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Massachusetts Legislature Ranked Most Liberal in Nation
CPAC Releases State Lawmaker Scorecard
ALEXANDRIA, VA (August 30, 2022) — The voting of Massachusetts’s state lawmakers is the most liberal in America according to a new analysis conducted by the Center for Legislative Accountability (CLA), a project of CPAC Foundation and the American Conservative Union Foundation.
In CPAC’s analysis of all 7,400 state lawmakers in America, the Massachusetts legislature’s conservative rating measured a mere 15%, significantly trailing Vermont (20%) and Hawaii (23%), the 2nd and 3rd most liberal states. In comparison, most traditionally liberal states earn conservative ratings in the upper 20 and low 30 percentages such as California (25%), New York (28%) and Illinois (31%). The most conservative state legislatures in America are Alabama (74%) and Tennessee (73%).
The conservative rating is calculated through CPAC’s scorecards and is based on lawmaker voting across 186 policy areas ranging from cultural and life issues to tax, fiscal, and regulatory policies. Each year the CLA tallies over 260,000 votes to generate the scores. Only 8 Massachusetts Republicans received awards this year from CPAC for voting with the conservative position at least 80% of the time.
The ratings have also been incorporated into CPAC’s new Lawmaker Comparison Tool which runs head-to-head comparisons on lawmaker’s strongest and weakest policy areas.
The CLA is the first and only organization to annually publish individual ratings for all 8,000 federal and state lawmakers in America. The CLA is also home to the nation’s most comprehensive conservative policy database containing over 18,500 detailed bill analyses which span 50 years of Congress and all 50 state legislatures.
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