See what's new to Vote Smart this week! We've added everything from statements about the Supreme Court to the results of the the June 16th Election. We have also added the the John Birch Society's scorecard, as well as summaries from the Farm Bill and IMD CARE Act. Read it all below!
MAJOR EVENTS FROM THE WEEK:
Statements on SCOTUS:
Trying to keep up with the Supreme Court's busy week? We've got you covered! See Congressional public statements from your elected representatives on all the latest SCOTUS news HERE!
Capital Gazette Shooting:
There was a shooting this week at the Capital Gazette in Maryland. See all Congressional statements on this tragic event and other gun issues here.
Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Ballot Measure Summary:
Vote Smart just released a summary of the state-wide ballot measure on medical marijuana for Oklahoma, which you can view here, along with the eleven other state-wide measures that have come up so far in 2018, and that will be on ballots in November. Congressional Passing of Farm Bill:
Last week Congress passed the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018, or the Farm Bill, which amends funding for and regulations of the Department of Agriculture. This bill is making big waves in the agricultural industry. See how your representative voted and view the Vote Smart summary of the bill here!
June 26th Primary Elections:
Tuesday was a major primary election day, with elections in 6 states! All of those results have been released-- just click on the state to see the results. - Colorado Results Here
National Ratings Released:
The John Birch Society released their scorecard! The rating scorecard is a 2017-2018 running scorecard, meaning that the the John Birch Society is evaluating active Congress members based on their voting record in the 115th Congress. They come out with quarterly updates to this scorecard, and this is the second one of 2018.
Vote Smart has released 12,000+ endorsements so far this year! See who is really backing your candidates here.
If you would like to see how your representatives or candidates are rated by Special Interest Groups, check out your candidate's ratings page, as shown by the example here.
Congressional Candidate Lists:
Vote Smart has released congressional candidate lists released for all 41 states that have released certified ballots for 2018 Primary Elections. These candidates are all found on the elections page of the website as searchable here.
Primary Election Results:
Vote Smart has released the election results for all primaries that have happened so far in 2018 races. So far that includes all levels of office for 32 states. Out of those 32 states, 6 of them are are results from this past Tuesday, June 26th. See an example of what this looks like on our website here.
See the results for those 6 states here!
Vote Smart added 1,855+ statements to our its database this week! Find them all through targeted key-word searches. Some newsworthy topics include: - Supreme Court - Travel ban
- Labor unions - Justice Kennedy's retirement - Capital Gazette shooting
Key Votes: There were two Key Votes in Congress this week. Read all about both key votes by following the bolded links below.
The first is the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018, commonly known as the "farm bill" (mentioned above): HR 2 Summary HERE! The second is the IMD CARE Act, which authorizes states to provide Medicaid services to patients with opioid use disorders: HR 5797.
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