Inside Michigan Politics 2014 Senate Rankings: Warren Most Liberal, Brandenburg, Moolenaar 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 2014. Last week, IMP released its state House rankings.

Sen. Rebekah Warren (D-Ann Arbor) is the Most Liberal senator for 2014 with a 96.67% liberal voting record. Warren has made history; she’s the only senator to be Most Liberal for all four years of her term (2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014).

Sen. Jim Ananich (D-Flint) was the runner-up with a 96.30% liberal voting record. Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer (D-East Lansing) and Sen. Vince Gregory (D-Southfield) tied for third with 93.33%.

The Most Conservative title is held by two men: Sens. Jack Brandenburg (R-Harrison Twp.) and John Moolenaar (R-Midland), who had 6.67% liberal voting records.

The second-place finisher is Sen. Joe Hune (R-Hamburg) with a 10.00% liberal voting record. Sens. Pat Colbeck (R-Canton) and Phil Pavlov (R-St. Clair) tied for third with 13.33%.

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 38 members of the Senate in 2014. That list is available to subscribers in our Sept. 30, 2014, edition.

The list of the top three Most Liberal and Most Conservative senators from 2009 to 2013, is available at insidemichiganpolitics.com.

Inside Michigan Politics 2014 House Rankings

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Irwin, Roberts Most Liberal
McMillin, Franz, Lund Most Conservative

The 2014 election is a little more than six weeks away, and Inside Michigan Politics has the definitive rankings of the Most Liberal and Most Conservative members of the House of Representatives.

Three Republicans hold the title of Most Conservative this year: Reps. Tom McMillin (R-Auburn Hills), Ray Franz (R-Onekama) and Pete Lund (R-Shelby Twp.). They each posted a 7.14% liberal voting record.

Rep. Greg MacMaster (R-Kewadin) had the second-most conservative voting record with 7.69%. There was a six-way tie for third place (10.71%) between Reps. Frank Foster (R-Petoskey), Tom Hooker (R-Byron Center), Bob Genetski (R-Saugatuck), Ken Goike (R-Ray Twp), Joel Johnson (R-Clare) and Aric Nesbitt (R-Lawton).

Foster was the lone member of the Legislature to lose in the August primary, where even having the third-most conservative voting record wasn’t enough to save him from a challenge from the right.

Two Democrats tied for Most Liberal in 2014: Reps. Jeff Irwin (D-Ann Arbor) and Sarah Roberts (D-St. Clare Shores). They both had 92.86% liberal voting records.

Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Detroit) had the second-most liberal voting record with 89.29%. Rep. Vicki Barnett (D-Farmington Hills) came in third with 85.71%.

Inside Michigan Politics has been compiling the list for more than 25 years. The rankings are based on 28 litmus test roll-call votes in the state House of Representatives 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 110 members of the state House in 2014. That list is available to subscribers in our Sept. 22, 2014, edition.

The list of the top three Most Liberal and Most Conservative House members from 2009 to 2013, is available at insidemichiganpolitics.com.

Susan J. Demas Communications Acquires Inside Michigan Politics

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LANSING - Publisher Bill Ballenger announced today that Susan J. Demas Communications, LLC, has acquired Inside Michigan Politics (IMP), the must-read biweekly newsletter for Michigan's business and political leaders. 

Journalist and businesswoman Susan J. Demas, 36, serves as CEO of the Lansing-based company. Demas will be the new Publisher of IMP. She will join a small number of women who own and operate publications in Michigan, according to information provided by the Michigan Press Association.
 
"Inside Michigan Politics is the gold standard for political journalism in Michigan," Demas said. "I look forward to ensuring that IMP continues its tradition of fair and non-partisan reporting and analysis. Most of all, I look forward to the opportunity of working with Bill, who has been a friend and mentor to me for many years." 

Ballenger will continue to be an essential part of IMP, serving as Associate Editor for three years, as well as continuing to do speaking and media engagements across the state. A former state senator and representative, Ballenger founded IMP in 1987. Ballenger has been dubbed by the Detroit News as "Michigan's undisputed Crown Prince of Pundits." 

"For almost three decades, I've tried to make the newsletter be the essential resource for those interested in what's really going on in Michigan politics," Ballenger said. "Under Susan's leadership, I expect that to continue. I believe Susan is the right person to continue IMP's unwavering commitment to thoughtful and precise political journalism." 

IMP is the go-to source for Michigan politics for national media, and has been cited inThe New York Times, Detroit Free Press, Detroit News, Christian Science Monitor, The Washington Post, Roll Call, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Hotline and theAssociated Press. 

"Those who subscribe to Inside Michigan Politics expect information and analysis they won't get anywhere else," Demas said. "When you subscribe to IMP, you get insight into Lansing, beyond talking points and spin." 

Inside Michigan Politics can be found on Facebook, on Twitter at @InsideMIPolitix, and at the website, www.insidemichiganpolitics

About Susan J. Demas
Demas has spent 12 years in journalism as a reporter, editor and columnist. She is a 2006 Knight Foundation Fellow in nonprofit and political journalism through Marshall University in Huntington, W.V. Demas's work has appeared in or on 70 international, national and state publications, including Forbes, The Guardian U.K., Newsweek, the Australian Broadcasting Network and NBC. 

Demas currently serves as Political Columnist for MLive.com, and regularly provides analysis for Off the Record, Michigan Radio and Night Shift with Tony Trupiano. She previously was Deputy Editor for Michigan Information & Research Service (MIRS), where she worked for almost six years. 

A native of Northbrook, Illinois, Demas now lives in Okemos, Michigan. She is engaged and has two children, ages 11 and 9.