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But There's More. . .
Dec. 21, 2012, 7:43 p.m.

There's still time to make your 2013 Membership contribution before the Dec. 31st tax deadline!  

December Common Ground E-Newsletter
Dec. 14, 2012, 3:33 p.m.

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Kimball - Vote Smart Members' Report
Dec. 12, 2012, 4:36 p.m.


Love the Work Vote Smart Does? Be a Part of It!
Nov. 30, 2012, 7:47 p.m.

Are you a student or recent graduate interested in contributing to Project Vote Smart's mission of providing factual, free and unbiased information on your elected officials? Then our National Internship Program is for you! 

North Carolina Legislative Wrap-Up
Nov. 28, 2012, 10:32 a.m.

The North Carolina General Assembly has biennial sessions with a regular long session in odd years and a short session held on even years.

November Common Ground E-Newsletter
Nov. 21, 2012, 12:14 p.m.

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Same-Sex Marriage Wrap-Up
Nov. 19, 2012, 3:23 p.m.

Over the past few years, the country has witnessed an abundance of legislation on both the state and national levels regarding same-sex marriage.

The Election is Over, But We're not Done!
Nov. 16, 2012, 8:17 a.m.

During the 2012 election cycle, 1.5 million NEW users discovered Vote Smart adding to the millions already "voting smart." 

Intern Spotlight: Laura Diamond
Nov. 15, 2012, 4:34 p.m.

Learn more about interning at the Project Vote Smart ranch...

Can I register to vote today?
Nov. 6, 2012, 12:05 p.m.

Find out if your state allows for same-day registration.

Undecided Voters can VoteEasy!
Nov. 2, 2012, 8:27 a.m.

Vote Smart announces today their added technological capacity which is now sufficient to handle the millions of undecided voters expected to use its award-winning candidate match tool, VoteEasy. 

Candidates Flunk 20-Year Study of Political Courage
Oct. 29, 2012, 2:07 p.m.

A  20-year study of over 15,000 congressional candidates and their willingness to answer questions on the major issues

Intern Spotlight: Colleen Roache
Oct. 24, 2012, 11:32 a.m.

Find out more about what a Project Vote Smart internship involves...

Intern Spotlight: Zach Holden
Oct. 24, 2012, 10:44 a.m.


Vote Perfect with VoteEasy
Oct. 22, 2012, 8:18 a.m.

VoteEasy is now available for voters in all 50 states.

October Common Ground E-Newsletter
Oct. 21, 2012, 8:41 a.m.

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VoteEasy Tool Launched in New York
Oct. 18, 2012, 2:07 p.m.

VoteEasy Tool Launched in Delaware
Oct. 18, 2012, 2:03 p.m.


VoteEasy Tool Launched in Maryland
Oct. 18, 2012, 2 p.m.


VoteEasy Tool Launched in Texas
Oct. 18, 2012, 1:56 p.m.

VoteEasy Tool Launched in Pennsylvania
Oct. 18, 2012, 1:53 p.m.

VoteEasy Tool Launched in Illinois
Oct. 18, 2012, 1:50 p.m.

VoteEasy Tool Launched in Louisiana
Oct. 18, 2012, 1:48 p.m.

VoteEasy Tool Launched in Michigan
Oct. 18, 2012, 1:43 p.m.

VoteEasy Tool Launched in Florida
Oct. 11, 2012, 8:11 a.m.

VoteEasy Tool Launched in Rhode Island
Oct. 9, 2012, 4:04 p.m.

VoteEasy Tool Launched in Massachusetts
Oct. 8, 2012, 4:57 p.m.

VoteEasy Tool Launched in Vermont
Oct. 8, 2012, 4:51 p.m.

VoteEasy Tool Launched in New Hampshire
Oct. 8, 2012, 4:48 p.m.

VoteEasy Tool Launched in Alaska
Oct. 8, 2012, 9:11 a.m.

VoteEasy Tool Launched in Arizona
Oct. 8, 2012, 9:07 a.m.

VoteEasy Tool Launched in Wisconsin
Oct. 1, 2012, 11:29 a.m.

VoteEasy Tool Launched in Wyoming
Oct. 1, 2012, 11:17 a.m.

VoteEasy Tool Launched in Minnesota
Oct. 1, 2012, 9:49 a.m.

September Common Ground E-Newsletter
Sept. 28, 2012, 3:04 p.m.

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Do your candidates have political courage?
Sept. 28, 2012, 2:42 p.m.

