Inside Michigan Politics’ 2017 House Rankings: Rabhi Most Liberal, Noble Most Conservative

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State Rep. Yousef Rabhi (D-Ann Arbor) is Inside Michigan Politics’ 2017 “Most Liberal” House member with an 87.5% liberal voting record. And state Rep. Jeff Noble (R-Plymouth) is the conservative champ, voting liberal only 18.8% of the time.

IMP has calculated the definitive rankings of the Most Liberal and Most Conservative senators for more than 25 years. IMP released its state Senate rankings earlier this month.

On the liberal side, state Reps. Stephanie Chang (D-Detroit) and David LaGrand (D-Grand Rapids tied for second place with their 84.4% liberal records. And it was a three-way tie for third between Reps. Abdullah Hammoud (D-Dearborn), Rose Mary Robinson (D-Detroit), Robert Wittenberg (D-Oak Park). They each turned in 81.3% liberal scores.

There was another tie for second place amongst conservatives, with state Reps. Steven Johnson (R-Wayland) and Sue Allor (R-Wolverine) winning the honor by only voting liberal 21.9% of the time. Third prize was split 14 ways between Reps. Thomas Albert (R-Lowell); Tom Barrett (R-Potterville); Ed Canfield (R-Sebewaing); Lee Chatfield (R-Levering); Gary Glenn (R-Midland); Shane Hernandez (R-Port Huron); Michele Hoitenga (R-Manton); Beau LeFave (R-Iron Mountain); Kim LaSata (R-St. Joseph); Eric Leutheuser (R-Hillsdale); Jim Tedder (R-Clarkston); Lana Theis (R-Brighton); Roger Victory (R-Hudsonville); and Mary Whiteford (R-Casco Twp.). They each posted 25% liberal scores.

The rankings are based on 32 litmus test roll-call votes in the state House this year. For the IMP rankings, 100% is the gold standard for a representative who voted the liberal position on roll calls for an array of social, economic, taxation, environmental, civil rights, and public health/safety issues. If a roll call was missed, it was simply thrown out.

IMP has ranked all 111 members who took votes in the state House 2017. That list is available to subscribers in our December 19, 2017, edition.

The list of the top three Most Liberal and Most Conservative House members from 2009 to 2015, is available at insidemichiganpolitics.com.

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Inside Michigan Politics’ 2017 Senate Rankings: Hood Most Liberal, MacGregor Most Conservative

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State Sen. Morris Hood III (D-Detroit) is the Most Liberal senator for the second straight year in Inside Michigan Politics’ annual rankings with an 88.9% liberal voting record. State Sen. Peter MacGregor (R-Rockford) is the 2017 “Most Conservative” champ, having only voted liberal 19.4% of the time on key roll call votes.

Inside Michigan Politics has calculated the definitive rankings of the Most Liberal and Most Conservative senators for more than 25 years. IMP also will release its state House rankings this month.

Placing second on the liberal side was state Sen. Rebekah Warren (D-Ann Arbor) with an 83.9% liberal record. She has the distinction of being the only senator to notch five straight “Most Liberal” wins --- in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 --- but Hood snapped her streak in 2016. State Sen. Hoon-Yung Hopgood (D-Taylor) was third, voting liberal 83.3% of the time.

On the conservative side of the spectrum, there was a three-way tie for second-most conservative senator between Sens. Goeff Hansen (R-Hart), Wayne Schmidt (R-Traverse City) and Jim Stamas (R-Midland), who each voted liberal 22.6% of the time. Third place was an eight-way tie between Sens. Darwin Booher (R-Evart); Joe Hune (R-Hamburg); Marty Knollenberg (R-Troy); Mike Kowall (R-White Lake); Jim Marleau (R-Lake Orion); Arlan Meekhof (R-West Olive); John Proos (R-St. Joseph); and Dave Robertson (R-Grand Blanc). They each had 25.8% liberal records.

