Who’s Naughty Who’s Nice

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The 112th Congress is coming to an end. Many of us are disappointed that the high hopes in the 2010 midterm election were not realized, and many freshmen congressmen never met our expectations. Since Christmas is near, it seems like a good time to make a couple of lists showing who’s nice and who’s naughty. A great place to bookmark and use for reference is here.

The scoring of GOP House members is determined with a Madison Performance Index (MPI). The Madison Performance Index is very simple. It involves nothing more than addition and subtraction. In order to match up a member’s voting record with the general ideological bent of their district, two elements are used: 1) the average between their Club for Growth and Heritage Action score in 2011 and 2) the Cook Partisan Voter Index (PVI) based on pre-redistricting to reflect the districts of 2011.

Then a target optimal conservative score based on how conservative the district is rated by the Cook PVI is set, and it’s matched against the average of their Heritage Action and Club for Growth legislative score. For every point they score below the target number for their district, they received a minus; for every point they scored above the target, they received a positive score.

The lists below take into account some additional criteria. Only states with a GOP majority in their congressional delegation are considered. States are not considered if they have members in both lists. The name of the State GOP is in bold letters instead of the individual members because a lot of people at the PC committeeman level are responsible for recruiting a great slate of candidates and holding them accountable once elected. This year the Naughty List is longer than the Nice List, but this can be temporary. Each State GOP has the power to change, and now is the time.

The State GOP that make the Nice List

South Carolina GOP

Cook PVI Member Heritage Action Club for Growth Average Score Target Index (MPI)
R+7 Mick Mulvaney (SC-5) 93 99 96 81 15
R+9 Joe Wilson (SC-2) 94 97 95.5 84 11.5
R+17 Jeff Duncan (SC-3) 98 97 97.5 90 7.5
R+15 Trey Gowdy (SC-4) 96 97 96.5 90 6.5
R+10 Tim Scott (SC-1) 86 92 89 85.5 3.5



Arizona GOP

Cook PVI Member Heritage Action Club for Growth Average Score Target Index (MPI)
R+5 David Schweickert (AZ-5) 91 93 92 78 14
R+13 Trent Franks (AZ-2) 97 100 98.5 90 8.5
R+15 Jeff Flake (AZ-6) 97 100 98.5 90 8.5
R+9 Ben Quayle (AZ-3) 82 98 90 84 6



Wisconsin GOP

Cook PVI Member Heritage Action Club for Growth Average Score Target Index (MPI)
R+2 Reid Ribble (WI-8) 79 90 84.5 73.5 11
R+2 Paul Ryan (WI-1) 78 73 75.5 73.5 2



Georgia GOP

Cook PVI Member Heritage Action Club for Growth Average Score Target Index (MPI)
R+28 Tom Graves (GA-9) 97 100 98.5 90 8.5
R+15 Paul Broun (GA-10) 96 95 95.5 90 5.5



Colorado GOP

Cook PVI Member Heritage Action Club for Growth Average Score Target Index (MPI)
R+14 Doug Lamborn (CO-5) 94 100 97 90 7
R+8 Mike Coffman (CO-6) 82 86 84 82.5 1.5



Kansas GOP

Cook PVI Member Heritage Action Club for Growth Average Score Target Index (MPI)
R+23 Tim Huelskamp (KS-1) 93 100 96.5 90 6.5
R+3 Kevin Yoder (KS-3) 74 76 75 75 Even



Indiana GOP

Cook PVI Member Heritage Action Club for Growth Average Score Target Index (MPI)
R+17 Dan Burton (IN-5) 91 98 94.5 90 4.5
R+14 Marlin Stutzman (IN-3) 86 99 92.5 90 2.5



Minnesota GOP

Cook PVI Member Heritage Action Club for Growth Average Score Target Index (MPI)
R+7 Michele Bachmann (MN-6) 90 89 89.5 81 8.5



Utah GOP

Cook PVI Member Heritage Action Club for Growth Average Score Target Index (MPI)
R+26 Jason Chaffetz (UT-3) 97 100 98.5 90 8.5



