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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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Steve Stivers (OH-15 - R)

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Steve Stivers (OH-15 - R)

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Commentary

Championed common ground by creating the Congressional Civility and Respect Caucus. Top 10% for Official Performance. Went on a Civility Tour with Democratic Congresswoman Joyce Beatty. "We don’t always agree on how to solve the issues facing our nation, but we find common ground where we can. More importantly, when we do disagree, we don’t vilify one another." "With all the vitriol and negative rhetoric in politics going on—not just in Washington, D.C., and state capitals—you see it in local communities and family gatherings, Joyce and I wanted people to know you can disagree without being disagreeable and you can try to find common ground and work together. It sets the example that the American people see can work and will work. I’m proud of our work on civility." "I think it’s important everybody knows civility is important and it helps us all be more productive, get more things done and find common ground." "We need to respect each other’s opinions and not vilify each other, and try to find common ground on the hard things and the easy things. When you do that, you build more trust and get more things done."

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Maverick Matrix

Balancers
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