The Moderate Washingtonian

Outlook on politics and elections in the state of Washington from an overall centrist viewpoint. My views tend to be libertarian in nature, but at the same time are largely nonpartisan.

12 August 2007

2007 WSLC ratings

Looks like the first of the state's major interest groups have gotten their act together and released their rating sheets based on this year's long-completed legislative session. The Washington State Labor Council is the state's major organized labor interest group, and has been led by former Democratic legislator Rick Bender since 1993. Ratings are based on the percentage of ten selected labor-important votes in which each legislator voted with the beliefs of the WSLC.

Low Democrats:
Bill Grant [D-Walla Walla] 70
Troy Kelley [D-Tacoma] 80
Pat Lantz [D-Gig Harbor] 80
Christine Rolfes [D-Bainbridge Island] 80
Dean Takko [D-Longview] 80

High Democrats:
Many tied at 100

Low Republicans:
Many tied at 0

High Republicans:
Skip Priest [R-Federal Way] 60
Fred Jarrett [R-Mercer Island] 50
Chris Strow [R-Clinton] 50
Joyce McDonald [R-Puyallup] 40
Larry Haler [R-Richland] 30
Shirley Hankins [R-Richland] 30
Maureen Walsh [R-Walla Walla] 30

Low Democrats:
Tim Sheldon [D-Potlatch] 40
Mary Margaret Haugen [D-Camano] 70
Chris Marr [D-Spokane] 80
Jim Hargrove [D-Hoquiam] 89
Jim Kastama [D-Puyallup] 89

High Democrats:
Many tied at 100

Low Republicans:
Janéa Holmquist [R-Moses Lake] 10
Jim Honeyford [R-Sunnyside] 10
Bob Morton [R-Kettle Falls] 10
Linda Evans Parlette [R-Wenatchee] 10
Mark Schoesler [R-Ritzville] 10

High Republicans:
Pam Roach [R-Auburn] 83
Don Benton [R-Battleground] 70
Mike Carrell [R-Lakewood] 40
Jim Clements [R-Selah] 40
Dale Brandland [R-Bellingham] 30
Dan Swecker [R-Rochester] 30



At 9:53 AM, Anonymous peter said...

I hope you are not hanging onto these ratings for who you would support in future elections. Otherwise you might as well change your blog title to

At 12:51 PM, Blogger TMW said...

Nah, I just like to keep track of them as an indicator of which legislators ever vote independently on key bills.

At 2:49 PM, Blogger stevk said...

What a fantastic blog! I'm a liberal democrat, but a recent transplant to the Seattle Area who wants to learn more about local politics. This could not be more useful, fair or even-handed.

At 8:19 PM, Blogger TMW said...

Thanks for the nice comment. I haven't been feeling very inspired to make posts lately and aren't sure about the future of this weblog, but I certainly do appreciate your reading it.


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