Conservative group rates TN legislators

The American Conservative Union has issued its 2015 ratings of Tennessee state legislators, reporting that members of the General Assembly agreed with its position 83 percent of the time overall in votes on a dozen selected bills.

Says the opening line of ACU’s press release:

“The ACU Ratings of the Tennessee Legislature point toward a state that proudly embraces conservative principles and policies. Conservatives in Tennessee have been winning the fight by continuing to implement important reforms at the state level every year since 2008.”

Republicans averaged 91 percent; Democrats 40 percent. No Democrat made the group’s honor role – the highest-scoring Democrat was Sen. Reginald Tate of Memphis at 70 percent; the lowest-scoring Republican was Sen. Douglas Overbey of Maryville at 58 percent.

The Tennessee ACU ratings report is HERE. (Click on Tennessee when the map appears.) The full news release is below.

News release from American Conservative Union Foundation
WASHINGTON DC – “The ACU Ratings of the Tennessee Legislature point toward a state that proudly embraces conservative principles and policies. Conservatives in Tennessee have been winning the fight by continuing to implement important reforms at the state level every year since 2008.”

“Examples of Conservative victories this year include: the one-time purchasing fee for lifetime carry permits which strengthens the 2nd Amendment rights of Tennesseans; legislation requiring informed consent when a pregnancy is terminated that helps foster a culture that supports Life; and ending Common Core curriculum. We hope that they will continue to lead the way for other state legislatures,” said Schlapp.

ACU announced the results of our ratings for the 2015 meeting of the Tennessee General Assembly. Like our Congressional ratings, ACU’s State Ratings reflect how elected officials view the role of government in an individual’s life. Tennessee legislators with the strongest scores consistently voted with the ideals articulated in our U.S. Constitution.

ACU researches and selects a wide range of bills that reflect a member’s adherence to conservative principles. We select bills that focus on former President Ronald Reagan’s philosophy of the “three-legged stool”: 1) economic: taxes, budgets, regulation, spending, healthcare, and property; 2) social and cultural: 2nd Amendment, religious freedom, life, welfare, and education; and 3) government integrity: voting, individual liberty, privacy, and transparency. The range of issues selected have been specifically designed to convey to voters the most accurate assessment of Tennessee’s elected officials who can be counted on to defend the principles of a free society: Life, Liberty, and Property.

Legislators who scored above 80% in ACU’s 2015 Ratings of the Tennessee General Assembly will receive awards for their hard work toward passage of legislation that reflects conservative principles. As Reagan stated, “The person who agrees with you 80% of the time is a friend and an ally.”

The following Representatives and Senators will receive a 2015 ACU Ratings Award:

Representatives: ALEXANDER, HARRY BROOKS, KEVIN BROOKS, BUTT, BYRD, CARTER, CASADA, COLEY, DANIEL, DOSS, DUNN, DURHAM, ELDRIDGE, FAISON, FARMER, FORGETY, GOINS, GRAVITT, HALFORD, HARRISON, HARWELL, HAWK, HAYNES, HAZLEWOOD, MATTHEW HILL, TIMOTHY HILL, HOLSCLAW, HOLT, HOWELL, HULSEY, JOHNSON, KANE, KEISLING, KUMAR, LAMBERTH, LITTLETON, LOLLAR, LUNDBERG, LYNN, MARSH, MATHENY, MATLOCK, McCORMICK, McDANIEL, McMANUS, MOODY, PODY, POWERS, RAGAN, RAMSEY, REEDY, ROGERS, SANDERSON, SARGENT, CAMERON SEXTON, JERRY SEXTON, SMITH, SPARKS, SPIVEY, SWANN, TERRY, TODD, TRAVIS, VAN HUSS, WEAVER, DAWN WHITE, MARK WHITE, WILBURN, WILLIAMS, WIRGAU, and WOMICK

Senators: BAILEY, BEAVERS, BELL, BOWLING, BRIGGS, DICKERSON, GARDENHIRE, GREEN, GRESHAM, HAILE, HENSLEY, JACKSON, JOHNSON, KELSEY, KETRON, MASSEY, McNALLY, NORRIS, RAMSEY, ROBERTS, SOUTHERLAND, STEVENS, TRACY, WATSON, and YAGER