California Watch?s ?Politics Verbatim? Tracking Every Word of Gubernatorial Candidates

By: E&P Staff

California Watch, the online reporting project of the Center for Investigative Reporting, launched “Politics Verbatim” Monday, a site that says it will try to track every statement, promise and attack uttered by the two major candidates for governor of the Golden State, Democrat Jerry Brown and Republican Meg Whitman.

Politics Verbatim’s search tool, created by Chase Davis, sorts candidate statements by nine categories — such as promises and “vague policy positions” — and 26 political from abortion to welfare.

“We are unveiling Politics Verbatim today with about 300 documents and 1,000 excerpts,” California Watch Editorial Director Mark Katches wrote in his blog. “We will be adding to the site daily, scouring news and campaign sites and Twitter and Facebook feeds. We also are encouraging crowd-sourcing from other journalists and readers. We hope to soon create easy ways for readers to upload video and audio files from public campaign events. California is a massive state, and we can’t provide blanket coverage.”

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