According to Virginia Progressive Legislative Alert Network (VAPLAN) Jennifer Wexton is the only state Senator to have a perfect liberal voting record in 2018. VAPLAN looked at 26 General Assembly bills that they considered most important to liberals. They included:
- the final budget with Medicaid expansion
- the Medicaid work requirement bill
- the civil asset forfeiture bill
- the “golf course” bill
- the grid transformation/”Dominion bill”
- the clean rate freeze repeal
- the bill banning public utility campaign donations
- “Erin’s law”
- the bill banning guns in churches
- the sanctuary city ban
- the redistricting criteria bill
- Others that can be found here
Jennifer Wexton proved to be the most liberal in the Senate. The only Senator with a perfect score! From VAPLAN:
Perfect scores: One State Senator and one Delegate each received a perfect scorecard. Thank you to Alfonso Lopez and Jennifer Wexton, for voting the right way on every single one of the bills that VAPLAN advocated on in 2018! That’s kind of phenomenal really. But also not too surprising to me personally; after I’d been tracking bills for a while, if I got to one that I didn’t quite understand, I knew who to look to for my measuring stick to figure out whether it was a good bill or not.
This means Jennifer Wexton is farther to the left than any other state Senator. Think about that. Think about liberals in the House and Senate, Wexton is to the left of the guy in the dress, the communist, and the lesbian socialist. See all the votes here. Their scoring method:
- A legislator scores +1 for a progressive vote, -1 for a non-progressive vote, and 0 if he/she didn’t take a vote–either because of being absent, abstaining, or more often because the vote was in a committee the legislator didn’t sit on. In all cases, the final vote on the bill, whether that takes place in a committee or on the floor, is the one we count.
- Additionally, a legislator could score +1 for being a sponsor or co-sponsor on a bill that he or she did not have an opportunity to vote on. If a legislator was absent, but indicated the vote they intended to cast, the score represented the intended vote.
- The legislator’s total score is the sum of all the bill scores, divided by the number of bills that he or she could have cast a vote on, so that the final score measures the percent of votes cast on these bills that were progressive. The measure ranges from 1 (all votes cast were progressive) to -1 (no progressive votes were cast).
Their scoring gave Jennifer Wexton a perfect score.
Also of interest, BlueVirginia.us covered this story and strangely enough never mentioned Jennifer Wexton’s perfect score. Curious. Might that be because they know Wexton is far, far, too liberal for the 10th district and they don’t want to call attention to her voting record? The district is purple, not dark blue. Wexton would be a terrible representative for the 10th district. We do not want to send her Congress! Vote to re-elect Barbara Comstock.