Who is most conservative?

Jun. 05, 2014 @ 04:07 PM

By STAN HOJNACKI

So who is the most conservative among the five members of the Union County delegation?

According to a recent survey by Civitas Action rated State Sen. Tommy Tucker, R-30, as one of the most conservative in the Legislature. Tucker was one of 16 state senators who voted the conservative line 94.7 percent of the time to tie for first place in the Senate.

No member of the House rated that highly. Five members were rated tops in the House as they voted the conservative line 89.7 percent of the time. The highest conservative rating for a member of the Union County delegation went to freshman Mark Brody, R-55, who voted the conservative line 82.8 percent of the time and ended up in a 10-way tie for 13 place among the 121 members of the House.

“The General Assembly had great success advancing conservative reforms in its last session,” Civitas President Francis De Luca said. “But more needs to be done to ensure people here enjoy the benefits of prosperity and freedom. And success can lead to complacency. We will continue to urge our elected officials to stick with proven, successful conservative solutions to the challenges facing North Carolina.”

The average score for Senate members is 71 percent, while House scores averaged 60.7 percent.

Dean Arp, R-69, voted with conservatives 79.3 percent of the time and left him tied for 32nd place with 16 other House members, including Justin Burr from neighboring Stanly County.  D. Craig Horn, R-68, voted with conservaties 74/1 percent of the time and end up in a tie for 72 place out of 121 members.

Fletcher Hartsell, a Republican, who represents a small portion of Union County in the 36th District, was rated 33rd even though he voted with conservatives 84.6 percent of the time.

The ranking analyzes each member’s vote on important legislation to better decipher the member’s ideological stance on the issues. For the 2013 session, votes that were ranked included key legislation such as the state budget, tax reform, setting up a state Obamacare exchange/Medicaid expansion, election reform and unemployment insurance reform.