Staying politically aware is simple enough. Glance at a homepage or a front page, tune in to CNN while you dress or listen to the radio on your commute and you can tally the wins and sins in American politics. But keeping up with policy is a different story. Do you recall where the feds are with respect to regulating domestic drones? Or where the U.S. is headed on energy exports? Or what the prospects are for tax reform?
Here's a statistic that should bang you over the head, especially if your company or association has an advocacy program trained on Washington. Congress passed 352 bills and resolutions in the last session, during 2013 and 2014, according to data from my colleagues at CQ Roll Call. During that same period, legislatures in all 50 states and Washington DC passed 45,564 bills and resolutions. Yes, you read that right. The tally was 352 to 45,564.
With all the talk of the shifting power dynamics after last week's election, which put Republicans in control of the U.S. House and Senate, it's easy to overlook some of the interesting personal tales that emerged. Indeed, there are quite a few new and intriguing people who will be roaming the marbled halls of Congress, any one of whom might help shape the debate in coming months.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".