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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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Jon Tester (MT - D)

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Jon Tester (MT - D)

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Common Ground Score 42Well Above Average

Commentary

Top 25% for Official Performance. "Negotiations is not a dirty word. Compromise is not a dirty word. And getting to a point where you can do things together, taking public input along the way, working towards bipartisanship is how the forefathers envisioned our government working." "The key is being able to visit with people and find common ground. Any good piece of legislation is not going to contain everything I want and it's not going to contain everything I like it's going to contain mostly what I like." "We cannot throw the baby out with the bathwater. I know we can find common ground." "When the extremes on both sides of the aisle tried to derail our efforts, we bucked partisan politics and instead found common ground." "Folks from both parties put their differences aside. We negotiated from our points of agreement, and we emphasized common ground." "We put our differences aside and we emphasized our common ground, our mutual interests, and we kept working towards our shared goal." "I'm extremely optimistic today that we can prove to the American people we can break through all the nonsense and find common ground." "You cannot sit back and throw stones. You have to roll up your sleeves, you have to find common ground, and you have to get the job done." "Our constituents sent us here to find common ground." "But real leaders make tough decisions. Real leaders work together to find common ground and move our Nation forward." "Too many in Congress are focused on dividing this country instead of finding common ground to better serve its citizens." "We must never lose sight of our ability to find common ground and work together on major issues that affect us all." "This settlement is a great example of folks sitting down, working through their differences, and finding common ground." "Voters sent the message to work together. I think you have to--you know, you have to stick out a hand and hope a hand reaches back to you to work together to find common ground."

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