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Friday, August 14, 2009

John Deeth Blog: Latham worst at Progressive Punch

Excerpted from this post at John Deeth Blog

By at least one measure, Tom Latham is the worst member of Congress.
Watchdog group Progressive Punch has released its yardsticks, and
measuring member voter scores vs. voting behavior of the district,
Latham ranks number 434, with one seat vacant. While Steve King is
considered Iowa's arch-conservative based on his rhetoric, in a highly
polarized House Latham's actual voting record is very similar. Latham
ranks below Steve King because the 4th district is labeled as "leaning
Democratic" based on Barack Obama's narrow win, while King's 5th CD is
safely Republican. So Latham ranks 77 points worse than his district
for a last-place rank. Progressive Punch is notoriously tough; Dennis
Kucinich gets a three star "acceptable" rating. All five Iowa members
get a one star "intolerable," but the distinctions are clear.

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