Be among the first to use our new Common Ground Scorecard! Before you vote, see how your candidates rate at finding common ground.

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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Phil Scott (VT - R)

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Phil Scott (VT - R)

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Commentary

Up for reelection in 2020. Championed common ground in substantive addresses on the topic. Net job approval an impressive 67 points higher than would be expected if purely based on partisanship. “We must look for common ground instead of highlighting or exploiting our differences, view consensus and compromise not as a weakness, but as a strength.” "I see political polarization and divisiveness as the greatest threat we face as a country. The notion that consensus and compromise are unacceptable, that one party is always totally right, or all wrong, that we can't debate the issues and find common ground or, even when that’s not possible, to agree to disagree, respectfully." "First, we need to have an honest discussion, listen to each other, and work to find common ground." "The resolution reached is, indeed, a compromise... We found areas of common ground and we each gave on areas where there was none." Common Ground Maverick: Has an above average Common Grounder Score despite representing constituents with an above average partisan lean.

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Maverick Matrix

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