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About the Macker-Meter

How the Macker-Meter works

We use the Macker-Meter to track the campaign promises of Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe. We gave it six levels. The first three provide a broad picture of whether McAuliffe is making progress; the final three indicate whether he kept the promise:

Not Yet Rated — Every promise begins at this level and retains this rating until we see evidence of progress — or evidence that the promise has stalled.

In the Works — This is our broad category to indicate the promise has been proposed or is being considered.

Stalled — There is no movement on the promise, perhaps because of limitations on money, opposition from lawmakers or a shift in priorities.

Promise Broken — The promise has not been fulfilled. This could occur because of lack of support from the legislature or other group that was critical for the promise to be fulfilled.

Compromise — Promises will earn this rating when they accomplish substantially less than McAuliffe’s original statement but when there is still a significant accomplishment that is consistent with the goal of his original promise.

Promise Kept — They’ll earn this rating when the original promise is mostly or completely fulfilled.