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Comments on Unemployment Rate

2012 June 01

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...

Representative Jeb Hensarling (R-TX5) openly blamed the leadership of President Barack Obama. He said the following: “I guess the only news this morning is that 3 ½ years later, the president's policies are still failing; 3 ½ years later, millions of Americans still remain unemployed; 3 ½ years later, millions of Americans are underemployed. Again, the president's policies continue to fail.”

Hensarling went on to enumerate his list of acts by President Obama that have caused high unemployment: “This should not be a surprise. If you threaten the single largest tax increase in America's history, much of which will fall upon small business people and entrepreneurs, you're not going to get robust economic growth. If you have an avalanche of new regulations, as have ensued under this administration, you're not going to have robust economic growth and job growth. If you go about vilifying success and free enterprise, you're not going to have robust economic growth. If you engage in serial trillion-dollar deficits -- which business people know sooner or later they're going to have to pay for -- you're not going to get robust economic growth.”

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA8) emphasized the fact that the economy has seen a total increase of 69,000 jobs in the last ...

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Will your candidates show political courage?

2012 May 23

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

2012 May 17

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Who is Keith Russell Judd?

2012 May 10

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

2012 May 01

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"

2012 April 24

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

2012 April 24

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Three Quick Tips: Navigating the Project Vote Smart website

2012 April 17

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?"

2012 April 06

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

2012 March 15

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