The PAChyderm Coalition, a Reagan Republican organization, has just released its latest cumulative evaluations of legislators.
This list reflects legislative actions as of 2/24/2012. It was last updated 2/28/2012. Scroll down to see the bills used in the evaluations and the summary of criteria used to weight bills.
Howard Levine’s narrative follows: We have been working with Republican legislators to refine the bill weights. The have had private access to our proposed weights prior to our publication of them. Of course, there is nothing to encourage feedback like actually publishing the ratings! We have gotten significant feedback on bills to add to our evaluation and weight change suggestions. There are several that have been included in this update and there are still a several more to be reviewed for next week’s update. After next week, most of the changes should be due to bills being amended.
The number of bills being tracked now is 187 (an increase of 14) plus 37 bills that have strike all amendments. There are a lot of legislators with high scores including many representatives who have +100% ratings!
Although we are well into the session, there are still many floor votes as well as committee votes to come. The scores currently are still heavily influenced by bill sponsorships compared to floor and committee votes, but, as more votes are taken, they will have an increasing impact on the scores as the session continues. Also, any action rated negatively, such as missing a vote or voting the opposite of our recommendation, has a disproportionately large impact earlier in the session before they are balanced out by third and final reads that are weighted more heavily and come closer to the end of the session.
We have tightened up the categorization we apply to the scores. Reagan Republican has stayed the same, the and RINO score range has expanded, and the other categories have higher score values with narrower ranges.