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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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Mark Warner (VA - D)

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Mark Warner (VA - D)

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Common Ground Score 47Well Above Average

Commentary

Up for reelection in 2020. Eighth most instances of promoting common ground out of all officials. Top 50% for Official Performance. Joined Republican Senator Richard Burr for a public conversation where the two highlighted how leaders from opposite sides of the aisle are able to work together on issues of national importance, hosted by Wake Forest University. "We need leaders who see our common ground as sacred ground. We need leaders who will appeal to us not as Republicans or Democrats, but first and foremost as Americans." "If I was going to get anything done as Governor, I had to find common ground with a legislature of a different party. I am proud to say, we did find common ground." "While this bill does not include everything Democrats wanted nor everything Republicans wanted, I'm proud of my colleagues for putting differences aside, finding common ground, and working together to pass this sensible, bipartisan bill into law." "This legislation... provides an example of what can be accomplished when everyone is willing to invest the necessary time and effort to find common ground." "It's time to find common ground with serious legislative efforts." "The American people do not want us to legislate in this way. They want us to get things done. They want us to actually find common ground." "When you find common ground, you can get things done." "Washington needs to put an end to its obsession with brinkmanship and find common ground in the interest of the American people." "We do our best work here in Congress when we can have bipartisan solutions, when we can find ways to reach common ground." "I hope this will be something the American people can be proud of in that we found some common ground."

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