Be a Responsible Citizen, be an Informed VoterRecent News — By Online Editor on October 17, 2016 at 5:12 PM
We all have a civic duty to vote and hold our elected officials accountable. However, to hold them accountable one must be informed of their past voting records if officeholders. And if the candidate is running to challenge an incumbent, then a voter must vet that candidate on their positions and trust that candidate to do what they say.
To help Alaskans be informed before they vote, we are providing two report cards which grade incumbent legislators on their voting records. We did not grade these legislators. Two groups, the Alaska Conservation Voters and the Alaska Business Report Card group graded legislators based on various criteria.
The ABRC group includes the Alaska Chamber, the Alaska Support Industry Alliance, Prosperity Alaska, and the Resource Development Council for Alaska, Inc. This group represents tens of thousands of Alaskans who work in the private economy. It bases its report card grades on responsible budgeting and private sector growth. Basically, the ABRC supports pro-development as indicated in the chart below. Click here for details of their criteria.
The Alaska Conservation Voters’ latest report card is from 2014. This group focuses on clean water, salmon, clean energy and opposition to resource development. One might say that the ACV supports protecting the environment at all costs, including jobs and the economy. Click here for details of their grading criteria.
Here are the grades as reported by the ABRC (Pro-development) and the ACV (Anti-development):