Writing:Issues sections for Congress
- Main article: Congress Project writing guidelines
The Issues section may include a variety of information. Because of this, it is usually best to break the section down into subheadings.
Common "Issues" subsections include:
This subsection may cover political philosophy and ideological perspective in addition to more specific issues the candidate focuses on.
This subsection includes a candidate's campaign themes.
- Campaign themes are usually listed on his or her campaign website, sometimes under an "Issues" or "Platform" tab. In addition, news articles will sometimes list one or two campaign themes for a candidate. Be sure to reference the source or sources.
- Use bullet points for each issue.
- Summarize the candidate's stance in unbiased language. Be as brief and specific as possible, given the information available.
- You may use direct quotes from the politician's website, but be sure to use quotation marks and references.
- You do not have to include every issue listed on a politician's website. Instead, you may choose some of the issues and introduce the bullet points with "According to (politician's) website, his/her campaign themes include:"
This subsection includes important legislation a politician has sponsored.
- You can search the Library of Congress's THOMAS for legislative information, including a search of bills sponsored by each member of congress.
- You do not need to include every bill sponsored by an individual.
This subsection lists the politician's endorsement for president.
Here is some basic text to use in some Issues subsections: ==Issues==
NAME's political philosophy is BLANK.<ref>[INSERT LINK ''NAME campaign website'' "TITLE," Accessed DATE]</ref>
According to his/her website, NAME's campaign platform includes <ref>[INSERT LINK ''NAME campaign website'' "TITLE," Accessed DATE]</ref>
For example "Issues" sections: