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Weekly Wrap-Up: September 3rd-7th!

This week our Wrap-Up covers statements on the Kavanaugh confirmation and immigration, as well as the status of the final primary elections in New Hampshire and Rhode Island. Read more about candidate endorsements, your representatives' ratings, and MORE below!



Kavanaugh Confirmation Hearings

The confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh are underway. See what your politicians have to say about it right here.  

Final Primary Elections

The final primary elections of 2018 are next week! New Hampshire will hold its primary election on Tuesday, September 11th, 2018 and Rhode Island will vote on Thursday, September 13th. Full biographical research on all congressional candidates in both elections is available. Find voter registration information for New Hampshire HERE and for Rhode Island HERE


ELECTIONS: By Pete and the Elections Research team Endorsements: Vote Smart has released more than 22,500+ 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 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 65,000 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. Two states have Congressional Primary Elections next week! New Hampshire is on Tuesday, and Rhode Island is on Thursday. We have completed full biographical research on all Congressional candidates:  New Hampshire: HERE Rhode Island: HERE

Voter Registration and Polling Place pages for states with upcoming elections are HERE: New Hampshire: HERE Rhode Island: HERE

Our staff has administered the Political Courage Test to all Congressional candidates in Tuesday's primaries. Here are a few highlights! New Hampshire Percent of candidates to take the PCT: 43% Number of answers from the candidates: 187  Number of answers determined from our research: 147

Rhode Island  Percent of candidates to take the PCT: 18% Number of answers from the candidates: 26  Number of answers determined from our research: 43



By Annie and the Officials Research team

Public Statements:

Vote Smart added 1,511 statements to its database this week! Find them all through targeted key-word searches.

Some Newsworthy topics include:

Key Votes:

There were 17 key state votes this week, and no key votes in Congress. There will be more updates on Key Votes in Congress now that it is back in session.



New Hampshire and Rhode Island have their primary elections this week! Also keep an eye out for the Kavanaugh Confirmation vote in Congress.


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