The below graphics are a snapshot Rep. Bell’s 2016 voting record – for the last day of the 2016 legislative session. Notice how more than two-thirds of the legislature voted better than her? She voted quite liberal.
Admittedly, the Idaho Freedom Foundation, is a hard grader. But wouldn’t you prefer her voting record to be in the top one-third to one-half? One vote in particular makes for a contrast: Her vote against the 2nd Amendment to keep and bear arms. She prefers gun control over freedom – which is 180 degrees opposite of my position.
Don’t get me wrong. I respect Rep. Bell’s 28 years of service. She’s been a trooper, but 28 years is a little long for a “citizen” legislator.
It’s difficult to feather out her voting record. Ever read a bill or tried to learn a representative’s voting record? It takes time and it’s not easy. But, from my research, I can say this: I would have voted with her about 30 percent of the time!
The Idaho Freedom Foundation Grading
Here is the Freedom Index, by category – click on each to see a larger graphic…
All Rated Bills (March 25, 2016)
Economic Freedom (March 25, 2016)
Individual Liberty (Mar 3, 2016)
Work Place Freedom (Mar 3, 2016)