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Drug Policy Alliance voting guide for representatives

Via Hit and Run
The Drug Policy Alliance has released their new 2006 Drug Policy Reform Congressional Voter Guide: A Survey of the U.S. House of Representatives on Drug Policy Reform (PDF file)
It’s a wonderful report. I had worked on putting together state by state voting guides in 2004 — a lot of work. What the Drug Policy Alliance has put together is a great start, focusing on six votes in the House of Representatives.
The best of the best (based on voting record and bills sponsored) included: 2005 Champion: Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-18th/TX); 2005 Heroes: Rep. John Conyers (D-14th/MI), Rep. Sam Farr (D-17th/CA), Rep. Jeff Flake (R-6th/AZ), Rep. Barney Frank (D-14th MA), Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-23rd/FL), Rep. Maurice Hinchey (D-22nd/NY), Rep. Ron Paul (R-14th/TX), Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-46th/CA), and Rep. Bobby Scott (D-3rd/VA; Honorable Mention: Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-3rd/OR), Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-10th/OH), Rep. John Olver (D-1st/MA), Rep. James McGovern (D-3rd/MA), Rep. George Miller (D-7th/CA), Rep. Martin Olav Sabo (D-5th/MN), Rep. Linda Sanchez (D-39th/CA), Rep. John Tierney (D-6th/MA), Rep. Diane Watson (D-33/CA), Rep. Julia Carson (D-7th/IN), Rep. Al Green (D-9th/TX), Rep. Barbara Lee (D-9th/CA), Rep. Charles Rangel (D-15th/NY), Rep. Janice Schakowsky (D-9th/IL), and Rep. Lynn Woolsey (D-6th/CA).
Naturally, my Representative — Weller (R-11th/IL) — is in the worst category, with a voting record of 1 out of 6. (Nobody got 0 of 6, because one of the votes that the Drug Policy Alliance used was a minor adjustment to treatment rules that received a unanimous vote in the House.)
How did your Rep score?

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