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Weekly Wrap-Up: Oct. 8th - Oct. 12th

Updated: Oct 17, 2018

Feeling behind on what's going on in Washington? Catch up on all the latests additions to Vote Smart's database from statements on the climate change report and Hurricane Michael to Vote Smart's determination of where your candidates stand based on the research. Find it all, and more, below!



Climate Change Report

See what your politicians are saying about the climate change report released this week right HERE

Hurricane Michael Statements

Politicians across the country are expressing their concern for those affected by Hurricane Michael this week. See statements on the hurricane HERE

Vote Smart 100,000 Ratings

Vote Smart hit 100,000 ratings for 2018! Check out our Interest Groups page HERE, to see who is supporting your candidates. 

Vote Smart Research Determinations and the Political Courage Test

In recent history, congressional candidates have become less likely to respond to the voters' questions and take the Political Courage Test. Voters still want to arm themselves with the facts, so we use our data to determine where the candidates stand on the issues. So far in 2018, our researchers have made 14,712 research determinations for congressional candidates. See which candidates you agree with by using VoteEasy, our candidate matching tool!   


ELECTIONS: By Pete and the Elections Research Team


Vote Smart has released more than 26,500+ 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.

State level endorsements can be found by filtering for your state and the issues that matter most to you on this page HERE!


Vote Smart has released over 100,000 ratings for politicians so far this year! They are listed on the Interest Groups page of the website HERE!

We have researched state level interest group ratings in all 50 states! Filter for your state HERE. You can filter these rating scorecards by both STATE AND ISSUE, which allows you to easily find how interest groups are rating your representatives based on the subjects that matter to you.

Political Courage Test & Elections Info:

So far this year, 1418 candidates across the country have displayed political courage by telling voters how they will act on the issues they will likely face if elected! See if your candidate has political courage HERE.

Primary election season is over! We have processed the results for all 2018 primary elections! See the results HERE.



By Annie and the Officials Research Team

Public Statements:

Vote Smart added 1,710 statements to its database this week! Find them all through targeted key-word searches.

Some Newsworthy topics include:

Key Votes:

There were 9 key state votes this past week, and 3 key Congressional votes.

- HR 6757: Family Savings Act of 2018, which amends the age limit on individual retirement account contributions and creates a new tax-deferred savings account.

- PN 2259: Kavanaugh Confirmation vote


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