The Palmetto Liberty Political Action Committee's Legislative Score Card

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The Palmetto Liberty Political Action Committee, a conservative pro-limited government think tank in South Carolina, releases its Score Card for South Carolina Congressmen and Senators once a year. The Score Card gives each a legislator a score based on how they voted in the two-year legislative term prior to the election on specific issues which the Palametto Liberty PAC thought were anti-limited government. "Most of the votes shown on the score card are votes that we lost. Now we can identify the Legislators that caused us to lose these votes. These Legislators are the ones who need to be replaced if we are to achieve the vision of having the most free state in the nation."[1]

2012 Score Cards

House of Representatives

The 2012 House Score Card showed how South Carolina State Representatives voted the 2011-12 legislative term. The 15 "key votes" for Representatives in the Score Card included:

  1. Solar energy tax credit
  2. Land Conservation Bank
  3. International Energy Conservation Code
  4. Banning cell phones
  5. Barber licensing
  6. Targeted tax break
  7. Strengthening FOIA
  8. Hybrid car tax credit
  9. Corporate economic incentives
  10. Governor and Lieutenant Governor on the same ticket
  11. Tim Tebow equal access act
  12. SCRA board change
  13. Tax credits for tire manufacturers
  14. State retirement reform gone bad
  15. Largest budget in state history

The Palmetto Liberty PAC supported "no" votes on all the bills except the Strengthening FOIA and putting the Governor and Lieutenant Governor on the same ticket. The Palmetto Committee says that "most of the votes shown on the score card are votes that we lost." All Representatives were given a percentage score according to how many votes they gave in line with the Committee’s principles, with 100% showing that a Representative voted in complete agreement with the Palmetto Liberty PAC for all 15 key votes.[2]

In the South Carolina House of Representatives, Representatives Joshua A. Putnam and Bill Chumley scored the best out of all Representatives with 54% and 53% respectively. Among the remaining representatives, four scored 47%, two scored 40%, 13 scored 33%, one scored 31%, 25 scored 27%, 29 scored 20%, 30 scored 13%, 16 scored 7%, and two scored 0%.[2]

Senate

The 2012 Senate Score Card showed how South Carolina State Senators voted the 2011-2012 term. The 17 "key votes" for Senators in the Score Card included:

  1. Mandatory electronics recycling
  2. The peoples’ restructuring
  3. Unemployment benefits reform
  4. International Energy Conservation Code
  5. Corporate economic incentives
  6. Hybrid car tax credit
  7. Land Conservation Bank
  8. Bonds for ports
  9. Governor and Lieutenant Governor on the same ticket
  10. SCRA board change
  11. Incumbent protection
  12. Common Core Curriculum
  13. State retirement reform gone bad
  14. Taxpayer rebate fund
  15. Economic development and universities
  16. Tax credits for tire manufacturers
  17. Largest budget in state history.

The Palmetto Liberty PAC supported "no" votes on all the bills except having Governor and Lieutenant Governor on the same ticket, Incumbent protection, and the Taxpayer rebate fund. Full descriptions of all legislation can be found on the |Palmetto Liberty PAC Senate Score Card. The Palmetto Committee says that "most of the votes shown on the score card are votes that we lost." All Senators were given a percentage score according to how many votes they gave in line with the Committee’s principles, with 100% showing that a Senator voted in complete agreement with the Palmetto Liberty PAC for all 17 key votes.[3]

In the South Carolina State Senate, Senator Lee Bright, Kevin L. Bryant, and Tom Davis scored the best out of all Senators with 82%, 76%, and 71% respectively. Among the remaining representatives, two scored 59%, one scored 53%, two scored 47%, three scored 41%, two scored 35%, two scored 29%, three scored 24%, five scored 18%, five scored 12%, 11 scored 6%, and six scored 0%.[3]

Complete lists

Click [show] in order to expand the tables below with the full lists of rankings by legislator.

Methodology

The Palmetto Liberty PAC created their score card based on how the Legislators voted on bills which either expanded or limited the powers of the government. For bills which enhanced the powers of the government in one fashion or another, the Palmetto Liberty PAC gave points to legislators who voted against these bills. For bills which limited the powers of the government, they gave points to legislators who voted in favor of their being passed into law. The overall score is the percentage of votes given by the legislator which correspond with the positions held by the Palmetto Liberty PAC out of the overall possible votes. In the case of the House there were 15 bills and in the case of the senate there were 17 (see above for the complete lists).

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