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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
- 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.
- 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.
- In the code, scroll down past the 2015 information and find the year you want to add to.
- 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.
- 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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-- 15:06, 15 October 2013 (CDT)
Hello and welcome to Ballotpedia! Thank you for your first edits! I just wanted to point out our conflict on interest policy below. I look forward to more edits from you in the future! KaitlinE 18:27, 15 October 2013 (CDT)
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