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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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Joe Manchin (WV - D)

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Joe Manchin (WV - D)

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Commentary

Co-chair of No Labels. Focuses national television interviews on the pursuit of common ground. Top 50% for Official Performance. Joined Senator Whitehouse, who sits on the opposite side of envionmental issues, for a tour of Whitehouse's state of Rhode Island during which they had multiple public conversations on the issue, which they've also done on the Senate floor. "We are determined to see if we can find common ground to move forward." "I still believe there is plenty of common ground where Democrats and Republicans can work together for the benefit of all Americans." "I will do what West Virginians do best -- bring people together and find common ground so that we can get something done." "As always, I will work hard to find common ground with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to tackle our nation's many challenges." "It will be essential to have Democrats and Republicans willing to search for common ground. At this moment in our history, working to bridge the partisan divide is both the principled and patriotic thing to do." "By coming together, finding common ground, and developing a commonsense path forward, we can fix any problem we face." "While disagreements in how we solve our nation's great challenges will occur, they need not divide us. I see these disagreements as an opportunity for us to seek the common ground that will unite us and move our nation forward." "No matter how large the divide may seem at times, we must work together to find common ground." Common Ground Maverick: Has an above average Common Grounder Score despite representing constituents with an above average partisan lean.

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