I'm happy to announce the launch of the latest project from the Seattle Times news applications team: a guide to all Washington state lawmakers, including sponsored bill information, campaign contributions, bios, contact information and committees.
The guide is an evolution of our first-ever news app, The Seattle Times election guide that we launched in August. It uses information collected through reporting, from the Washington state legislature and Follow the Money.
Of course, it's responsively designed, so it works fluidly across all devices. The front page lists key lawmakers and education leaders as a jumping in point for readers. Optionally they can enter a home address to see a list of lawmakers who represent them.
This is just the first iteration (second, if you count the original election guide) which we'll continue to build out over the coming months to include a more comprehensive way of exploring bills, contributions, financial documents and more.
This app is running on the Django framework and hosted on Heroku. Congressional and legislative districts are calculated using a Washington-specific version of Django Boundary Service. Our boundary service is hosted on an Amazon EC2 instance, with static files served using Amazon S3. We're using a custom Django template tag to pull in RSS feeds from Wordpress, Tilemill for our map design, OpenStreetMap for the base and Leaflet for the browser interaction.
Huge shout out to data editor Cheryl Phillips and developer Dean Kramer for bustin' their asses with me!