The Voter’s Speakeasy featuring unbiased reporting and insight into life at Project Vote Smart from our staff, interns, and volunteers.

Everything You May Have Missed: Political Wrap-Up 2015

2015 December 21 - Melisa Oberti

      Political Wrap Up: 2015                     


Here's what you might have missed in 2015



Paul Ryan was elected as the new Speaker of the House (Twitter)

                                           Trending Legislation:

Planned Parenthood Funding

The U.S. House of Representatives passed HR 3134 to rescind funds from Planned Parenthood.

Ohio followed suit when the state's House passed legislation, SB 214, that would rescind funds from clinics that "promote" or perform abortions.

In conjunction with Congress, the state of Kansas enacted SB 95 to prohibit a physician from performing a "dismemberment abortion."

Concealed Carry: On Campus And Without A Permit

While SB 11 authorized concealed weapons on college campuses in Texas, SB 707 prohibits individuals from carrying concealed weapons on school grounds and college campuses in California.

Arizona's HB 2320 reversed existing law that banned the presence of guns in public buildings.

Several states passed similar legislation expanding locations where concealed carry is legal.

Foreign Policy: The Iran Nuclear Deal and Syrian Refugees

The U.S. House expanded the use of background checks for Syrian and Iraqi refugees applying for admission to the United States with HR 4038.

Following contentious debate regarding the Iran Nuclear Deal, the U.S. House passed HR 3457, which prohibits sanctions on Iran from being lifted until Iran pays court-ruled fines for judgments related ...

Read More



More Posts

Common Ground e-Newsletter: December 2015

2015 December 14 - Melisa Oberti

Our Intentions are Clear

2015 December 09 - Melisa Oberti

 Vote Smart's intentions are clear. We don't accept money from special interest groups or lobbyists. We only accept money from our members, foundations, and our API subscribers!

Common Ground e-Newsletter: November 2015

2015 November 05 - Melisa Oberti

Sign Up for our monthly e-Newsletter here.

Vote Smart Live-Tweeted the Republican Primary Debate on CNBC

2015 October 29 - John Eisenstein

Did you miss our Live-Tweet event for the Republican Debate? You can get a recap of all we did here!

Vote Smart Live-Tweeted the First Democratic Primary Debate

2015 October 14 - Melisa Oberti

Did you miss our Live-Tweet event for the Democratic Debate? You can get a recap of all we did here!

August Common Ground E-Newsletter

2015 August 19

 Sign up for our monthly E-Newsletter here

May Common Ground E-Newsletter

2015 May 07

Sign up for our monthly E-Newsletter here

March Common Ground E-Newsletter

2015 March 26

Sign up for our monthly E-Newsletter here

An Honest Cat

2015 February 20

We have a cat here at the Great Divide Ranch, an orange tabby by the name of Franklin. He's mostly an outdoor cat, but, sometimes, when the weather is especially bleak we take pity and let him into the office.