ACU Expands State Legislative Ratings to 15 States in 2012

January 17, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C. – American Conservative Union (ACU) Chairman Al Cardenas today announced ACU is expanding its new State Legislative Ratings initiative in 2012, increasing the number of state legislatures rated to 15 states, up from last year’s inaugural five states.  Based on the ACU’s gold-standard Ratings of Congress established in 1971, the State Legislative Ratings initiative grades members on their votes on key conservative issues.

In 2011, conservative ratings were issued to elected officials in the Legislatures of key battleground states Florida, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio and Virginia. In 2012, the ACU is adding these additional states: California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. (Please note: The Nevada State Legislature will not be in regular session this year, but will return to the ACU’s roster in 2013).

“Building on our legacy at the federal level, one of the American Conservative Union’s chief goals is ensuring voters know where their state elected representatives stand on the issues most important to conservatives,” said ACU Chairman Al Cardenas. “In its first year, our State Legislative Ratings program was extraordinarily well received – garnering significant attention from state legislators, grassroots leaders and activists and the media. The ACU is proud to expand this successful young initiative to a total of 15 states in the critical 2012 election year.”

With State Legislatures serving as hosts to many of the most significant and controversial policy debates facing Americans – from fighting ObamaCare to cutting spending to preserving traditional values – the ACU is committed to playing a defining role in these conversations. 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.

“As many state legislatures convene this month and throughout the spring, we hope our coming 2012 ratings serve as a reminder for elected officials that we will provide voters with a fair, transparent guide to their positions on the most important conservative issues of the day,” added Cardenas.

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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