NEW REPORT CARD GRADES STATE LEGISLATORS' VOTING RECORDS, LISTS 9 LEGISLATORS IN HALL OF SHAME

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May 4, 2017

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2017 People’s Report Card of California Grades State Legislators' Voting Records, Holds Them Accountable for Not Representing Progressive Policies In Their District

Second Annual “Courage Score” Report Card Names Asm. Daly, Asm. Frazier, Asm. Cooper, Asm. Baker, Asm. Chávez, Asm. Steinorth, Sen. Dodd, Sen. Glazer and Sen. Nguyen To Hall of Shame

Courage Campaign/ACCE Action Report Card Shows Major Statewide Improvement in Legislative Voting Records, Urges Even More Progressive Policies in 2017 

CALIFORNIA - Today, the California-based Courage Campaign, in partnership with the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE) Action, released its second annual People’s Report Card of California, a website that grades California’s legislators on how they voted on critical bills prioritized by the progressive movement in California, evaluating whether or not elected officials accurately reflect the values of their constituents. Those who do not reflect those values are featured in a Hall of Shame while those who scored top marks are included as “Progressive All-Stars.”

The website, CourageScore.org, allows all Californians to see their state representatives’ “Courage Score” on a scale of 0-100, along with a corresponding letter grade. The Courage Score is a rating of each legislator’s willingness to stand up for their constituents against corporate benefactors and wealthy special interests that dominate California politics.

VIEW THE WEBSITE HERE: http://www.CourageScore.org

For the second year in a row, Courage Campaign is the only progressive organization that has tracked and rated legislators across a broad range of issue areas: from racial justice, to health care, to the environment, to workers’ rights, to consumer protections and more.  The scorecard is endorsed by 18 Million Rising, California Immigrant Policy Center, California Immigrant Youth Justice Alliance, California Reinvestment Coalition, Central Coast Alliance United for a Sustainable California (CAUSE), Congregations Organized for Prophetic Engagement (COPE), Communities for a New California, CWA District 9, CWA Local 9421, Mobilize the Immigrant Vote Action Fund, MoveOn.org, MPower Change Action, National Union of Healthcare Workers, Oakland Rising, Presente.org, Strategic Concepts in Organizing and Policy Education (SCOPE), UltraViolet Action, and UPTE/CWA Local 9119. 

HALL OF SHAME:  The report card also features a “Hall of Shame” for members of the California Legislature who are most out of step with their constituents, and most closely aligned with the corporate and wealthy special interests that exploit Californians. Each Hall of Shame profile features a narrative describing how the representative failed his or her constituents and any ties to corporate interests. The 2017 Hall of Shame includes:
Assemblymember Catherine Baker (R-16)
Assemblymember Rocky Chávez (R-76)
Assemblymember Jim Cooper (D-9)
Assemblymember Tom Daly (D-22)
Senator Bill Dodd (D-3)
Assemblymember Jim Frazier (D-11)
Senator Steve Glazer (D-7)
Assemblymember Marc Steinorth (R-40)