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February Common Ground E-Newsletter

2015 February 13

Vote Smart’s New Key Votes Team

Left to right:

Esther Mandelbaum (Director of Key Votes Program)
Age: 28; Hometown: Wellington, Florida; B.A. in Linguistics, University of Texas.
Esther says, “I was thrilled to be able to join Vote Smart as a staffer and empower voters by giving them the clear and nonpartisan data they need to make informed decisions about their lives."

Sofia Morales (Legislative Research Associate)
Age: 22; Hometown: Monterrey, Mexico; Degrees in Anthropology and Latin American Studies, University of Texas.
Interned at Vote Smart, loved it, and has now joined staff.
 
Andrew Bryant (Legislative Research Associate)
Age: 23; Hometown: New Braunfels, TX; B.A. in German, University of Texas.
Vote Smart “is a great way to gain insight on the legislative process and familiarize myself with legislative writing.”
 
Jace Sternadel (Legislative Research Associate, Not Pictured)
Age: 24; Hometown: Corpus Christi, Texas; Political Communications, University of Texas.
Has a “passion for making a positive difference in the world by better informing citizens about legislation and the decisions their elected representatives make.”
 
NOT IN PICTURE: 21 Interns and 172 Key Vote Academic Advisors.


 
2015 Member Volunteers Signing Up!

We are delighted to report that one of the "perks" of Vote Smart membership is still one of our most popular and valuable programs:  our two-week volunteer program.

More than a perk for members, of course, is the reality that Vote Smart gets much more out of our volunteers' help in our Montana Great Divide Ranch offices than they do ...

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Unmatched Free Database on 150,000 Politicians Now Available

2014 September 07

Vote Smart (VoteSmart.org), the leading non-partisan national research organization focused on politicians and elections, announced a series of massive additions to its factual database on over 150,000 current and former elected officials and candidates. 

January Common Ground E-Newsletter

2014 February 06

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Senate Majority Exercises “Nuclear Option”

2013 December 12 - Key Votes

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

Texas Civic Health Index

2013 June 18

Vote Smart first partnered with the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life in 2011, and they have graciously housed our office at the University of Texas, Austin since then. Our partnership has been going so well that, for the first time, we have been able to establish an intern program during the summer months, where college students can experience our Key Votes Department through researching bills and compiling voting records.

May Common Ground E-Newsletter

2013 May 30

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April Common Ground E-Newsletter

2013 April 26

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Why Harry Reid Voted No - And Other Interesting Things from Wednesday's Vote

2013 April 19

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

2013 March 29

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

March Common Ground E-Newsletter

2013 March 29

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