1. B Balz says:

    The % of votes with Speaker is probably correct and is still a lousy indicator of how a lawmaker actually votes on key issues. For example, a lawmaker may vote with the Speaker 90% of the time, and 95% of those votes are commemorations, or votes that are not really of huge importance. So what?

    Continued use of this metric, for pol gain, may lead lawmakers to vote “Present’ more often.

    Most folks won’t recognize this is a specious metric, nor will they check out the smart vote resource on Rep. Marshall:


    • Hi B Balz,

      Using those numbers also helps identify politicians who vote “aye” on key procedural votes to get a bill to the floor and then vote “nay” for the benefit of those constituents back home who pay attention to important votes.

      I think the best bet is to compare Marshall’s votes with Georgia’s conservative reps (about 54%) and compare his votes to the Democrat leadership (about 87%). That 33% difference is significant in a district that is much more conservative than Pelosi and Hoyer.

      • B Balz says:

        Hey Ken,

        Much better analysis and gets the point across without any distortion.

        Gonna be close, that for sure.

          • B Balz and polisavvy,

            A while back on another thread I made reference to a Barnes appointee in the Dept of Corrections who was a convicted felon. I researched that and my information was correct up to a point.

            I’m not going to post the man’s name here or elsewhere because I also found out the following information. The man did indeed serve time in Leavenworth for a non-violent crime back in the 1970s and he had been with the Department of Corrections for over 30 years when Barnes promoted him. It appears to me that the man has paid his dues to society and that his promotion was for his performance as an employee of the state. In addition, he left state employment several years ago. I think using that would not be right, so I won’t pursue it any farther. Sorry for the delay in getting back to you on it.

      • polisavvy says:

        It is a very significant difference in the 8th! His voting record is and should be an issue in this race. You’re also correct about the “nay” voting — people in the 8th are watching and listening. It’s a pretty informed district. I think Austin Scott will pull it out.

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