The USA November 7th elections are getting closer, so it’s more important than ever to understand how the election process works, and find out which candidates are good or evil. In CC issue #62 and at www.MySpace.com, every US Representative has been researched and rated on 10 key votes, and cannabis activists running for office have also been profiled. It’s time to get rid of the scumbags in Congress and usher in a sane group of Representatives to end the drug war, stop the Bush Administration, and protect the American Constitution and people.
Please watch this short video. Get out and VOTE on NOVEMBER 7th, Americans! Your Country and Freedom depend on it!
My name is Marc Emery and I publish Cannabis Culture, a 120-page magazine printed every two months and devoted to ending the awful prohibition that hounds and victimizes our people and culture. I have studied all 435 Members of the House of Representatives of the 109th Congress. In particular, I chose 10 key votes taken by the current House in 2005-2006 session. These votes by the Representatives form the basis of our extensive survey and our grading system whereby a Representative was determined to have a FAILING grade (265 Representatives) or a PASSING grade (170 Representatives).
TO SEE ALL OR ANY OF THE 435 US REPRESENTATIVE profiles in order by ZIP CODE GO HERE.
We’ll look at my chart of ten votes (described in this profile), and find out if your US Rep is one of the 265 members of the US House who got a failing grade! If so, we’ll tell you who to work for to throw that pot-hating, war mongering, big government bastard out!
If your US Rep. was one of the 94 people out of the 435 Reps who got a “B-PLUS” grade or better, then we urge you to work for their re-election.
The big VOTE in on November 7. YOU MUST REGISTER TO VOTE BY OCTOBER 10. But we’ve got to do more than register to vote! I WANT YOU to join at least one election campaign for NO FEWER THAN 7 days before November 7 and after Labor Day, Sept. 4th.
REVIEWS OF ALL 435 CONGRESSMEN and WOMEN IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES HERE.
Call up and volunteer and I’m sure the campaign will have a use for you. I will be issuing bulletins on tips & advice in campaigning, but key thing is to get engaged in the election process.
Once working on a campaign, don’t ask or pressure the candidate in any way on issues until at least 5 solid days of campaign work has been put in. . That way the candidate and the campaign organization develop confidence in you and then when they know you are an asset, and only then, should you even spend any time on the main issue – marijuana regulation and taxation. And even then it?s subtle. You just say, ” I’m enjoying the work on your campaign, Mr./Ms. Candidate, and I hope you’ll endorse and vote for drug law reform when you have that opportunity in Washington. ” That says plenty. And then you finish the brief encounter and get back to work on the campaign. Useful people get listened to over time. Ours is a strategy of integration into the political mainstream to leverage our concerns in the Congress. Pot people are Voters! Pot People are thoughtful, honest people who love the United States and all its potential. We must prove that in the voting process.
Hundreds, possibly thousands of myspace people all over America are participating in the November 7 US election in a co-ordinated program based on the TEN VOTES survey that is described below and appears in expanded form in Cannabis Culture Magazine #62 out on newstands September 14.
I call this OPERATION OVERGROW THE BALLOT BOX . Young drug law reform myspace activists working on the election front lines! After November 7, all myspace activists are expected to keep a close eye on the voting record of the US Representatives and other elected people who can impact upon the marijuana laws and drug laws.
The United States of America has 435 elected members of the US House of Representatives, which is part of the US Congress. All of the 435 Reps face re-election every two years on the first Tuesday of November in the even-numbered years. This important opportunity to elect your US Representative happens on November 7th this year.
You will also have other choices for various elected offices, including Mayors, City Councils, Boards of Supervisors, State Governors, US Senators, State Senators, Assemblymen, State Attorney-Generals. Its exciting and fascinating to explore your options. You hold a fair bit of power when you vote and campaign for your favorites. Just talking about a certain candidate to your friends and family can earn another 10 or 15 votes for your pick.
You must be REGISTERED TO VOTE! Get that done NOW!
