Engel Dials Up a Town Meeting on Health Reform (The Riverdale Press)

View the full article at riverdalepress.com. Unlike many town hall meetings about health care held recently across the country, Rep. Eliot Engel’s was a pretty calm affair. He took about a dozen questions, in order, and one or two follow-ups. No one spoke over one another. No one came to blows, which has reportedly happened…

Third Party Applications for Your Website

Looking for some new and fresh ideas for your website? There are a lot of great, 3rd party applications out there that can easily be integrated into your Constituent Gateway website. Any application that can generate HTML (“embed”) code can be used. Here are some ideas for some 3rd party applications that we’ve seen recently:…

Lawmakers Strive To Avoid Heated Town Halls (NPR)

View the full article and listen to the audio at npr.org. Lawmakers this summer are discussing the move to overhaul the nation's health care system. But as criticism of the plan, and of them, becomes heated, many members of Congress are working hard to avoid getting caught in front of an angry town hall meeting.…

Making the Most of the Executive Summary

The new Constituent Gateway Executive Summary is a powerful tool that allows for complete tracking of your e-newsletter and how it is shared and on social networking sites such as Faceboook™ , MySpace™ , Twitter™ , Yahoo Buzz™ , LinkedIn™ , and Digg™. Understanding how to ready your executive summary will help you gain insight…

Announcing Constituent Gateway Version 3.0!

New User Interface We are excited to unveil the new Gateway user interface design! This new interface includes an updated color scheme, improved graphics and a sleek new layout. We have also added a dropdown navigation to allow you to move through the application quickly and easily, a download “inbox” for cleaner file management, and…

Virtual Town Halls Gaining Popularity (Politico)

View full article at politico.com. With the summer recess turning into a cross between election-year frenzy and an Ultimate Fighting Championship, the traditional town hall is looking less desirable by the day. The recent antics of tea party activists and birthers have provided incentives for members of Congress on both sides to seek a less…

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Tips for Updating Your Site Prior to the Golden Mouse Evaluations

1) Take Advantage of Social Media Platforms iConstituent can help you promote your social media presence in a variety of ways! Add a button on your website that will link to your Facebook, Twitter, or MySpace accounts. We can also help you create custom banners for your YouTube channel, or any other site where a…

Electronic Outreach Tests House Rules (WSJ)

View the full article at wsj.com. WASHINGTON — House members are spending millions in taxpayer funds on email and other electronic outreach to voters, often in ways that avoid their traditional rules on constituent communications. During the nine months ended March 31, which included the run-up to the last election, House members spent about $3.5…