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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. I’ve never heard a cat so loud—you always know where he is. He caterwauls from atop the conference table.  He meows at the mail lady. Sometimes he just curls up underneath the printer and purrs.


See, the thing with Franklin is that he's an honest cat. You never have to ask where he stands—he'll tell you. I'd say that our politicians could learn a thing or two from that tabby cat. These days it seems like politicians are more interested in lying about their opponents or pandering to the media than in letting everyone know their true beliefs. They act less like leaders and more like the field mice that Franklin spends his summers hunting.

Here at Vote Smart, we're working to make sure that every American can know where their politicians stand.  With our Political Courage Test, we invite politicians to state their views on important issues clearly and unequivocally—to let their meows be heard, so to speak. And we conduct exhaustive research on every politician who chooses not to answer the Political Courage Test, from the most junior state senator all the way up to the president.

We do it all so that you and the American public, can have the information that they need to ...

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Today, Vote Smart released the results of the National Political Courage Test to VoteEasy at VoteSmart.org, giving Texas voters an invaluable resource for identifying their best political match November 4th. Forty-six of the congressional, state legislative and gubernatorial candidates passed the 2014 Political Courage Test.

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VoteEasy and PCT Results Released in New York

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Today, Vote Smart released the results of the National Political Courage Test to VoteEasy at VoteSmart.org, giving New York voters an invaluable resource for identifying their best political match November 4th. Eleven of the congressional, state legislative and gubernatorial candidates passed the 2014 Political Courage Test.