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2018 Senate Races

Strange(R) vs.Moore(R) vs.Jones(D)
AZ: Flake(R) vs. Ward(R) vs.Sinema(D) vs.Abboud(D) vs.McSally(R) vs.Arpaio(R) vs.Marks(L)
CA: Feinstein(D) vs. Eisen(D) vs. Sanchez?(D) vs. Garcetti?(D) vs.de_Leon(D)
CT: Murphy(D) vs.Adams(D) vs.Corey(R)
DE: Carper(D) vs.Arlett(R) vs.Boyce(R) vs.Truono(R) vs.Janowski(I)
FL: Nelson(D) vs. DeSantis(R) vs. Jolly(R) vs. Lopez-Cantera(R) vs.Scott(R) vs.Janowski(I) vs.Invictus(R)
HI: Hirono(D) vs.McDermott(R) vs.Pirkowski(D) vs.Curtis(R)
IN: Donnelly(D) vs. Hurt(R) vs.Messer(R) vs.Rokita(R) vs.Braun(R) vs.Straw(P)
MA: Warren(D) vs. Ayyadurai(I) vs.Waters(R) vs.Lindstrom(R) vs.Diehl(R) vs.Wellman(R) vs.Kingston(R)
MD: Cardin(D) vs.Vohra(L) vs.Manning(D) vs.Faddis(R) vs.Campbell(R)
ME: King(I) vs.Brakey(R) vs.Lyons(L) vs.Ringelstein(D)
MI: Stabenow(D) vs. Bouchard?(R) vs.Young(R) vs.Squier(G) vs.James(R)
MN-2: Franken(D) vs.Smith(D) vs.Housley(R)
MN-6: Klobuchar(D) vs.Newberger(R) vs.Overby(G)
MO: McCaskill(D) vs.Petersen(R) vs.Monetti(R) vs.Hawley(R) vs.Earl(D)
MS-2: Hyde-Smith(R) vs.Espy(D) vs.Reeves(R) vs.McDaniel(R)
MS-6: Wicker(R) vs.Bohren(D) vs.Baria(D)
MT: Tester(D) vs.Olszewski(R) vs.Rosendale(R)
ND: Heitkamp(D) vs.Peyer(D) vs.Campbell(R) vs.Cramer(R)
NE: Fischer(R) vs.Raybould(D)
NJ: Menendez(D) vs.Pezzullo(R) vs.Hugin(R) vs.Sabrin(L)
NM: Heinrich(D) vs.Rich(R) vs. Sanchez?(R) vs.Johnson(L)
NV: Heller(R) vs.Tarkanian(R) vs.Rosen(D)
NY: Gillibrand(D) vs.Webber(R) vs.Farley(R) vs.Noren(D)
OH: Brown(D) vs. Mandel(R) vs.Renacci(R) vs.Gibbons(R)
PA: Casey(D) vs.Barletta(R) vs.Christiana(R) vs.Saccone(R)
RI: Whitehouse(D) vs.Flanders(R) vs.Nardolillo(R)
TN: Corker(R) vs.Mackler(D) vs.Crim(D) vs.Blackburn(R) vs.Bredesen(D) vs.Fincher(R)
TX: Cruz(R) vs. Bush?(R) vs.O`Rourke(D)
UT: Hatch(R) vs. McMullin?(R) vs. Romney(R) vs.Wilson(D) vs.Bowden(L)
VA: Kaine(D) vs.Freitas(R) vs.Stewart(R)
VT: Sanders(I) vs. Giordano(D) vs.MacGovern(D) vs.Milne(D) vs.Paige(R) vs.Zupan(R)
WA: Cantwell(D) vs.Ferguson(D) vs.Hutchison(R) vs.Luke(L) vs.Strider(L)
WI: Baldwin(D) vs.Vukmir(R)
WV: Manchin(D) vs. Raese(R) vs.Jenkins(R) vs.Blankenship(I) vs.Morrisey(R) vs.Swearengin(D)
WY: Barrasso(R) vs.Trauner(D)

2016 Senate Races

AK: Murkowski(R) vs.Metcalfe(D) vs.Miller(L) vs.Stevens(L) vs.Lamb(R)
AL: Shelby(R) vs.Crumpton(D) vs.Bowman(R)
AR: Boozman(R) vs.Eldridge(D) vs.Gilbert(L)
AZ: McCain(R) vs.Kirkpatrick(D) vs.Mealer(I) vs.Ward(R)
CA: Harris(D) vs.Sanchez(D) vs.Chavez(R) vs.Del Beccaro(R) vs.Sundheim(R) vs.Brannon(R)
CO: Bennet(D) vs.Glenn(R) vs.Neville(R) vs.Frazier(R) vs.Keyser(R) vs.Littleton(R)
CT: Blumenthal(D) vs.Carter(R) vs.Orchulli(R) vs.Kudlow(R) vs.Wolf(R) vs.Foley(R)
FL: Rubio(R) vs.Murphy(D) vs.Grayson(D) vs.Keith(D) vs.DeSantis(R) vs.Cantera(R)
GA: Isakson(R) vs.Barksdale(D) vs.Buckley(L) vs.Barrow(D) vs.Grayson(R)
HI: Schatz(D) vs.Carroll(R) vs.Pirkowski(R) vs.Cavasso(R)
IA: Grassley(R) vs.Judge(D) vs.Fiegen(D) vs.Hogg(D) vs.Krause(D)
ID: Crapo(R) vs.Sturgill(D) vs.Pro-Life(C) vs.LaRocco(D)
IL: Kirk(R)
vs.Duckworth(D) vs.Harris(D) vs.Zopp(D)
IN: Bayh(D)
