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Lawmakers ranked by Civitas Institute
 
The conservative-minded Civitas Institute of Raleigh ranked the effectiveness of state lawmakers, following the 2013 Legislative session, with mostly Republicans getting high marks and Democrats receiving low grades.
 
According to Civitas the "conservative effectiveness rankings" are based on the nonprofit organization's "ideals that are derived from free-market economic policies, limited government, personal responsibility and civic engagement."
 
The rankings were released in July, following an April survey of lawmakers and is done every two years.
 
The Civitas website shows how lawmakers fared on a 100-point scale and then ranked them.
 
Number one ranks as the most conservative and number 120 the least conservative.
 
William Brisson (D) of Dublin was ranked 78th and Ken Waddell (D) of Chadbourn was ranked 82nd.  Both are Democrats and both voted with Republicans on numerous key issues. 
 
Sixteen members of the Legislature received perfect scores, including Sen. Brent Jackson (R) of Sampson County.  Bladen County's Senator Bill Rabon (R) was tied with 4 others for 29th place.


   
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