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Can Someone Please Tell Me What is Happening?

2016 March 31 - Richard Kimball

Can someone please tell me what is happening? Do we not all see it?

Political firsts:

  1. Fact check organizations demonstrate that the greater the lie, the higher a candidate’s polling numbers go.

  2. Most campaign contributions given to support a candidate are now used to trash opponents.

  3. Surveys show that most people do not look for factual information.

  4. Studies show that if people are given factual information proving them wrong, they do not change their mind.

Our political culture is shifting course on a galactic scale right in front of our slackened jaws. Its destination unknown?

You are a rarity, in that you care about the facts, about reality at all. Along with me and a few other Americans, your interest gave Vote Smart birth. The 8.4 million who now use us and Vote Smart can seem an empty brag when you realize that 221.6 million do not Vote Smart.

We are not nearly enough and now, I fear, not enough of you will support the thousands of volunteers, interns and staff that it has taken to make this crucial effort possible.

Vote Smart is our creation, our place, the anchor we cast out to insure America does not lose contact with reality. Please stay positive. Help our interns, volunteers and staff sustain this one source of common sense with a 2016 Membership contribution. If we cannot attract people like you, the country will have lost Vote Smart, the one truly comprehensive source of relevant facts about those who govern or those hoping ...

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Presidential Foreign Policies

2016 March 30

 ..foreign policy has become one of the main focuses of the election cycle. Each presidential candidate has their own take on foreign policy and America's role in the Middle East right now.

Bathroom bills bearing down on states across America

2016 March 11

 Emerging onto the floor of numerous state legislatures across the United States of America is a new and divisive kind of legislation: “bathroom bills.” Bathroom bills are proposed legislation that address whether individuals may use the bathroom that corresponds with the gender they identify with or with the gender they were assigned at birth. 

​A Monumental Development, Saving Time Through Automation

2016 February 10 - Jamieson Bates

 We thought automating the entry of key data was vital and we chose to start with the entry of scorecards (ratings) published by special interest groups of all kinds. I'm here to report that we have succeeded in this effort and are continuing this initiative even further. More to come on what is next, but I wanted to describe here what I am talking about.

The Facts Are Lost in the Noise: New Tool Coming

2016 February 08 - Jamieson Bates


It seems that the facts are becoming lost in the noise created by the politicians of today. It is disheartening to know this, and to see it. In 2014, we saw many battles where politicians chose to attack one another, rather than debate and inform. That effect has been amplified greatly thus far in the 2016 Presidential race that has been going on for over six months now. There are many new and old efforts that are attempting to combat this trend and bring politics back to reality. Let me tell you what we are trying to do about it

Everything You May Have Missed: Political Wrap-Up 2015

2015 December 21 - Melisa Oberti

 Check out the key political events from 2015! Our Political Wrap Up is here so that you can reflect on topics ranging from the 2016 Presidential debates to major Senate and House bills.

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

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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!

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