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No surprises on Florida Chamber report card: R’s get A’s, Dems mostly fail

by Dara Kam | May 22nd, 2013

Three Palm Beach County lawmakers earned perfect scores from the Florida Chamber of Commerce. Not surprisingly, their Democratic counterparts received mostly failing grades from the powerful business lobby.

GOP Reps. Pat Rooney, R-West Palm Beach; MaryLynn Magar, R-Tequesta; and Bill Hager, R-Delray Beach, all received marks of “100″ from the Chamber. Senate budget chief Joe Negron, R-Stuart, received an “87.”

The Chamber’s grades are based on 8,000 votes cast during the 2013 session that ended early this month. Fifty-nine percent of the 160 House and Senate members earned “A” grades with scores of 90-100 for “voting to make Florida more competitive and in support of the priority jobs issues” included in the Chamber’s legislative agenda, according to a press release.

Rep. Kevin Rader, a Delray Beach insurance agent, fared the best of his fellow Palm Beach County Democrats with a “72,” the only PBC Dem that earned a passing Chamber mark. Rep. Mark Pafford, D-West Palm Beach, was at the bottom of the delegation with a “36,” just two points more than the Chamber’s lowest scorer, Rep. Elaine Schwartz, D-Hollywood.

Here’s how the rest of the delegation fared:
Sen. Joseph Abruzzo, D-Wellington: 59;
Rep. Lori Berman, D-Lantana: 57;
Rep. Bobby Powell, D-Riviera Beach: 55;
Sen. Maria Sachs, D-Delray Beach: 55;
Sen. Jeff Clemens, D-Lake Worth: 53;
Rep. Dave Kerner, D-Lake Worth: 49;
Rep. Irv Slosberg, D-Boca Raton: 48.

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10 Responses to “No surprises on Florida Chamber report card: R’s get A’s, Dems mostly fail”

  1. Ted the Nimble Says:

    Wow the party that supports job creation, lower taxes creating a more business friendly environment gets higher grades from the business community. What a surprise!

  2. Florida Mom Says:

    No, it’s just more entrenched politics and has zero to do with creating a quality and well balanced state for all Floridians to live in and enjoy. We are ranked 42nd in spending on our students in our schools. Millions of Floridians have no access to healthcare, and no paid sick days if and when they do get sick. Oh,and that average 8 bucks an hour they earn isn’t really boosting Florida’s economy, either. This kind of nasty political war on the poor hurts everyone, eventually.

  3. Kevin Says:

    Getting a low score in this sham of a poll should be considered a point of pride.

  4. Edward Says:

    Getting a low score in this outstanding poll should be a wake-up call to the mindless Demoncrats that they need to really start thinking about the people and not party.

  5. Drones Says:

    If you get a high score on this scorecard, it means you are doing what you are told. NO legislator should be 100 percent with ANY group, especially one like the Chamber. The Chamber of Commerce is basically a right wing shill organization that fights for BIG business, not the little guy.
    A poor score by a Democrat on this scorecard means you are doing your job, fighting against big business interests and voting for the working class.
    That being said . . . what the heck is Kevin Rader doing?! You represent a district full of Democrats and African-Americans!!! Grow a back bone and stand up to big money interests. Stop voting in your campaign’s best interest and start voting for your constituents.

  6. FLConsumer Says:

    The Chamber is the worst organization in Florida continually seeking to take power from citizens and give it to business.

  7. Chris Says:

    Despite the fact that the chamber supports Medicaid Expansion, and the thousands of jobs and business opportunities it will create in this state, it appears that they did not use the vote on Negroncare for scoring purposes. How convenient for House Republicans.

  8. Roy Says:

    Gee! The Demonrats get failing grades when it comes to supporting businesses? I never woulda thunk it! \sarcasm off

  9. Carrie Says:

    Every once in a while, Republicans forget the first rule of being a parasite: Hide. For a while, they prospered in the relative obscurity of doing nothing, contributing nothing, and obstructing all attempts by the Obama administration to do Something, at the behest of their ultra-wealthy masters who don’t need and don’t want American government to work (or even really exist).

    Like barnacles on the Ship of State, they were known in the general public largely by the constant drag on progress they exerted, which had the ironic – and for them, desirable – effect of being blamed on the guy at the wheel.

    For most people, the Republican Party’s brazen corruption, hypocrisy, and treasonous lust to punish the nation for voting against them was an unseen irritant that only served to increase their annoyance with the President for not acting as though the difference in visibility were a difference in power.

    And then Republicans went ahead and reminded everyone that, yes, they are The Problem, and have been The Problem all along. At a time of economic hardship created by them and exacerbated by their refusal to pass any form of economic stimulus in years, they’ve opened the taxpayer spigot to fish for scandals to benefit themselves, and are publicly making a spectacle of the fact that they consider the US government their private property.

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