GOVT 328 Discussion 3

Review the congressional ratings provided by Americans for Democratic Action (a liberal interest group) and the American Conservative Union (a conservative interest group) located in the Discussion Thread: Interest Group Formation and Non-Lobbying Activities Resources below. These groups cannot analyze every vote cast in every Congress, so they choose particular votes that they feel best represent their ideology. Compare and contrast the broad categories of votes each of these groups have analyzed in the two most recent years of available data.

Additionally, analyze the voting record of your United States Representative and one of your United States Senators using these interest group ratings. Be sure to provide the names of each of your representatives and discuss what can be learned about the voting records of these individuals based on these ratings.

As Christian voters, how can we use these congressional ratings sites as a tool for better understanding incumbent candidates?

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