Underwood Ranked Most Liberal in Congress

From Former Quigley Supporter:

6th and 14th Congressional Districts Updates 7/12/19

UPDATED RANKINGS through June 25:  Underwood Still Most Liberal House Freshman in Congress According to Voteview

It’s official.  Congresswoman Underwood still ranks as the most liberal House freshman in Congress.  This is according to Voteview, which is a research project of UCLA’s Social Sciences Division of the Political Science Department.  The rankings use a metric known Dynamic Weighted NominaThree-step Estimation, or DW-NOMINATE.  You can read about the metric in detail at the link below.  Here’s the ranking:

While Underwood tops the rankings, her D.C. roommate, Congresswoman Katie Hill (CA) is number 4, but well back of Underwood. 

Interesting to see a 7-way tie for #10, and Sean Casten is ranked at #37, and well out in front of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC). 

The Voteview article link below gives an explanation why AOC’s ranking makes her look like a moderate. 

Yesterday’s Washington Post examined the political tension between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the progressives, in particular the “Squad”,  of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley.  

The Post took the latest rankings from Voteview with data from Cook Political Report, and compared the Squad with the ideological data of their respective districts with a startling call-out for Lauren Underwood:

The Washington Post summary says it above — “Underwood is an outlier in her caucus.” 


Her liberal voting record does not match her district, given the Post analyzed the DW-NOMINATE data from Voteview with Cook Political Report data for the districts the Squad and Underwood represent.  Underwood has not improved her score — she’s the most liberal freshman in Congress.

The full article from The Washington Post is linked below, as well as detailed data about both Underwood and Casten.

OK Republican candidates in the 6th and 14th districts and their supporters, fresh empirical data to use for your respective campaigns. 

What you do with it is up to you.  

Hyde Amendment Passes House with Support of Casten and Underwood

The Hyde Amendment, which bans the use of federal taxpayer monies for abortions outside of cases of rape, incest or threat to the mother’s life, lives for another fiscal year.  The Hyde Amendment must be renewed every year through the congressional budgeting process. 

As was reported on various news sources last month and in spite of Democratic presidential candidates, including Joe Biden’s flip-flop to oppose it, promising to end the Hyde Amendment, the House passed an appropriations bill for fiscal year (FY) 2020 with the Hyde Amendment language intact. 

About a month ago, House Democratic leadership decided to keep the Hyde Amendment in place for FY2020 appropriations. 

This was the same time the Democratic leaders abandoned the congressional pay raise.  

The specific appropriations legislation is H.R. 2740, Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, Defense, State, Foreign Operations, and Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act, 2020. 

The Hyde Amendment Language, which was included in the original legislation from the House Appropriations Committee, is highlighted below:

Casten was an original co-sponsor for H.R. 1692.  This legislation has gone nowhere in the past 4 months and will definitely being going nowhere anytime soon. 

Underwood did not co-sponsor the legislation, but she left no doubt where she is on Right-to-Life last month from her campaign Twitter account:

Time for pro-life Republicans running for Congress to shine by defending the Hyde Amendment and utilizing legislation like H.R. 1692 as reasons both Casten and Underwood should be replaced.

Additional State Senator Sue Rezin Coverage

Additional coverage of radio interviews with State Senator Sue Rezin yesterday, after her formal entry into the 14th congressional district Republican primary.  She mentioned there will be an October launch to formally introduce her stances on the major issues for her campaign.  It is worth noting the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) has yet to chime-in on Rezin’s candidacy.  Obviously, a DCCC chime-in would be a “hell’s bells” defense of Underwood, but thus far through mid-morning on Friday, nothing from DCCC, which is lead by Illinois Congresswoman Cheri Bustos.  
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Progressives Play Race Card in Pelosi-Progressive Feud

As was written in Wednesday’s update, the tensions between Speaker Pelosi and the Progressives, led by the “Squad” of four previously mentioned, has escalated, according to POLITICO particularly about AOC’s chief of staff, Saikat Chakrabarti:

As said in Wednesday’s article, this feuding could likely convince general election voters in the 6th and 14th that the Democrats lack the maturity to be in the majority and to return to Republican representation. 

As the POLITICO article says, there are significant debates coming in the next few months, including the budget for FY2020 and immigration, which could be shattered if the progressive wing of the Democratic House majority continues behaving like children.

This is an argument to replace Casten and Underwood that could write itself for voters.  Keep watching.


Underwood Ranked Most Liberal in Congress — 25 Comments

  1. Once again, Illinois is #1 in all the wrong metrics.

    Highest state property taxes.

    Sanctuary state for the illegals.

    Etc etc etc.

    Is this winning?

  2. Once again, the eyes of the world are upon Illinois and not for a good reasons…

    The people need to rise up and create change and reform by getting to the polls and casting their vote.

    Underwood must go!

    Please take Jack Franks and Carlos Acosta with you.

  3. Compassionate conservatives, please take a hard long look at that scatter plot graph. Thank you. Now tell me how does it feel to waste so many minutes of your life analyzing such a stupid graph…Sorry, I almost forgot. You have no life…tic, tock, tic, tock, tic, tock, meeeeeeoooooooowwwwwwwwwwww…

  4. In 481 days, tronald dump will be history. Yes, get out and vote. Remember November 2018? Ten million votes…tic, tock, tic, tock, tic, tock, meeeeeeoooooooowwwwwwwwwwww…

  5. Angel, you are the one who has no life.

    If you are going to be sorry, make it about AJ Freund.