Go to www.rockthevote.com or pick up a voter registration form and complete it in person at one of the following locations: post offices, the DMV, state offices that provide public assistance, the board of elections office, military recruitment centers, state offices that provide state-funded programs for disabled, and public libraries. Make sure you bring photo ID (like a drivers license) and your address in the form of a piece of mail or secondary ID. You can even call your local county election official or state Secretary of State?s office to ask for a form to be mailed to you. Listings for these offices can be found in the ?government pages? of your local phone book. Once you are registered to vote, this is permanent as long as you maintain the same address.
When you register to vote, you will be asked if you want to register an affiliation with any specific party. This allows you to vote in the ?Primary? ballot phase, which typically takes place from April to September and is when candidates for a number of elected offices compete to be a Party nominee. Those registered as Republicans could vote for their preferred Republican candidate. Those registered as Democrats choose the Democratic candidate. The Primary vote determines who will represent each party in the November election. After the Primary, one Republican Party candidate and one Democratic Party candidate are on the ballot ? for the upcoming General Election of November 7th, 2006.
Other political parties or independent candidates may be eligible to be on the ballot for the general election, but often these small parties must gather several thousand, or tens of thousands of signatures of registered voters in that district or state to get official ballot status each election. This unfair burden means that Green Party, Libertarian Party and other political voices struggle to get on ballots. At the time you are reading this, the Primary voting phase has mostly passed, and the general election is next. Some states, like Wisconsin and New York, still have primaries in September of this campaign.
The next time for Primaries will be in mid-2008, when Representative, Senatorial and the Presidential Primaries take place to sort out whom your choices will be for the Democratic and Republican parties.
Other political parties compete in Congressional districts throughout the USA, but in this 109th Congress (since 1790), only one person was elected to the House who did not belong to the Democrats or ?GOP? (stands for Grand Old Party, a nickname for the Republicans). An ?Independent Socialist?, Bernie Sanders was elected the US Representative for Vermont ? which, because of its small population, receives only one House member.
But like all other states, Vermont has two Senators in the 100-member US Senate, which is the 2nd part of the US Congress (the 1st is the US House of Representatives). Senators are elected every six years for a six-year term. Each election (every two years) sees 33 of those 100 Senators being elected. Bernie Sanders is now running for US Senator from Vermont as a Democratic Party candidate. We endorse Sanders heartily, and graded him with a score of 110, an A, while he was a US Representative, and we believe he will make a fine Senator. (The explanation of grading and points will be covered shortly.)
There are enemies in the political establishment out to thwart the participation of the cannabis culture. If you have a felony marijuana cultivation or distribution conviction, it?s very possible the Prohibitionists in government have barred you from voting! Take revenge and give money and effort to those who would defeat the people in power who did that to you! In states like Ohio and Florida, it?s thought Republican operatives tried to get African-Americans off the ballot through crooked means ? Robert Kennedy Jr. even wrote in Rolling Stone Magazine that Republicans stole the last two elections. This November, 2006 election is so important it requires a militant attitude on the part of every soldier in the cannabis culture army! Voting is a serious responsibility, and we can?t let the tyrants who oppress us steal our ability and right to heave them out of office.
Wherever you are, there is an opportunity to support at least one candidate or campaign that promises freedom and justice for the cannabis people.
In EUREKA, ARKANSAS, there is a Marijuana Initiative on the ballot. There are MARIJUANA INITIATIVES in SANTA BARBARA, SANTA CRUZ and SANTA MONICA on the ballot in these 3 California cities. MISSOULA, MONTANA has a MARIJUANA INITIATIVE! THREE DISTRICTS IN MASSACHUSETTS have marijuana iniatives! MARIJUANA INITIATIVES ARE ON THE STATEWIDE BALLOT IN COLORADO, NEVADA and SOUTH DAKOTA.
There are over 140 drug-law reform activists on ballots throughgout the United States, with at least one activist on the ballot in virtually every state! There are hundreds of mainstream candidates well worth supporting too and our 435 US HOUSE OF REPRSENTATIVES REVIEW will help you there!
Pick an anti-prohibitionist candidate in your community or in your state and help out. Pitch in. Give money. Work a phone call centre to get people to vote. It?s no joke that our prohibitionist enemies are well funded and well organized. We must commit! Act! Get busy!
