* American Conservative Union Foundation…
Over the 35 years Speaker Madigan has presided over the lower chamber, Democrats have increasingly voted more liberally, according to new analysis from the American Conservative Union Foundation (ACUF), host of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). This new radical Left regime has since passed Governor J.B. Pritzker’s “soak the rich” progressive income tax regime which Illinoisans will consider on the November 2020 ballot.
In 2012 when ACUF first began analyzing the voting records of the General Assembly, House Democrats earned an average conservative score of 35%. However, as Speaker Madigan began turning in scores of 16%, 6% and 5% over the next few sessions, House Democrats followed suit and earned average scores of 19%, 14% and 11%.
“While Speaker Madigan’s near-five-decade reign appears to be coming to a disgraceful end, the Illinois Democrats he helped convert into socialists have so far survived his criminal scandal,” said ACU Chairman Matt Schlapp. “Throughout his 47 years in power, Illinois has earned the lowest credit rating in the country, weathered the most severe pension crisis in U.S. history and suffered the worst population decline in the last 10 years. Is there a more damning indictment of liberalism than Madigan’s tenure in government?”
On average, lawmakers of the House of Representatives voted more liberally than their counterparts in the Senate. House Democrats (17.92% average) proved more liberal than Senate Democrats (14.09%). A greater share of senators (10%) earned awards for conservative voting records than representatives (7%). The Illinois General Assembly matched its overall average score compared to the previous session (35.6%).
ACUF’s Ratings of Congress and Ratings of the States are initiatives of ACUF’s Center for Legislative Accountability (CLA). These ratings are designed to reflect how over 8,000 elected officials across the nation view the role of government while illustrating the differences between chambers of the legislature and revealing lawmakers’ positions on a wide variety of issues that directly affect citizens.
ACU Foundation reviewed each piece of legislation voted on in both chambers of the legislature to produce average scores of each chamber as well as individual scores for each sitting member.
Click Here to view the 2019 Ratings of Illinois online and Click Here to visit our website.
I would suggest that Bruce Rauner did far more to “radicalize” House Democrats than Madigan did, but whatevs.
* Meanwhile, perhaps now some folks will realize why the Democrats in power here are so reluctant to embrace this concept…
The Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC) today released its latest web advertisement warning Americans about Democrats’ true motives behind their unprecedented spending in state legislative races in 2020: liberal gerrymandering.
Though this may come with great shock to much of the left-wing media, who for years have bought into Democrats’ faux campaigns for ‘fair maps,’ liberal activists and their allies in Congress have been plotting a socialist takeover of the United States and have identified the 2020 redistricting cycle as its best opportunity to bring their rigged maps to battleground states where they’ve yet to successfully silence conservative voices and shut-out accurate representation. Disguised as a ‘fight for fairness,’ these efforts are overtly partisan and blatantly hypocritical. In fact, one far-Left group led by Barack Obama and Eric Holder state in IRS filings its purpose is to “favorably position Democrats for the redistricting process.” The RSLC, the national political organization leading the fight to defeat coordinated efforts to rig maps in favor of Democrats, exposes hypocrisies like these and more in the video below.
The video is here.
The RSLC has contributed to a handful of Illinois Republicans, including Leader Durkin and the House Republican Organization.