  6. Angel, please feel free to write a letter-to-the-editor to The Washington Post, the ones who assembled that revealing scatter plot graph, let alone, integrated the Voteview data with data from Cook Political Report and tell them what you told us.

    I’m sure they’ll get a good laugh, just as I did listening to you.

  7. I’m unsure what has been more financially ruinous to me.

    Having lived in Illinois, or the money spent getting out of Illinois.

  8. Compassionate conservatives are very selective to denounce the fake news media empire, arm of the deep state revealed by their Q-Anon agent. The The scatter plot graph published in the Washington Post and re-posted in this sewer sunshine blog is useless. Please, give me a good laugh and tell me how much time of your nonlife you spend analyzing this useless piece of useless garbage. Stay tuned…tic, tock, tic, tock, tic, tock, meeeeeeoooooooowwwwwwwwwwww…

  9. I’ll get back to this useless scatter plot graph on Congress representaives’ liberalism as soon as I figure out Dr. J. Evans Pritchard’s Ph.D. metric scale to determine a poem’s greatness. I promise, I will. Stay tuned…tic, tock, tic, tock, tic, tock, meeeeeeoooooooowwwwwwwwwwww…

  10. Underlwood is the most liberal freshman while AOC is 44th most liberal out of 56 dem freshman.

    If FQS said it’s official then it must be official.

    This comes days after FQS was outraged that Underwood deceived voters on social media (when she did no such thing).

    Save your phones outrage.

    FQS knows any metric that puts AOC as the 44ty most liberal freshman dem out of 56 is a BS metric.

    Keep pretending to be outraged by deceitful messages while pushing deceitful messages, hypocrite.

  11. Oh on argues FQS is a tool of oppression that dehumanizes.

    Oh on who probably showers with his clothes on, I counter argued.

  12. What a laughable Joke!

    I’m sure the ignorant brainwashed MAGAts believe it.

    Though I love, voted for and will reelect Lauren Underwood she us far from the most Progressive Democratic House Member.

    I would give that to Firebrand Flamethower AOC whose House Speeches and Hearing Expose The Corruption, Incompetance and Criminality of the most illegitimate Presidance and Republican Congress in American History.

    BTW a easy google search proves that 70% of American Voters prefer a Progressive Democtatic For the People Agenda over a Fascist Regressive Republican Agenda of for and by the Sociopathic Billllionaires.

  13. Bob only “proves”, that everybody is skeptic.

    Just not about the stuff they want to be true.

  14. I only tell the truth.

    I have proven multiple times how Congresswoman Underwood has misinformation on her social media, most notably on health care, and thinking it’s the Trump Administration trying to kill Obamacare in the courts, when it is states who are challenging Obamacare in the courts, as is their right.

  15. The states filed the suit but the DOJ weighed in.

    The DOJ filed a briefing the 5th circuit case and stated it agreed with the district court’s ruling that the entire ACA is unconstitutional.

    It is 100% accurate to say Trump’s administration is trying to kill ACA in that courts.

    Who is misleading who?

    I’ll wait for your post acknowledging that you made an honest mistake and you didn’t know they weighed in and Underwood is correct.

  16. I was clear in the article that the suit was initiated by the states. I already knew it was common for a presidential administration to weigh-in on litigation at the appellate court or SCOTUS level, and all administrations do it, e.g. Obama administration weighed-in on the challenge to Arizona’s employer-sanction law on immigration–which is why when that case came to SCOTUS, Justice Elena Kagan had to recuse herself on that ruling, since she wrote the White House brief against the AZ law (SCOTUS upheld the 9th circuit saying AZ’s law was constitutional).

    I knew the Trump Administration supported the states’ case against ACA, but wasn’t sure they formally weighed-in, which is why I pointed out that Underwood’s appropriations amendment that passed in the House (but will not pass the Senate) would have no impact on what is currently happening in the 5th circuit, yet Underwood made it sound like it would because the way she said it sounded to me like it’s a done deal.

    To say I made an honest mistake that I didn’t know the Trump Administration weighed in would not be accurate, and I am not one to lie. I stand by that Underwood had misinformation in her social media post, which I clearly demonstrated in that article. As I’ve already proven in my writings, when I’m wrong, I say I’m wrong, and I am not wrong here.

    And hate to inform you, from what I’ve read, the states have a good case and ACA could be overturned based on their argument, given how ACA was upheld by SCOTUS a few years back was eliminated. ACA isn’t going anywhere without a SCOTUS ruling, which is a year or two away.

  17. It wasn’t tronald dump, it was the states. Yes Charlie…Medicare For All now. Stay tuned, tic, tock, tic, tock, tic, tock, meeeeeeoooooooowwwwwwwwwwww…

  18. She is the racist. Every time! And to hear the Bernie socialistas, she’s some sort of genius. She’s actually pretty damn dumb. Not swift on extemporaneous speaking, she she won’t do it.

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