The State GOP that make the Naughty List

Pennsylvania GOP

Cook PVI Member Heritage Action Club for Growth Average Score Target Index (MPI)
R+12 Todd Platts (PA-19) 53 48 50.5 88.5 -38
R+17 Bill Shuster (PA-9) 55 54 54.5 90 -35.5
R+9 Glenn Thompson (PA-5) 56 48 52 84 -32
R+8 Tom Marino (PA-10) 58 60 59 82.5 -23.5
D+3 Pat Meehan (PA-7) 49 42 45.5 66 -20.5
R+3 Mike Kelly (PA-3) 55 54 54.5 75 -20.5
D+2 Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-8) 52 43 47.5 67.5 -20



Alabama GOP

Cook PVI Member Heritage Action Club for Growth Average Score Target Index (MPI)
R+14 Jo Bonner (AL-1) 56 49 52.5 90 -37.5
R+26 Robert Aderholt (AL-4) 59 51 55 90 -35
R+9 Mike Rogers (AL-3) 56 49 52.5 84 -31.5
R+16 Martha Roby (AL-2) 63 58 60.5 90 -29.5
R+29 Spencer Bachus (AL-6) 64 61 62.5 90 -27.5



Kentucky GOP

Cook PVI Member Heritage Action Club for Growth Average Score Target Index (MPI)
R+15 Ed Whitfield (KY-1) 53 50 51.5 90 -38.5
R+16 Hal Rogers (KY-5) 56 48 52 90 -38
R+15 Brett Guthrie (KY-2) 56 60 58 90 -32
R+14 Geoff Davis (KY-4) 63 70 66.5 90 -23.5



West Virginia GOP

Cook PVI Member Heritage Action Club for Growth Average Score Target Index (MPI)
R+9 David McKinley (WV-1) 42 37 39.5 84 -44.5
R+8 Shelly Moore Capito (WV-2) 53 44 48.5 82.5 -34



Oklahoma GOP

Cook PVI Member Heritage Action Club for Growth Average Score Target Index (MPI)
R+24 Frank Lucas (OK-3) 55 48 51.5 90 -38.5
R+18 Tom Cole (OK-4) 57 53 55 90 -35



Arkansas GOP

Cook PVI Member Heritage Action Club for Growth Average Score Target Index (MPI)
R+16 Steve Womack (AR-3) 58 52 55 90 -35
R+8 Rick Crawford (AR-1) 58 53 55.5 82.5 -27



Nebraska GOP

Cook PVI Member Heritage Action Club for Growth Average Score Target Index (MPI)
R+11 Jeff Fortenberry (NE-1) 59 49 54 87 -33
R+24 Adrian Smith (NE-3) 66 68 67 90 -23



Mississippi GOP

Cook PVI Member Heritage Action Club for Growth Average Score Target Index (MPI)
R+20 Steven Palazzo (MS-4) 63 61 62 90 -28
R+15 Gregg Harper (MS-3) 61 63 62 90 -28



Tennessee GOP

Cook PVI Member Heritage Action Club for Growth Average Score Target Index (MPI)
R+21 Phil Roe (TN-1) 69 70 68.5 90 -20.5
R+13 Diane Black (TN-6) 69 71 70 90 -20



Alaska GOP

Cook PVI Member Heritage Action Club for Growth Average Score Target Index (MPI)
R+13 Don Young (AK-0) 39 36 37.5 90 -52.5



North Dakota GOP

Cook PVI Member Heritage Action Club for Growth Average Score Target Index (MPI)
R+10 Rick Berg (ND-0) 61 54 57.5 85.5 -28



Virginia GOP

Cook PVI Member Heritage Action Club for Growth Average Score Target Index (MPI)
R+9 Eric Cantor (VA-7) 61 55 58 84 -26



South Dakota GOP

Cook PVI Member Heritage Action Club for Growth Average Score Target Index (MPI)
R+9 Kristi Noem (SD-0) 60 60 60 84 -24



Montana GOP

Cook PVI Member Heritage Action Club for Growth Average Score Target Index (MPI)
R+7 Denny Rehberg (MT-0) 61 58 59.5 81 -21.5

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Melody Warbington
December 9, 2012 6:01 pm

I’ve sent this to my reps in AL. I think part of the problem is that statewide, many of our Republicans are former Dems and not conservative. We’re trying to recruit and grow some new ones.

LadyImpactOhio
December 9, 2012 6:30 pm

Pilgrim, I’m surprised you didn’t include Ohio here. Are we naughty or nice?