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July Common Ground E-Newsletter

2012 July 13



Independence Day on the Great Divide Ranch

This 4th of July, interns and staff joined in the fun at our annual BBQ. We started the day with a scavenger hunt, where participants had to walk, run and row to find clues hidden all over the ranch. This was swiftly followed by a water balloon toss, before we were all treated to a delicious feast prepared by our Lodge Manager and part-time chef, Rachel. We all enjoyed the festivities and the weather stayed warm and sunny throughout.

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Keeping Up with Congress

By Julia Michaels 
Legislative Research Director 

Quick question: how often do you sit down to read through a piece of legislation? If you're like most people, the answer is probably: not very often. State legislatures and Congress act every day to address important issues through public policy. Vast quantities of bills are making their way through the legislative process that may have a significant impact on your community or your own daily life. Have you ever wondered what lawmakers are doing to address texting while driving, for example, or the concealed carry of firearms? What about pollution, abortion, health care, or the budget? The average American doesn't have the time or patience to wade through hundreds of pages of legalese, and even experienced readers can get bogged down. So if you want to know what your government is doing, who should you turn to? Project Vote Smart's legislation page, of ...

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Is the News Getting the Best of You?

2012 July 11

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

2012 July 09

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!

2012 July 05

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

2012 July 03

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)

2012 June 27

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

2012 June 26

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

2012 June 25

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

2012 June 12

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Standing Your Ground Across The States

2012 June 12

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. 

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