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December Common Ground E-Newsletter

2014 December 05

With the election over, winter has set in at Vote Smart’s Great Divide Ranch Research Center in Montana.

Our staff at both Montana's Great Divide Ranch and The Strauss Institute at the University of Texas has been reviewing their successes over this past year.

8.4 million unique Vote Smart users during the 2014 election, almost twice what we had in the last mid-term elections -- which is just great. Although that represents over 10% of those voting, it was the worst voter turnout in 70 years -- which is just horrid.
5 most looked at issues: Abortion, Middle Class, Marijuana, Gun Control, and Immigration.
15,000 state and federal candidates were updated.
90,000 public statements were collected.
160 ballot measures were tracked.
928 bill summaries were written.
1.3 million dollars were raised.
Each year the staff is invited to make proposals to the board. Here is one the board will consider at next week’s board meeting:
Candidate Hot Seat Proposal
Proposed by: Jamieson Bates, Abigail McNeal, Michael Mowery, and Kristen Vicedomini

The BIG Idea:
We will challenge candidates to pass “entrance exams” as part of their job application for office, taking advantage of satirical techniques to generate interest. At first, this will focus on provocative dimensions that are both humorous and legitimate; for example, issuing candidates an IQ test, or making them pass the Citizenship test, or take a test of Sociopathy.

The Product
We are proposing to ...

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Charity Navigator 4 Star Rating

2014 September 05

 Vote Smart’s Great Divide Research Center reported today that its member contributions have increased in 2014 by 81%, and that it has gotten Charity Navigator’s highest four star rating. 

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2014 February 06

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