Analyzing The Utah Legislature: Roll Call Partisanship 2008 — Senate

The final installment of this series for now is the 2008 Senate partisan ratings. Background was explained in this post.

The legislators on the 50 partisan votes of 2008 Utah Senate,

Representative Party D Votes R Votes Missed Votes Democratic Rating
Romero D 46 4 0 92.00%
Davis D 44 4 2 90.00%
Mayne D 43 6 1 87.00%
McCoy D 41 7 2 84.00%
Fife D 40 10 0 80.00%
Dmitrich D 37 9 4 78.00%
Jones D 39 11 0 78.00%
Goodfellow D 33 15 2 68.00%
Greiner R 19 29 2 40.00%
Hillyard R 12 28 10 34.00%
Van Tassell R 11 33 6 28.00%
Knudson R 10 38 2 22.00%
Christensen R 9 38 3 21.00%
Buttars R 3 33 14 20.00%
Bell R 9 40 1 19.00%
Hickman R 4 35 11 19.00%
Stowell R 7 41 2 16.00%
Valentine R 5 40 5 15.00%
Dayton R 6 42 2 14.00%
Jenkins R 6 42 2 14.00%
Waddoups R 7 43 0 14.00%
Killpack R 3 40 7 13.00%
Madsen R 6 44 0 12.00%
Stephenson R 6 44 0 12.00%
Bramble R 2 42 6 10.00%
Walker R 4 44 2 10.00%
Niederhauser R 4 46 0 8.00%
Peterson R 3 45 2 8.00%
Eastman R 1 47 2 4.00%
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Deseret News Stories On Legislator Ratings

The Deseret News runs famously flawed ratings of the legislature judging members on the number of sponsored bills passed. This year there was appropriate critical content and a nice survey of absences from committee votes.

Links:

Both of these are good stories and worth your time despite flaws.

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Analyzing The Utah Legislature: Roll Call Partisanship 2008 — House

It’s finally here. The 2008 Utah legislature partisan voting survey. Background information at this post. The last two weeks have seen data back to 2005 posted on Brian’s Utah Weblog.

Congratulations are due to Rep. Rebecca Chavez-Houck (D-SLC) for establishing the highest Democratic rating in her very first session as a representative.

I don’t think I’ve ever seen my own Representative Jackie Biskupski (D-SLC) so far down one of these lists before.  Soon I’ll be posting on the votes that make up these ratings so we can drill a little deeper into what happened.

The legislators on the 60 partisan votes of 2008 Utah House,

Representative Party D Votes R Votes Missed Votes Democratic Rating
Chavez-Houck D 58 2 0 96.67%
Johnson D 55 1 4 95.00%
Wiley D 56 3 1 94.17%
Litvack D 56 3 1 94.17%
McGee D 54 6 0 90.00%
Seelig D 52 6 2 88.33%
Biskupski D 51 6 3 87.50%
Moss D 46 7 7 82.50%
Hemingway D 49 11 0 81.67%
Riesen D 47 10 3 80.83%
Wheatley D 46 10 4 80.00%
Shurtliff D 46 11 3 79.17%
Fisher, Janice D 45 12 3 77.50%
King D 44 14 2 75.00%
Cosgrove D 43 16 1 72.50%
Hansen D 42 15 3 72.50%
Hendrickson D 38 15 7 69.17%
Morgan D 37 22 1 62.50%
Duckworth D 30 17 13 60.83%
Gowans D 33 22 5 59.17%
Holdaway R 31 26 3 54.17%
Menlove R 27 32 1 45.83%
Bowman R 10 16 34 45.00%
McIff R 24 32 4 43.33%
Allen R 24 33 3 42.50%
Mascaro R 23 33 4 41.67%
Brown R 20 33 7 39.17%
Bird R 21 37 2 36.67%
Hunsaker R 20 37 3 35.83%
Dunnigan R 20 37 3 35.83%
Ferry R 20 40 0 33.33%
Neuenschwander R 19 39 2 33.33%
Fowlke R 18 40 2 31.67%
Snow R 14 44 2 25.00%
Gibson R 8 41 11 22.50%
Bigelow R 11 45 4 21.67%
Curtis R 7 41 12 21.67%
Draxler R 11 46 3 20.83%
Hutchings R 10 46 4 20.00%
Winn R 7 43 10 20.00%
Walker R 6 43 11 19.17%
Greenwood R 11 48 1 19.17%
Fisher, Julie R 11 49 0 18.33%
Urquhart R 5 43 12 18.33%
Clark, S. R 10 48 2 18.33%
Froerer R 10 49 1 17.50%
Clark, D. R 7 47 6 16.67%
Webb R 10 50 0 16.67%
Barrus R 9 49 2 16.67%
Kiser R 9 50 1 15.83%
Dee R 7 49 4 15.00%
Harper R 9 51 0 15.00%
Aagard R 9 51 0 15.00%
Ray R 7 49 4 15.00%
Morley R 5 48 7 14.17%
Painter R 3 46 11 14.17%
Newbold R 4 47 9 14.17%
Mathis R 7 50 3 14.17%
Wimmer R 6 50 4 13.33%
Dougall R 7 51 2 13.33%
Sandstrom R 6 52 2 11.67%
Last R 5 52 3 10.83%
Lockhart R 4 52 4 10.00%
Oda R 5 55 0 8.33%
Tilton R 4 55 1 7.50%
Garn R 3 54 3 7.50%
Hughes R 2 53 5 7.50%
Grover R 4 55 1 7.50%
Donnelson R 4 55 1 7.50%
Sumsion R 3 55 2 6.67%
Noel R 2 56 2 5.00%
Herrod R 3 57 0 5.00%
Andersen R 2 57 1 4.17%
Daw R 2 57 1 4.17%
Frank R 1 58 1 2.50%
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Analyzing The Utah Legislature: Roll Call Partisanship 2007 — Senate (with background explanation)

