Some conclusions about Washington State legislators
In Who’s progressive in the Washington State House? — based on combined data from five scorecards and in Who’s progressive in the Washington State Senate? — based on combined data from five scorecards, I presented a score for each Washington State legislator based on component scores assigned by conservation, labor, women’s rights, racial justice, and conservative advocacy groups.
Today I extended the scorecards to show more component data, and I added a pro-choice score to the senate scorecard.
Now I notice these significant facts:
- No Republican House member is pro-choice. Some are neutral on the issue.
- There is a large gap between the scores of all Republicans and all Democrats in the House. In the House there is a huge difference between the parties: the Dems are a lot more progressive.
- In the Senate Tim Sheldon and James Hargrove are distinct outliers: they are worse than some Republicans. (Sheldon joined with turncoat Rodney Tom to hand control of the Senate to Republicans.)
- Ignoring Tim Sheldon and James Hargrove, there is a big difference between Democrats and Republicans in the Senate.
- No House Republican scored above 49 on conservation.
- Only one House Democrat scored below 50 on conservation. Only two scored below 60.
- Despite the gripes of some (extreme) progressives that the two major parties are the same, the evidence from the scorecards is that the Dems really are a lot more progressive. Some of the Dems, though, are centrist.