If we want the government to change direction significantly this November 7th, the Democrats need to win six additional US Senate seats to ?control? the Senate and about 30 more US House seats to effectively control the House. The reason the Democratic Party needs about 30 more seats than the Republicans in the House is because about 30 to 50 Democrats from the south and mid-west vote like Republicans! Most, but not all, of the 50 Democrats with a failing grade come from states adjacent to the Mississippi River and its tributaries.
So 30 more Democrats from California, New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, Oregon, Washington, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, and Arizona in the House would put it under ?liberal? (read: sane defenders of liberty and peace) Democratic control.
What Are The TEN Votes?
Cannabis Culture Magazine judged 434 US Representatives on ten specific votes in the US House from March 2005 to July 2006. The 435th Representative is the Speaker of the House?currently a Republican?but has no voting record as he only breaks ties. We awarded points of certain value for different important votes. 30 points were awarded to each Representative for voting the ?CC-approved way? on the first three votes largely about cannabis. VOTE 1 is about an increase in government funding for anti-marijuana advertising. VOTE 2 is an amendment to stop The Justice Department from using tax money to undermine state medical marijuana laws. VOTE 3 is to approve funding increases for the White House Drug Czar John Walter?s agency, the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP).
We awarded 20 points each for VOTE 4, an increase in funding to anti-drug task forces; and VOTE 5, a funding cut to the program of US aerial spraying of poisons –Plan Colombia– over the Columbian rainforest. These votes were about the drug war, not just cannabis.
10 points were awarded for VOTE 6, if the Rep. voted against the Patriot Act; and VOTE 7, The War & Occupation of Iraq.
Three votes are given 5 points each.
VOTE 8 is about Homeland Security financing;
VOTE 9 was to increase the Indecency Act fines by TEN times the current dollar amount for controversial broadcasting on TV and radio;
and VOTE 10 was an amendment to close the School of the Americas, a torture school at Fort Benning, Georgia.
Click on our friend SCHOOL OF THE AMERICAS WATCH in our top friends below to learn more about this infamous US torture school.
Additionally, there are four bills at various stages of getting to the House floor that are important to the cannabis culture. Since no vote has yet been taken on these bills from August 26, 2006, we awarded 5 points to each sponsor of any of the four bills, noted as upcoming House Resolutions (H.R.) below. Sponsors of the VOTES 1 to 10 below did not receive any points for being sponsors of those bills that have been voted on in the House of Representatives. We mention them in a few instances because they deserve recognition for their work on our behalf.
Each Representative is expected to be in the House on all weekdays to vote on resolutions. However, sometimes as few as five or six Representatives miss a vote, but sometimes up to 50 members miss a vote. Abstentions and no votes are considered zero-point positions for the purposes of this survey. Points are awarded in our grading only when the Representative votes the proper way. No-shows don?t help the cause! Silence implies consent.
This was a House Amendment (H.A. 415) to House Resolution (H.R.) 3058 by Representative Mark Souder (Republican-Indiana). This would have increased funding by another $25 million in taxpayer funds for anti-marijuana print and TV ads. CC opposed this amendment by renowned prohibitionist Souder (rated TOXIC/EVIL, the lowest possible grade). Any Representative who voted against this amendment receives 30 points. Sadly, the amendment passed 268-151. The 151 Reps who voted against received 30 points to their score. The 268 anti-marijuana votes receive a zero score.
Every year for the last 5 years an amendment has been introduced which would have prohibited the Justice Department from spending any money on enforcement of federal marijuana law on medical marijuana patients in states that had defined med-pot statutes. This would mean that California?s Proposition 215 could be implemented unopposed by DEA, District Attorneys, Anti-Drug Task Forces and any other federal legal body (all part of the Justice Department). This was the most important vote in the House regarding marijuana in the 109th Congress. The 2005 vote (June 15th) saw the amendment sadly rejected by 264 ?against? (receiving zero points) vs. 161 ?for? (30 points each). This year an identical amendment ? The Hinchey Amendment #2 to H.R. 5672 ? lost 259 ?against? (a drop of five) to 163 ?for? (an increase of two). The 2005 vote is used in the chart and this survey, adding the yes votes from 2006 of Bennie Thompson (D-MS) and Norm Dicks (D-WA).
