A number of organizations publish Legislative Scorecards or Ratings for legislators. These ratings do not necessarily convey an endorsement, but they do show how legislators approach particular issues of concern to the organization.
2012 Legislative Session
AARP Colorado – This year the state chapter of AARP rated legislators based on two bills they supported. I scored 100% by voting in favor of both bills, one of which I sponsored (HB12-1028) and the other I helped fund through my work on the Joint Budget Committee (HB 12-1326).
Colorado AFL-CIO – I scored a perfect 20 out of 20 on this year’s scorecard, earning a 100% rating. I’m proud of my record of supporting working families!
Colorado Conservation Voters – Priorities of the conservation community are highlighted in this annual scorecard. This year I scored 83%. In the prior two sessions I received a 100% score, giving me a lifetime score of 94%.
Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition – I supported all eleven of the bills on the annual scorecard report from one of my favorite grassroots organizations working at the Capitol. And not surprisingly, I was sponsor of about half the bills they supported this year!
Colorado Farm Bureau – I received the “Friend of Farm Bureau” designation for earning a letter grade of “A” for my votes in the 68th General Assembly (both 2011 and 2012 sessions).
Colorado Union of Taxpayers – (No, they’re not that kind of union…) Notoriously conservative, this group is against a wide swath of tax policy and budgetary spending. We don’t agree on much, but I did cast two votes that they liked, earning a score of 8.70.
Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce – The voice of the business community in Denver, or at least one of the louder ones (except when it comes to the ASSET bill, SB 12-015). This year I scored 76%. I don’t particularly admire their scoring methodology, but it’s interesting nonetheless. Beyond the dubious volatility in scores from 2010 to 2011, the use of committee votes lets some members skate to higher scores. The narrative praises the work of the JBC, including HB 1360, a bill I sponsored.
Planned Parenthood Votes Colorado - Only two of the bills they prioritized this year made it to the Senate floor, and I voted with the Pro-Choice position on both of them.
Women’s Lobby of Colorado – I received a score of 100% for the 2012 legislative session. Eleven bills were rated on this year’s scorecard.
2011 Legislative Session
Colorado AFL-CIO – I was rated at 93% for the 2011 session, voting with the labor position on 14 out of 15 bills.
Colorado Conservation Voters – For the second year in a row I scored 100% from the leading voice of the environmental community in Colorado.
Colorado Union of Taxpayers – This group is not that kind of union, and not one that I agree with very often.
Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce – The Chamber takes positions on many pieces of legislation, and no one gets a perfect score. My 64% rating in 2011 was much better than I scored in 2010, and slighty above the average score for senators.
Women’s Lobby of Colorado – I was rated 91% for the 2011 session, missing a perfect score due to the group’s opposition to a bill sponsored by the Joint Budget Committee.
2010 Legislative Session
AARP Colorado – Five bills were scored on their 2010 scorecard: three that they supported and two they opposed. I scored 5 out of 5 and voted with the AARP position each time.
Colorado Conservation Voters – A variety of environmental and conservation groups collaborate on this annual scorecard, and the information provided about the bills passed in 2010 is top rate. I received a 100% score!
Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition– I’ve been citing criminal justice reform as one of the major areas of bi-partisan accomplishment for the 2010 session, but this excellent report really illustrates the point. Once again, you’ll see I supported every bill they’ve listed on their summary
Colorado Ethics Watch – I voted YES on all 9 bills they supported this year, 3 of which were bills that I sponsored
Colorado Senior Lobby – I scored another 100% rating with seniors, voting in favor of the Senior Lobby position on all 12 of the bills they listed on their scorecard this year.
Planned Parenthood Votes Colorado – Only two votes from the 2010 legislative session were included in this scorecard, but no big surprise here, I cast pro-choice, pro-family planning votes on both.
Women’s Lobby of Colorado – I have some history with the Women’s Lobby, and spent many years serving on the Denver Women’s Commission. This year I scored 91% on their rating, missing a perfect score because of a budget-balancing bill that unanimously passed the Senate.