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Map of Virginia’s Judicial Circuits and Districts,

Supreme Court of Virginia

This map of Virginia's judicial circuits and districts helps show the way the levels of courts in the state court system. What is the difference between a circuit and a district court? How are the courts organized, and what are their essential…

Creigh Deeds: Selections from his Flickr Page,

Creigh Deeds

Flickr is a photo-sharing website that can also serve as a political tool. Anyone can sign up to share photos, comment on other peoples’ photos, and even label (or “tag”) photographs. Many public figures take advantage of this…

Bob McDonnell: Selections from his Twitter feed,

Bob McDonnell

Bob McDonnell is the Republican candidate for Governor of Virginia in the 2009 campaign. This image shows a selection of five updates from his Twitter page. Twitter is a social networking site that allows users to send 140-character updates to…

Mark Warner: Selections from his Facebook page,

Mark Warner

Politicians and other public figures are increasingly using new social networking technologies such as Facebook and Twitter to increase publicity and make announcements to the public and mass media. These images show sections of Senator Mark…

iCitizen Forum Video Library,

iCitizen Forum

The iCitizen Forum is a project created by Colonial Williamsburg that "promotes understanding of the balance between rights and responsibilities in a historical context." The video library contains a number of interviews with scholars and other public figures about democracy and government in the United States. Those who are particularly technologically inclined can also follow the project's YouTube channel.

Monticello Classroom,

Thomas Jefferson Foundation

The Monticello Classroom offers extensive information about Thomas Jefferson, Virginia history, the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom, and other important aspects surrounding the founding of the United States. The website also allows visitors to log in and create projects, design lesson plans, or do homework. It also features fun information, such as why Thomas Jefferson is on the nickel, and how to make ice cream the colonial way.

Project Vote Smart,

Project Vote Smart

Project Vote Smart aims to provide voters with information about key election issues, biographical information about candidates, and voting records. One of its best properties is the level of detail given to state and local elections. Visitors can search by zip code to find information about candidates in their area, go directly to Virginia’s profile page, or even find links to local election offices. Find out who your representatives are, how their votes are affecting your life, and how you can vote in your area.

Budget Hero Game,

American Public Media

Budget Hero gives players an opportunity to try to manage the Federal budget by making budget decisions without breaking the bank. Players can choose up to three major issues to focus on, such as  national defense, health and wellness, energy independence, and efficient government. The game provides details about individual issues (such as funding for mass transit and other infrastructure), which can inform players about some of the major policy issues being dicussed right now. The game is aimed at the Federal budget, but some of the policy decisions affect state and local governments.

Pat Edmonson JJ Video,

patforvirginia

In this campaign ad, candidate Pat Edmondson has an interesting spin on the economic issues the government faces. Edmondson, who is running for Lieutenant Governor, takes her campaign staff to a soup kitchen to emphasize the need for economic aid for…

Virginia’s International Trade,

Virginia Economic Development Partnership

This website is aimed at business leaders, but it offers useful information for anyone interested in Virginia’s economy and the rest of the world. The Fast Facts section is particularly useful, with relevant articles such as “Federal vs. State Trade Policy.” There are also profiles of Virginia’s trade with countries such as China, Mexico, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Japan. Did you know that more than 2,600 U.S. companies have business operations in Mexico? Find out more at this website.