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NEW: RI Center for Freedom and Prosperity Releases 2013 Scorecard

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

 

The Rhode Island Center for Freedom and Prosperity has released its 2013 legislative scorecard for 113 Rhode Island legislators.

With the 2014 legislative session still underway, the Center updated its second annual General Assembly Freedom Index and Legislative Scorecard, which ranks Ocean State lawmakers on their level of support of principles of freedom during last year's 2013 legislative session.

With the 2014 legislative session still underway, the Center updated its second annual General Assembly Freedom Index and Legislative Scorecard, which ranks Ocean State lawmakers on their level of support of principles of freedom during last year's 2013 legislative session.

Read 2013 Center for Freedom and Prosperity Scorecard HERE

For the 2013 General Assembly Freedom Index, one hundred and sixteen (116) different pieces of legislation (counting companion bills once) were evaluated. The Center judged 93 of them as having a negative effect on freedom.

According to the Center, the 2013 General Assembly score of -56.6 indicates that legislators "moved Rhode Island in the wrong direction again last year, and that Rhode Islanders are less free and prosperous than they were in 2012. What's more, this 2013 result is down from a -25.4 score from the previous year, underscoring the Center's view that the RI General Assembly is not positively addressing the dire economic climate in our state."

"With new leadership in the House, it will be interesting to see if this 2014 session leads to enhanced levels of economic and individual liberty in our state," said Mike Stenhouse, CEO for the Center, which plans to release its 2014 index and scorecard this coming fall. "We believe freedom is essential for prosperity; freedom from bills that infringe on our liberties, and freedom to provide transparency and educational information - like our scorecard - to citizens. The political class must be held accountable for their actions."

Scorecard Findings

Overall, 2103 Freedom Index findings showed across-the-board lower scores as compared with 2012; that only two legislators - Representatives Newberry and Costa - finished 2013 with a positive score; and that all factions and all index categories received a negative score last year. The 2013 House of Representatives scored slightly lower than the Senate; Democrats scored over 55 points lower than Republicans in the House, while the party score differential in the Senate was only 23 points.

In total, 116 legislative bills that received a floor vote were selected for evaluation; bills that were deemed to have a positive or negative effect on individual or economic liberty. The bills were then weighted by their perceived impact from -3 to +3. Depending on how legislators actually acted on each bill, they then received positive or negative scores for each vote or non-vote. Dividing his or her total score for all of the bills evaluated by the ideal score for the relevant chamber determined each legislator's Freedom Index score.

The bills evaluated were divided into five categories: Tax & Budget, Regulatory Environment, Constitutional Government, Public Sector Labor, and Education Reform.

Other 2013 specific index findings include:
• Average House index of -58.6 (down from -24.1 in 2012)
• Average Senate index of -52.4 (down from -27.9)
• Average House Democrat index of -63.1 (down from -32.2)
• Average House Republican index of -7.1 (down from 28.8)
• Average Senate Democrat index of -56.1 (down from -36.3)
• Average Senate Republican index of -33.2 (down from 1)
• Average Regulatory Environment index of -67.5 (down from -49.0)
• Average Tax & Budget index of -37.2 (down from -26.0)
• Average Constitutional Government index of -61.6 (down from -9.1)
• Average Public Sector Labor index of -44.0 (down from 16.7)
• Average Education Reform index of -86.4 (there were no bills in this category last year)

Additional information is available on the Center's Web site at http://www.RIFreedom.org, including multiple tables, charts, breakdowns by category, criteria, and a methodology description, as well as a legislator-by-legislator breakdown of each bill evaluated in the 2013 index, including category rankings and bill descriptions.

 

Related Slideshow: Rhode Island’s Most and Least Popular Politicians

The statewide poll conducted by the Taubman Center for Public Policy at Brown University in October 2013 is the latest public opinion survey by the Ivy League institution.  

See how elected officials fared in Brown polls in years past BELOW.  

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Mayor Angel Taveras

 

October 2013: 63.9%

October 2012: 65.6%

December 2011: 51.7%

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Treasurer Gina Raimondo

 

October 2013: 54.2%

October 2012: 58.7%

December 2011: 52%

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Senator Jack Reed

 

October 2013: 51.6%

October 2012: 58.5%

December 2011: 46.4%

July 2010: 55.6%

December 2009: 56.3%

September 2008: 68%

September 2007: 61%

September 2006: 70%

September 2005: 65%

June 2004: 63%

September 2003: 62%

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Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse

 

October 2013: 39.4%

October 2012: 45.4%

December 2011: 33.6%

July 2010: 42.8%

December 2009: 43.7%

September 2008: 46.2%

September 2007: 41%

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Rep. Jim Langevin

 

October 2013: 38.7%

October 2012: 41%

December 2011: 41.9%

July 2010: 54.6%

December 2009: 46%

September 2008: 51.2%

September 2007: 55%

September 2006: 56%

September 2005: 62%

June 2004: 56%

September 2003: 56%

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AG Peter Kilmartin

 

 

October 2013: 35.6%

October 2012: 35.8%

December 2011: 34.5%

July 2010: 20.2%

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Sec. of State Mollis

 

October 2013: 35.6%

October 2012: 28.6%

December 2011: 25.6%

July 2010: 32.6%

December 2009: 22.6%

September 2008: 24.1%

September 2007: 23%

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Lt. Governor Roberts

 

October 2013: 32.9%

October 2012: 37.5%

December 2011: 32.8%

July 2010: 33.5%

December 2009: 22.4%

September 2008: 24%

September 2007: 37%

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Rep. David Cicilline

 

October 2013: 26.6%

October 2012: 29.7%

December 2011: 24.3%

*July 2010: 40.3%

*December 2009: 40.8%

*September 2008: 46%

*September 2007: 64%

*September 2006: 58%

*September 2005: 60%

*June 2004: 61%

*September 2003: 67%

* As Mayor of Providence

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Sen. President Paiva-Weed

October 2013: 23.5%

October 2012: 26.2%

December 2011: 24.1%

July 2010: 21.4%

December 2009: 19%

 

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Governor Lincoln Chafee

October 2013: 23%

October 2012: 28.5%

December 2011: 27.4%

*September 2006: 51%

*September 2005: 54%

*June 2004: 56%

*September 2003: 50%

* As U.S. Senator

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Speaker Fox

 

October 2013: 20.5%

October 2012: 18.3%

December 2011: 25.9%

July 2010: 20.2%

 
 

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The Koch Brother's "Americans for Prosperity" was forced to apologize and retract a anti-ObamaCare TV ad in Colorado that used a photograph of a grim-faced Democratic Sen. Mark Udall standing alongside a tense and tearful President Obama

The problem is the photograph was taken two days after the mass shootings at an Aurora, Colo., when Udall and Obama visited a hospital to console the families of the victims. Gov. John Hickenlooper, who was also on the scene, was CLEVERLY cropped out of the photo Several families of the victims were quick to condemn the use of the photo, calling it “an utter disgrace.”

HOW DECEITFUL ! !

Comment #1 by Sammy Arizona on 2014 04 30




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