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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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Maggie Hassan (NH - D)

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Maggie Hassan (NH - D)

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Common Ground Score 53Well Above Average

Commentary

Up for reelection in 2020. Won Legislative Action Award from Bipartisan Policy Center. Top 25% for Official Performance. Had a public conversation with Republican Senator Shelley Moore Capito on the challenges and successes of bipartisanship in the current political era, hosted by Duke University. Also had a public conversation with Republican Senator Bill Cassidy on surprise medical bills, hosted by the Bipartisan Policy Center. "There’s good bipartisan momentum on this issue, and Senator Cassidy and I will keep working to find common ground and get this bill passed into law." "It is clear that there is common ground on the key issues at stake, and that a workable bipartisan agreement is within reach." "There is a lot of common ground about what we need to strengthen our border security."

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Maverick Matrix

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