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You don't have to rely on just one news source. America's Newspapers and More covers all the states and includes 91 newspapers from Florida. Al articles are full text.
Search for biographies and articles on not only the United States Presidents but other men and women who have held government offices in our country. You can search by occupation to find people with occupations like Senator, Secretary of State, Politician, Political Theorist, or Political Philosopher.
Discover in-depth research on the political topics that interest you the most with General OneFile, a comprehensive database with millions of articles from thousands of journals, magazines, and newspapers.
Read local news and articles related to elections and local politics.
Library Online Resources
Explore government and civics in resources to help with homework assignments. Also learn about how government departments and representatives work together.
Barack, George, Abraham – know your presidents with this reading list for children. Then learn about where the President lives, the first families, and presidential pets.
Stuff happens all the time, know your rights and how you got them. Read stories about social activists that changed the world, fictional tales of governments gone a wry, and how youth protested in the 1960s.
Politics can be as local as your school or impact the lives of kids in countries all over the world. Use quizzes and games to learn more about places and issues. Curriculum resources for K-12 teachers are also available.
Florida Politics Blogs
Get all the information about Florida politics and leave your own comments too. You can use multiple sources to find out all of the issues that affect Floridians. Here are the political blogs from major newspapers from around the state.
- The Buzz (Tampa Bay Times)
- Florida Politics Blog (South Florida Sun Sentinel, Broward County)
- Naked Politics (Miami Herald)
- PolitiJax (Times Union, Jacksonville)
Use this free app to contact your Representative directly. You can find your Representative by putting in your address or using the GPS function. You can also find Representatives from outside of your district the same way.
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Including audiobooks and downloadable media.
Read about voting history and find out how presidential elections work.
Find out how the political campaign influences the decision making process with these resources.
Research some of our newest books on the subject of politics.
Discover documentary and instructive videos for home use or in the classroom.
Enjoy these movies where politics and Hollywood meet.
Use this website to learn more on how to have your voting rights restored.
Are you an Orange County Resident? Use this website to find voter registration forms, change your address or party, request absentee ballots, find your nearest polling place, or simply look up the elected officials.
Additional Resources for Voting
Use this federal website to get absentee voting information for U.S. citizens who are UOCAVA (Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act) citizens.
Find government information on the local, state, and federal level with this easy to use website. You can contact your elected officials, learn about the voting process, register to vote, or volunteer as a poll worker.
Use this "one-stop-shop" for election related information provided by the League of Women Voters Education Fund.
Look at campaign contributions on the state level. This website is part of the Florida Division of Elections website.
Look up state-level campaign contributions in this database. It is searchable by candidate, contributor, office, and state.
Explore this comprehensive resource for campaign contributions, lobbying data, and news. Find out how much 527 groups are spending.
Resources for Decision Making
Get a clear view on U.S. politics. This website for voters produced by "nonpartisan, nonprofit 'consumer advocate'" individuals checks on the statements made by people in politics for factual accuracy.
Search the Congressional Record for information on who said what in the proceedings and debates of the United States Congress.
Check the facts with the Tampa Bay Times team of fact checkers. Politifact attempts to verify the claims made in politics as true, false, or in between.
See where the money is going with this official U.S. government website that tracks all of the economic stimulus funds. Use the interactive map to search by state.