Sunday, March 29, 2009

Freshman Year: Not as bad as you think

The United States Government has become more and more interactive over the past century. From fire-side chats with FDR, televised Inaugurations and C-SPAN, C-SPAN2, C-SPAN3 and so forth and so, comes a new way to see behind the scenes and behind closed doors into the Elected Officials on Capitol Hill.
Freshman Year, a look into the everyday operations of Congressman Jared Polis (D-Colorado) and Congressman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), is a new internet sensation on, giving you a first hand look into the work, play and all the things in between of two men during their first year, and first term as members of the United States House of Representatives.
They have published episodes occassionally since the 111th Congress took office in early January 2009, which has chronicled many behind the scenes issues of a first-term U.S. House Representative from attending government formal functions, to travelling back and forth from their districts to Washington, meeting the President, voting on bills, preparing speeches and sitting in staff meetings.
More in-depth and more fun occasions would be "leg wrestling" with Stephen Colbert, sleeping on a cot during the legislative week in their office and hanging out with the floor-cleaning guy in the house office building at 1:30am.
No matter how funny it may get, Freshman Year is a great way to look into the lives of your congressman or woman and what they do everyday to fully represent you during their 4 days a week on Capitol hill and back in your neigborhoods. I give Freshman Year a aye!

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