The rankings are based on 31 litmus test roll-call votes in the state Senate this year. For the IMP rankings, 100% is the gold standard for a representative who voted the liberal position on roll calls for an array of social, economic, taxation, environmental, civil rights, and public health/safety issues. If a roll call was missed, it was simply thrown out.

IMP has ranked all 38 members of the Senate in 2017. That list is available to subscribers in our December 11, 2017, edition.

The list of the top three Most Liberal and Most Conservative senators from 2009 to 2015, is available at insidemichiganpolitics.com.

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Inside Michigan Politics 2016 Senate Rankings: Hood Most Liberal, Green Most Conservative

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Inside Michigan Politics has done it again, calculating the definitive rankings of the Most Liberal and Most Conservative members of the state Senate for 2016. Before the election, IMP released its state House rankings.

Sen. Morris Hood III (D-Detroit) is the Most Liberal senator for 2016 with an 87% liberal voting record. He’s dethroned Sen. Rebekah Warren (D-Ann Arbor), who broke all IMP records by winning the title in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015.

Sen. Coleman Young II (D-Detroit) is the runner up with an 86.2% liberal voting record. Warren and Sen. Steve Bieda (D-Warren) tied for third with 83.3% records.

The 2016 Most Conservative title is held by Sen. Mike Green (R-Mayville) who only voted liberal 22.2% of the time. Coming in second was Sen. Judy Emmons (R-Sheridan) with a 23.3% liberal record. And Sens. Joe Hune (R-Hamburg) and Dave Robertson (R-Grand Blanc) tied for third with 30% liberal voting records.

Inside Michigan Politics has been compiling the list for more than 25 years. The rankings are based on 30 litmus test roll-call votes in the state Senate this year.

For the IMP rankings, 100% is the gold standard for a representative who voted the liberal position on roll calls for an array of social, economic, taxation, environmental, civil rights, and public health/safety issues. If a roll call was missed, it was simply thrown out.

IMP has ranked all 39 members of the Senate in 2016. That list is available to subscribers in our December 14, 2016, edition.

The list of the top three Most Liberal and Most Conservative senators from 2009 to 2015, is available at insidemichiganpolitics.com.


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Inside Michigan Politics 2016 House Rankings: Wittenberg Most Liberal, Theis Most Conservative

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The 2016 election is just under two months away, and Inside Michigan Politics has the definitive rankings of the “Most Liberal” and “Most Conservative” members of the state House of Representatives. All seats are on the ballot on Nov. 8.

The 2016 “Most Liberal” member is Rep. Robert Wittenberg (D-Oak Park), who scored a 92.9% liberal voting record. The “Most Conservative” member is Rep. Lana Theis (R-Brighton), who had just a 10.7% liberal rating.

The ratings are based on 28 litmus test roll-call votes this year. For the rankings, 100% is the gold standard for a representative who voted the liberal position on roll calls for an array of social, economic, taxation, environmental, civil rights, and public health/safety issues. If a roll call was missed, it was simply thrown out.

Two House members tied for second most-liberal: Reps. Brian Banks (D-Harper Woods) and Sherry Gay-Dagnogo (D-Detroit), who each voted liberal 89.3% of the time. The two-way tie for third place was between Reps. LaTanya Garrett (D-Detroit) and Kristy Pagan (D-Canton), who both posted 85.7% liberal records.

At the other end of the political/ideological spectrum, Reps. Triston Cole (R-Mancelona), Laura Cox (R-Livonia) and Aaron Miller (R-Sturgis), who voted liberal 14.3% of the time. Coming in third wereReps. Lee Chatfield (R-Levering) and Gary Glenn (R-Midland) took third prize with their 17.6% liberal voting records.*  

In 2015, the most “Most Conservative” winners were disgraced, now-former Reps. Todd Courser (R-Silverwood) and Cindy Gamrat (R-Plainwell). Glenn placed second. Theis and Rep. Jim Runestad (R-White Lake) tied for third.

