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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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Lindsey Graham (SC - R)

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Lindsey Graham (SC - R)

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Common Ground Score 44Well Above Average

Commentary

Up for reelection in 2020. Won Prize For Civility In Public Life from Allegheny College. Fifth most instances of promoting common ground out of all officials. Top 50% for Official Performance. "The only way we can move the country forward is to find common ground on these big-ticket items. And I hope that people in the country will start rewarding that more instead of punishing it." "It is in my nature to try to find common ground on big problems that no one party can solve." "See if we can do two things at once -- fight with each other and find common ground." "I am committed to working with Republicans and Democrats to find common ground so we can move forward." "I hope... all of us work together to find common ground to bring reform to policing in America." "I will continue to seek common ground on the major issue facings our nation." "This debate will continue and I will continue to work to find common ground." "I will continue to strive to be a senator that can bring us together and find common ground." "To Americans who trust neither party, I will seek the political common ground our nation so desperately needs to find." "If we work together to find common ground, I believe we can achieve results for the American people." "I really do believe in trying to find common ground on solutions to hard problems." "I'm a guy that does like common ground, where I can find it." "It is my hope that this group will provide some reassurance to the American people that we still can work together and find common ground on the important problems facing every American family and business." "This is a chance to show the public that we haven't all lost our minds, that we can still find common ground." "We come from different ends of the political spectrum on many issues, but we found common ground." "People kind of urged us to get our act together and do more in common, find some common ground up here."

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