California sinks in conservative state rankings, CPAC study says
A new analysis by the Center for Legislative Accountability (CLA) consolidates the growing isolation of conservatives in the state of California.
The analysis by CLA, a project of CPA and the American Conservation Union Foundation, says California lawmakers are trending even more progressive, dropping the Golden State three spots, from No. 44 to No. 47, since the latest results.
The CLA surveyed America’s 7,400 state legislators using voting records and gave the California legislature a conservative rating of 24 percent. Only Rhode Island, at 20%, Hawaii, at 19%, and Massachusetts, at 15%, are more liberal than California.
Lawmakers’ “conservatism score” was calculated based on their vote record in 186 policy areas ranging from cultural and lifestyle issues to tax, fiscal and other regulations, CPAC says.
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CLA counted more than 320,000 votes each to generate the scores and 50 state rankings. Only 17 California Republican lawmakers earned CPAC awards for having a conservative rating of 80% or higher.
In California, Democratic senators outnumber Republicans 29 to 9. Democratic assembly members outnumber Republicans 58 to 17.
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The study predicted the November midterms will only worsen the decline after the expected switch of seats from Republicans to Democrats in the state Assembly.