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PRODIGY TO HOLD CONGRESSIONAL INTERACTIVE TOWN HALL; Members of Congress to Answer Questions Online

 WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., Oct. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- This election season, a panel of U.S. senators and representatives will share their views on congressional reform online with PRODIGY service members. Panelists are U.S. Senators Ben Nighthorse Campbell (D-Colo.), George Coverdell (R-Ga.), and U.S. Representatives Jennifer Dunn (R-Wash.), Marjorie Margolies Mezvinsky (D-Pa.), David Minge (D-Minn.) and Peter Torkildsen (R-Mass.).
 Over a three-week period, the PRODIGY service will publish op-ed pieces about congressional reform written by the panelists, conduct online polls, and host an extensive question-and-answer session.
 The PRODIGY interactive town hall was first convened during the last presidential election, when former President Bush and President Clinton answered PRODIGY members' questions online. They received more than 30,000. PRODIGY's ongoing political coverage includes "Political Profile," a regular feature that allows subscribers to call up biographies of senators and representatives, review how each voted on key issues, and track campaign contributions by special interest groups.
 The panel members' proposed reforms cover a wide array of topics ranging from a proposed "Sunshine" law by Rep. Dunn, making it harder for committees to close meetings to the public, to Rep. Margolies- Mezvinsky's proposal to make Congress subject to the laws it passes.
 The political coverage also features a list of the "Top 10 Freshmen in Congress to Watch," compiled for the PRODIGY service by Susan Glasser, managing editor of Roll Call, the bi-weekly Washington, D.C., newspaper.
 "This gives Americans a powerful new way to get Washington's attention," says Barbara Bellafiore Sanden, PRODIGY's general manager of news and information. "At the same time, it gives politicians a new channel of communication with citizens and a way to find out what's going on at the grassroots level."
 The PRODIGY service's political coverage includes continuously updated results of key gubernatorial and mayoral races across the United States for this Election Day, Nov. 2; Political Profile, a directory of Congress' members; a Write to Washington feature where members can write to President Clinton, his Cabinet, and any member of Congress; and daily commentaries written by journalists Jack Germond and Robert Novak.
 The PRODIGY service is America's most popular online service. It gives families with personal computers on-demand access to up-to-the- minute news, weather, sports and other information; reference databases including a regularly updated encyclopedia; games and educational features; electronic mail and 800 bulletin-board topics; and online shopping, travel ticketing, banking and a discount brokerage.
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 /Carol Wallace of PRODIGY Services Company, 914-993-2496/


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