Find out if your state-level candidates have shown courage in their 2012 campaigns. 

VoteEasy Tool Launched in Connecticut
Sept. 25, 2012, 12:04 p.m.

VoteEasy Tool Launched in Virginia
Sept. 25, 2012, 12:01 p.m.

VoteEasy Tool Launched in New Jersey
Sept. 25, 2012, 11:57 a.m.

VoteEasy Tool Launched in Ohio
Sept. 25, 2012, 11:51 a.m.

VoteEasy Tool Launched in Mississippi
Sept. 24, 2012, 9:01 a.m.

VoteEasy Tool Launched in Tennessee
Sept. 20, 2012, 10:20 a.m.

VoteEasy Tool Launched in Hawaii
Sept. 20, 2012, 10:14 a.m.

VoteEasy Tool Launched in Alabama
Sept. 20, 2012, 10:11 a.m.

VoteEasy Tool Launched in Washington
Sept. 19, 2012, 11:29 a.m.

VoteEasy Tool Launched in Missouri
Sept. 19, 2012, 11:26 a.m.

VoteEasy Tool Launched in California
Sept. 17, 2012, 11:31 a.m.

VoteEasy Tool Launched in Kansas
Sept. 17, 2012, 8:37 a.m.

VoteEasy Tool Launched in Georgia
Sept. 17, 2012, 8:34 a.m.

VoteEasy Tool Launched in Oklahoma
Sept. 12, 2012, 3:05 p.m.

VoteEasy Tool Launched in Utah
Sept. 12, 2012, 3 p.m.

VoteEasy Tool Launched in Colorado
Sept. 12, 2012, 2:51 p.m.

VoteEasy Tool Launched in Nevada
Sept. 11, 2012, 11:15 a.m.

VoteEasy Tool Launched in Iowa
Sept. 11, 2012, 11:11 a.m.

VoteEasy Tool Launched in Montana
Sept. 7, 2012, 10:03 a.m.

VoteEasy Tool Launched in New Mexico
Sept. 5, 2012, 3:36 p.m.

VoteEasy Tool Launched in South Carolina
Sept. 5, 2012, 3:33 p.m.

VoteEasy Tool Launched in South Dakota
Sept. 5, 2012, 10:34 a.m.

VoteEasy Tool Launched in North Dakota
Sept. 4, 2012, 4:08 p.m.

VoteEasy Tool Launched in Maine
Sept. 4, 2012, 4:04 p.m.

August E-Newsletter
Aug. 30, 2012, 1:36 p.m.

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VoteEasy Tool Launched in Arkansas
Aug. 29, 2012, 4:17 p.m.

VoteEasy Tool Launched in Kentucky
Aug. 28, 2012, 4:16 p.m.

VoteEasy Tool Launched in Oregon
Aug. 28, 2012, 4:12 p.m.

VoteEasy Tool Launched in Nebraska
Aug. 28, 2012, 8:19 a.m.

VoteEasy Tool Launched in West Virginia
Aug. 28, 2012, 8:15 a.m.

VoteEasy Tool Launched in Indiana
Aug. 22, 2012, 4:42 p.m.

VoteEasy Tool Launched in North Carolina
Aug. 22, 2012, 4:28 p.m.

VoteEasy Tool Launched in Idaho
Aug. 22, 2012, 9:20 a.m.

Intern Spotlight: Corey Meyer
Aug. 17, 2012, 9:17 a.m.

All About the Vice-Presidential Candidates
Aug. 16, 2012, 3:35 p.m.

For those of you living under rocks, Mitt Romney announced his running mate last Saturday – Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan. You've probably heard a fair amount about Ryan, probably about his time spent as chair of the House Budget committee, and the budget proposal he crafted. But what about the information voters really want to know, like the fact that he's a fan of Monty Python*? At votesmart.org you can find out all you need to know (and more) about both vice-presidential contenders.

Are you a current student or recent grad?
Aug. 9, 2012, 10:10 a.m.

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.

Now Tracking Legislation Impacting You
Aug. 2, 2012, 4:39 p.m.

Campaign Finance Reform
Aug. 1, 2012, 9:48 a.m.

With the the 2010 Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission Supreme Court ruling, parts of four decades of campaign finance regulation were ruled unconstitutional.  

Member Volunteer Spotlight: Ruth Kranovich
July 30, 2012, 8:46 a.m.

 For more information on volunteering at the Great Divide Ranch, click here...