vs.Young(R) vs.Stutzman(R) vs.Hill(D) vs.Holcomb(R) vs.Bosma(R)
KS: Moran(R) vs.Wiesner(D) vs.Orman(I)
KY: Paul(R) vs.Gray(D) vs.Conway(D)
LA: (runoff Dec. 10) Kennedy(D) vs.Campbell(D) vs.Fleming(R) vs.Boustany(R) vs.Maness(R) vs.Cao(R) vs.Clements(L)
MD: Van Hollen(D) vs.Szeliga(R) vs.Flowers(G) vs.Douglas(R) vs.Steele(R)
MO: Blunt(R) vs.Kander(D)
NC: Burr(R) vs.Ross(D) vs.Haugh(L) vs.Brannon(R) vs.Rey(D) vs.Wright(R)
ND: Hoeven(R) vs.Glassheim(D) vs.Marquette(L)
NH: Ayotte(R)
vs. Hassan(D) vs.Rubens(R)
NV: Cortez-Masto(D) vs.Heck(R) vs.Angle(R)
NY: Schumer(D) vs.Long(R)
OH: Portman(R) vs.Strickland(D) vs.Sittenfeld(D)
OK: Lankford(R) vs.Workman(D) vs.Johnson(D)
OR: Wyden(D) vs.Callahan(R) vs.Stine(D)
PA: Toomey(R) vs.McGinty(D) vs.Stern(R) vs.Sestak(D) vs.Fetterman(D)
SC: Scott(R) vs.Dixon(D)
SD: Thune(R) vs.Williams(D)
UT: Lee(R) vs.Snow(D) vs.Swinton(D)
VT: Leahy(D) vs.Milne(R)
WA: Murray(D) vs.Vance(R)
WI: Johnson(R) vs.Feingold(D) vs.Anderson(L) vs.Lorge(R)
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The Stute (Stevens Institute):
Don’t vote? Don’t complain.
by Matthew Doto
Nov. 2, 2018: "One of the best resources for this is ontheissues.org — it lists practically every politician running for office and their positions on the issues in their own words, along with source links so you can get full context."
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OnTheIssues Presents Political Candidates' Stances Without Commentary so Voters Can Decide for Themselves
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  • Oct. 25, 2018: "OnTheIssues was founded as a reaction to news sources covering the 'horse race' over candidates' platforms."
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Voters Used To See Moderation In Trump. Not Anymore.
by Harry Enten
Jan. 5, 2018: "Before Trump moved into the White House, he took a mix of liberal and conservative positions. He was, for example, vehemently against illegal immigration but in favor of infrastructure spending. He was against gun control, but he claimed to be stronger than Hillary Clinton on LGBT rights. When you totaled up Trump’s ideological score on economic and social issues from the website OnTheIssues, his score was closer to perfectly “moderate” than any incoming president of the past 40 years except George H.W. Bush."
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Fox News Insider:
Trump's 'Conservative Score' Jumped 18 Points Since 2016, Nearly Even With Reagan
As seen on The Daily Briefing with Dana Perino
Jan. 5, 2018: "President Donald Trump appears to have moved to the right politically since he took office, according to new analysis by OnTheIssues.org. The website, which assigns an ideological grade to politicians’ statements and votes, found in 2016 that Trump was conservative on social and economic issues about 42.5 percent of the time. By 2018, however, that number had jumped to 60 percent, which puts Trump just one point behind former President Ronald Reagan. Reagan, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush had scores of 61.1, 60 and 35 percent, respectively."
