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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.

Vote Smart Olympics 2012

2012 July 27

The opening ceremony for the 2012 summer Olympics officially begins on Friday July 27th, but here at Project Vote Smart we’re interested in a different race – the Presidential Election.  And while the 10,500 athletes are proudly representing their respective countries, Project Vote Smart staff and interns are hard at work researching the over 40,000 candidates and officials fighting to represent us.
Diligent work and preparation has been going on in the background for months, as we continue to collect abundant, accurate and relevant information on presidential, congressional, gubernatorial and state legislative candidates.
Encourage your representative to give it their all and show you what they’re made of by completing the Political Courage Test.  That way candidates can shade in some grey areas and tell you their stances on issues that matter to them, you, and all Smart Voters.

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  • Click on their biography page
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We're nearing the finish line, as congressional candidates will be released on VoteEasy soon!

Every 4 years athletes gather to compete in a grueling competition that tests their bodies, hearts, and minds...
The Project Vote Smart Intern Olympics is a prestigious event that challenges our national interns to retrieve a greasy watermelon, play rock-paper-scissors with over 40 people, and win critically important wheel-barrow races (you need to relieve some stress after 8 hour days of research, for ...

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Get Smart on Defense

2012 July 18

At you can find out how your representatives feel about defense and defense spending in a few different ways: 

National Intern Spotlight: Avantika Krishna

2012 July 16

For more information on our National Intern Program, click here.

July Common Ground E-Newsletter

2012 July 13

 Sign up for our monthly E-Newsletter here.

Is the News Getting the Best of You?

2012 July 11

The first Friday of every month is more than just an excuse for the monthly office pizza party - it's when the Bureau of Labor Statistics puts out their unemployment report, an event that is sure to grow in intensity with every passing month as November approaches. 

National Intern Spotlight: Megan Riley

2012 July 09

We threw the spotlight on one of our interns, Megan, and asked her a few questions about her time, so far, here at the Great Divide Ranch...

236 Years Later - Get the Facts you Deserve!

2012 July 05

We celebrate the 4th of July with parades, barbecues and fireworks and sometimes forget about the 14th of January, “Ratification Day”, which commemorates the ratification of the Treaty of Paris in 1784; 8 hard fought years after the Declaration of Independence was signed. And it wasn't just 8 years of suffering and sacrifice that secured the promise laid down in that original document. In many ways we're still fighting for it today. 

National Intern Spotlight: John Hogan

2012 July 03

We threw the spotlight on one of our returning interns, John, and asked him a few questions about his time, so far, here at the Great Divide Ranch...

Comments on The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (H.R. 3590)

2012 June 27

The Supreme Court are expected to announce their decision on the constitutionality of The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 this week. Read some recent comments on this issue here.

Volunteer Spotlight: Janet Paduhovich

2012 June 26

Are you a member of Project Vote Smart? Are you interested in contributing your time to volunteering? Member Janet Paduhovich tells us about her experience volunteering for 2-weeks at the Great Divide Ranch.
For more information on our Member Volunteer Program, click here

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