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Shop Talk: Working in Two Washingtons

Project Vote Smart, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that seeks to offer voters relevant and accurate information on political candidates, is launching a new feature next week.

VoteEasy, which is still being finalized, will allow voters the ability to match their issue positions with those of the major presidential candidates. It includes 13 key issues, including energy, education, the economy and Afghanistan.

Clicking on the environment tab and answering “yes” to a question about supporting federal regulations of greenhouse gas emissions moves lawn signs with President Barack Obama and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman (R) to the foreground of the screen.

The group hopes the new interactive site, set to launch Nov. 7, will help voters cut through the hype and spin of the campaigns.

Gingrich Picks Up Pieces

Former Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) announced three new staff members for his New Hampshire campaign operation.

The hires included Matt LeDuc, who recently resigned from Rep. Michele Bachmann’s (R-Minn.) New Hampshire campaign. LeDuc will serve as Gingrich’s state communications director.

Alex Talcott, a Dartmouth College graduate and former staffer on the presidential primary campaigns of Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (R-Mich.) and former Rep. Bob Barr (R-Ga.), was named coalitions director. Pam Smith was named volunteer coordinator.

The campaign previously announced that Andrew Hemingway will serve as state director.

Going for Gold in Iowa

Fresh off the total turnover of her New Hampshire team, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) announced her team in Iowa, where the Congresswoman is focusing her efforts.

Eric Woolson, originally hired to lead her communication efforts in the state, was named Iowa campaign manager, and Wes Enos was appointed deputy state campaign manager.

“We have a strong, experienced organization in place that is equipped to build upon Michele Bachmann’s historic victory in the Republican Party of Iowa Straw Poll this summer,” national campaign manager Keith Nahigian said in a statement. “Eric is the perfect person to lead our team to victory on caucus day.”

Bachmann’s Iowa team announcement includes two faith leaders — Peter Waldron, who has worked for seven presidential campaigns since 1980, and Drew Klein.

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