Every Republican is the Maryland Senate is now equally perfect in the eyes of a conservative business advocacy group that annually ranks the votes of state legislators.
In its annual Roll Call report, Maryland Business for Responsive Government, gives every member of the
The good news for MBRG is that the Republicans were rock-solid in their support this year. The bad news is that they still account for only 12 members in the 47-member Senate, and
On the House side, three ideologically impure Anne Arundel County Republicans stood in the way of GOP perfection in MBRG's eyes -- Dels. Herbert H. McMillan (90 percent), Nicholaus R. Kipke (80 percent) and Robert A. Costa (73 percent). Tea, anyone?
On the Democratic side, scores were predictably anemic, though there were some notable swings in the
Among House Democrats only two delegates got scores of zero and both were named Turner. Del. Frank Turner of
MBRG's ratings tend to reward legislators for casting votes against higher taxes, favorable treatment of unions and stepped-up environmental regulation.
MBRG gave low ratings to the Democratic presiding officers of the two chambers. House Speaker