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It seems to have been out there since a while, but New York Times Represent [nytimes.com] is new, at least for me. Represent is an online interactive mashup that starts from any New York City residential address to represent the actions of the corresponding political representatives at different levels of government. It generates detailed maps that show how where one lives fits into the political geography of the city. Using information collected from around the Web, it presents a customized activity stream that tracks what those people are doing, where they were covered in the press, and how they have voted in the past.

According to the Programmable Web, this mashup is based on a wide open source stack, including Django (and GeoDjango), PostGIS spatial extension for PostgreSQL, GEOS, and Geocoder-US.

See also a Wired editorial about this topic, and the related New York Times News API.