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February's Project of the Month
Recently, President Obama gave his yearly State of the Union address. At Ballotpedia, we collect similar speeches made by many governors: the "State of the State." In Iowa, it is called the "Condition of the State" and in Kentucky, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Virginia it is known as "State of the Commonwealth." Whichever name it goes by, these speeches are delivered to the state legislature and fulfill the requirement in most state constitutions that the governor must deliver an annual report to the legislature.

These speeches outline what a governor's priorities are for a particular year, notes some of the struggles their state may have faced in the past year or address some specific national trend. This month, we are asking for your help in collecting speeches from past years.

The steps are easy
  1. Find the text of a state of the state address given prior to 2011 and copy the link. For these older addresses, you'll get to do some deeper research in each state's historical archives.
  2. On another browser tab or new window, open the State of the state addresses page and click the "Edit" tab on the top of the page.
  3. In the code, scroll down past the 2015 information and find the year you want to add to.
  4. Add a line for your state and input the link. Using an asterisk in the code creates a bullet point on the wiki. A single set of brackets [ ] creates a link to an external website. Inside the brackets, paste the link, press the space bar, and insert the name of the state you're adding.
  5. Click "Preview" at the bottom of the page to make sure your changes look good, and then click "Save" and you're done!

Click here to see an example of the wiki-code.

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4. Start editing!

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BaileyL--I cannot figure out from your message below what citations are needed that are not already supplied. I am clearly having some trouble putting the code into the text properly, but I thought I had citations for everything (and sometimes two) that I added. I have personal knowledge of the events I am writing about, and it took me nearly two hours to track down the information and add it. If it is simply going to be "rolled back" I will not bother with other additions. In fact, today I came to the "Repeal SBT" site because I had another cite for a document that was relevant and I have now found online. I have no idea how to contact you, BaileyL, so unless you read this I may just stop adding and correcting.


EconMich - Thank you very much for your contributions to several Michigan related articles. I have rolled back your edits on Michigan Term Limits Amendment, Proposal B (1992). Although the changes appear to be accurate, specific citations (URL, if reference to constitution for example - provide specific article/section information, date retrieved or date of article, etc.) are required. (see below) We can definitely re-implement your changes once citations are provided. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Also, Michigan Single Business Tax Repeal (2006) - thank you for correcting the fact that was it was not a initiated constitutional amendment. I further corrected the intro to our standards to reflect that the measure was instead a indirect initiated state statute. Like the previously mentioned article, the references need to be corrected. Some are missing URLs, others do not include the newspaper/website name, headline, or date. Let me know if you have any questions about making those changes. Thanks again for your contributions. BaileyL 13:37, 19 September 2011 (CDT)

Follow-up on Michigan articles

Hi EconMich. I have gone through both of the articles you edited recently which were rolled back due to problems with references. I have reviewed every edit that you made and checked the related links as well as added links to support the recent edits, which were factual and added a great deal of content. You can see the most recent edits for Prop B (1992) here and edits for SBT (2006) here. I hope this helps clarify any questions you had about citations.

If you have any questions you can contact me at any time on my talk page or email me at I also want to assure you that your edits, even if "rolled back" are never lost. Generally we roll back edits that do not follow Ballotpedia's guidelines either until the user makes the necessary changes or until staff can review the edits. Thank you again for your contributions!! BaileyL 13:25, 18 October 2011 (CDT)

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