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Wed Feb 20, 2013, 10:54 AM

Blumenthal, Udall - Most liberal according to National Journal

http://www.nationaljournal.com/2012-voting-ratings/the-two-most-liberal-members-of-the-senate-20130220

Interesting, wouldn't have thought those 2 were most liberal....

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Reply Blumenthal, Udall - Most liberal according to National Journal (Original post)
Hawaii Hiker Feb 2013 OP
TwilightGardener Feb 2013 #1
Hawaii Hiker Feb 2013 #2
NutmegYankee Feb 2013 #3
CTyankee Feb 2013 #4
NewJeffCT Feb 2013 #5
Liberal_Stalwart71 Feb 2013 #6
Jeff In Milwaukee Feb 2013 #7
Liberal_Stalwart71 Feb 2013 #8
geek tragedy Feb 2013 #9

Response to Hawaii Hiker (Original post)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 10:57 AM

1. There are two Udalls in the Senate--one in CO, one in NM.

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Response to TwilightGardener (Reply #1)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 11:10 AM

2. It's Udall from New Mexico

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Response to Hawaii Hiker (Original post)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 12:00 PM

3. Blumenthal was an awesome attorney general!

That man did more for consumer protections than Congress has in the last 50 years! He's relatively unknown, especially compared to Warren, but he has a long history of bringing terror to those businesses that screw over people.

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Response to NutmegYankee (Reply #3)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 01:13 PM

4. spot on, nutmet! He is also hugely pro-choice.

Anti-choicers would never even THINK about pulling a fast one while he was A.G.

Did you know that his father in law owns, or at least once owned, the Empire State Building?

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Response to NutmegYankee (Reply #3)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 01:14 PM

5. I never thought of him as all that liberal, though

and I'm a CT native. Good for him! Let's hope he keeps it up.

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Response to Hawaii Hiker (Original post)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 01:30 PM

6. More liberal than Bernie? Whitehouse? Warren? even my senator Ben Cardin?

That's interesting...

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Response to Liberal_Stalwart71 (Reply #6)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 01:53 PM

7. Warren hadn't voted yet when they did the rankings

Probably hadn't even been sworn in.

But Bernie not making the Top 15? That's a head-scratcher for sure.

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Response to Jeff In Milwaukee (Reply #7)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 04:18 PM

8. Thanks. It is an odd list for sure.

ETA: I see Cardin made the Top 10 and he's tied with Harry Reid at #7? WOW!

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Response to Hawaii Hiker (Original post)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 04:22 PM

9. This is really a measure of partisanship. Protest votes from the left count as conservative.`

And vice versa.

Keep in mind that no single measure of voting behavior is likely to be perfect. For instance, some House Republicans occasionally voted against budget-cutting measures last year because they didnít think the bills reduced spending enough. In so doing, they voted against the overwhelming majority of House conservatives and with the overwhelming majority of House liberals (who opposed the measures because they thought the bills cut spending too much). In such cases, their votes were counted as liberal because they voted with liberals.


http://www.nationaljournal.com/magazine/how-the-vote-ratings-are-calculated-20130219

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