The Louisiana Association of Business and Industry has put out their annual legislative scorecard, and if you thought having a Republican majority in both chambers would be useful in pushing conservative values against a liberal governor, you are gonna be awfully disappointed. The House Republicans were only with LABI 73% of the time. The Senate? 57%. Ouch.
The scorecard, which can be found here, breaks down the scores by Representative, Senator, Score, Historical Data, and more. The Score Card Website even offers the ability to see those scores at a regional level, so you don’t have to wade through well over 60 pages of information to find what you’re looking for. You can just go here, find your region, and click.
If I had more time and energy, I’d go through and call out all the Republicans that really, really needed to be called out. However, the larger point is that, as a whole, the party is failing to live up to its values in the legislature. The people elected because they have an “R” behind their name have not lived up to the promises they make simply by having that label.
There were some high notes, however. House Speaker Taylor Barras “showed independence and leadership throughout three contentious sessions,” the scorecard notes. He had an 88% overall score, which isn’t all that bad considering how much worse things got. He got an honorable mention from LABI.
Check out the scorecard and figure out who your crappy representatives and senators were. And let’s figure out how to get rid of these slimeballs.