A Look Into Politics, For The Outsiders


ProjectVoteSmartby Wren Greaney

One year ago I worked in an understated office in the famed Dupont Circle of Washington, DC. I remember feeling like one of the lucky few – the tiny proportion of Americans who work in important organizations in DC, national headquarters of executive agencies, and, for those who found themselves on Capitol Hill, the illustrious halls of Congress.


Today, a year after my DC adventure, I work as an intern at Project Vote Smart where politically-minded people impart factual, unbiased information to voters in state and national elections. Working at non-partisan Vote Smart, located on a ranch in Montana, has been a very different experience from working amidst the bustle of DC politics.


Vote Smart’s objective is truly simple: to tell Americans what their representatives and candidates are saying and doing. Votesmart.org includes a tool called VoteEasy that matches voters to candidates who best represent their views, voter registration information, and an enormous database containing politician biographies, key votes, issue positions, speeches, and special interest group ratings. As a non-partisan organization, we provide voters with a fair and direct view of the activities in Washington, DC and state governments.

I don’t think that the “lucky few” who get to directly witness DC proceedings and state governments should be the only Americans with a direct look at large-scale politics. I am happy to contribute to the flow of information out of offices and legislative chambers, and into the hands of the Americans who don’t live or work in a hub of political power.

Knowledge is vital to our future, and Vote Smart’s trove of information is continuously growing. Please use votesmart.org if you want to know which candidates deserve your vote.


About The Author

David Greenwald is the founder, editor, and executive director of the Davis Vanguard. He founded the Vanguard in 2006. David Greenwald moved to Davis in 1996 to attend Graduate School at UC Davis in Political Science. He lives in South Davis with his wife Cecilia Escamilla Greenwald and three children.

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4 thoughts on “A Look Into Politics, For The Outsiders”

  1. Marina Kalugin

    huh?   now the same person who spins most columns is gonna teach some long time activists about politics… you weren’t even born yet or were in diapers when we were marching for black power….



  2. Marina Kalugin

    even more true then…..ha ha…  I only skim…who has time for more than headlines these days….

    I actually noticed that after posting but too late to edit….I noticed at the top that DV posted it…and later at the bottom the name of the person. oh well..

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