( – promoted by DocHoc)
I don’t think we’ll be responding to it, so I’ll keep my rebuttal to myself, but I want y’all to see the editorial The Oklahoman ran yesterday regarding our scorecard and its conclusions.
Using “cherished” is a bit strong. You’ll see in a few paragraphs what I’m talking about. Oh, and Glenn Coffee scored less than 50 percent. Again, keep reading.
I would love to hear your thoughts on this. Leave me a comment or e-mail me at email@example.com.
Oklahoma Foundation for Consumer & Patient Rights
The Oklahoman Editorial
Published: October 2, 2008
The Legislature’s been out of session since late May, but it’s never too late to score a political point by ranking lawmakers, right? An activist group founded by trial lawyers ranked legislators this week on how “right” or “wrong” they were on a range of issues considered important to the group. In our view, the lower the ranking, the better the lawmaker is for business and the average citizen.
Legislative scorecards, rolled out annually by groups all along the political spectrum, are usually good for little more than a one-day splash in the media, no matter who produces them. Voters typically don’t consider the scorecards when going to their polling places.
Only one legislator got a perfect score on ratings released by the Oklahoma Foundation for Consumer & Patient Rights. None scored less than 50 percent. In general, Democrats scored better than Republicans.
Rep. Kris Steele, R-Shawnee, was graded at just 66 percent despite being the co-author of at least two bills cherished by the foundation. Steele has done more than almost any lawmaker in recent years to advance the cause of health care for lower-income Oklahomans.
He’s passionate about improving care and lowering the number of uninsured Oklahomans. Apparently, though, he voted the “wrong” way on too many bills to achieve even a “C” average on the scorecard. By “wrong,” of course, we mean bills sought by trial lawyers for their own enrichment.