Just like the House post, but for the 2007 Senate. Two thousand eight will be coming soon.

This is a tally of every Utah Senate roll call vote on a bill from the 2007 session where a majority of Democrats voted one way and a majority of Republicans voted the other. These usually include the closest and most controversial issues of the year so they give a better idea of a legislator’s performance than counting every single vote. About three out of every four votes in the Senate are unanimous and uncontroversial. One time this year the Senate even took a roll call vote over whether to adjourn for the day (it was unanimous).

Purely partisan procedural roll calls are very rare in both houses of the legislature and do not affect the results posted here.

D Votes are votes with the majority of Democrats. R Votes are with Republicans. Democratic Rating is the proportion of votes cast with Democrats with absences counted as one half vote for each partisan leaning.

The legislators on the 46 partisan votes of 2007 Utah Senate,

Representative Party D Votes R Votes Missed Votes Democratic Rating
McCoy D 42 3 1 92.39%
Mayne D 38 5 3 85.87%
Romero D 38 6 2 84.78%
Fife D 38 8 0 82.61%
Jones D 35 10 1 77.17%
Davis D 34 10 2 76.09%
Goodfellow D 34 11 1 75.00%
Dmitrich D 30 15 1 66.30%
Hillyard R 13 23 10 39.13%
Greiner R 14 30 2 32.61%
Bell R 14 30 2 32.61%
Knudson R 12 34 0 26.09%
Walker R 10 34 2 23.91%
Hickman R 7 32 7 22.83%
Valentine R 8 34 4 21.74%
Van Tassell R 8 35 3 20.65%
Bramble R 4 31 11 20.65%
Stowell R 8 35 3 20.65%
Buttars R 4 34 8 17.39%
Eastman R 5 36 5 16.30%
Jenkins R 6 39 1 14.13%
Madsen R 3 38 5 11.96%
Christensen R 3 39 4 10.87%
Stephenson R 3 39 4 10.87%
Peterson R 3 40 3 9.78%
Dayton R 4 41 1 9.78%
Killpack R 1 38 7 9.78%
Waddoups R 3 42 1 7.61%
Niederhauser R 2 43 1 5.43%
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Copying Off Your Neighbor In The 2008 Legislature

I’ve processed all the roll call votes from the 2008 Utah legislature’s General Session and there are some interesting results to report.

Let’s take a look at the question of who is the Scalia and Thomas of the legislature. Who is it that votes most like another legislator (not including missed votes)? The answer is that Senators Curt Bramble (R-Provo) and Dan Eastman (R-Bountiful) voted together 98.9% of the time. That’s an astounding 614 out of the 621 roll call votes both attended in 2008.

