Richmond Sunlight, meet blogosphere.
I’ve finally managed to mash up the Virginia blogosphere with Richmond Sunlight. A mention of a member of the General Assembly on a blog now appears on that legislator’s page on Richmond Sunlight. For example, see Sen. Creigh Deeds or Del. Rob Bell, who are my legislators. It works just fine for most legislators, but poor Sen. John Edwards is basically un-googlable at this point. And Del. David Bulova shares a last name with a storied watch maker, so his feed is polluted with some blogspam. But all in all, I think it’s a great new site feature.
Also, legislators with RSS feeds now have their own blog/news included on their page (see Del. Bob Brink or (Del. Brian Moran), and recent mentions in the media are likewise listed (see Del. Morgan Griffith or Sen. William Wampler.
All of this will hopefully increase citizens’ understanding of who legislators are and what they’re up to (giving them greater perspective than than a listing of bills provides), which should be good for everyone.