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It’s Accountability Season

It’s accountability season; do you know how your elected officials have been voting?

Every two years it rolls around – as sure as death and taxes – primary season.

So how is your State Representative, State Senator, Congressman or U.S. Senator doing? Now is the time to do your homework, check the record, and decide if they have earned your vote.
Homework is the key word here, because, well, they are politicians.

You can review the voting records of Texas legislators by going to Texas Legislature online (http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/). It is fairly simple to “click” on “Members,” then go to House or Senate, and find your elected official. From there you can see every bill that they authored, coauthored, sponsored, cosponsored, which committees they served on, etc.

Another useful tool are legislative scorecards. Several organizations rank legislators based on key votes. These groups do the yeoman’s task of sifting through votes and deciphering how the members actually voted. There are plenty of opportunities for legislators to express support for a bill, only to stop it in committee or effectively kill it with parliamentary procedure.

For Texas legislators, here are some great sites:
http://yct.org/wp-content/uploads/ratings/YCT_83rd_Session_Ratings.pdf
http://americansforprosperity.org/texas/ (83rd Legislative Scorecard coming soon)
http://www.texasrighttolife.com/scores/legislators.asp?office=2
http://www.texaseagle.org/legislative-scorecards/2013-scorecard
http://www.heritagealliance.com/tcr/tcrhome.php
https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B5Y4HRyTE1NcRlc3M0kxOGJLRDA/edit?usp=drive_web
For our Congressmen and U.S. Senators, go to the Congressional Record (http://thomas.loc.gov/home/LegislativeData.php?n=Record) and research the members’ records.

For Congress, here are some recommended resources:
http://afpscorecard.org/#state#tx
http://heritageactionscorecard.com//state/state/tx
http://www.clubforgrowth.org/projects/
http://congress.freedomworks.org/
http://www.thenewamerican.com/freedomindex/
http://www.frcaction.org/get.cfm?i=PG10J03&state=tx

So, you have your homework.

It is up to you, the voter, to hold your elected officials accountable.

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