And they sit right next to each other.

Even when they aren’t copying each other’s work, they still give Utah’s teachers plenty of trouble. Bramble was Senate sponsor of the late unlamented voucher proposal and Eastman supported it.

The closest Democrats were Representatives Carol Spackman Moss (D-SLC) and Phil Riesen (D-SLC) with a 98.7% rate of agreement. And, yes, they sit together, too.

Note that 1008 of the 1437 roll calls on bills in 2008 have been unanimous and another 83 had a lone dissenter, so even the oddest of odd couples have been in agreement most of the time. The legislators like to pad their schedule with the chance to vote individually in favor of puppies and Christmas and the like.

The Democrat and Republican closest in their voting were Rep. Bud Bowman (R-Cedar City) and Rep. Karen Morgan (D-SLC) who agreed 95.82%. In the Senate the closest were Senator Mike Dmitrich (D-Price) and Senator Kevin Van Tassell (R-Vernal) who voted together 95.02% of the time.

The most likely to disagree were Rep. Mike Morley (R-Spanish Fork) and brand new Rep. Rebecca Chavez-Houck (D-SLC). They voted together only 77.09%. Since 69% of House votes were unanimous or had one lone dissenter, that’s not much agreement. The farthest apart Senators were Senator Margaret Dayton (R-Provo) and Senator Scott McCoy (D-SLC) who agreed 82.5% of the time. Astoundingly, 81.3% of Senate votes were unanimous or had but one dissenter.

The closest pairs:

  1. Bramble and Eastman, 98.89%
  2. Bramble and Sen. Carlene Walker (R-SLC), 98.81%
  3. Walker and Sen. Wayne Niederhauser (R-Sandy), 98.71%
  4. Moss and Riesen, 98.67%
  5. Eastman and Walker, 98.65%
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Analyzing The Utah Legislature: Roll Call Partisanship 2007 — House

This is a continuation of the post on partisan House roll calls in 2005 (q.v.). More of these are coming, up through this year.

The legislators on the 76 partisan votes of 2007 Utah House,

Representative Party D Votes R Votes Missed Votes Democratic Rating
McGee D 72 3 1 95.39%
Biskupski D 72 4 0 94.74%
Litvack D 71 4 1 94.08%
Riesen D 71 5 0 93.42%
Johnson D 69 3 4 93.42%
Seelig D 68 6 2 90.79%
Becker D 66 4 6 90.79%
Moss D 68 6 2 90.79%
Hemingway D 67 8 1 88.82%
Wheatley D 65 8 3 87.50%
Wiley D 64 10 2 85.53%
Cosgrove D 62 14 0 81.58%
Fisher, Janice D 59 14 3 79.61%
Shurtliff D 55 13 8 77.63%
Hansen D 55 14 7 76.97%
King D 56 15 5 76.97%
Morgan D 51 20 5 70.39%
Hendrickson D 46 26 4 63.16%
Duckworth D 45 29 2 60.53%
Gowans D 41 28 7 58.55%
Menlove R 43 33 0 56.58%
Holdaway R 40 34 2 53.95%
Allen R 39 37 0 51.32%
McIff R 34 35 7 49.34%
Mascaro R 30 42 4 42.11%
Wyatt R 27 41 8 40.79%
Buxton R 28 43 5 40.13%
Fowlke R 30 45 1 40.13%
Neuenschwander R 29 45 2 39.47%
Bird R 29 45 2 39.47%
Bowman R 18 39 19 36.18%
Hutchings R 22 43 11 36.18%
Brown R 25 47 4 35.53%
Fisher, Julie R 26 48 2 35.53%
Draxler R 26 49 1 34.87%
Hunsaker R 26 50 0 34.21%
Dunnigan R 21 49 6 31.58%
Bigelow R 18 47 11 30.92%
Ferry R 22 52 2 30.26%
Dee R 18 49 9 29.61%
Snow R 17 52 7 26.97%
Curtis R 12 47 17 26.97%
Gibson R 16 55 5 24.34%
Wheeler R 14 54 8 23.68%
Ray R 12 54 10 22.37%
Clark, S. R 16 58 2 22.37%
Last R 16 59 1 21.71%
Walker R 13 56 7 21.71%
Urquhart R 7 51 18 21.05%
Harper R 14 58 4 21.05%
Barrus R 15 59 2 21.05%
Aagard R 15 60 1 20.39%
Andersen R 13 62 1 17.76%
Froerer R 13 62 1 17.76%
Lockhart R 7 56 13 17.76%
Clark, D. R 6 55 15 17.76%
Sandstrom R 12 63 1 16.45%
Garn R 8 62 6 14.47%
Dougall R 8 62 6 14.47%
Wimmer R 7 63 6 13.16%
Newbold R 8 65 3 12.50%
Tilton R 3 61 12 11.84%
Kiser R 8 66 2 11.84%
Noel R 5 64 7 11.18%
Hughes R 4 64 8 10.53%
Grover R 7 68 1 9.87%
Frank R 3 65 8 9.21%
Sumsion R 6 68 2 9.21%
Painter R 5 68 3 8.55%
Morley R 4 68 4 7.89%
Mathis R 6 70 0 7.89%
Donnelson R 4 68 4 7.89%
Oda R 4 69 3 7.24%
Daw R 3 73 0 3.95%
Herrod R 1 74 1 1.97%
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Caucuses And Conventions

