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

March Common Ground E-Newsletter

2013 March 29

Spring Update

The snow is finally beginning to melt at the Great Divide Ranch, and despite ski season being over, most of us are looking forward to the warmer spring months. We also said goodbye to winter interns, Laura, Earl, Brian and Emma, and are getting prepared for many more to come!

Our current interns, Noel, Justin and Nick are working hard on profiles, speeches, ratings, campaign finance updates and more. We are also excited to see the progress being made in the categorization of our data, in order to make all our information that much more accessible to you all.

While our interns working in the Key Votes Department at the University of Texas, Austin, are off enjoying spring break, we're happy to report we've had another successful week, releasing 15 bills summaries and published nearly 50 voting records.

Our Political Courage Test Department has been focusing on updating state-specific research for Virginia and New Jersey, as well as entering election results for Texas, Louisiana, Massachusetts and Georgia.

Project Vote Smart Olympics


Here at Project Vote Smart, we're proving that cold and snowy winters don't have to mean boring afternoons huddled up by the fire. Even while we're working hard to make sure you've got access to the facts, we still try to have a little fun. Just a few short weeks ago, staff and interns decided to liven up the snow-covered ranch here in the mountains by staging a Winter Olympics to rival ...

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Vote Smart exists to help citizens and organizations trying to provide citizens with easy access to abundant, accurate, relevant information about those who govern or those who wish to replace those who do.


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2013 February 28

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February Common Ground E-Newsletter

2013 February 27

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Primary in Illinois' 2nd District Special Election

2013 February 26

Six days after Jesse Jackson Jr. pleaded guilty to the misuse of campaign funds, voters in his long-held district go the polls to begin the process of finding a replacement.

Johanns Wont Seek Re-election

2013 February 18

Mike Johanns, the republican senior senator from Nebraska, won't seek reelection in 2014.

Lautenberg Won't Seek Reelection

2013 February 14

New Jersey's senior senator, Frank R. Lautenberg decided today that he will not seek reelection.

State of the Union Fun!

2013 February 14

Article II, section 3 of the United States constitution lays is out clearly: “Every year the president shall give a really big speech the whole country will watch, half of them eagerly, half of them angrily.” Well, not exactly.

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