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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 Nominal Three-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.
- About Voteview DW-NOMINATE Metric: https://voteview.com/about
- Voteview Liberal Ranking – Why Ocasio-Cortez appears as a moderate: https://voteview.com/articles/ocasio_cortez
- The Washington Post Link: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2019/07/11/ideological-tension-between-pelosi-outspoken-democratic-freshmen/?utm_term=.d054fa5cb540
- Voteview Details Lauren Underwood Link: https://voteview.com/person/21979/lauren-underwoodVoteview Details Sean Casten Link: https://voteview.com/person/21906/sean-casten
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.
- NPR Link: https://www.npr.org/2019/06/13/732103581/ban-on-abortion-funding-stays-in-house-bill-as-2020-democrats-promise-repeal
- H.R. 2740 Link: https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/2740
- H.R. 2740 Final Vote Count Link: http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2019/roll367.xml
- H.R. 1692 Link: https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/1692/text
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.
Marijuana Legalization, Congressional Boundary
- Link: http://www.lcbcradio.com/wlpo/sen-sue-rezin-talks-legalization-congressional-boundary/article_0fcaf11a-a363-11e9-8290-4fd3d3d89dde.html Health Care and Border Security
- Link: http://www.1430wcmy.com/2019/07/11/prescription-medicine-costs-border-security-and-health-insurance-issues-for-rezin-campaign
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.
- POLITICO Link: https://www.politico.com/story/2019/07/11/nancy-pelosi-alexandria-ocasio-cortez-feud-1407292