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Welcome to the Lucy Burns Institute wiki test. We use this test to weigh a number of criteria:

  • general wiki aptitude
  • creativity
  • ability to identify the key points that should be shared in a wiki article about a topic based on reading one or more newspaper articles about that topic
  • good judgment about what should/should not be included on a wiki page
  • writing style: can you clarify complex topics? Do you write in a clear, straightforward prose style?
  • ability to group different types of information into different sections or paragraphs
  • sense of audience

The test is divided into five areas: wiki research, general research, complex wiki editing, writing, and copy-editing. Note your start and finish times in the section below.

Login

Before beginning the test you must log in to Ballotpedia. If you do not already have an account, please follow the registration instructions here and create a username for yourself using this naming convention: FirstnameLastinitial. For example: SaraK.

Times

Note your start and finish times here.

Start time: 20 September, 2014 at 2:54 p.m.

End time: 20 September, 2014 at 8:41 p.m.

Wiki research

Answer the questions below. Provide citations to your answers in proper wiki format. Please use pages on the wiki to find your answers.

  • Who is running for office in the United States Senate special election in Hawaii in 2014?
  • Which state House of Representatives has the most members?
  • List four standing committees that are common to all 50 states.

Answers

Internet research

Answer the question below. Provide citations to your answers in proper wiki format.

  • Who is on the City Council for Kalispell, MT? When were they elected? Provide answer in bullet points.

Answer

The Kalispell, Montana city website states the city council is comprised of eight council members. The city is divided into four wards, with 2 city council members elected from each ward. The Mayor of Kalispell is Mark Johnson, whose term began in January 2014.[2][3]

The following are the current Kalispell City Council members and when they were put to office:[4]

Ward 1

  • Kari Gabriel - term began on January 2004.[5]
  • Sandy Carlson - term began on January 2014.[6]

Ward 2

  • Wayne Saverud - term began on March 2007.[7]
  • Chad Graham - term began on January 2014.[8]

Ward 3

  • Jim Atkinson - term began on January 1988.[9]
  • Randy Kenyon - term began on January 2000.[10]

Ward 4

  • Tim Kluesner - term began on July 2005.[11]
  • Phil Guiffrida - term began on January 2012.[12]

Writing

Answer the question below. Provide citations to your answer in proper wiki format.

  • What was the decision in the case of California State University, Fresno Assn., Inc. v. Superior Court in California?


Answer

  • The case of California State University, Fresno Assn., Inc. v. Superior Court in California dealt with donor anonymity and the definition of public agencies, or "public bodies". According to the ruling, handed down on July 16, 2001, California's Fifth District Court of Appeal ruled that auxiliary associations that act on behalf of public universities are not public bodies, and therefore cannot be included in public record requests. The case began when California State University, Fresno proposed a $103 million arena, to be mostly funded by private donors through a non-profit for the university, in exchange for luxury suites in the new arena. The McClatchy Company, "doing business as the Fresno Bee (McClatchy)", according to court documents, requested documents from the University under the California Public Records Act (CPRA), asking for the identity of those donors. The University rejected the request, subsequently leading to McClatchy filing a petition for writ of mandate.[13]

Complex edit

For this portion of the test you must create an Election Box. This will require important wiki skills including research, proper citations and working with templates. Guidelines for adding one to a page can be found here. Create an election box for the Orlando City Council District 5 General Election from 2014 and post it in a new section on the test page beneath these instructions.

Copy-editing

Edit the paragraphs below to correct any errors.

The Lucy Burns Institute (LBI) is the nation's only organization working to provide comprehensive coverage of the over 500,000 elected officials in the United States, as well as the laws that govern every kind of election.

We don't just write comprehensively about 100 U.S. Senators and the 435 members of the U.S. House.

We also comprehensively cover all 7,334 State Legislators and anyone of any party who challenges them in either a primary election or a general election. In addition, we cover every state executive official from the governor to lieutenant governor to state treasurer, and all the way down to the statewide elected railroad commissioner - including all primary and general election challengers for each office.

Our work has only just begun. As mentioned above, there are over 500,000 elected officials serving at all levels of government in our country, and many more who have been appointed to their posts without a say from voters. To realize our vision, we need to cover many more of the darkest corners of American political life.

The people holding office on our behalf aren't used to the kind of scrutiny they're about to receive from us, and LBI is sure they won’t like it.

Needless to say, the fights ahead won’t be pretty, but they're a vital and salutary part of cleaning up our political system.

Election Results

Orlando City Council, District 5, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngEdward "Juan" Lynum 39.2% 743
Regina I. Hill 37.3% 707
Cynthia Harris 23.5% 446
Total Votes 1,896
Source: 2014 Orlando General Election Official Results from Orange County Elections


References

  1. Huffington Post, "Colleen Hanabusa Senate Run: Congresswoman Says She Will Challenge Brian Schatz", May 2, 2013
  2. Kalispell.com, "Mayor Mark Johnson", July 13, 2014
  3. Kalispell.com, "About the Council", July 13, 2014
  4. Kalispell.com, "Council Members", July 13, 2014
  5. Kalispell.com, "Kari Gabriel", July 13, 2014
  6. Kalispell.com, "Sandy Carlson", July 13, 2014
  7. Kalispell.com, "Wayne Savrud", July 13, 2014
  8. Kalispell.com, "Chad Graham", July 13, 2014
  9. Kalispell.com, "Jim Atkinson", July 13, 2014
  10. Kalispell.com, "Randy Kenyon", July 13, 2014
  11. Kalispell.com, "Tim Kluesner", July 13, 2014
  12. Kalispell.com, "Phil Guiffrida", July 13, 2014
  13. Law.Justia.com, "Justia US Law", July 13, 2013