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American Conservative Union Announces Inaugural Conservative Ratings of the Pennsylvania General Assembly

October 15, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American Conservative Union (ACU) today announced its inaugural ACU Ratings of the Pennsylvania General Assembly during an event in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, 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 2012 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 2012 State Legislative Ratings for members of the Pennsylvania General Assembly,” said ACU National Executive Director Gregg Keller. “For 40 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 the Keystone State so they can hold their elected officials accountable at the state level as well. We stand with the legislators in Pennsylvania who fight for liberty, personal responsibility, traditional American values and strong national defense.”

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 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 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 Pennsylvania 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 State Senate, the recipients are Richard L. Alloway, David G. Argall, Patrick M. Browne, Mike Brubaker, Jake Corman, John H. Eichelberger, Bob Mensch, Jeffrey E. Piccola, Robert D. Robbins, Joseph B. Scarnati, Lloyd K. Smucker, Kim L. Ward, Michael L. Waugh, Donald C. White, and Gene Yaw.  In the House of Representatives, the recipients are William F. Adolph, Jr., Ryan P. Aument, Matthew E. Baker, Stephen Barrar, John C. Bear, Kerry A.  Benninghoff, Stephen Bloom, Karen Boback, Michele Brooks, Rosemary M. Brown, Martin T Causer, Jim Christiana, Paul I. Clymer, Jim Cox, Lynda Schlegel Culver, Sheryl M. Delozier, Gordon Denlinger, Gene Digirolamo, George Dunbar, Brian L. Ellis, Joe Emrick, Eli Evankovich, Garth D. Everett, Frank A. Farry, Matt Gabler, Richard A. Geist, Mark M. Gillen, Keith Gillespie, Mauree Gingrich, Glen R. Grell, Seth M. Grove, Joseph T. Hackett, Marcia M. Hahn, Julie Harhart, Kate Harper, Adam Harris, Susan C. Helm, Tim Hennessey, David S. Hickernell, Scott E. Hutchinson, Warren Kampf, Rob W. Kauffman, Fred Keller, Mark K. Keller, Jerry Knowles, John A. Lawrence, John Maher, Sandra Major, David M. Maloney, Sr., Jim Marshall, Daryl D. Metcalfe, Nicholas A. Miccarelli, Nicholas A. Micozzie, David R. Millard, Ron Miller, Dan Moul, Thomas P. Murt, Mark Mustio, Donna Oberlander, John D. Payne, Michael Peifer, Scott Perry, Scott A. Petri, Tina Pickett, Jeffrey P. Pyle, Thomas J. Quigley, Kathy L. Rapp, Dave Reed, Mike Reese, Brad Roae, Todd Rock, Rick Saccone, Stan Saylor, Mario M. Scavello, Samuel H. Smith, Curtis G. Sonney, Todd Stephens, Jerry Stern, RoseMarie Swanger, Will Tallman, John Taylor, Mike Tobash, Marcy Toepel, Tarah Toohil, Dan Truitt, Mike Turzai, Mike Vereb, Randy Vulakovich, and Katharine M. Watson.

The winners of the “ACU Conservative” award – given to those members who scored 80 percent or higher – in the State Senate are Lisa Baker, Jane M. Earll, Edwin B. Erickson, Mike Folmer, John R. Gordner, Charles T. McIlhinney, Dominic Pileggi, John C. Rafferty, Robert M. Tomlinson, Patricia H. Vance, and Mary Jo White. In the House of Representatives, the recipients are Scott W. Boyd, Tom C. Creighton, Bryan Cutler, Gary Day, John R. Evans, Mike Fleck, John T.  Galloway, Robert W. Godshall, Doyle Heffley, Dick L.  Hess, Thomas H. Killion, Timothy Krieger, Ron Marsico, Kurt A. Masser, Carl Walker Metzgar, Duane Milne, Bernie O’Neill, Marguerite Quinn, Curt Schroder, Justin J. Simmons, and Richard R. Stevenson.

In the House of Representatives, the members who scored an atrocious “zero” on the ratings, earning “True Liberals of the Keystone State” awards, are Robert Freeman, Harold James, Anthony Johnson, Babette Josephs, Phyllis Mundy, Steven J. Santarsiero, Greg Vitali, and Jake Wheatley.

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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