Essential Estrogen: The Part That Makes No Sense
Excerpted from this post at Essential Estrogen
... As Pettengill herself noted in a Des Moines Register article a month ago, "I don't fit in either place, really." At that time she indicated if she switched it would probably be to independent. If her voting record in the state legislature is any indication, she's wrong about not fitting with the Democratic Party. Her record shows her squarely in the middle on many key issues as outlined in the party's platform (and in direct opposition of many on the other side of the aisle). In looking at Pettengill's 2006 voting record on issues key to labor, she scores high. Seventy-five percent of the time she and the Iowa Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO took the same position. ... Likewise, when looking at GLBT issues this session, Pettengill received a grade of B (Pro-Gay). She voted with this constituency on three out of five issues. ... Pettengill voted with the Iowa ACLU 50 percent of the time this session while the best a member of the Republican Caucus could muster was 30 percent. The votes were on such issues as the separation of church and state; employee rights; voting rights; and due process.