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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.

December Common Ground E-Newsletter

2013 December 17

Introducing: Key Speeches

by Katy Dupre

Politicians like to talk.  A lot. They like to talk about what they have accomplished, what they hope to accomplish, how others have failed to accomplish and how the other side is threatening former and future accomplishments.   Vote Smart is working on a program that will make it easier for voters to actually follow those public statements.  Vote Smart's research department collects every press release, statement and speech from every federal and gubernatorial politician.  Our new Key Speeches program sifts through all of those public statements and identifies the most informative, interesting and useful ones.  Following a strict list of criteria, key speeches allow voters to quickly identify what is being discussed on Capitol Hill, where politicians stand on hot topic issues and it raises awareness for the topics that rarely get airtime.  The statements we highlight could be a number of things.  We may decide to highlight a speech that will stand the test of time, which explains a complex topic in an easy-to-understand format, that could drastically change policy, or that highlights an issue that not many people know much about.  Ultimately, we want you to know what is being discussed on Capitol Hill and help voters to understand the current status of important policies.  Check back for more developments with our new Key Speeches program!

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November Common Ground E-Newsletter

2013 November 27

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2013 November 06

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2013 October 11

Ted McConnell, the Director for the Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools and about to be one of Vote Smart's new board members sent me the following information about a critically important report issued yesterday.

September Common Ground E-Newsletter

2013 October 10

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August Common Ground E-Newsletter

2013 August 09

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Intern Spotlight: Manonh Soumahoro

2013 August 06

Take a look at what Manonh had to say about her internship...

June Common Ground E-Newsletter

2013 June 30

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Texas Civic Health Index

2013 June 18

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.

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