Funding for the National Endowment for the Arts
July 27, 2012, 10:16 a.m.

The United States House Appropriations Committee recently approved the Fiscal Year 2013 Interior-Environment Appropriations Funding Bill.  

Vote Smart Olympics 2012
July 27, 2012, 8:54 a.m.

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.

 

Get Smart on Defense
July 18, 2012, 9:02 a.m.

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

National Intern Spotlight: Avantika Krishna
July 16, 2012, 10:41 a.m.

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

July Common Ground E-Newsletter
July 13, 2012, 8:32 a.m.

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Is the News Getting the Best of You?
July 11, 2012, 9:32 a.m.

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
July 9, 2012, 9:35 a.m.

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!
July 5, 2012, 9:46 a.m.

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
July 3, 2012, 3:34 p.m.

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)
June 27, 2012, 8:30 a.m.

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
June 26, 2012, 8:53 a.m.

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
June 25, 2012, 2:32 p.m.

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
June 12, 2012, 12:53 p.m.

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Standing Your Ground Across The States
June 12, 2012, 8:11 a.m.

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?
June 1, 2012, 4:18 p.m.

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.

Comments on Unemployment Rate
June 1, 2012, 3:51 p.m.

The US unemployment rate was published at 8.2% for the month of May, rising a tenth of a point from April's 8.1%. Here's what several congress members had to say about it...

Will your candidates show political courage?
May 23, 2012, 2:24 p.m.

Every election year, Project Vote Smart uses the Political Courage Test (PCT) to measure the willingness of candidates to provide their positions on key issues. Find out now if your candidates are currently being tested. 

May Common Ground E-Newsletter
May 17, 2012, 12:17 p.m.

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Who is Keith Russell Judd?
May 10, 2012, 5:34 p.m.

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. 

A Volunteer Experience like No Other
May 1, 2012, 10:14 a.m.

Summer is almost here and as always, we could sure use help from those Vote Smart members who are looking to pair a vacation with good works. Whether you have watched our introduction video or visited us in the past, you should know that our research headquarters are uniquely nestled in the high peaks, lakes and streams of the Continental Divide, at the Great Divide Ranch in southwestern Montana. You have to see it to believe it! 

MTV and Project Vote Smart to launch "Fantasy Election '12"
April 24, 2012, 9:24 a.m.

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
April 24, 2012, 8:45 a.m.

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Three Quick Tips: Navigating the Project Vote Smart website
April 17, 2012, 8:31 a.m.

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?"
April 6, 2012, 11:44 a.m.

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
March 15, 2012, 2:05 p.m.

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Going for broke: could GOP convention elect nominee?
March 5, 2012, 12:54 p.m.

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
Feb. 28, 2012, 8:38 a.m.

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

Challenges in Arizona: the Special Election in CD-8
Feb. 14, 2012, 2:07 p.m.

Following the resignation of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, Arizona was faced with a unique situation in holding elections to replace the former Congresswoman.

Got questions? Call us toll-free
Feb. 13, 2012, 1:54 p.m.

No matter your experience-level or political preference, our researchers are here to answer even your most basic questions on U.S. candidates, officials, issues, and voting.

Common Ground E-Newsletter, February
Feb. 7, 2012, 9:38 a.m.

A message from Richard Kimball, President
Jan. 31, 2012, 11:59 a.m.

It's time for every thinking American to saddle up and fight for that most precious component in our struggle to self govern, our right to know.

GOP field narrowing, but are candidates really gone?
Jan. 20, 2012, 10:49 a.m.

The South Carolina Republican Presidential Preference Primary is scheduled for Saturday, January, 21st and while in most of our minds there are only four candidates still vying for the GOP nomination, one look at the ballot will tell a slightly different story. 

Where it all began
Jan. 11, 2012, 2:57 p.m.

It was unclear what might be done to ensure that citizens had at least one independent source to easily acquire accurate information, but what we eventually decided upon remains the heart of Project Vote Smart today.

Oregon major party candidates lacking political courage
Jan. 9, 2012, 8:33 a.m.

We released the 2012 Political Courage Test results today for Oregon's special election showing neither major party congressional candidate running for the state's 1st Congressional District seat was willing to answer even the most basic issue-related questions addressed inside the Test.

Iowa has spoken
Jan. 5, 2012, 8:16 a.m.

As expected, the Iowa Caucus, the first nominating contest of the 2012 election season, proved to shake things up inside the GOP race.

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