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2013

Senate Majority Exercises “Nuclear Option”
Dec. 12, 2013, 1:12 p.m.

On November 21, 2013, the Senate voted 52-48 to amend the rules regarding confirmation of executive and judicial nominees.

November Common Ground E-Newsletter
Nov. 27, 2013, midnight

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Oct. 10, 2013, 9:16 a.m.

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Aug. 9, 2013, 12:10 a.m.

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June 30, 2013, 12:08 p.m.


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May 30, 2013, 1:19 p.m.

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April 26, 2013, 12:25 p.m.

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Hotdish #1: The Bachmann Recipe
April 26, 2013, 10:59 a.m.

What comes to mind when you think of Minnesota? Hockey? Lakes? Maybe the movie “Grumpy Old Men”? How about Hotdishes?

Sen. Max Baucus will not be seeking reelection in 2014
April 23, 2013, 12:13 p.m.

As of this morning, Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont.,has joined an increasingly long list of senators that will not seek reelection in 2014.

Bipartisanship – Topped with Cheese and Baked at 350, for About 45 Minutes
April 22, 2013, 12:32 p.m.

We here at Project Vote Smart often lament the lack of civility in Congress and in state legislatures across this nation.

Why Harry Reid Voted No - And Other Interesting Things from Wednesday's Vote
April 19, 2013, 4:31 p.m.

After Wednesday's vote in the Senate on President Obama's proposed gun bill, the Internet was rife with mixed emotions.

A Vote Smart Guide to the Keystone XL Pipeline
March 29, 2013, 9:28 a.m.

The Keystone XL Pipeline: it's been dominating headlines for what seems like forever...

March Common Ground E-Newsletter
March 29, 2013, 9:19 a.m.

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Developing Instantly Gratifying Data-base Visualizations
March 8, 2013, 4:27 p.m.

For over a decade Vote Smart worked at various methods of building the Voter’s Self-Defense System.

Project Vote Smart: Experience and Lessons Learned
March 7, 2013, 3:55 p.m.

Vote Smart exists to help citizens and organizations trying to provide citizens with easy access to abundant, accurate, relevant information about those who govern or those who wish to replace those who do.

"Sequestration"
March 1, 2013, 3:09 p.m.

The “Fiscal Cliff” and how it relates to our most recent financial conundrum, “The Sequester.”

A Vote Smart Guide to the "Gang of Eight"
Feb. 28, 2013, 9:27 a.m.

Immigration: it's an issue that's been on the minds of a lot of prominent people involved in politics lately.

February Common Ground E-Newsletter
Feb. 27, 2013, 12:27 p.m.

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Primary in Illinois' 2nd District Special Election
Feb. 26, 2013, 10:09 a.m.

Six days after Jesse Jackson Jr. pleaded guilty to the misuse of campaign funds, voters in his long-held district go the polls to begin the process of finding a replacement.

Johanns Wont Seek Re-election
Feb. 18, 2013, 4:52 p.m.

Mike Johanns, the republican senior senator from Nebraska, won't seek reelection in 2014.

Lautenberg Won't Seek Reelection
Feb. 14, 2013, 3:36 p.m.

New Jersey's senior senator, Frank R. Lautenberg decided today that he will not seek reelection.

State of the Union Fun!
Feb. 14, 2013, 8:37 a.m.

Article II, section 3 of the United States constitution lays is out clearly: “Every year the president shall give a really big speech the whole country will watch, half of them eagerly, half of them angrily.” Well, not exactly.

A Vote Smart Guide to the Assault Weapons Ban
Jan. 31, 2013, 10:56 a.m.

Recently, something called an “assault weapons ban” has been making major news.

Legislative Wrap-Up: Fracking
Jan. 28, 2013, 11:40 a.m.

With new technology comes new debates and in 2012 many state legislatures attempted to regulate a relatively new industry they did not know much about. 

January Common Ground E-Newsletter
Jan. 28, 2013, 10:56 a.m.

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Legislative Wrap-Up: Bullying in Schools
Jan. 25, 2013, 12:05 p.m.

Throughout the past decade there has been a national trend of legislation on bullying.

Legislative Wrap-Up: Religious Objections to Birth Control
Jan. 24, 2013, 9:28 a.m.

In August 2011, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued an interim final rule concerning contraception.

Legislative Wrap-Up: Voter ID
Jan. 16, 2013, 4:34 p.m.

States across America considered legislation in their most recent sessions that would change voting and voter registration requirements.

2012

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.


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.

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

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

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.

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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.

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. 

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

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

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.

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.

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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.  

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

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

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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...

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.

Are you a current student or recent grad?
June 26, 2012, 9:15 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.

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.
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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... 
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June Common Ground E-Newsletter
June 12, 2012, 12:53 p.m.

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Are you a current student or recent grad?
June 12, 2012, 8:26 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.

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...

Are you a current student or recent grad?
May 23, 2012, 4:39 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.

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. 

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.

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.

2011

Can a sweater do that?
Dec. 15, 2011, 8:22 a.m.

Give a gift membership to Vote Smart and help us keep our politicians honest – can a sweater do that?

Testing Oregon CD-1 candidates' political courage
Dec. 12, 2011, 9:18 a.m.

Special elections typically are a result of unusual circumstances, scandal, or tragedy, and the race for Oregon's 1st Congressional district is no exception. 

Is pizza a vegetable?
Dec. 8, 2011, 3:17 p.m.

"...an increase in the amount of tomato paste required for the paste to be considered a serving of vegetables." Do you agree? 

Redistricting: The 10-year shake up
Dec. 7, 2011, 10:25 a.m.

There is one issue that only pops up every decade with noticeable consequences, and that issue is redistricting.

That's strong stuff
Nov. 30, 2011, 9:07 a.m.

University of Southern California student, and current intern, David Hernandez discusses his experience working as a part of our research team. 

Response from major parties following 'SuperCommittee' failure
Nov. 29, 2011, 1:52 p.m.

The inability of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, or 'Supercommittee', to come to an agreement to reduce the United States' government debt by over one trillion dollars has prompted a significant response by both Democrats and Republicans. 

Immigration: What are the presidential candidates saying?
Nov. 28, 2011, 9:28 a.m.

Research intern Julie Bissinger takes a closer look at what the 2012 presidential candidates have said recently on the issue of immigration.

'Supercommittee' misses deadline
Nov. 22, 2011, 1:19 p.m.

The U.S. Congress Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction was established with the goal of improving both the short and long term financial outlook of the US and reducing the deficit “...by at least $1,500,000,000 over the period of fiscal years 2012 to 2021” But they missed their deadline...

Help us expand our legislative research
Nov. 21, 2011, 11:44 a.m.

Our Legislative Research Department’s primary responsibility of tracking legislation at the state and federal levels has been so well-received that we are thinking about expanding to other areas that might be useful to voters, but we need your input.

Why I volunteer
Nov. 17, 2011, 8:37 a.m.

Voters aren’t stupid; they know that political ads are emotionally deceptive, and they hunger for real facts. Project Vote Smart can help. Why do I volunteer here? Because it matters.

Health care: What are the candidates saying?
Nov. 14, 2011, 9:33 a.m.

Research intern Julie Bissinger takes a closer look at what the 2012 presidential candidates have said recently on the issue of health care.

Find your Political Soulmate with VoteEasy
Nov. 4, 2011, 8:29 a.m.

With the presidential election exactly one year away, Project Vote Smart has launched VoteEasy (winner of the best there is at the 2011 Webvisionary Awards), the interactive tool for voters to instantly see which presidential candidate they are most compatible with. To use VoteEasy now visit www.votesmart.org.

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