H.R. 2829 was about the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) Act. ?For? would fund and give authority to Drug Czar John Walter?s office, ?against? would have eliminated the White House Drug Policy branch, and all positions and funding for the ONDCP. John Walters is the leading propagandist against marijuana for the Bush administration, and has used the ONDCP to oppose medical marijuana initiatives in Colorado, Arizona, California, and other states. The ONDCP contributes advice and financing to anti-marijuana advertising, and offers funding to TV and movies to include anti-drug messages. The House voted 399 ?for? (receiving zero scores), 5 ?against? (receiving 30 points). 28 no-votes receive zero points.
An amendment (H.A. 250) to H.R. 2862 ? sponsored by Representative Lee Terry (Republican), Nebraska?s 2nd district, rated toxic/evil (zero) in our rankings ? would have increased funding for Byrne Justice Assistance Grants by $286 million. The Byrne program provides law enforcement grants to states, usually used for anti-drug task forces. The net effect is to exacerbate racial disparities in targeting suspects, extensive police corruption and over-incarceration. It is preferable, according to the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA), that states pay the full cost of their severe incarceration policies. Until then, reform is difficult to implement at the state level. The vote was 252 ?against? (receiving 20 points each) to 175 ?for? (receiving zero points), so this amendment was properly rejected.
This amendment (H.A. 375) to H.R. 3057 put forward by Jim McGovern (Democrat, MA, 3rd district, CC score 140, graded A ) would have cut funding to the Andean Counter-Drug Initiative, also known as Plan Colombia, because the aerial spraying of crops and militarization of the drug war in South America has done more harm than good. The House rejected this amendment 234 ?against? (receiving zero points) with 189 ?for? (receiving 20 points).
H.R. 3199 – USA PATRIOT ACT reauthorization. CC opposed this massive expansion of government size and power. The Patriot Act includes hundreds of arbitrary violations of civil liberties. It empowers greater surveillance over phone calls, e-mails, association, travel, money, banking, and the telecommunications of ordinary Americans, ostensibly to ?fight terrorism?. It makes Big Brother that much bigger and more intrusive. 251 House members voted ?for? (receiving zero points) and 174 voted ?against? (receiving 10 points each).
H.R. 861 – VICTORY IN IRAQ. A resolution endorsing an occupation of Iraq until ?victory?, pledging support for President Bush?s war policy and rejecting setting a date for the withdrawal of US forces. Cannabis Culture believes this Iraq war and occupation, like the drug war, is catastrophic in costs to the national treasure and in lives lost and injured. Like the drug war, the Iraq War is premised on lies and waged with brutality to no demonstrable positive end. Two US wars against Iraq in 1991 and 2003-2006 have killed over 100,000, caused massive pollution in the region, ruined Iraqi infrastructure, cost the US taxpayer over one trillion dollars ($3,500 for every one of 330 million US citizens), created generations of anti-US guerilla fighters, enriched giant oil and energy corporations with connections to the President. The House voted 256 ?for? (receiving no points) to 153 ?against? (each receiving 10 points).
H.R. 2360 ? Homeland Security funding. The House voted to fund this vast new bureaucracy and expansion of government. This is a giant boondoggle that makes the US more vulnerable to domestic natural disasters and genuine security threats. The House voted 347 ?for? (receiving no points) and 70 ?against? (receiving 5 points each).
H.R. 310 of 16-Feb-2005 becomes Senate Bill 193. The Broadcast Decency Enforcement Act, which exists to censor and punish content providers in broadcast media (am/fm radio, network television), was amended to increase fines for controversial broadcasts ten-fold, to $350,000 from a previous maximum fine of $35,000. The Howard Stern Show was a frequent victim of these punitive censorship laws. The fines are typically aimed at the regulated corporate media. These media giants restrict your access to risky or controversial expression in response to these onerous fines. The House voted 379 ?for? (receiving no points) and 35 ?against? (each receiving 5 points.) on the Senate Bill 193, which was the Senate version of the original H.R. 310 of 16-Feb-2005.
