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February 21, 2006

League of Conservation Voters Releases 2005 National Environmental Scorecard

The League of Conservation Voters released their annual environmental scorecard today, in which they rate the environmental voting records of our federal legislators.  Drumroll please...

Cantwell (S)  -  90%
Murray (S)  -  95%

Inslee (01)  -  100%
Larsen, R. (02)  -  89%
Baird (03)  -  94%
Hastings, D. (04)  -  0%
McMorris (05)  -  0%
Dicks (06)  -  83%
McDermott (07)  -  94%
Reichert (08)  -  28%
Smith (09)  -  100%

It's of course not surprising to see Jay Inslee racking up a 100%.  Big kudos to Adam Smith, who keeps a lower profile on these issues but puts his votes where his mouth is.

We also see that Dave Reichert, who represents a blue district, is only marginally distinguishable from his ultra-right-wing colleagues Hastings and McMorris.  I reckon this is ground on which Darcy Burner can draw a clear distinction with Sheriff Dave.

Washington has much to be proud of here.

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Note that Cantwell is at 90% while Reichert is at 28%. Consider now what McGavick would be at and ask yourself if you'd rather have Cantwell type of scorecard vs. a Reichert type of score card representing the WA senator voting record come next year.

Posted by: Daniel K | Feb 21, 2006 11:41:01 PM

Hello. I note that Mike Palamuso says in the Seattle Times you guys are already doorbelling for Cantwell. I hope some of you rethink this now that Aaron Dixon is running as an antiwar Green candidate. All the depleted uranium and the other pollution the Iraq war has caused dwarf Maria's efforts against the ANWAR drilling. Environmental efforts should embrace the whole world, especially now that globalization has made all of us neighbors. Let's support a real environmental agenda, not just the crumbs the corporate parties throw to us.

Posted by: Linda J. | Mar 10, 2006 1:12:55 PM

Get real! Supporting Dixon is a vote for McGavick. Just what we need, more Republicans in the US Senate. If Dixon wants to debate the issues, he should run as a Democrat againt Cantwell.

Dixon's quoted comment in today's Seattle Times that "However, if both he and Cantwell lose, Dixon said: "I won't feel bad at all. Maria votes like a Republican." shows a total lack perspective on national politics as well as a total lack of perspective regarding how Ralph Nader helped GWB become President. Bush is the one who put us in Iraq, not Maria Cantwell.

Dixon needs to count numbers. Democratic Senators in the minority will not stop Bush or his Republican Corporate Congress from continuing their onslaught against democracy and the rights of individual citizens.

All that Dixon is doing is making the Greens more and more irrelevant to this country's future. Too bad because we could use some of their ideas. However their sense of political reality and meaningful tactics to get results seems to be non-existent.

The Republican Party sends the Greens and Dixon their love. Yeh, Baby.

Posted by: Steve Zemke MajorityRulesBlog | Mar 10, 2006 1:55:25 PM

Linda J., you are an idiot. Haven't you read the paper? THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY DOES NOT ALLOW DEBATE OR DISSENT. It's a top-down hierarchy that controls what its members think and do. Check out what YOUR party did to Hong Tran at your anti-democratic convention: http://www.thestranger.com/seattle/Content?oid=37188 .

Or check out how the Republican in Democrat drag Hillary Clinton and her supporters blocked all debate about the Iraq war and Hillary's bloodlust for further war from WITHIN the party: http://www.counterpunch.org/frank06082006.html

The Democratic Party has a long and horrifying history of deceiving working people into support by claiming to be the lesser of two evils. http://www.internationalsocialist.org/pdfs/democrats_lesserevilism.pdf

Only a fool or a dreamer would actually think that the Democratic Party represents the interests of working people. Need I remind you how much Cantwell earned as a corporate executive?

And Democrats criticize Bush for his "faith-based" initiatives... Democrats are as faith-based as conservative evangelicals if they believe millionaires and billionaires really care about their lives.

Posted by: Lonnie L. | Jun 9, 2006 12:20:13 PM

Cantwell put us in Iraq JUST AS MUCH AS BUSH DID by voting to support the war and by continuing to lie to her supporters (the idiots defending her on this site) about why we're there. How much dog crap do you guys have to swallow before you wake up?

Posted by: Lonnie | Jun 9, 2006 12:22:25 PM

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