Published Date: 
Tue, 2013-11-26

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American Conservative Union (ACU) today announced its second annual ACU Ratings of the Nevada General Assembly, honoring the Silver 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 Nevada 2013 State Legislative Ratings guide is now available online at

“On behalf of the American Conservative Union, I am pleased to announce the winners of our 2013 State Legislative Ratings for members of the Nevada General Assembly,” said ACU Chairman Al Cardenas. “In our second year rating the Silver State, we applaud conservative legislators in Nevada who continue to fight against tax increases, excessive government regulation and energy mandates. However, we are disappointed that this is the first state ACU has rated where we do not have any ‘Defenders of Liberty’ – an award given to members who score 100 percent.”

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 Nevada General Assembly will include scores for each individual member in both the State Senate and Assembly, a description of the votes scored and lists of members receiving special recognition as “Defenders of Liberty,” “ACU Conservatives,” or “True Liberals of the Silver 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, and traditional values. The votes selected for Nevada General Assembly Ratings were chosen to create a clear ideological distinction among those casting them.

The winners of the “ACU Conservative” award – given to those members who scored 80 percent or higher – in the Assembly are: Wesley Duncan, John Ellison, Peter Livermore and Jim Wheeler. In the Senate are: Donald Gustavson and James Settelmeyer.

The members who scored an atrocious “zero” on the ratings, earning “True Liberals of the Silver State” awards, are – in the Assembly are:Irene Bustamante Adams, Olivia Diaz, Andy Eisen, Lucy Flores, Jason Frierson and Heidi Swank.

For more information on the American Conservative Union or to download the full Nevada 2013 State Legislative Ratings Guide, please visit our website at

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.