing a lofty agenda with minimal resources. Over the past year we’ve had the opportunity to interact with customers throughout the United States, working in a variety of industries,...
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Vote Similarity

Roll call votes serve many purposes—on the base level a roll call vote are a way to record a vote on a particular issue in one of a few ways: ‘yea,’ ‘nay,’ or ‘not voting.’ In the context of a state legislature, roll call votes are recorded and used as...
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Visualizing Polarization

Polarization is often discussed more in relation to gridlock in Washington D.C., while at the same time there is compelling evidence of party polarization happening at the state level. Given a willingness to compromise usually isn’t a prerequisite to pass legislation as the majority in an elected body, polarization might...
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Attention to detail

We take great pride in our attention to detail, from ensuring we accurately scrape mail polls overriding governor vetoes in Montana, to making sure one voice vote expressed in natural language deep in a PDF journal in North Dakota is correctly mapped to a third reading vote. We do this...
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Is your legislative information secure?

A consistent topic of discussion we’ve encountered has been the issue of privacy, and two very different sides of privacy. On the one hand some clients never want any internal information shared, while other clients want the same data security, but must remain compliant in the event of any public...
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A closer look at legislator metrics

The past few days we’ve been answering some questions regarding legislator metrics. More specifically how legislator metrics are calculated and what they mean in the context of the overall legislative landscape. Due to the relative interest in this data, and the interesting conclusions it warrants, it seemed appropriate to cover...
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A new way to track bills

One of the primary goals of the Statehill platform is to help our users increase their legislative productivity. Our users have reported back to us indicating they have saved over 10 hours weekly, and hundreds of hours during the legislative session by utilizing our core feature—automated bill tracking. The concept...
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Data export

We often speak about our commitment to creating an industry leading platform and building tools to shape the future of legislative affairs—as a small team, listening to client needs and responding quickly with innovative solutions is paramount to our success. Two issues that continually come up during meetings and have...
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Access control

While meeting with clients around the state of Montana we heard many times a need for account access outside the primary organization or user, as well as greater access control for users within an organization. In response, we have now enabled custom access control for account users and individual tracking...
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Introducing Bill Notes

A few weeks back we introduced bill conversations to all bill pages. Staying in line with our commitment to build tools that enable effective communication, we’ve now added bill notes - a free space to share general comments about legislation, specific bill information, communicate updates from the lobbying side, or...
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Scorecard Maps

Our introduction of roll call vote mapping was met with a great response, so we decided integrating maps into existing features could add value to clients in a similar way. Today we have released legislative scorecard mapping. Viewing results in a table with complete data sets is nice, and undoubtedly...
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Introducing The Whip List

In the first season of House of Cards, in the midst of a crucial vote, Majority Whip of the House, Representative Frank Underwood, can be seen with his staff making calls, excitedly counting and rearranging names on a magnetic board to determine an accurate vote count and the percentage chance...
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Reporting + Engagement = Action

Frequent engagement is one of the best ways to ensure your advocacy has an impact. Through Statehill, you can provide your clients and stakeholders a means to easily find the most current information on key issues. To improve the outreach process and save time compiling and distributing information, we’ve simplified...
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Join The Conversation

As a platform to manage legislative affairs, building tools that enable effective communication is at the core of our mission. Engaging with your stakeholders externally often requires a consistent message and workflow internally. To further aid government affairs professionals in their legislative communication pursuits, we are delighted to release a...
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Mapping Roll Calls

At Statehill incorporating visualizations is a central component in everything we do. When you’re on the go, visual content is important—data visualizations make data less boring, less intimidating, and less complex, not to mention humans process and retain visual data faster than text. Today we are excited to present our...
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7 Ways Statehill Will Make your Legislative Life Easier

1.) Integration of tech makes it easier to stay informed. Technology in politics is enabling a more connected, transparent, and engaged electorate, not to mention changing the way the branches of government interact. When legislative sessions leave little time for anything but work, Statehill is the smart, simple solution for...
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Statehill Launches Data Driven Legislative Tracking Platform in Michigan

Statehill Launches Data Driven Legislative Tracking Platform in Michigan The premiere legislative tracking, reporting, and analysis application Statehill has now launched in Michigan, expanding the capabilities of Michigan’s legislative professionals and legislators to use political technology and data to improve government affairs in the state. “The addition of Michigan represents...
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