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California plunges in state conservative rankings, CPAC study says

A new analysis from the Center for Legislative Accountability (CLA) solidifies conservatives’ growing isolation in the State of California

The analysis from CLA, a project of CPA and the American Conservation Union Foundation, says California lawmakers are trending even more progressive, dropping the Golden State three spots – from #44 to #47 – since the last results. 

FILE:  California state Capitol for file art. Photographed at state Capitol on Sunday, July 17, 2022 in Sacramento, CA. 

FILE:  California state Capitol for file art. Photographed at state Capitol on Sunday, July 17, 2022 in Sacramento, CA. 
(Myung J. Chun / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

CLA’s studied all 7,400 state lawmakers across America by voting record and gave the California legislature a conservative rating of 24%. Only Rhode Island, at 20%, Hawaii, at 19%, and Massachusetts, at 15%, are more liberal than California. 

Lawmakers’ “conservative rating” were calculated by their voting record across 186 policy areas that ranged from cultural and life issues, to tax, fiscal, and other regulations, CPAC says.  

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CLA tallied more than 320,000 votes each to generate the scores and 50 state rankings. Only 17 California Republican lawmakers earned awards from CPAC for holding a conservative rating of 80% or more. 

In California, Democratic state senators outnumber Republicans 29 to 9. Democratic assembly members outnumber Republicans 58 to 17. 

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The study projected that the November midterms will only worsen the plunge after the projected flip of Republican seats to Democrat in the state Assembly. 

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