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 and Allen McNeill (who has spent most of his career floating around in F-country and brown-nosing the speaker) perfect scores. *Really? Seriously?*
Well, what votes got used to compile the ratings? Here we go. There were SIX of them. Count ’em. SIX: (1) NC Cancer Treatment Fairness, (2) Local Govt / Regulatory Fees, (3) Strengthen Savings Reserve, (4) Restore Partisan Elections for District, Superior Court, (5) Eminent Domain, and (6) Right to Work constitutional amendment.
(*Interesting. No mention of the HB2 repeal vote.*)
Let’s look at the Senate. Civitas pretty much calls THE WHOLE REPUBLICAN CAUCUS there “perfectly conservative.” Thirty-one out of thirty-five GOPers get perfect scores. Deana Ballard and Chad Barefoot topped the list. (Even Phil Berger got a 100.)
Civitas also used SIX votes here to rate the legislators: (1) Restore partisan elections to judicial races, (2) constitutional amendment to cap state income tax rate, (3) Limit Payroll Deduction / Wage withholding, (4) Strengthen Savings Reserve, (5) Billion Dollar Middle Class Tax Cut, and (6) Convention of the States.
Up DC way, the ratings we have depended on are not doing much better. Conservative Review can’t bring themselves to accurately rate newcomer Ted Budd. They have him with an F-rating and a ZERO score, even though he’s been there four months taking all kinds of votes.