Amendment 8 to H.R. 5522. This amendment, sponsored again by Jim McGovern (D, MA-3rd district), would cancel funding for the notoriously known School of the Americas ?torture school? at Fort Benning, Georgia. This Department of Defense facility is where the US military and Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) train foreign soldiers and inquisitors the ways to extract information and confessions from captured ?insurgents?, peasants, trade-unionists, political activists, and others. Alas, House members voted 218 ?against? (receiving no points) and 188 ?for? (receiving 5 points each), leaving the torture school intact.
If you wish to learn more about this outrageous School of the Americas, click on SCHOOL OF THE AMERICAS WATCH icon in our top friends.
Pending House Resolutions
Following are four pending Resolutions making their way through committees, working toward the House floor for debate and vote.
The first, put forth by the second-best Representative in the entire House, Democrat Barney Frank (MA-4th district) is H.R. 1184 – The Rise Act. This is a bill that would repeal part of the Higher Education Act that prohibits people convicted of drug offences from receiving student financial assistance. Introduced in April 2005, it has floundered in committee. However, important aspects of this bill were incorporated in an omnibus bill in early 2006, so that student aid is available except if a person received a drug conviction while at college or university while receiving assistance. 69 Representatives sponsored this bill and were awarded 5 points each.
The second bill working its way through the House is called The States? Rights to Medical Marijuana Act. This is a very important bill (H.R. 2087) sponsored by Barney Frank (D, MA-4th) once again. This bill would reclassify marijuana as a schedule 2 drug, allowing states to enact medical marijuana laws without federal interference. It has 37 co-sponsors, each of whom received 5 points.
The third pending bill is H.R. 2620 – No More Tulias: Drug Law Evidentiary Standards Improvement Act. Sponsored by Sheila Jackson-Lee (Democrat, Texas, 18th district, CC rated A , score 140). This bill would prohibit federal grants to anti-drug task forces noted for corruption, use of informers and planted evidence. Would require states to pass laws preventing drug convictions based solely on allegations of informers or undercover agents. The bill has 19 sponsors, awarded 5 points each.
The fourth bill pending and waiting to arrive on the floor of the House is H.R. 4272 – Steve McWilliams Truth in Trials Act. This Sam Farr (D, CA-17th district) sponsored bill will allow an affirmative medical marijuana defense in federal or state courts where such states have a legislated medical marijuana program. The bill has 20 sponsors, each of who receive 5 points.
John Conyers (Democrat, MI-14th, CC score 95, grade B), and Lynn Woolsey(Democrat, CA-6th, score 120, grade A) were the only two Representatives to sponsor all four of the bills pending above.
The Survey Chart
You can find out whom your Representative is at www.house.gov .
There are 66 females Representatives.There are 40 African-American Representatives in the House. All the African-Americans are with the Democratic Party.
The grade awarded by editor Marc Emery to each Representative reflects their voting record for the 10 votes and sponsorships of the four pending bills. A perfect score on all 10 votes is 165, and the most points a person can get for sponsorships of four pending bills is 20. Therefore, the maximum point total for a member of the US House is 185.
145 to 175 ( A-PLUS-PLUS-PLUS )
140 (A-PLUS-PLUS )
125 to 135 (A-PLUS )
115, 120 (A)
100, 105 (B-PLUS )
85 (C-PLUS )
70 (D-PLUS )
25 to 55 (F, FAILURE)
5 to 20 (R, REPREHENSIBLE)
0 (Z, ZERO/TOXIC)
A passing grade is 60 points. If a Congressman just voted correctly on two of the three marijuana bills, they would pass even if eight other votes were the ?wrong? way. 60 points is a (D-), but it?s a pass. 55 and under is a failing grade. Consider this: 215 of the 231 Republicans in the House of Representatives received a failing grade, as did 50 of the 201 Democrats in the House!
When the US Rep voted the “correct” way, points were awarded. If they voted the wrong way, or did not vote, a zero is indicated. The point value of the vote is indicated 30 points, 20 points, 10 points or 5 points.
