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House Rankings by Voting Record Indicate a Very Liberal Idaho

In most of Idaho it is widely known by candidates that to get elected one must run as a Republican.

House Rankings by Voting Record Indicate a Very Liberal Idaho
Idaho Speaker of the House, Scott Bedke

House Rankings by Voting Record Indicate a Very Liberal Idaho

by Sue Dawson

The following chart reveals the approximate ranking of Idaho State Representatives by their voting record on bills passing through the legislature. The first and second columns are the rating by Freedom Foundation Index for the 2016 and 2015 sessions. Ratings by FFI tend to be based on fiscal issues not social issues. For the current year you can track ratings for specific bills as the votes come in at idahofreedom.org -click on “freedom index” heading.

The third and fourth columns are from acuratings.conservative.org and represent the votes of “Idaho legislators with the highest scores voted most consistently with the ideals articulated in the U.S. Constitution: limited and transparent government, individual rights, personal responsibility, and lasting cultural values.”

Please note that some discrepancies in a legislator’s position may be influenced based on overall scores. An individual may in fact slide toward the Red or toward the Blue a few notches based on specific issues/bills. In case of a dispute, I suggest you talk with the legislator on why he/she may have been rated this way by these two organizations. Also, you can see which bills were contributing factors to their ratings at the respective websites.

In most of Idaho it is widely known by candidates that to get elected one must run as a Republican. Unfortunately the voters rarely stay engaged in the voting record of “Republicans” they elected. Check out the voting record of your Representative below. Does your Representative measure up to Republican values?

Red designates Republican Platform voters. Purple designates moderate views or a mix of the two party stands. Blue designates Democrat Platform voters. New legislators are not yet rated but are generally positioned by color according to campaign statements. Leadership legislator names are green.

 

Dist# IFF IFF Acuratings Acuratings
Party 2016 2015 2016 2015
1R Heather Scott 97% 98% 100% 92%
34R Ron Nate 97% 93% 100% 83%
21R Steven Harris 93% 94% 94% 67%
1R Sage Dixon 90% 89% 88% 92%
3R Ron Mendive 87% 93% 88% 92%
22R Jason Monks 87% 72% 88% 70%
13R Brent Crane
Asst Majority Leader
83% 78% 81% 67%
2R Vito Barbieri 80% 92% 80% 83%
6R Mike Kingsley
6R Thyra Stevenson
35R Karey Hanks
23R Christy Zito
7R Priscilla Giddings
8R Dorothy Moon
33R Bryan Zollinger
20R Joe Palmer 79% 61% 81% 75%
3R Don Cheatham 78% 95% 75% 83%
33R Janet Trujillo 77% 51% 81% 75%
7R Paul Shepherd 76% 59% 80% 80%
8R Terry Gestrin 76% 59% 81% 83%
9R Judy Boyle 76% 70% 75% 91%
21R Thomas Dayley 75% 58% 75% 75%
22R John Vander Woude
Majority Caucus Chairman
72% 57% 75% 67%
13R Gary Collins 71% 54% 75% 67%
15R Lynn Luker 71% 71% 69% 67%
14R Mike Moyle
Majority Leader
71% 62% 75% 64%
20R James Holtzclaw 69% 55% 75% 75%
30R Jeff Thompson 67% 48% 79% 83%
10R Brandon Hixon 67% 41% 75% 64%
2R Eric Redman 66% 48% 75% 83%
9R Ryan Kerby 65% 33% 69% 75%
11R Christi Perry 65% 35% 75% 75%
10R Greg Chaney 65% 64% 75% 82%
26R Steven Miller 65% 43% 75% 67%
12R Rick Youngblood 63% 36% 69% 82%
5R Caroline Nilsson Troy 63% 45% 67% 83%
12R Robert Anderst 63% 33% 75% 60%
28R Kelley Packer 62% 33% 69% 64%
34R Dell Raybould 61% 32% 69% 67%
23R Megan Blanksma
4R Paul Amador
14R Gayann DeMordaunt
28R Randy Armstrong
29R Dustin Manwaring
5D Paulette Jordan
26D Sally Toone
11R Scott Syme
31R Julie Van Orden 60% 38% 67% 75%
4R Luke Malek 59% 37% 71% 91%
25R Clark Kauffman 59% 28% 69% 73%
32R Marc Gibbs 59% 33% 63% 67%
24R Stephen Hartgen 57% 30% 69% 73%
30R Wendy Horman 57% 31% 63% 67%
32R Thomas Loertcher 57% 57% 63% 75%
27R Scott Bedke
Speaker of House
57% 36% 60% 75%
31R Neil Anderson 55% 30% 56% 83%
15R Patrick McDonald 54% 47% 63% 75%
25R Maxine Bell 53% 27% 56% 75%
35R Van Burtenshaw 53% 30% 57% 75%
24R Lance Clow 53% 38% 53% 75%
19D Mathew Erpelding 46% 28% 13% 25%
17D John Gannon 45% 40% 13% 42%
18D Phylis King 41% 28% 06% 33%
19D Melissa Wintrow 41% 27% 13% 17%
29D Elaine Smith 41% 21% 13% 50%
16D Hy Kloc 35% 28% 07% 58%
17D Sue Chew 42% 34% 07% 45%
16D John McCrostie 38% 33% 06% 58%
27R Fred Wood 45% 31% 31% 58%
18D Ilana Rubel 38% 27% 06% 33%

House Rankings by Committee

3 Comments on House Rankings by Voting Record Indicate a Very Liberal Idaho

  1. So this is what you call a conservative state? I watched some of the Bedke interviews and he seems to have an inordinate amount of power and control even to the point of controlling speech and when to sit down. I was especially fascinated by his warning to a member to “tread lightly” in an apparent move to limit any opposing speech. If an opponent’s speech is severely limited and controlled, he never gets his or his constituents’ views fully aired, which might influence his fellow legislators toward a better understanding of the issue. In addition, the one controlling the legislative body is more likely to get his leftist bills passed. As I recall, the founding fathers engaged in spirited debate in their legislative sessions. I wonder how Bedke will fair in the face of real courageous opposition where the voters and fellow legislators won’t put up with his smoke and mirrors media con jobs. As I hear about current “leadership” and watch them in action, it reminds me of my days as a jr. high teacher-“Johnny, go back to your seat, Mary, stop talking”- where are the adults?

  2. This list needs to go to every voter in Idaho. We are not getting what we have been promised by the candidates. Expose the truth in the record. Liberals, Your days are numbered.

  3. Bedke , Guthrie the adulterer and their others in that mutual back scratch cabal need to be thrown out. Corrupt politicians are the same world wide.

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