In response to this post card I recently mailed to voters I received the following question from a "Chancy":
Jeremy, I just got my a post card from you in the mail, why are you lying about Rep. Hansen by saying "he has been totally ineffective in our legislature."
Are you telling me he has done totally nothing as a state rep.?
Excellent question Chancy. Thank you for the opportunity to expound on this issue. First, I think it would be appropriate for us to define the word "effective". In this instance, effectiveness can be described as a Legislators ability or capacity to write, submit, and have legislation passed into law. It seems that this would be an appropriate definition since a Legislators ability to craft legislation that benefits his district would be of importance to voters and the interests of those living in that particular district.
Now, for the record, the average Democratic legislator (being in the minority party at present) passes roughly 40% of their proposed legislation each year. In 2008, our current legislator, Mr. Hansen, only passed 5.8% of his proposed legislation. Mr Hansen's career record for the past 12 years is approximately 12%.
By this definition Mr. Hansen has been ineffective.
Now, I am not one to propose legislation just for legislation's sake. Ideas should be proposed and put forward only if warranted. But, being able to pass a worthwhile piece of legislation should be of paramount importance. In this case it appears, based on the record, that our current representative would be unable to do so even if the legislation was of superior quality and worthy of passing.
I won't digress on why this is the case but my point is simply to draw attention to the record at hand.
If anyone has any further questions please feel free to post.