Biggs, Burges ace Goldwater legislative report card

Arizona’s 51st Legislature, First Regular Session 2013

The Goldwater Institute has released its 11th annual Legislative Report Card.  It analyzes 328 votes taken by the Arizona Legislature in 2013 — 165 in the Senate and 163 in the House of Representatives, out of the 1,252 bills introduced overall. The Report Card separates legislative votes into four categories: education, constitutional government, regulation, and tax and budget

The highest overall score was that of Senate President Andy Biggs and Sen. Judy Burges, both at 74 percent. Freshman state Rep. Darin Mitchell received the highest score in the House: 72 percent. Be sure to read through the various categories to see how your own district legislators rated.

Table 12 on page 38 highlights the top-five scoring legislators in all score categories.

Table 13 on page 39 shows the lowest-five scoring legislators in all score categories.

“After redistricting, and with the battle over Medicaid expansion producing unusual anti-liberty coalitions, it appears the pro-liberty gains of past years have been blunted,” said Nick Dranias, Goldwater Institute Director for Policy Development and the author of the report. “Hopefully, this will prove to be a temporary phenomenon. There is reason to hope because, while average scores are lower, most median scores are higher, indicating that more legislators have improved their scores than otherwise.”

Click here to read the report card.


8 Responses to Biggs, Burges ace Goldwater legislative report card

  1. eubykdisop says:

    Oooooh! SRAZ! What in the world are you thinking? You’re citing the Goldwater Institute in an allegedly Conservative blog?

    Without going into detail and belaboring the point, JEFF FLAKE is a former Executive Director of the Goldwater Institute and Clint Bolick is co-authoring a book with Jeb Bush! Enough said?

    Please don’t give us articles citing the less-than-conservative Goldwater Institute! ;-)

    • AZ Conservative Guy says:

      I have to agree. Goldwater also beat up on Sheriff Arpaio in two separate reports done in lockstep with the AZ Repulsive newspaper. Seeing Red AZ is my go-to site. This is a rare disappointment!

      • eubykdisop says:

        Oh yeah, AZ Conservative Guy, there’s PLENTY of yucky stuff from the Goldwater Institute! But, as you say, we know where SRAZ is coming from and this is just one of those rare anomalies which pop up with every entity from time to time. Definitely not a capital offense. ;-)

  2. Seeing Red AZ says:

    We understand your positions. The point was to highlight our stellar conservative lawmakers.

    • eubykdisop says:

      It’s cool, SRAZ. We know that you are the “good guys”. It’s just that when I see something from the Goldwater Institute, I feel slimed, LOL! ;-)

  3. John Q says:

    Thanks for highlighting the scores of Biggs and Burges. Those in the know already knew their true colors. However, I agree with the above evaluations about the GI – I think that we should think of them as similar to a lower GI/colorectal procedure at times.

    Another example of their off-kilter ratings is that they rank Rick Gray as the best when it comes to education. He has voted with the Crandall/Goodale/Huppenthal Common Core advocates whose policies will destroy our entire education system from district schools to home schoolers. To put Gray above Smith, Seel, Peterson, Montenegro, Kavanagh, etc. is moronic or Flakey at best and intentional misinformation scheming at worst.

    GIs Butcher has truly butchered the education policies. It is an accident when their rankings coincide with conservative principles. I have respect for Darcy Olsen most of the time, but she has allowed the others to wander off course way too often to the detriment of the organization.

  4. delilah says:

    I was watching an interview with both Bolick and Jeb Bush, Bolick said no border security till amnesty. I have no respect for either Bolick or Jeb just two more liberal McShame Republican’s.

  5. Hagar says:

    Check out the ratings for the RINO scumbag Three Mormon Amigos Crandall, Worsley, and Driggs and their gentile fellow travelers McComish and Michelle Reagan, Fortunately Crandall is slithering off to Wyoming (with his health insurance) and we’re rid of him. When will we get rid of the others?