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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.

National Intern Spotlight: Megan Riley

2012 July 09



Where are you from and what school do you attend?
I am from Arizona and attend Arizona State University.

What do you study?
I am majoring in Political Science with a few certificates.

What made you want to intern here?
I have used votesmart.org for the last few years and I love voter-education, especially through mass media. I was really excited to come up here and learn more about how PVS researches and disperses so much information.

What is your typical day like?
I typically go through a state race's candidate spreadsheet and update their biography information. I sometimes go through the US Senate committees and ensure we have the correct members on each committee.

What special projects are you working on?
In my first few weeks here I updated our Voter Registration section of the website.

What do you do in your free time here?
I go hiking sometimes and enjoy the awesome Montana landscapes, but I love to spend a lot of my time catching up on reading.

Why do you feel Project Vote Smart is important?
I think we all need to make informed political decisions and PVS helps contribute by providing an easily accessible and vast library of political information for the average person. I think it is important to have organizations like PVS to ensure that when voters go to the polls they know why they are voting for their candidate.


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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

National Intern Spotlight: Sean Pedigo

2012 June 25

We threw the spotlight on one of our new interns, Sean, and asked him a few questions about his time, so far, here at the Great Divide Ranch... 
For more information on our National Internship Program, click here

June Common Ground E-Newsletter

2012 June 12

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Standing Your Ground Across The States

2012 June 12

The February 26 shooting of Trayvon Martin has ignited a media firestorm surrounding so-called “stand your ground” or “castle doctrine” laws in the United States. 

Are you a current student or recent grad?

2012 June 01

We are still looking for bright, politically-minded individuals for our 2012 National Internship Program available this Summer and Fall 2012. Spend 10-weeks at our beautiful ranch-style research facilities and help us provide citizens with the factual, unbiased information. Trust us, this isn't your typical internship.

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