October 15, 2013
Published: October 16, 2013
Contact: Laura Rigas, (202) 347-9388, [email protected]
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American Conservative Union (ACU) today announced its second annual ACU Ratings of the Pennsylvania General Assembly, honoring the Keystone State’s true conservatives. The nation’s oldest and largest grassroots conservative organization began a new initiative to expand the highly touted ACU Congressional Ratings program to state legislatures, grading members on their votes on key conservative issues. The Pennsylvania 2013 State Legislative Ratings guide is now available online at conservative.org.
“On behalf of the American Conservative Union, I am pleased to announce the winners of our 2013 State Legislative Ratings for members of the Pennsylvania General Assembly,” said ACU Chairman Al Cardenas. “For 42 years ACU has set the gold standard for Congressional ratings, and we are now able to offer that same level of transparent information to the voters of Pennsylvania so they can hold their elected officials accountable at the state level as well. In our second year rating the Keystone State, we applaud conservatives in the Pennsylvania General Assembly who continue to fight for pro-life legislation, tax reforms and smaller government.”
In 2011, the American Conservative Union launched a new initiative to bring its annual Ratings of Congress – considered the gold standard of conservative voter education guides – to the state level, issuing inaugural ratings of state legislators in five battleground states: Florida, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio and Virginia. Last year, ACU graded state legislators in 15 critical states and this year they are expanding their ratings to 20 states.
The ACU Ratings of the Pennsylvania General Assembly will include scores for each individual member in both the State Senate and House of Representatives, a description of the votes scored and lists of members receiving special recognition as “Defenders of Liberty,” “ACU Conservatives,” or “True Liberals of the Keystone State.”
The ACU tracks a wide range of issues before state legislatures to determine which issues and votes serve as a clear litmus test separating those representatives who defend liberty and liberal members who have turned their backs on our founding principles – constitutionally limited government, individual liberty, free markets, a strong national defense and traditional values. The votes selected for Pennsylvania Legislative Ratings were chosen to create a clear ideological distinction among those casting them.
ACU today recognized the winners of the “Defender of Liberty” award, given to those members of the Pennsylvania General Assembly who were present and cast a vote for each adjudicated roll call and scored 100 percent on the 2013 State Legislative Ratings. In the House of Representatives, the recipients are John D. McGinnis, Marcy Toepel, and Dan Truitt. In the State Senate, the recipients are Richard L. Alloway, David G. Argall, Mike Brubaker, John H. Eichelberger, Mike Folmer, Randy Vulakovich, and Donald White.
The winners of the “ACU Conservative” award – given to those members who scored 80 percent or higher – in the House of Representatives are Matthew E. Baker, Stephen Barrar, Kerry A. Benninghoff, Stephen Bloom, Rosemary M. Brown, Becky Corbin, Jim Cox, George Dunbar, Brian L. Ellis, Joe Emrick, Eli Evankovich, Garth D. Everett, Matt Gabler, Keith Gillespie, Mauree Gingrich, Glen R. Grell, Seth M. Grove, Marcia M. Hahn, Kate Harper, Adam Harris, Doyle Heffley, Susan C. Helm, Dick Hess, Rob W. Kauffman, Fred Keller, Mark K. Keller, Jerry Knowles, Timothy Krieger, John A. Lawrence, Ryan E. Mackenzie, Sandra Major, Ron Marsico, Kurt A. Masser, Carl Walker Metzgar, Daryl D. Metcalfe, David R. Millard, Ron Miller, Dan Moul, Donna Oberlander, John D. Payne, Michael Peifer, Tina Pickett, Jeffrey P. Pyle, Kathy L. Rapp, Dave Reed, Mike Regan, Brad Roae, Todd Rock, Rick Saccone, Tommy Sankey, Stan Saylor, Justin J. Simmons, Samuel H. Smith, Curtis G. Sonney, Todd Stephens, Jerry Stern, Richard R. Stevenson, Rosemarie Swanger, Will Tallman, Mike Tobash, Tarah Toohil, and Katharine M. Watson. In the State Senate, the recipients are Patrick M. Browne, Jake Corman, Edwin B. Erickson, John R. Gordner, Scott E. Hutchinson, Charles T. McIlhinney, Dominic Pileggi, Joseph Scarnati, Lloyd Smucker, Robert Tomlinson, Elder Vogel, Kim Ward, Michael Waugh, and Gene Yaw.
The members who scored an atrocious “zero” on the ratings, earning “True Liberals of the Keystone State” awards, are – in the House of Representatives – Mark B. Cohen, Daniel T. McNeill, J.P. Miranda, and W. Curtis Thomas. The true liberals in the State Senate are Andrew E. Dinniman, Vincent J. Hughes, Michael Stack, and LeAnna Washington.
Founded in 1964, the ACU represents the views of Americans who are concerned with economic growth through lower taxes and reduced government spending and the issues of liberty, personal responsibility, traditional values and national security. ACU first began rating members of Congress on key conservative voting issues in 1971, and since then their ratings system has become the most important conservative measuring stick in American politics.
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