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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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Stephanie Murphy (FL-7 - D)

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Stephanie Murphy (FL-7 - D)

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Common Ground Score 58Well Above Average

Commentary

Top 50% for Official Performance. Participated in the American Congressional Exchange with Republican Congressman Jack Bergman. Had public conversation with Republican Michael Waltz. Had another public conversation with Republicans Rodney Davis and John Katko. Member of the Future Caucus. "I will find common ground when possible, and I will fight misguided policies when necessary. And I will always put people over partisan politics. As we enter a divided Congress, this bipartisan approach will be more important than ever." "Right now, the American public is calling for unity, cooperation, and results. I stand ready and willing to work with the White House and both parties in Congress to put good public policy above partisan politics on issues where we can find common ground." "Rep. Murphy added that when you are working to find common ground as a member of Congress, you’re likely to be hit by both the left and the right. But for her, that doesn’t matter: 'As long as we’re moving the country forward—that’s my goal,' she said. Rep. Murphy comes from a zero-partisan tilt district, meaning that 1/3 of her constituents are Republicans, 1/3 are Democrats, and 1/3 are neither. Because of her ideologically diverse district, Rep. Murphy knows firsthand the importance of working across the aisle."

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