2016 October 26
2016 Congressional Political Courage Test Results:
The Political Courage Test, which has been endorsed by major media in every election since 1992, asks candidates to demonstrate their political courage by providing voters with that essential information, in spite of the fact that opponents might use their answers in political attacks.
Afraid of their opponents, more than 70% of congressional candidates now refuse to answer basic questions on the key issues voters in their districts and states are concerned about. The 2016 Political Courage Test results released today show a dramatic 20-year decline in the response rates from 72% in 1996 to only 24%. However, Vote Smart has done an end run around the candidates by researching their public records and publishing all candidates’ positions on thirteen key issues on VoteEasy.
Check out the results, below!
Total Candidates sent PCT: Total Candidates: 1200
Ind./3rd Party: 297
Incumbents: 416 Challengers: 784
Total Candidates returning PCT:
Democrats: 104 Ind./3rd Party: 115 Incumbents: 32
FINAL RETURN RATE: 24%
Breakdown by State:
New Hampshire: 25%
New Jersey: 28%
New Mexico: 17%
New York: 13%
North Carolina: 34%
North Dakota: 33%
2016 October 26
Even in the earliest years of the United States, women have been filling vital roles to support United States military operations.
2016 October 20
State legislatures in the previous months have been passing bills to alter and add to their public school systems’ curriculums.
2016 October 07
Voting smart can require enormous effort or minimal effort, but to vote smart takes effort.
2016 October 05
On Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016, President Obama granted clemency, forgiveness of a sentence, to 214 incarcerated individuals, 67 of which were serving life sentences in federal penitentiaries. This raises some questions about what clemency actually entails. Clemency, under the US Constitution, allows the President to grant pardons and commutations to federal prisoners.
2016 September 28
The topic of redistricting elicits reactions from all sides because its effects are heavily felt in elections; no party wishes to be disadvantaged due to district lines. Conflicting interests continue to seek a balance between majority power, geography, and the concept of fair elections.
2016 September 20
How did these candidates get on the ballot? Why are they in particular on the ballot, while others who may have been running don’t appear? For that matter, how do the candidates of the two major parties get on the ballot? The answers to these questions depend on your state’s ballot access laws.
2016 September 14
On May 26, 2016, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards signed into law HB 953, or what media outlets are dubbing the “Blue Lives Matter” bill. The first of its kind, HB 953 prosecutes crimes against law enforcement and other first responders as hate crimes, increasing their penalties and punishments.