This weekend we Salt Lake County Democrats got together at the library (Democrats like books) and elected our new legislative district chairs.  It was a nice chance to see people from your neighborhood and across the valley.  Each hour on the hour one set of districts’ leaders left and another arrived.  In the middle there were a few minutes to talk with people from other parts of the county.

In two weeks, it will be even better.  The Salt Lake County Democratic Convention will convene on Saturday, the 12th of April 2008 at Jordan High School (go Beetdiggers!) at 9880 S 98 E.  Jordan High is across Sego Lily Drive from the Sandy TRAX stop.

Everyone is welcome.  Yes, everyone.  Not just delegates.  Show up at 8:00 AM for issue caucuses and talk about issues and candidates with informed, active citizens all morning.  It’ll be great.

In national news, Texas they held their county conventions yesterday.  It’s a part of the Texas two-step, a multi-level process where party leadership and national delegates are selected according to multiple interlocking systems.  As the Texas process goes on, the state party apparently doesn’t even try to keep track of whom delegates are pledged to and no one knows exactly how the results came out.

Molly Ivins would have loved to be here to explain all this to us.

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Analyzing The Utah Legislature: Roll Call Partisanship 2006 — Senate

This is a continuation of the post on partisan House roll calls in 2005 (q.v.). More of these are coming, including the recent sessions.

I recall that Sen. Buttars was ill during this session.  His “slightly more moderate” rating reflects missed votes, not any sense of decency or compassion.

The legislators on the 51 partisan votes of 2006 Utah Senate,

Representative Party D Votes R Votes Missed Votes Democratic Rating
Arent D 49 1 1 97.06%
Hale D 48 1 2 96.08%
McCoy D 49 2 0 96.08%
Fife D 49 2 0 96.08%
Mayne D 42 8 1 83.33%
Davis D 41 9 1 81.37%
Goodfellow D 40 9 2 80.39%
Dmitrich D 34 14 3 69.61%
Hillyard R 14 26 11 38.24%
Evans R 15 33 3 32.35%
Bell R 14 37 0 27.45%
Buttars R 0 24 27 26.47%
Walker R 11 39 1 22.55%
Knudson R 10 39 2 21.57%
Thomas R 10 41 0 19.61%
Hickman R 6 40 5 16.67%
Christensen R 7 41 3 16.67%
Eastman R 3 42 6 11.76%
Mansell R 1 40 10 11.76%
Peterson R 4 44 3 10.78%
Waddoups R 4 44 3 10.78%
Killpack R 2 43 6 9.80%
Bramble R 1 43 7 8.82%
Valentine R 3 46 2 7.84%
Madsen R 1 48 2 3.92%
Stephenson R 0 47 4 3.92%
Hellewell R 2 49 0 3.92%
Hatch R 1 49 1 2.94%
Jenkins R 1 49 1 2.94%
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Caucus Night

Yes, it’s the best night to be a citizen in Utah. Get out to your neighborhood caucus meeting and meet your neighbors.