Last year, Garrett was the “Most Liberal” House member. There was a five-way tie for second place between Wittenberg and Reps. Jim Townsend (D-Royal Oak), Sarah Roberts (D-St. Clair Shores), Jon Hoadley (D-Kalamazoo) and Leslie Love (D-Detroit). Rep. Fred Durhal III (D-Detroit) was third.

Inside Michigan Politics has been compiling the list for more than 25 years.

IMP has ranked the 109 members of the state House in 2016. That list is available to subscribers in our September 9, 2016 edition.

The list of the top three “Most Liberal” and “Most Conservative” House members from 2009 to 2015 is available at insidemichiganpolitics.com

*Corrected, 9/12/16

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IMP Announces New Contributors

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LANSING –  Inside Michigan Politics Editor & Publisher Susan J. Demas today announced that the publication will begin featuring a variety of writers.

IMP, the must-read, biweekly newsletter, provides nonpartisan analysis for several thousand readers, including corporations, trade associations, labor unions, government agencies, the White House and several foreign governments. Now IMP will be featuring the work of both experienced journalists and political strategists from both sides of the aisle.

“When I bought Inside Michigan Politics over two years ago, my goal was to make IMP the gold standard for political journalism in Michigan and to grow the company,” Demas said. “Now I’m very excited to be able to bring in new voices to IMP. I think these experienced journalists and political strategists will enhance our mission to tell readers what's really happening in Michigan politics, beyond talking points and spin.”

New writers contributing to IMP include: Longtime political journalist Chad Selweski; Job Creators Network Senior Communications Manager Kathy Hoekstra; reporter Andy Balaskovitz; former Michigan GOP Chair Saul Anuzis; Dennis Darnoi of political data analysis firm Revsix; AFL-CIO Communications Director Zack Pohl; and former Equality Michigan Executive Director Emily Dievendorf.

Writers will be covering and providing analysis on everything from state House races to the ongoing Flint water crisis.

IMP is the most-quoted political publication in Michigan, and has recently been featured in national and international media outlets, including The New York Times, Politico, USA Today, Bloomberg News, Hotline, Roll Call, CNN, MSNBC’s “Hardball,” PBS "News Hour," Al-Jazeera, Real Clear Politics, Slate, Reuters and more.

Demas, 39, has been a reporter, editor and columnist for 15 years. She is the only Michigan journalist to have been named to The Washington Post's list of “Best Political Reporters,” The Huffington Post's list of “Best Political Tweeters” and The Washington Post's list of “Best Political Bloggers.”

Statement on Bill Ballenger

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I have great respect for Bill Ballenger, who has continued to periodically contribute to Inside Michigan Politics after I bought the publication in 2013.

As you are aware, Bill's comments Tuesday night on WKAR after the State of the State address regarding the seriousness of the Flint Water Crisis are indefensible. Bill had previously made public comments as a Flint resident and political analyst, but last night he was on “Off the Record” associated with IMP.

As I told Bill earlier Tuesday, he is entitled to his opinion, but not his own facts. And as the sole owner, editor and publisher of IMP, I alone speak for the publication and set its editorial direction.

Flint is a public health catastrophe, as the meticulous research of Virginia Tech and Hurley Medical Center Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha clearly shows. I cannot have anyone associated with Inside Michigan Politics who minimizes the impact of this terrible public health disaster that will impact people’s lives for decades to come. I am truly sorry to everyone hurt by Bill’s comments at a time of already considerable anxiety and pain.

So it is with a heavy heart that I am informing you that as of this morning, Bill Ballenger is not associated with Inside Michigan Politicsin any way, shape or form.

Inside Michigan Politics 2015 Senate Rankings: Warren Most Liberal for 5th Straight Year, Hune Most Conservative

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For the fifth straight year, state Sen. Rebekah Warren (D-Ann Arbor) is the chamber’s “Most Liberal” member. No other senator has achieved that feat in the almost three decades Inside Michigan Politics has been tracking votes.

