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How are points earned?

1. Official Performance (30 points)

  1. Legislators: Bipartisan bill sponsorship and co-sponsorship
  2. Executives: Bipartisan job approval
  3. Candidates without congressional or gubernatorial service: Predictive estimate by statistical modeling

2. Personal Actions (30 points)

  1. Public conversation across political differences
  2. Joining an official from the opposing party for a visit of their district
  3. Membership in a common ground focused caucus (Only U.S. House)

3. Communication (20 points +/-)

  1. Promoting common ground (+)
  2. Insulting political opponents (-)

4. Commitments (20 points)

  1. I will identify and set aside personal biases.
  2. I will commit to seek agreement, progress, and solutions.
  3. I will listen first to learn perspectives and experiences.
  4. I will not assume, but seek to understand motives and intentions.
  5. I will seek outcomes all can live with but not compromise principles.
  6. I will accept that good people may disagree.
  7. I will use and accept facts.
  8. I will stay respectful.
  9. I will resist demonizing.
  10. I will de-escalate hostile situations.

5. BONUS: Outstanding Common Grounder (+10 points)

  1. Awarded for common ground behavior or boldly champions common ground.
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The Maverick Matrix™ illustrates the degree to which an official seeks common ground relative to the partisan intensity of their constituents, meaning how strongly the area they represent favors one party over the other. The matrix is divided into four labeled quadrants:

  • Balancers: Balancing constituents more closely divided between the parties, this official is more of a Common Grounder.
  • Team Players: Consistent with a constituency strongly leaning toward one party, this official is less of a Common Grounder.
  • True Believers: Despite a constituency more closely divided between the parties, this official is less of a Common Grounder.
  • Mavericks: Despite a constituency strongly leaning toward one party, this official is more of a Common Grounder. Such officials are most commendable in our view.
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Anthony Gonzalez (OH-16 - R)

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Anthony Gonzalez (OH-16 - R)

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Commentary

Championed common ground in a bipartisan television appearance on the NFL Network with Democratic Congressman Colin Allred to promote voting. Hosted Democratic Congressman Colin Allred in his district and had a Bipartisan Town Hall with him, which earned an "Across the Aisle" award. Member of the Future Caucus and Problem Solvers Caucus. Top 25% for Official Performance. "There are no easy answers to these issues but there can be common ground when people of good faith work towards a common goal to understand and fix the problem." “There’s no reason why we should be working together, but there we are in the locker room together, and yeah, we have our differences, but you find a way to put those aside and go towards the common goal. I think we need more of that inside of our parties, but we need more of that as a country, for sure.” “The country is starving for more people with team backgrounds who are accustomed to working with folks no matter what background... setting common objectives and moving as one. That’s what you learn in the locker room. It’s a beautiful lesson, and it’s why Colin and I work so well together in Congress. I think it’s something the country wants to see more of.”

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