After Votes 1 to 10, there is a box for sponsorships of up to four pending bills noted as A, B, C, D. Each one noted is worth 5 points.
In the sidebar Numbers Don?t Lie, our analyses show that African-American female Democrats (11 Representatives) scored an average of 120 points, African-American male Democrats (29) scored an average of 101, female Democrats (42) averaged 101, white male Democrats (130) scored an average of 78.5. Male Republicans (207?and no African-Americans!) scored an average of 29, while female Republicans (24) scored an average of 24.
What general advice I offer is this: An African-American female Democratic member of the US House is consistently the greatest defender of liberty. Please give money, help out a campaign, do whatever you can to champion them.
In fact, if it weren?t for an iconoclast libertarian from Texas -Ron Paul, a Massachusetts liberal icon (Barney Frank), eleven terrific black female Democrats, 29 black male Democrats, and the Democrats elected from Massachusetts, California, Connecticut, Ohio, and Wisconsin, we would be living in a stifling police state run by white Republican Jim Sensenbrenners!
It would be over!
I looked at the facts and voting record and determined that we owe an enormous debt of gratitude to those advocates of rational and humane legislation, who have been labeled with the now ?derogatory? term ?liberal?.
Without these ?liberals?, we would be living in unmercifully cruel times under the heel of those Republicans who loudly exclaim how much they are on guard for ?freedom?.
The Republican rhetoric on behalf of freedom is a cheat, a fraud. The Republican voting record is of massive intrusions into the lives of the people (Patriot Act, Homeland Security) with a shocking expansion in the size of government and bureaucracy, censorship (Indecency Act), unjustified war (Iraq), unjustified drug war (ONDCP), repudiations of state Med-Pot Laws (Vote 2), anti-marijuana lies (Vote 1), support for torture (Vote 10), and spraying poisons on the rainforest (Vote 5).
Additionally, the United States is in the worst debt crisis in its history, from a surplus only six years ago!
The Republican record is all BIG GOVERNMENT and BIG BROTHER. If the Republican Party is to reclaim the right to say it is the party of liberty, then they should emulate libertarian Republicans Ron Paul (TX-14), Jeff Flake (AZ-6) and Dana Rohrabacher (CA-46). These three Republicans scored 175, 110 and 120 points respectively, the only Republicans to score B plus or better.
We should thank those wonderful 94 Representatives who scored 100 points or more (B plus and better). Re-elect them and send many more ?liberals? and ?libertarians? like them to the House of Representatives.
Of the 265 US Representatives with failing records, I indicate in the final box on the chart the recommended opponent you should vote for in order to get these miscreants out of the House. At press time some state primaries have yet to happen; the date of those primaries are shown where rival candidates would be written.
The Representatives who received a passing grade (60?175) do not have any adversaries listed.
We urge you to re-elect those who received 100 point scores or better (B plus or better), and commit to working in the election campaign for a candidate in your community (write us at CC to tell us what you did). It will require all thinking Americans? hard work to elect enough intelligent and progressive US Representatives this November 7th to reverse the dangerous direction the Congress has been headed.
US House of Representative Survey Scores of the 109th Congress
5 Reps reached 145-175 points (A plus plus plus)
10 reached 140 points (A plus plus)
20 scored 125 to 135 (A plus)
14 scored 115 or 120 (A)
15 scored 110 (A-)
29 scored 100 to 105 (B plus)
13 scored 95 (B)
8 scored 90 (B-)
2 scored 85 (C plus)
16 scored 80 (C)
14 scored 75 (C-)
5 scored 70 (D plus)
7 scored 65 (D)
10 scored 60 (D-)
134 failed with scores of 25 to 55 (F)
64 were REPREHENSIBLE failures with scores of 5 to 20 (R)
67 were TOXIC/EVIL failures with a shocking score of ZERO! (Z)
For a member of the House to achieve ZERO ? as Mike Rogers of Alabama?s 3rd District and 65 others did ? they would have voted to: 1) spend more on anti-marijuana ads, 2) arrest the sick & dying, 3) give power to the Drug Czar?s office, 4) encourage terrible corruption with anti-drug federal grants, 5) spray poisons over the rain forest in Colombia, 6) support the police state powers of the PATRIOT ACT, 7) support an immoral and unjustified war in Iraq, killing tens of thousands and costing billions monthly, 8) massively expand government bureaucracy and control of the nation while making it more vulnerable to disasters and terrorists, 9) support punitive fines and censorship for TV and radio, and 10) keep a torture school operating in the USA. And not sponsor any of the four pending cannabis-related bills.
