ACLU finds inspiration from the NRA for a new politician rating system

ACLU finds inspiration from the NRA for a new politician rating system

The National Rifle Association has long been known for its annual grading of major politicians on the issue of the 2nd Amendment. As of February, 52 U.S. senators have an A-minus rating or higher, indicating a strong support for pro-2nd Amendment groups and NRA-backed legislation. Now, the American Civil Liberties Union , which has often criticized the NRA , is taking a note from the gun group by instituting its own political rating system called “ACLU Voter,” according to a report by Buzzfeed . In effect, the new rating system mimics the NRA’s tactics of giving each major politician a rating that illustrates how often they vote along with the organization’s official views. Voters can enter their address into a search box, which then presents information on both state senators and your House representative. I entered my address here in Illinois and got information on Sen. Tammy Duckworth, Sen. Dick Durbin, and Rep. Robin Kelly—all of whom are Democrats. Both Kelly and Durbin scored above 80 percent, which means they’ve largely voted in agreement with ACLU positions, while Duckworth received a 62 percent rating. Judging from the ACLU’s full report , this is because Duckworth did not oppose legislation reauthorizing the FISA act and did not oppose a human trafficking bill that the ACLU said was both ineffective and violated certain free speech rights. Voters can share the ratings on social media, and the page even alerted me that Kelly is up for reelection, giving voters a heads up […]

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