Why Ratings Matter
They are a good snapshot of what your politician is up to…
The two “conservative” ratings most people look to in Colorado is Principles of Liberty (POL) and the Colorado Union of Taxpayers (CUT). Principles of Liberty was created by the Republican Study Committee of Colorado when Republican Leadership at the time was rejecting literature rating legislation to be distributed to legislators at the Capitol. POL as it’s called has North of 20,000 data points on how it rates legislators, and they rate about 250 bills per year (That’s almost half of the bills introduced per year). POL rates bills on the following principles: Individual Liberty, Personal Responsibility, Property Rights, Free Markets, Limited Government, Fiscal Responsibility, Equal Protection of the Law, and State vs Federal Powers. Principles of Liberty was replaced by Republican Liberty Caucus of Colorado in 2019.
Here is a good synopsis of what your legislators have been up to. I suggest you read this before you vote:
Principles of Liberty
This was the most comprehensive analysis of legislators votes.
2013-2015 Justin Everett finishes #1 with an A+
The 2016 Anomaly
Justin Everett finishes 2nd with an A+ rating. Admittedly, I was trying to persuade a legislator to flip his vote. In the process on my vote sheet, I turned the page versus flipping the page and voted wrong on a bill that Principles of Liberty was rating.
2017-2018 Justin Everett finishes #1 with an A+
Republican Liberty Caucus of Colorado
This replaced Principles of Liberty in 2019. These scores are comparable.
2019 - Justin's Opponent receives an F
Justin’s Republican Primary opponent gets an F rating. There is a clear difference.
2020 - Not Yet Released
Can Justin’s opponent get a passing grade. We doubt it…
Colorado Union of Taxpayers (CUT) 2013 – 2018
These ratings aren’t as comprehensive as Principles of Liberty. But CUT has been rating legislators since the 1970 and has been the conservative standard. These are the ratings for Justin Everett.
Colorado Union of Taxpayers (CUT) 2019 -2020
These are the CUT ratings for Justin’s opponent. There IS a difference in the two candidates!