Just performed a couple of quick updates this morning to bring the Congressional Directory back up to date. Changes to a few House and Senate member’s staffing information.
Added the newly sworn in Representative Vance McAllister (R-LA) to the directory.
Updated the Congressional Directory to take into account changes to member bios, staff information, and a few Representatives’ district offices.
Just a small number of updates to the Congressional Directory, mostly House district office changes and subcommittee assignments.
Fixed a glitch in the display of the Senate Armed Services Committee Subcommittee on Airland where the page would error out.
Also, added newly sworn in Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) to the Congressional Directory.
Just did a quick update to get the Congressional Directory up-to-date with Congress Merge‘s current database. There were a fairly large number of small changes to House and Senate contact information and district office information.
The traffic has finally died down after the government shutdown…
Today, I did an update to the Congressional Directory to get me back up to date with the latest version of the Congress Merge database. The biggest change of note is due to the passing of Representative C. W. “Bill” Young (R-FL) who was the longest serving Republican member of the House of Representatives.
I want to record some notes here about the traffic this last month. There have been two major events this past month that caused traffic spikes on this site, spikes that are the highest traffic loads since the Debt Ceiling debate of July 2011.
The “Syria debate” at the beginning of September, and the government shutdown at the end of it. Simply put, the traffic on my site indicates to me that there are a lot of people concerned enough about both issues to reach out to Congress and maybe not cynical enough yet to believe they can’t influence their members of Congress.
Looking at the weekly traffic totals shows that these two events have caused the biggest spikes in traffic to my site since July 24-30, 2011, which was the previous contentious week preceding a rise in the debt cieling. There was another spike the week of President Obama’s 2nd inauguration.
I have re-synchronized to the Congress Merge database to bring the Congressional Directory fully up to date. The most notable change is the resignation of Representative Rodney Alexander (R-LA), who has resigned to accept an appointment as Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs for the state of Louisiana.
Well, the site traffic is back down to normal. After the President announced he would be asking Congress to decide on attacking Syria, traffic went through the roof on this site until the diplomats finally got around to trying to settle things their way. A quick plot of the traffic from Google Analytics shows this. The traffic was nowhere near the levels I saw during the health care debate or the impeachment of Clinton, but it was quite a spike over the normal traffic of a few thousand hits a day.
Outside of just keeping the site running, I didn’t make any updates to the data over the past two weeks, so today I am pushing through updates to House and Senate office information, district office information, biographies, and House staffing.