The PAChyderm Coalition, a Reagan Republican organization, has released its latest cumulative evaluations of legislators.
This list reflects legislative actions as of 2/17/2012. It was last updated 2/24/2012. Scroll down to see the bills used in the evaluations and the summary of criteria used to weight bills.
Howard Levine’s narrative for the 2012 session 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. The number of bills being tracked is 173 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.
We have tightened up the categorization we apply to the scores. Reagan Republican and RINO have stayed the same, the Bipartisan Republican score range has expanded, and the other categories have higher score values with narrower ranges.
Grades can range from +100% (supports Republican principles) to -100% (opposes Republican principles) Ratings will be updated on a weekly basis. Please refer to our FAQs section located after the strike all bills. It responds to some of the questions we have been getting regarding the grades assigned.
Rank for legislators with the same Grade is determined by bill sponsorship and votes cast. For example, a legislator with 3 committee votes would get a better rank than one with 2 committee votes if they have the same Grade. Legislators are assigned to a Group based on their latest rating. Note that these have changed from last year.