Democrats do it. Salt Lake County here.
Even Republicans do it.

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Analyzing The Utah Legislature: Roll Call Partisanship 2006 — House

This is a continuation of the post on partisan House roll calls in 2005 (q.v.). More of these are coming, including the recent sessions.

Utah Representative Dave Hogue (R-Riverton) retired after 2006 to run for Senate. He recently reentered electoral politics to run for his old seat. There was a twist, though, as he filed to run as a Democrat. The Riverton area is strongly Republican with the Republican winning 66% of the vote in 2006 for House District 52 so his prospects will depend on name recognition and constituent memory. The history here indicates that Hogue has always been a centrist, crossing party lines more than one third of the time. Democrats should expect no different if he rejoins the House.

The legislators on the 71 partisan votes of 2006 Utah House,

Representative Party D Votes R Votes Missed Votes Democratic Rating
Litvack D 65 5 1 92.25%
Biskupski D 64 5 2 91.55%
Moss D 64 7 0 90.14%
Wiley D 63 6 2 90.14%
Fisher, J. M. D 60 7 4 87.32%
McGee D 60 11 0 84.51%
Shurtliff D 58 9 4 84.51%
Becker D 59 10 2 84.51%
Wheatley D 57 9 5 83.80%
Jones D 58 11 2 83.10%
Cosgrove D 57 12 2 81.69%
King D 56 11 4 81.69%
Duckworth D 56 14 1 79.58%
Bourdeaux D 49 8 14 78.87%
Romero D 55 14 2 78.87%
Hendrickson D 52 16 3 75.35%
Hansen D 46 19 6 69.01%
Gowans D 46 24 1 65.49%
Morgan D 42 22 7 64.08%
Mascaro R 35 28 8 54.93%
Holdaway R 33 32 6 50.70%
Lawrence R 31 38 2 45.07%
Allen, S. R 28 38 5 42.96%
Wyatt R 28 40 3 41.55%
Hogue R 28 41 2 40.85%
Murray R 28 42 1 40.14%
Menlove R 26 45 0 36.62%
Buxton R 24 43 4 36.62%
Hunsaker R 24 46 1 34.51%
Hutchings, E. R 22 44 5 34.51%
Hardy R 22 44 5 34.51%
Bigelow R 14 38 19 33.10%
Fisher, Julie R 22 46 3 33.10%
Fowlke R 19 44 8 32.39%
Ray R 20 45 6 32.39%
Dunnigan R 20 48 3 30.28%
Kiser R 20 49 2 29.58%
Dee R 20 49 2 29.58%
Bowman R 18 49 4 28.17%
Curtis R 9 40 22 28.17%
Ure R 15 49 7 26.06%
Alexander R 14 50 7 24.65%
Urquhart R 11 48 12 23.94%
Gibson R 12 52 7 21.83%
Cox, D. R 14 54 3 21.83%
Harper R 13 54 4 21.13%
Snow, G. R 14 55 2 21.13%
Wallace R 15 56 0 21.13%
Aagard R 13 56 2 19.72%
Johnson, B. R 8 51 12 19.72%
Last R 12 56 3 19.01%
Dougall R 10 56 5 17.61%
Ferry R 11 57 3 17.61%
Christensen R 10 57 4 16.90%
Walker R 11 58 2 16.90%
Clark, S. R 10 58 3 16.20%
Adams R 7 56 8 15.49%
Lockhart R 6 55 10 15.49%
Buttars R 7 58 6 14.08%
Dayton R 7 58 6 14.08%
Oda R 9 60 2 14.08%
Clark, D. R 5 59 7 11.97%
Barrus R 8 62 1 11.97%
Noel R 7 61 3 11.97%
Tilton R 6 60 5 11.97%
Painter R 7 62 2 11.27%
Wheeler R 5 62 4 9.86%
Newbold R 6 63 2 9.86%
Morley R 5 62 4 9.86%
Ferrin R 4 61 6 9.86%
Daw R 4 64 3 7.75%
Hughes R 4 65 2 7.04%
Frank R 4 65 2 7.04%
Donnelson R 4 65 2 7.04%
Mathis R 1 67 3 3.52%
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