65 Republicans and 2 Democrats believe just that! We rated them TOXIC/EVIL because they are the worst. They are death, literally. And they must be defeated this November 7th wherever possible. This is purpose of this survey. The votes don?t lie.
If a Representative voted correctly on all ten votes, as only Ron Paul of Texas? 14th district did, this is what was supported: 1) reducing the anti-marijuana government propaganda, 2) saving the sick and dying from persecution, 3) taking harmful authority and power from the White House drug czar, 4) making police & state governments more accountable over how they convict minorities in the drug war, 5) reducing the spraying of poison over the Colombian rainforest, 6) ending the police state apparatus known as the Patriot Act, 7) ending the War in Iraq, 8) stopping a massive government bureaucracy from forming, 9) resisting censorship of TV and radio and 10) closing an American torture school for foreign military interrogators.
Any House member with a “B-PLUS” (100 points) or better grade is an excellent Representative on those ten issues that we believe matter to Cannabis Culture readers.
The 10 votes we tracked provide a revealing snapshot of the 109th Congress and what each Party really represents. 94 Representatives in the House earned a B-plus or better. That?s wonderful. There are some incredible politicians in the House today doing terrific, amazing work on our behalf. 94 excellent grades is only 21% of the House, but that means we?ve got 94 solid allies in the people?s chamber whenever we need to rally our voice in Congress.
Top 3 Champions of the House
#1 ? The highest-ranked member of the US House is Republican Ron Paul (TX-14). Mr. Paul voted correctly 10 out of 10 times, the only one of 434 House members to do so. Ron Paul is also sponsor of two pending bills. A 165 Vote score plus 10 for sponsorships = 175 points. Ron Paul was the BEST of the HOUSE, and the top Republican too!
#2 ? The second highest-ranked member of the US House is Democrat Barney Frank (MA-3) with a 160 score. Mr. Frank is a rock against the excesses of the Republicans. He champions many bills and amendments CC supports, including better access to medical marijuana, saner drug laws, and rescheduling cannabis from 1 to schedule 2.
#3 ? The third highest-ranked member of the US House is Democrat Dennis Kucinich (OH-10) with a 150 score. CC endorsed Dennis Kucinich for President in the 2004 Democratic primaries. Mr. Kucinich did not let us down, and does tremendous work for our people in Congress.
Consider that 265 US Representatives FAILED the survey with scores of zero to 55. Now consider the only way to change that scary fact is to get politically active. Vote, volunteer, give money, get involved in the November 7 election. You?ve got all your ammo right here in this issue.
Numbers Don?t Lie
The following are accumulated statistics from the 109th Congress? 434 voting members of the US House of Representatives.
