The RINO Index
Republican Party Platform Sets the Standards
The higher the score the more conservative the legislator
The GOP Party Platform sets the standards for what is a good vote and what is a bad vote. Every few years the State GOP revisits the Platform and votes in changes. The Platform was formed and changes are suggested by Republicans offering suggestions in the form of a resolution to the Platform Committee who combines all the ideas and submits the finished product to the State Convention for a floor vote. Individuals or county GOP committees can offer amendments while it is on the floor then the vote is taken.
Oklahoma has a wonderfully conservative and somewhat libertarian Party Platform but it is not being followed by the elected officials but it does serve to rank them on how well they follow the Party Platform and Oklahoma values.
Out of the hundreds of votes cast each session it becomes obvious which bills are so bad as to deserve a slot on the RINO Index each year. Most of the bills are suggested by conservative legislators others are suggested by informed activists, and generally thirty to forty bills are considered and boiled down to twenty bills. Some times the House list is a bit different than the Senate bill or vice versa.
The Party affiliation and district number are near the name of the elected official and the vertical cells are the bill numbers and a brief description.
As an example see the above score for Rep. Chris Kannady, Republican. He got all twenty votes wrong, he voted for tax increases, tax deduction cuts, fee increases, anti liberty legislation, or more tax credits for the wealthy donor class.
A Y or Yes vote is bad and it costs 5 points. A N or No vote is good and it adds 5 points. An E means excused or absent, either the politician didn’t show up to vote that day or he “walked” the vote, as in run to the bathroom and hide while the difficult issue is being voted on to avoid making the voters angry. Those missed votes are counted as 2.5 points, meaning a politician can score a 50% by missing all the votes, not a good system but at the same time we needed to cut some slack for a few missed votes for the average legislator. Numbers are rounded off by the spreadsheet so that explains the final score being a half point off at times.