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Weekly Wrap-Up: September 24th - 28th!


From statements on the Kavanaugh Hearings, to a summary of the Defense Bill, we've got it all here! See everything new to votesmart.org below!

MAJOR EVENTS FROM THE WEEK:


Kavanaugh Hearings

Read your politicians' statements on this past week's Kavanaugh hearings HERE!


For 2018 candidates, VoteSmart researched:

- 13,000 Campaign Email Addresses

- 10,000 Campaign Websites

- 9,500 Campaign Facebook Addresses

- 7,000 Campaign Twitter Addresses


Ratings

Vote Smart has released over 91,000 ratings for politicians so far this year! They are listed on the Interest Groups page of the website, so you can see if your representatives are truly representing YOUR interests.  

ELECTIONS: By Pete and the Elections Research Team

For 2018 candidates, Vote Smart has researched: - 13,000 Campaign Email Addresses - 10,000 Campaign Websites - 9,500 Campaign Facebook Addresses - 7,000 Campaign Twitter Addresses Endorsements: Vote Smart has released more than 24,000+ 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: Vote Smart has released over 91,000 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: Our staff is currently testing 12,000 Congressional, Gubernatorial, and State Legislative candidates in all 50 states, asking them to provide voters with their stances on the issues by taking our Political Courage Test!  Primary election season is over! We have 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 2,297 statements to its database this week! Find them all through targeted key-word searches.

Some Newsworthy topics include:

- Kavanaugh hearings

- Government funding bill


Key Votes:

There were 5 key state votes this week, and 3 key votes in Congress.

     - HR 6157, Department of Defense and Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Act, 2019, which appropriates funds to the Department of Defense and other government agencies for fiscal year 2019. 

     - HR 6: Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018, which provides funds to combat the opioid crisis.

     - S 2554: Patient Right to Know Drug Prices Act of 2018, which prohibits insurers and prescription benefit managers from concealing lower prescription drug prices from patients.

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