Looking for accurate and up-to-date information about key issues? This page features links to many of the organizations that are actively involved in specific issues, including organizations we work with. We also encourage you to use the TransForm Idaho custom search engine, in the form below, and on every page of our Web site and this Blog, to quickly find information based upon issue-related keywords. In the right-hand column of all pages of our Blog, you can find constant updates on issues that include the keyword references shown. The list is drawn from global news resources and updates every 20 minutes. Below the news summaries is a similarly updated guide to YouTube videos related to the issues.
Here are descriptions and links for useful resource Web sites and sites of organizations that are devoted to specific issues we care about. We welcome suggestions for other sites. Please send the problem URL and a note about the site to Please also let us know if you find any broken links.

American Association of University Women in Idaho: Founded in 1881, AAUW is the nation’s leading advocate for educational equity for women and girls. With more than 100,000 members in the United States and more than 1,300 branches and 500 college and university partners nationwide, AAUW is dedicated to tearing down barriers to equality and creating opportunities to help women and girls reach their full potential.

American Civil Liberties Union of Idaho: The ACLU of Idaho is a nonpartisan organization, founded in 1988, and dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of civil liberties and civil rights. The ACLU of Idaho is independent, but is also the local affiliate of the national American Civil Liberties Union, striving to advance civil liberties and civil rights by activities that include litigation, education, and lobbying.

Center for Media and Democracy’s PR Watch: The Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) is a non-profit investigative reporting group that does not accept funding from for-profit corporations or government grants. The group’s reporting and analysis focus on exposing corporate spin and government propaganda. In addition to PRWatch, the group publishes SourceWatch, and BanksterUSA, and its newest investigative site,, which deals with the ALEC legislative lobbying group.

Civic Impulse Govtrack Congressional bill tracker: was developed by by Civic Impulse, LLC to promote and innovate government transparency civic engagement and civic education by helping the public research and follow legislation in the United States Congress and state legislatures, using resources of THOMAS, the official Library of Congress website for the status of federal legislation, and state legislation through a partnership with LegiNation, Inc. and LegiScan, Inc., with additional data from Open States.

Congress.Org: is a nonpartisan news and information Web site that provides information on actions by the U.S. Congress and news about federal advocacy and activism, including links on how to contact representatives. Now part of the CQ-Roll Call Group, the largest news organization on Capitol Hill, it is owned and operated by The Economist Group.

Council of State Governments: The Council of State Governments, established in 1933, is a regional (West, Midwest, South and East) forum to encourage exchange of insights and ideas that help state officials shape public policy.

Idaho Abortion Facts, from Guttmacher Institute: The Guttmacher Institute has provided information to advance sexual and reproductive health and rights for more than 40 years. Its goal is to encourage the highest standard of sexual and reproductive health for all people worldwide. Since 2009, Guttmacher serves as an official Collaborating Center for Reproductive Health by the World Health Organization and its regional office, the Pan American Health Organization.

Idaho Core Standards official site: This site, sponsored by the Idahoans for Excellence in Education Coalition, of which TransForm Idaho is a supporting partner, explains how Idaho schools ensure students here are held to the same high expectations as students in the rest of the country. The standards focus on developing students’ critical thinking, problem-solving, and writing skills – real world skills that students need to be successful in today’s workforce. The standards, explained in detail on the site, go beyond memorizing and taking tests, and enable teachers to explore important topics with students in depth, rather than simply skimming in preparation for tests.

Idaho State Laws and Statutes official site: Use the official Idaho state legislature site to find amendments and current status of all state laws and statutes, organized by title and subject.
Idaho State Legislature official site: Identify and correspond directly with your Idaho lawmakers.

Idaho State Legislature RSS Feed Selector: The Legislature provides real-time notification of committee meetings and public hearings through Facebook and Twitter. Go here to select the alerts you want:

Institute for Women's Policy Research: The institute, founded in 1987, concentrates on domestic women’s issues involving employment and job quality, pay equity and discrimination, and related economic issues. With a nationwide academic network, IWPR is affiliated with the graduate program in Public Policy and Women’s Studies at George Washington University.
Vote411: The League of Women Voters provides a one-stop, nonpartisan site for voter general and state-specific registration procedures, candidate and ballot information and instructions. The site was created by the League of Women Voters Education Fund in 2006.

Idaho State Controller official site:For the official accounting of the Idaho state budget, how it is decided, how it is spent, and much more on money matters, seeking to make the conduct of Idaho governance more transparent.

National Committee on Pay Equity: The National Committee on Pay Equity (NCPE), founded in 1979, is a coalition of women's and civil rights organizations; labor unions; religious, professional, legal, and educational associations, commissions on women, state and local pay equity coalitions and individuals working to eliminate sex- and race-based wage discrimination and to achieve pay equity.

National Council of State Legislatures: The council is a bipartisan organization that serves the legislators and staffs of all 50 U.S. states, its commonwealths and territories with research, technical assistance and opportunities for policymakers to exchange ideas on key state issues.

National Institutes of Health Womens Health portal: Authoritative information on all aspects of women’s health, from The National Institutes of Health (NIH), a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services The NIH is the nation’s medical research agency.

National Organization for Women (NOW) chapters in Idaho: Now, established in 1966, is the largest organization of feminist activists in the United States, with more than a half-million members and 550 chapters nationwide.

Open Secrets Tracking Money in Politics: This site is maintained by the Center for Responsive Politics, the nation's premier research group tracking money in U.S. politics and its effect on elections and public policy. Nonpartisan, independent and nonprofit, the organization aims to provide unbiased information, promote transparent and responsive government and inform citizens about how money in politics affects their lives. The Center does not accept contributions from businesses, unions or trade associations.

Pacific Northwest Economic Region: This alliance of public and private-sector government and special interest groups works together to identify and address issues that affect economic growth and development in the U.S. states of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington, and the Canadian provinces of Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, the Northwest Territories and Yukon Territory.

Planned Parenthood Health and Information Services: This site is maintained by Planned Parenthood Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc., the nation's leading sexual and reproductive health care advocate and provider, and its 85 independent, affiliated local organizations to provide a complete range of sexual and reproductive health information, services, and advocacy and volunteer opportunities.

Sunlight Foundation: This nonpartisan nonprofit was established in 2006 to use the Internet to identify and organize information to provide greater openness and transparency in government. Sunlight tools search media reports and public records to make information more accessible and make government more accountable, more quickly, with emphasis on the flow of political donations and who tries to influence government and how government responds. Sunlight follows Congress, as well as local, state and international sources.

Voter Participation Center: Voter advocacy and registration information from the organization formerly known as Women’s Voices. Women Vote (WVWV). The name was changed in 2011 to reflect the expanded emphasis on encouraging voter parcitipation by never married, divorced, widowed and separated women.

Women in the World Foundation: The Women in the World Foundation is dedicated to advancement of opportunities for women and girls. The Foundation was established in 2010, building upon Newsweek & The Daily Beast’s annual Women in the World Summit, launched by the publications’ editor-in-chief, Tina Brown. The 2012 Summit, held at Lincoln Center, drew more than 2,500 women from all over the world.

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