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August Common Ground E-Newsletter

20 August 2014

 An Email Worth Mentioning

“Struggling here in Maine to define differences between the candidates sufficient as to determine my vote and here you are with an amazing 'political calculator' with the numbers/answers to help clarify my thoughts.  

Looking forward to receiving a 'code' to further take advantage of your work.  Noticed there was no plea for $$ but certainly willing to continue my support for your invaluable service to us all.

or maybe i just come out and sing a few songs?



Now that seemed like an interesting offer from a member, particularly if this Noel fellow knew anything about music and could sing.

Turns out that Noel does know a bit of music and has a voice heard by millions as part of the most famous folk trio in history.

That would be Noel PAUL Stookey of Peter, Paul and Mary.

We have discovered within our membership over the years a number of the famous but modest, almost passing under our radar.  Like:

Rick Steves: the travel guru

David Ogden Stiers:  Mash

Ed Asner: Mary Tyler Moore Show

Edward James Olmos, of Stand and Deliver along with dozens of other films, and an all-time, all-generation favorite, and one of Vote Smart’s earliest supporters: Ginger Rogers

Who else might lurk behind those thousands of names in our supporters list?

 That is the day we will make our new web site with its magical new tools available to the nation.  We are counting on everyone, you included, to help let your family, friends and community know about it.


So please plan on reviewing it and then on the 15th emailing all you know with a link to

For our part, the staff, interns and volunteers will be holding launch parties in both TX, AZ and MT as some lucky someone gets to hit the button that changes our web site and the way people get access to the facts forever.

If you are going to want a few extra brochures announcing our new systems or simply want to order a couple of extra copies of our coming Voter’s Self-Defense Manual due out at the end of September, it is not too early to order them now.  These 100 - page reviews of each congressional member can be ordered by simply emailing  (We may have to have a limit of two per person).


Every Vote Smarter should bend a bit at the waist to our great new staff and a great group of volunteers and summer interns.  They are the ones WHO came in and went the extra miles, uplifted Vote Smart and are squeezing all the magic out on September 15th.

FINALLY, a thanks to those outside consultants who are helping us make September 15th possible:

Jess3 – the company that has helped us create Political Galaxy

Don Regole and Mike Franz at Regole Design – the company that has helped us design our website, mobile applications and new brochure

Nina Trasoff – the media consultant who is helping us design our launch efforts

Rick Rose at Film Creations – the media specialist who is creating the new video introduction to Vote Smart

John Floyd at Evergreen Creative – who prints, stuffs and mails to the thousands supporting Vote Smart


Related tags: 2014, blog, e-newsletter, interns, members, Political-Galaxy, staff-members,, VSDM

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