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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.

May Common Ground E-Newsletter

2012 May 17

Who is Keith Russell Judd?

Press coverage works in mysterious ways. After the thousands of hours of research, fact-checking, proofreading etc. that we do on candidates in the limelight, like Mitt Romney and Ron Paul, or President Obama, it came as a bit of a surprise when we started getting phone calls about one Keith Russell Judd, a Democratic Presidential candidate who is currently campaigning...in jail.

It was a busy day in the office, as every day is during an election year, when the phone rang.  "This is AP. Some jailbird almost beat Obama in the West Virginia primary and you guys are the only people who know who he is!”

And we were off to the races... Stories popped up all day about this guy and how Vote Smart's research department was the only one with the goods on him!

As media outlets and bloggers scrambled to find the back story for Mr Judd, who won a surprising 41% of the vote in a West Virginia primary on May 8th, it began to emerge that only one reputable source had bothered to reach out to this possible nominee - Project Vote Smart. On Keith ?tr. President, Dark Priest, W.D., RusyRussell Judd's Vote Smart profile page you can find much the same information as you would for any other candidate.


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We are still looking for bright, politically-minded individuals for our 2012 National Internship Program available this Summer and Fall 2012. National Interns receive scholarship funding to cover all living ...

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Are you a current student or recent grad?

2012 May 14

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.

Who is Keith Russell Judd?

2012 May 10

As media outlets and bloggers scrambled to find the back story on Democratic Presidential Primary Candidate Keith Judd, who won a surprising 41% of the vote in a West Virginia primary, against his more well-known and better-funded opponent, President Barack Obama, it began to emerge that only one (very) reputable source had bothered to reach out to this possible nominee – us. 

MTV and Project Vote Smart to launch "Fantasy Election '12"

2012 April 24

Project Vote Smart is teaming up with MTV to launch a desktop and mobile game where points will be earned through information provided by PVS and other organizations, and candidates will be rewarded if they choose to participate in our "Political Courage Test"

April Common Ground E-Newsletter

2012 April 24

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Three Quick Tips: Navigating the Project Vote Smart website

2012 April 17

At PVS, interns and staff contribute to a comprehensive research library of information on local and national politics, which can be easily utilized on the PVS website.

"Are you willing to tell citizens where you stand on the issues?"

2012 April 06

It's that time again! We're trying  to coax the truth out of politicians across the country with the Political Courage Test. Find out if your candidates are being tested now. 

March Common Ground E-Newsletter

2012 March 15

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Going for broke: could GOP convention elect nominee?

2012 March 05

What if, following Super Tuesday, all four GOP candidates are still in the game and no clear frontrunner has emerged? 

Washington legislature legalizes same-sex marriage

2012 February 28

Legislators describe the difficulties of choosing sides in contentious and emotionally-charged debate. 

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