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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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Laura Kelly (KS - D)

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Laura Kelly (KS - D)

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Common Ground Score 59Well Above Average

Commentary

Championed common ground in USA Today saying, "Kansans are desperate for a change in the tone of our politics... I’ve never met any voters — regardless of party — who prefer their leaders yell, insult and demean one another instead of getting things done... they agreed with my approach: listen, compromise and make Kansans’ lives better. And that is how I’ll govern. I look forward to working with Republican and Democratic leaders in Kansas to move our state forward. I hope other leaders across the country join me in returning to more civil discussion of the issues... It’s a powerful opportunity to recast the shape of our politics. It’s time to care less about scoring wins for one political party or another, and to begin caring more about working together to score wins for the people we all represent." Net job approval 49 points higher than would be expected if purely based on partisanship. "I believe that collaborating and consulting and conversing with my colleagues is imperative. We may not always agree on issues, but that doesn't mean we can't occasionally find common ground." "I am certain we can 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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