? Democratic Party Average = 86.5
(17,385 points/201 Representatives)
? Republican Party Average = 28.4
(6,570 points/231 Representatives)
? 170 US Representatives of 434 received a PASSING grade
? 16 US House Republicans of 231 received a PASSING grade
? 151 US House Democrats of 201 received a PASSING grade
? 1 US House Independent of 1 received a PASSING grade
? 3 US House Republicans scored B plus (100) or better
? 90 US House Democrats scored B plus (100) or better
? 1 US House Independent, Bernie Sanders of Vermont, scored A- (110)
? 265 US Representatives of 434 received a FAILING grade
? 215 US House Republicans of 231 received a FAILING grade
? 50 US House Democrats of 201 received a FAILING grade
175 Ron Paul (TX-14)
120 Dana Rohrabacher (CA-46)
110 Jeff Flake (AZ-6)
80 Ed Royce (CA-40)
80 Mike Simpson (ID-2)
80 Dennis Rehberg (MT)
80 Scott Garrett (NJ-5)
80 Roscoe Bartlett (MD-6)
80 Nancy Johnson (CT-5)
75 Tom Feeney (FL-24)
70 Tom Tancredo (CO-6)
5 others with passing grades (60-65)
160 Barney Frank (MA-4)
150 Dennis Kucinich (OH-10)
145 John Olver (MA-1)
145 Earl Blumenauer (OR-3)
140 George Miller (CA-7)
140 Linda T. Sanchez (CA-39)
140 Maxine Waters (CA-35)
140 S. Jackson-Lee (TX-18)
140 Jim McGovern (MA-3)
140 Jim McDermott (WA-7)
Four others at 140
The Best State Averages
? Massachusetts, all Representatives are Democrats (1,155 total points/10 Reps): 115.5 average, A!
? California Democrats (3,255/31): 105 average B plus. Wow!
? New York Democrats (1,800/20): 90 average B-
? Connecticut Democrats (265/2): 132.5 average, an A
? Illinois Democrats (870/10): average of 87 C
? New Jersey Democrats (615/7): average of 88 B-
? Ohio Democrats (625/6): 104.25 average B plus
? Wisconsin Democrats (390/4): 98 average B plus
? Pennsylvania Democrats (525/7): 75 average
The Worst State Averages
? Nebraska (0 points/3 Representatives): Nebraska?s 3 are completely TOXIC, average ZERO
? Georgia Republicans (30/7): 4.3 average, REPREHENSIBLE, one inch from TOXIC
? Wisconsin Republicans (30/4): 7.5 average, REPREHENSIBLE
? Utah (25/3): The Three from Utah average 8.3, REPREHENSIBLE
? Indiana (60/7): The seven Indiana Republicans averaged 8.5, REPREHENSIBLE
? Louisiana (95/6): Six Louisiana Republicans average under 16, REPREHENSIBLE
? Iowa (80/5): Iowa averages 16 – REPREHENSIBLE
? Pennsylvania Republicans (195/12): 16 average. REPREHENSIBLE
? Ohio Republicans (370/12): 31 average, F
? Oklahoma (160/5): Five Okie?s averaged 32, F
TOXIC/EVIL (Score of ZERO)
? Democratic Representatives rated TOXIC/EVIL: 2 of 201
? Republican Representatives rated TOXIC/EVIL: 65 of 231
REPREHENSIBLE (Score of 5-20)
? Democratic Representatives rated REPREHENSIBLE: 11 of 201
? Republican Representatives rated REPREHENSIBLE: 53 of 231
FAILURE (Score of 25-55)
? Democratic Representatives rated FAILURE: 37 of 201
? Republican Representatives rated FAILURE: 97 of 231
TOXIC, REPREHENSIBLE, FAILURE (Score of 0-55)
? Democratic Representatives rated TOXIC, REPREHENSIBLE, FAILURE: 50 of 201
? Republican Representatives rated TOXIC, REPREHENSIBLE, FAILURE: 215 of 231
Females and African-Americans
? 66 female US Representatives averaged a score of 74 (4,875/66 accumulated score)
? 55 Non-African-American females scored average 64 (3,555/55)
? 40 African-American US Representatives, all Democrats, averaged 106 (4,260/40)
? 11 African-American female US Representatives, all Democrats, averaged 120 (1,320/11)
? 29 African-American male US Representatives, all Democrats, averaged 101 (2,940/29)
? 42 female Democrats scored an average of 101 (4,235/42)
? 26 female Democrats of 42 scored a B plus or better
? 4 female Democrats of 42 scored a failing grade (0-55)
? 0 female Republicans scored B plus or better
? 24 female Republicans scored an average of 24 (580/24)
? 23 female Republicans received a failing grade (0-55)
? 1 female Republican received a passing grade: Nancy Johnson (CT-5)
? 130 Non-African-American male Democrats averaged 78.5 (10,210/130)
? 207 male Republicans (not even one African-American!) averaged 29 (5,990/207)
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