October 25, 2012
American Conservative Union Announces Inaugural Conservative Ratings of the Iowa General Assembly
Country’s Leading Conservative Organization Rating State Legislators,
Tenth of 15 States in 2012
Last year, 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 the battleground states of Florida, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio and the Commonwealth of Virginia. In the second year of this new program, the ACU is issuing these ratings in fifteen states, based on the legislators’ votes on conservative issues.
The ACU Ratings of the Iowa 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 Hawkeye 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 our inaugural State 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 Iowa General Assembly who were present and cast a vote for each adjudicated roll call and scored 100 percent on the ACU 2012 State Legislative Ratings. In the Iowa Senate, the recipients are Jerry Behn, Mark Chelgren, Bill Dix, Steve Kettering, Paul McKinley, James A. Seymour, Jack Whitver, and Brad Zaun. In the Iowa House of Representatives, the recipients are Dwayne Alons, Chip Baltimore, Joel Fry, Chris Hagenow, Erik Helland, Lance Horbach, Ron Jorgensen, Jarad Klein, Mark Lofgren, Dawn Pettengill, J. Scott Raecker, Walt Rogers, Thomas Sands, Jason Schultz, Jeff Smith, Chuck Soderberg, Annette Sweeney, Jeremy Taylor, Guy Vander Linden, Nick Wagner, and Matt Windschitl.
The winners of the “ACU Conservative” award – given to those members who scored 80 percent or higher – in the Iowa Senate are Joni Ernst, Randy Feenstra, Sandra Greiner, James Hahn, Hubert Houser, David Johnson, Roby Smith, and Kent Sorenson. In the Iowa House of Representatives, the recipients are Richard Anderson, Richard Arnold, Clel Baudler, Joshua Byrnes, Royd Chambers, Peter Cownie, Betty De Beof, Dave Deyoe, Cecil Dolecheck, Greg Forristall, Julian Garrett, Pat Grassley, Robert Hager, Mary Hanusa, David Heaton, Daniel Huseman, Stewart Iverson, Kevin Koester, Steven Lukan, Linda Miller, Brian Moore, Kraig Paulsen, Ross Paustian, Kim Pearson, Dan Rasmussen, Henry Rayhons, Tom Shaw, David Tjepkes, Linda Upmeyer, James Van Engelenhoven, Ralph Watts, and Gary Worthan.
In the Senate, the members who scored an atrocious “zero” on the ratings, earning “True Liberals of the Hawkeye State” awards, are Daryl Beall, Joe Bolkcom, Tod Bowman, Tom Courtney, Jeff Danielson, Bill Dotzler, Bob Dvorsky, Gene Fraise, Mike Gronstal,
Loni Hancock, Wally Horn, Pam Jochum, Jack Kibbie, Liz Mathis, Matt McCoy, Herman Quirmbach, Amanda Ragan, Rom Rielly, Brian Schoenjahn, Joe Seng, Steve Sodders, and Mary Jo Wilhelm. The “True Liberals” in the House of Representatives are Dennis Cohoon, Charles Isenhart Dave Jacoby, Anesa Kajtazovic, Jerry Kearns, Bob Kressig, Jim Lykam, Jo Oldson, Tyler Olson, Janet Petersen, Mark Smith, Sharon Steckman, Nathan Willems, and Mary Wolfe.
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.
For more information on the American Conservative Union or to download the full Iowa 2012 State Legislative Ratings Guide, please visit our website at conservative.org.
ACU Chairman, Matt Schlapp, appeared on MSNBC’s Hardball with host Chris Matthews.
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