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August Common Ground E-Newsletter

2013 August 09



Project Vote Smart Summer Olympics

It’s that time of year again! The snow has melted, the sun is out, and it can only mean one thing…the Project Vote Smart Summer Olympics have arrived. Each year, the best athletes from across the country (Project Vote Smart staff and interns) come together to test their strength, speed, and smarts here on the Great Divide Ranch. This year, competition got heated as the Trustbusters and Fat Cats battled head to head for the title.

Spirit Week started off strong on Monday with Hometown Day, where each player represented either their town, state, or even country! Cassandra, an intern from Brussels, won by showing her Belgian pride. As the week rolled on, the Montana office was bustling with spirit as we saw Romans, hippies, and Mad Men alike! For the final day of Spirit Week, the Fat Cats and Trustbusters donned their best team costumes and made a final effort to show their pride. While Trustbusters were looking very ‘average Joe’ that day, Fat Cats wore their finest and made it rain big bucks in the back office.

Thursday night, the Olympians engaged in friendly competition as they played a long, rainy game of Capture the Flag across the ranch property. The games began Friday after a powerful speech from staffer and judge Nick during the Opening Ceremony, starting with a humorous bout of Bird on a Perch (human Musical Chairs). After, interns were not only tested on their strength but also their smarts in trivia with categories ...

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Intern Spotlight: Manonh Soumahoro

2013 August 06

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June Common Ground E-Newsletter

2013 June 30

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Texas Civic Health Index

2013 June 17

Vote Smart first partnered with the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life in 2011, and they have graciously housed our office at the University of Texas, Austin since then. Our partnership has been going so well that, for the first time, we have been able to establish an intern program during the summer months, where college students can experience our Key Votes Department through researching bills and compiling voting records.

May Common Ground E-Newsletter

2013 May 30

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April Common Ground E-Newsletter

2013 April 26

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Hotdish #1: The Bachmann Recipe

2013 April 26

What comes to mind when you think of Minnesota? Hockey? Lakes? Maybe the movie “Grumpy Old Men”? How about Hotdishes?

Sen. Max Baucus will not be seeking reelection in 2014

2013 April 23

As of this morning, Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont.,has joined an increasingly long list of senators that will not seek reelection in 2014.

Bipartisanship – Topped with Cheese and Baked at 350, for About 45 Minutes

2013 April 22

We here at Project Vote Smart often lament the lack of civility in Congress and in state legislatures across this nation.

Why Harry Reid Voted No - And Other Interesting Things from Wednesday's Vote

2013 April 19

After Wednesday's vote in the Senate on President Obama's proposed gun bill, the Internet was rife with mixed emotions.

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