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Which Republican Senators Are Most Likely To Fight Trump?
by Nate Silver
Nov. 21, 2016: "Trump didn’t have down-the-line conservative views, instead mixing extremely conservative stances on issues such as immigration with surprisingly moderate (or even leftist) ones on other issues such as trade. Therefore, the usual statistical methods that rate members of Congress on a one-dimensional, liberal-conservative scale may not be the best way to predict compatibility with Trump. Instead, I used data from OnTheIssues.org, which tracks candidates’ positions within 20 policy areas based on their public statements and voting history. The site rates candidates’ positions on a 10-point scale from -5 to +5 — for instance, on immigration, -5 represents a conservative stance (start deporting people) whereas +5 is a liberal one (amnesty for immigrants who entered the country illegally)."
"We can calculate each senator’s similarity to Trump in the aggregate over these various issues. The closest is Sen. David Perdue of Georgia, who like Trump was a wealthy businessman before running for office. And in general, senators who were first elected during the tea party era from 2010 onward are more similar to Trump than those who have held longer tenures in office."
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Washington Monthly:
Why It’s So Hard to Find Out Where the Candidates Stand
by Eric Potash
  • Nov. 4, 2016: "Vote Smart [and OnTheIssues both] asked California Republican Congressman Ed Royce if he “supports government subsidies for renewable energy.” He hasn’t answered, so researchers inferred an answer: Vote Smart infers that yes, he does, based on a convoluted campaign statement in which he offers “an ‘all of the above’ approach to increase all forms of American energy.” OnTheIssues describes Mr. Royce as “strongly opposed” to “prioritizing green energy.”
  • "So which is it? Mr. Royce has never voted in favor of a renewable energy bill."
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Hillary Clinton Was Liberal. Hillary Clinton Is Liberal.
by X
May 19, 2015: "Clinton rates as a “hard core liberal” per the OnTheIssues.org scale. She is as liberal as Elizabeth Warren and barely more moderate than Bernie Sanders. And while Obama is also a “hard core liberal,” Clinton again was rated as more liberal than Obama. Sometimes I wonder whether people are confusing Clinton with her husband. Bill Clinton’s statements have been far more moderate [by OnTheIssues]."
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Bing's Election Tool Shows yoo Where Candidates Stand
by Issie Lapowsky
Dec. 8, 2015: "Microsoft is launching a new feature to help you figure out which one of those candidates stands for the same things you do. To create the tool, Microsoft worked with the non-partisan group, OntheIssues.org, which scans news, press releases, public statements and more, to determine candidates' positions. It then synthesizes that information to determine exactly how liberal, conservative, moderate, populist, or libertarian a given candidate is. It may not be an exact science, but it's the closest thing to unbiased information that exists on candidates."
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Don’t Take Ben Carson Seriously (Except In Iowa — Maybe)
by Harry Enten
Dec. 24, 2014: "Carson — a darling of the far right — may also have some policy problems. OnTheIssues.org, a nonpartisan nonprofit that scores politicians’ ideology based on their public statements, rates Carson as a “moderate conservative” because some of his statements about free trade, gun control and health care have flirted with moderation."
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Marco Rubio: The Electable Conservative?
by Nate Silver
Feb. 9, 2013: "[Marco Rubio] is rated as fairly moderate by OnTheIssues.org, which also evaluates his stances on social policy. Sarah Palin is also rated as extremely conservative by [a system which scores based on political donor groups], but as relatively moderate by OnTheIssues.org. (Keep in mind that before being selected as John McCain’s running mate, Ms. Palin had some history as a reform-minded governor of Alaska.)"
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Bush Betrays Conservatives
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Pioneers in Online Politics:
Nonpartisan Political Web Sites in the 2000 Campaign
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"There is a list of recent political books, with brief descriptions of the political leaders mentioned, and links to Amazon book reviews."
JuryFury.com :
Online School of Politics
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Kansas State Collegian:
Focusing on the real issues
(Issue comparison based on OnTheIssues)
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Senate Candidates on the Issues
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The Political Compass
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Paint By Issues
"I wish there was a way to pair the candidates' words with their actions. Show us not just what they've said about an issue, but what they've done about it. Here's a site that shows both quotes and deeds, OnTheIssues.org."
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General Sites About Candidates & Issues
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