This week, I’ll start publishing Report Cards for local lawmakers from the 2013 session. We’ll deal primarily with the Orange County delegation but some Seminole County lawmakers will make the cut as well.
Like any other grading system, mine is sure to come under scrutiny. Its what we do. From the credit ratings of countries, to the imaginary rating systems in video games, we fight criticism at every turn.
Especially in Politics!
Anyways, this is how I handle the grading, behind this year’s Legislative Report Cards.
How the grades are determined:
Campaign Promises: Simply put, the candidates words while they were campaigning. I check literature, websites and ads to see if the lawmaker was effective. Did they vote the way they told the voters they would?
Social Media and Communications: Are the lawmakers keeping their constituents “in the loop”. Are they using Facebook, Twitter and email to get the news out? A dialog is preferred even more.
Leadership, Strategy and Innovation: On the job performance. What are the lawmakers doing on the clock, and how is it helping their constituents back home? Are they “moving the chains” for legislation? Are they playing a special role or promoting strong ideas?
Bi-partisanship: “Heaven forbid” they work across the aisle! How have your lawmakers done working with members from the other party? Are they “team players’ or are they “throwing smoke” at the other side?
Media relations or “Mic Skils”: How are your lawmakers representing you in front of the video cameras? What are they doing with their time on the floor in the legislature? Are they helping the cause? Bomb throwing? A mixture of the two?
All of the grades are averaged for an Overall grade.
Extra Credit: X-Factors or Miscellaneous Events: Was there a particular event that helped or hurt a lawmaker’s efforts?
The scope or philosophy in the grading is the effectiveness of the lawmaker. Republican or Democrat, are they accomplishing what they’re trying to succeed?
And remember, it’s one analyst’s opinion.