Last week the Globe reported California’s elected lawmakers’ ranking has lowered the state 3 spots in a new 50 state analysis. The the Center for Legislative Accountability recently released its annual California Lawmaker Scorecard, and as a surprise to no one, California trends very liberal/progressive.
The Center for Legislative Accountability (CLA) just released another report – this one addresses the voting patterns of state lawmakers. They found a record new level of political polarization. The CLA study examined all 7,400 state lawmakers from each of the 50 states, including over 265,000 individual votes across 3,500 different bills introduced in state legislatures:
“The nation’s 3,906 Republican state lawmakers voted conservative 80.89% of the time last year compared to 76.41% in 2020. The 3,223 Democrat lawmakers across the 50 state legislatures voted with the conservative position 15.90% of the time, down from 18.72% in 2020. The 64.99 percentage point divide between the two political parties marks the highest level of political polarization since the CLA became the first and only organization to track such data in 2015.”
California did poorly on the most important issues that impact everyone, regardless of political party:
- Taxes, Budget and Spending
- Health Care
- Welfare and Poverty
- Government Integrity and Transparency
These rankings are important, not only because the issues impact everyone, but also because they give voters the information needed to hold elected lawmakers accountable. What many politicians say during campaign season, and how they vote can be very different – particularly with liberal/progressive politicians.
The proper role and source of government is based on the consent of the governed and on a responsibility to protect natural rights, the Bill of Rights Institute writes. John Locke’s Second Treatise of Civil Government argued when a government no longer had the consent of the people, or did not adhere to its proper role of protecting fundamental liberties, then the people have the right to change or overthrow it.
Knowledge is power.
These are the states ranked from most to least conservative:
50 State Legislatures Ranked Most to Least Conservative
(Percent of lawmaker votes cast for the conservative position)
President Lincoln once said, “America will never be destroyed from the outside, CPAC Chairman Matt Schlapp said in the report. “If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.”
Schlapp continued: “The Left’s agenda dismantles the vision of our founders when they pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor.”
The CLA is a project of CPAC Foundation and the American Conservative Union Foundation.
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