Another reminder that the primaries are less than a month away: scorecards and voter guides are beginning to appear.
The Georgia chapter of Americans for Prosperity, which champions limited government and free markets, has a new scorecard for the 2009-10 Legislature, and unfortunately for lawmakers the grades weren’t put on a curve: A’s were given to just one senator and 13 representatives who actually cast votes on the issues that were scored.
That’s one senator out of 56 and 13 representatives out of 180:
Sen. Judson Hill (R., Marietta)
Rep. Timothy Bearden (R., Villa Rica)
Rep. Charlice Byrd (R., Woodstock)
Rep. David Casas (R., Lilburn)
Rep. Clay Cox (R., Gwinnett County)
Rep. Mark Hatfield (R., Waycross)
Rep. Billy Horne (R., Newnan)
Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R., Cassville)
Rep. Alan Powell (D., Hartwell)
Rep. Bobby Reese (R., Sugar Hill)
Rep. Austin Scott (R., Tifton)
Rep. Martin Scott (R., Rossville)
Rep. Jay Shaw (D., Lakeland)
Rep. Daniel Stout (R., Hiram)
The seven bills scored were:
HB 307 (Hospital Bed Tax — AFP wanted a “no” vote)
HB 1023 (JOBS bill — AFP wanted “yes”)
HB 1055 (Drivers License Tax — AFP wanted “no”)
HB 1184/SB 407 (allowing health insurance sales across state lines — AFP wanted “yes”)
SB 1 (Zero Base Budgeting — AFP wanted “yes”)
SB 148 (Sunset Review — AFP wanted “yes”)
SB 411 (would allow Georgians to forgo parts of ObamaCare — AFP wanted “yes”)
If you look at the scorecard itself, you’ll see more A’s than that; AFP also gave top grades to people like David Adelman and Eric Johnson, who served the Senate in 2009 but left their offices before the 2010 session (Adelman to become the U.S. ambassador to Singapore, Johnson to run for governor). But one of the votes for which AFP gave them credit was on SB 148; AFP favored this bill because it became the vehicle for sunset-review legislation, but that language wasn’t yet included in SB 148 back in 2009, when Adelman, Johnson and some other now-former senators voted for it.
So, for the purposes of this blog, I only counted those legislators who actually cast votes on at least six of the seven issues AFP scored. That leaves us with the one senator and 13 representatives getting A’s — and, on the flip side, 11 senators and 43 representatives got F’s.
I won’t list them all here, but suffice it to say that a number of them are liberals who will wear an “F” from a conservative outfit like AFP with pride.
In tandem with this scorecard, the Georgia Tea Party released a voter guide that includes the votes and stances on a number of issues for all candidates for the Legislature and state-wide offices.
(H/t: Peach Pundit)