#ncga: We’ve got legislator rankings!

Granted, they’re from Civitas and the American Conservative Union.  Granted conservatism is in the eye of the beholder.  One man’s conservative is another  man’s liberal.  But, here we go. For 2017, now-former Rep. Chris Millis was the only House member to get a perfect conservative rating from Civitas.   Three of the House’s top five conservatives for that year — Millis, John Blust, and Jeff Collins — will not be around after November 2018.  Talk about a sobering reality. For 2018, however, Civitas has handed out a bunch of perfect ratings.  I dug deeper and found that they based those…

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EVERYBODY gets a 100 ! (Wait. What’s Renee still doing here?)

Over at Civitas, they’re handing out perfect conservatism scores to Jones Street legislators like Halloween candy.  (The place has been anything BUT conservative this session.  *Corrupt, maybe.*) Uncle Art and Lil’ John must really be worried about hurting some feelings over on Jones Street — especially some that NEED hurting.  By my count, Civitas has so far blessed 22 of the 120 House members this session as “perfectly conservative.”  John Blust and Mark Brody are at the top of the list.  (Not much of an argument with that.) But they’ve also granted Jason Saine and Kelly Hastings and Julia Howard…

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#ncga: Talking small govt, voting big govt

Talk is great, but it’s always good to see it backed up with action.   Civitas Action has released their 2016 conservative effectiveness rankings.     Here are some of the more interesting findings:  The closer you are to Speaker Tim Moore, the less conservative you are likely to be.  Lincoln County’s Jason Saine, chairman of the House Finance Committee (and rumored to have his eye on the majority leader post) has a rating of 57.1 out of a possible 100 points.  He ranks 65th out of the 120 members of the House.   That score actually TIES him with…

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Heritage Action: Jones top NCGOP conservative in DC; Ellmers, Tillis and Burr most liberal NCGOPers in Congress

Heritage Action has updated (as of October 10 their Congressional score cards.   For the North Carolina delegation, Walter Jones is on top with a conservative ranking of 89 percent.  George Holding is a close second with 88 percent.  He is followed by the two Marks — Meadows and Walker — each with a score of 84 percent.  Virginia Foxx (68%), Patrick McHenry (64%) and Renee Ellmers (60%) — the three in the delegation closest to House leadership –come away with the worst rankings among state Republicans  (The average score for all House Republicans is 68 percent.).   Here are the votes…

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Club For Growth: Foxx, Meadows, Jones MOST conservative NCGOPers in House for 2014

Each year, you have all kinds of groups ranking members of Congress according  to their voting records.  The Club For Growth, for instance, champions the concepts of limited government and fiscal conservatism.  That organization ranks members of the House and Senate from 1 to 435 — best to worst — according to how well they adhere to those concepts.  (A #1 ranking makes you an ideal conservative on fiscal issues, while a #435 ranking makes you a complete commie.)  Michigan’s Justin Amash (R) is the Club’s top choice for 2014.  They’ve ranked him #1, with Jeff Duncan (R) of South…

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Club For Growth grades our folks in DC for 2013

The Club For Growth — a DC-based PAC that emphasizes support for lower taxes and free market measures — loves to hold the feet of politicians in both parties to the fire.  A lot of groups issue ratings.  National Journal, for instance, evaluates your conservatism based on how often you vote with the GOP leadership. Given the rather conciliatory nature of the current House GOP leadership, voting with them is quite often mutually exclusive with being conservative.  The Club has issued their 2013 ratings of all 435 voting members of the House and 100 members of the Senate.  The ratings…

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Club for Growth ranks Congress on free market friendliness

  The Club for Growth, a DC-based political action committee focused on free-market economic policies, has added to the growing list of congressional rankings. Its 2011 rankings show congressman Patrick McHenry– with a #57 out of 435 and 86% rating —  as the most conservative, free-market friendly member of North Carolina’s US House delegation.  Howard Coble ranked #107 out of 435 with a 73% rating.  Renee Ellmers ranked #164 out of 435 and a 59% rating.   Walter Jones was the least conservative member of the state delegation, with a #193 out of 435 and 51% rating.  In the Senate,…

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