In my day job, I work as a web researcher/writer and editor. I just finished a fascinating new project researching the positions (real or implied) taken by five GOP and five DEM candidates in the Presidential Primary on 12 issues. The end result is a game -- users vote how they feel on the same issues (which have pro/con arguments available as a pull down menu) and how important those issues will be for them when they vote.
At the end, users are matched with the candidates who most match their own stands, and these candidates are arranged in descending order. You also get to see how you fit into the lineup of candidates based on how other respondents vote.
At the end of the intro which heads up the game, you can click on the "here" and tap into how all the candidates feel about each of the twelve questions. Its a simple little survey but a lot of work went into it,
My client was frustrated that it's so hard to find out what candidates actually stand for -- especially the less famous candidates. We didn't have the money to do all the candidates, but those we did do are on equal footing with each other. Anyway, check it out!
What has this to do with folk music? Well, just getting an honest opinion out of a politician is radical and artistic work.....