IMP has compiled the definitive rankings of the “Most Liberal and Most Conservative” members of the state Senate for 2015. The rankings are based on 31 litmus test roll-call votes this year.

Warren posted a 93.3% liberal voting record, and was followed by Sen. Vincent Gregory (D-Southfield) with 90.3%. Sens. Coleman Young II (D-Detroit) and Morris Hood III (D-Detroit) tied for third place with 90% liberal voting records.

In 2014, now-Minority Leader Jim Ananich (D-Flint) was the runner-up, with Gregory and then-Sen. Gretchen Whitmer (D-East Lansing) tied for third.    

For 2015, Sen. Joe Hune (R-Hamburg) notched a 0% liberal voting record, earning him the “Most Conservative” title –– which he also captured in 2011, 2012 and 2013. Hune has the distinction of being the only legislator of the 148 serving this year in either the state House or Senate to post a perfect record –– be it conservative or liberal.

Sen. Pat Colbeck (R-Canton) had the second-most conservative voting record in 2015 with a 3.23% liberal record. Sens. Dave Hildenbrand (R-Lowell) and John Proos (R-St. Joseph) tied for third, with each scoring a 6.45%.

In 2014, Sens. Jack Brandenburg (R-Harrison Twp.) and John Moolenaar (R-Midland) were both “Most Conservative.” Hune placed second and Colbeck and Sen. Phil Pavlov (R-St. Clair) tied for third.

For IMP’s rankings, 100% is the gold standard for a representative who voted the liberal position on roll calls for an array of social, economic, taxation, environmental, civil rights, and public health/safety issues. If a roll call was missed, it was simply thrown out.

IMP has ranked all 38 members of the Senate in 2015. That list is available to subscribers in our forthcoming edition.

The list of the top three “Most Liberal” and “Most Conservative” senators from 2009 to 2014 is available at insidemichiganpolitics.com

Inside Michigan Politics 2015 House Rankings: Courser, Gamrat Most Conservative; Garrett Most Liberal

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Ex-state Reps. Todd Courser (R-Silverwood) and Cindy Gamrat (R-Plainwell) frequently claimed to be the most conservative members of the House -- and their voting records back them up.

Inside Michigan Politics has compiled the definitive rankings of the “Most Liberal and Most Conservative” members of the House of Representatives for 2015. The rankings are based on 28 litmus test roll-call votes this year.

“Most Conservative” winners Courser and Gamrat both notched 4.8% liberal voting records. Following them is Rep. Gary Glenn (R-Midland) with a 7.1% liberal record. Reps. Jim Runestad (R-White Lake) and Lana Theis (R-Brighton) tied for third by posting 10.7% liberal voting records.

In 2014, three Republicans tied for “Most Conservative”: Reps. Tom McMillin (R-Auburn Hills), Ray Franz (R-Onekama) and Pete Lund (R-Shelby Twp.).

For 2015, freshman Rep. LaTanya Garrett is the “Most Liberal” House member, amassing a 96.4% liberal voting record.

There was a five-way tie for second place between Reps. Jim Townsend (D-Royal Oak), Sarah Roberts (D-St. Clair Shores), Jon Hoadley (D-Kalamazoo), Leslie Love (D-Detroit) and Robert Wittenberg (D-Oak Park). They all scored 92.9%. And Fred Durhal III (D-Detroit) was third with a 92.6% liberal record.

In 2014, two Democrats tied for “Most Liberal”: Roberts and Rep. Jeff Irwin (D-Ann Arbor).

Inside Michigan Politics has been compiling the list for more than 25 years. For the rankings, 100% is the gold standard for a representative who voted the liberal position on roll calls for an array of social, economic, taxation, environmental, civil rights, and public health/safety issues. If a roll call was missed, it was simply thrown out.

IMP has ranked all 110 members of the state House in 2015. That list is available to subscribers in our forthcoming edition.

The list of the top three “Most Liberal” and “Most Conservative” House members from 2009 to 2014 is available at insidemichiganpolitics.com