AFP’s Legislative Scorecard Doesn’t Particularly Offer Good News For Incumbents

Quite the opposite, in fact.

Americans For Prosperity has a radio ad running around the state pushing people to go to its new site containing a legislative scorecard from this past session.

The radio spot…

If you hit the link to the scorecard, it will ask you to plug in your address and your zip code, and then it will give you the votes of your state representative and state senator in seven bills AFP scored. They’re all tax and fiscal bills – including…

  • the budget;
  • the cigarette tax in HB 119;
  • Katrina Jackson’s HB 624 which raised $122 million from a 28 percent shellacking of corporate tax credits across the board;
  • HB 629, which raised $32 million from reducing corporate franchise tax credits;
  • Katrina Jackson’s HB 635, which raised $5 million from reducing tax rebates;
  • HB 778, which would have instituted a one-cent sales tax for 10 yars to build roads
  • HCR 75, which opened the door for a future Medicaid expansion; and
  • HCR 8, which raised $103 million by suspending the business exemption from utilities taxes.
  • And what you’ll find is a whole lot of the leges – including a whole lot of Republicans – come off as absolutely horrendous on this scorecard.

    Including the following, who voted for each and every one of these bills. These people look a whole lot like RINO’s by AFP’s counting…

    Senators
    Robert Adley
    John Alario
    Bret Allain
    Sherri Smith Buffington
    Norby Chabert
    Ronnie Johns
    Bob Kostelka
    Gerald Long
    Danny Martiny
    Blade Morrish
    Barrow Peacock

    Representatives
    Bryan Adams
    Johnny Berthelot
    Chris Broadwater
    Thomas Carmody
    Steve Carter
    Bubba Chaney
    Pat Connick
    Gordon Dove
    Franklin Foil
    Frank Hoffmann
    Chuck Kleckley
    Eddie Lambert
    Darrell Ourso
    Erick Ponti
    Stephen Pugh
    Clay Schexnayder

    It’s an atrociously high number of leges failing on every one of these votes, and it’s a pretty good list of people the voters might decide to run out of politics in the fall. Of course, it’s unrealistic to think even most of these people can be blown out of office on Election Day; many of them are term-limited, but the rest are probably safe for lack of a legitimate contender.

    But this summer, a number of conservative groups are doing everything they can to generate challengers. And you might just see a few of these people ending up in major fights for re-election as a result.

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