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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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Common Ground Scorecard for: Thomas Suozzi

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Thomas Suozzi (NY-3 - D)

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Thomas Suozzi (NY-3 - D)

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Common Ground Score 58Well Above Average

Commentary

Championed common ground by co-authoring op-eds with Republican Congressmen Peter King and Brian Fitzpatrick. Top 10% for Official Performance. Member of the Problem Solvers Caucus and Civility and Respect Caucus. "Instead of focusing on areas of disagreement, let's focus on goodwill and compromise where we can find common ground." "But that's why you need to have meetings like this and people talking to each other and trying to build a sense of common ground. Now, is it easy to do? No, it's very difficult. It's very hard to do in the context of this massive vortex of press and point and counterpoint. But, you know, that's what your job is when you're supposed to be someone governing. You're supposed to try and find this common ground to get things done." "Democratic and Republican members of the Problem Solvers Caucus have worked together to find common ground." "I know the Problem Solvers will keep pushing to find common ground to get things done in Congress. That's what the people want!" "I have been steadfast in my commitment to go to Washington to find common ground with other leaders and solve some of our most serious problems." "Politics is about finding common ground for the common good."

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