Wednesday, May 30, 2012

2012 Legislator Ratings

The Salt Lake Tribute has created a composite ratings chart based on numbers issued from various special interest groups who track legislator's voting records.  This composite is designed to  attempt to illustrate the conservative vs. liberal spectrum that is represented in the Legislature via the voting record.

Here is the chart (click to enlarge):


There are a couple interesting take-away points from viewing this chart:

1.  The majority of the freshman class of 2010 (which includes myself) land between the 64%-80% conservative rating.

2.  10 of the 15 most conservative legislators are from Utah County. 

These kinds of charts make for interesting conversation but I don't give much heed to them.  However, I did hear of a legislator who supposedly voted intentionally to boost scorecard results.  If true, I find that to be a particularly jaded and self-serving approach to voting.  Yet, ironically, this  individual will not will be serving in 2013.  So, perhaps it is not so self-serving after all.

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