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Weekly Wrap-Up: September 10th - 14th!

Updated: Oct 1, 2018


Don't miss last week's additions to Vote Smart's database! Start this week off right with seeing what your representatives have been saying on the Kavanaugh confirmation hearing, check out the results from all congressional primary elections, and who is endorsing your candidates. Read it all and more HERE!

MAJOR EVENTS FROM THE WEEK:


End of Primary Season:

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


9/11 Anniversary:

Tuesday was the 17th anniversary of the attacks on September 11, 2001. See how your politicians paid tribute here


Biometric Identification Transnational Migration Alert Program Authorization Act:

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill last week that authorizes the government to share training and technology with allied countries in order to track and prevent terrorism. Read Vote Smart's summary of the legislation HERE


Kavanaugh Confirmation:

The debate surrounding Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination is still heating up. Click HERE to see what your senators are saying. 


ELECTIONS:

By Pete and the Elections Research team

Endorsements: Vote Smart has released more than 23,000+ 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.


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

Ratings: We have released over 70,000 ratings for politicians so far this year! They are listed on the Interest Groups page of the website, which you can browse 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: What is the Political Courage Test? Find out HERE!

You can keep track of election dates using our downloadable elections calendar on this page of the website: Downloadable Election Calendar HERE


We are currently testing 6,000 Congressional, Gubernatorial, and State Legislative candidates in 25 states, asking them to provide voters with their stances on the issues by taking our Political Courage Test!

The states included in this round of testing are: North Carolina, Indiana, Virginia, California, South Dakota, Maine, Illinois, Idaho, Nevada, Kansas, Washington, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Montana, Minnesota, Tennessee, New Jersey, New Mexico, Hawaii, South Carolina, Kentucky, West Virginia, Vermont, Alabama, Oregon.


Primary election season is over! Our team has processed the results for all 2018 primary elections! See the results HERE!

OFFICIALS:

By Annie and the Officials Research team


Public Statements:

Vote Smart added 1,663 statements to its database this week! Find them all through targeted key-word searches.

Some Newsworthy topics include:

- Responses to President Trump's statements on the Puerto Rico death toll

- September 11 memorial statements

- Kavanaugh


Key Votes: 

There were 8 key state votes this week, and 1 key vote in Congress.

    - HR 6439, Biometric Identification Transnational Migration Alert Program Authorization Act of 2018, which authorizes US governmental training and technology for allied countries to track and combat terrorism. 

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