Politician Scorecards

 

Politician Scorecards and Sponsorships

  • ProgressiveMass dot com/scorecards_and_roll_calls (Progressive Massachusetts)
  • AnimalScorecard dot com (Animal Cruelty)
  • MassFiscalScorecard dot org (Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance, which does not like taxes or government spending)
  • Followthemoney dot org (If the candidate is listed, select candidate and scroll down the page for graphs)
  • Incomplete: Ontheissues dot org
  • Fishy, looks invented: Isidewith dot com
    • For Isidewith, the candidate opinions are often not from the candidate, but guessed. When clicking on the reference for each answer, it will say things like the candidate didn't answer, so they've used the opinion of the political party or written down an opinion of voters. Why not look at voting records or candidate statements?
    • For example, Isidewith says candidate Tami Gouviea (D) has not answered, but believes in the TransPacificPartnership, a free trade agreement, because she is a Democrat and that is the position on 'democrats.org' says Democrats have. However, Democrats within the party differ on the TPP. This is repeated down the line for the scorecard, but that is only seen if you click on the word reference, which then says she has not answered. So, the answer is made up usually from what voters say or what Democrats are supposed to believe. Why not look at her record as a legislator? This is very strange, to analyze voters opinions but not her voting record.

Caution on Scorecard Voting and Purpose of this Incomplete Scorecard

While true that some legislators have been informed and still fail to forward decent legislation for safer technology, please do not blame every candidate that has failed to sign onto safer technology as they may still be learning about this issue. So, when voting, please look at the whole candidate. This scorecard is intended to show that support is building for change, and also to either credit legislators for their brave support or note when education is needed.

Soon-to-be former legislators running for office who have supported limits or caution on non-ionizing radiation:

  • Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz (Suffolk 2nd) -- On Democratic primary ballot with Attorney General Maura, despite halting campaign to focus on electing 'courage Democrats' in other races. She was the senate chair in 2017 who helped move forward 2 different bills to reduce school wireless radiation exposures, from the education to the public health committee, where one then advanced further before being halted.
  • Rep. Tami L. Gouveia (Acton) -- First to enter race and on Democratic primary ballot for Lieutenant Governor in 3-way race with Mayor Kim Driscoll and Senator Eric Lesser. In 2013 she signed onto Senator Michael Moore's bill to allow opt-outs from wireless utility meters and is still a sponsor in 2022.
  • Sen. Diana DiZoglio (1st Essex) -- On Democratic primary ballot for Auditor, 2-way race with Chris Dempsey. In 2013 Dizoglio also signed onto Senator Michael Moore's bill to allow opt outs from wireless utility meters and is still a sponsor in 2022. She also submitted a letter to the DPU on behalf of constituents in 2020.

Sponsored bills for concrete, significant action:

  • Rep. Pat Duffy (Holyoke) - hardwire schools, etc.
  • Rep. Carlos Gonzalez (Springfield) - cell tower registration, wired investments
  • Sen. Michael Moore (Worcester) - opt outs of wireless or 'smart' meters
  • Sen. John Keenan (Quincy area) - require local approval of permitting railway wireless infrastructure
  • *Sen. Julian Cyr (Cape & islands) - provide cellphone warnings which in 2020 sadly a federal court deemed illegal
  • Sen. Karen Spilka, President (Ashland area) - investigation bill (before becoming senate president, when she could no longer sponsor a bill)

Some co-Sponsors for concrete bills OR helpful amendments or chairs of helpful committees -- also see MA legislation timeline:

  • Sen. Diana DiZoglio
  • Sen. Bruce E. Tarr (paradoxically sponsored bill for 5G industry commission)
  • Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier (Pittsfield)
  • Rep. Lindsay N. Sabadosa (Northampton)
  • Sen. Patrick M. O'Connor (Plymouth, Norfolk)
  • Rep. Linda Dean Campbell (Haverhill/Methuen)
  • Rep. Tami L. Gouveia (Acton)
  • Rep. Kate Hogan (3rd Middlesex)
  • Rep. Mindy Domb (Pelham, Amherst, Granby)
  • Sen. Joanne M. Comerford (Amherst area) [paradoxically co-sponsored bill for cell tower(s) in Berkshire area -- needs more education]
  • Rep. Marjorie C. Decker (Cambridge)
  • Rep. David Henry Argosky LeBoeuf (Leicester, Worcester)
  • Rep. David M. Rogers (Belmont, Cambridge area)
  • Rep. Bruce Ayers (Quincy, Randolph)
  • Rep. Tackey Chan (Quincy)
  • Rep. Daniel J. Hunt (Boston, Quincy area)
  • Senator Jason M. Lewis
  • Rep. Marjorie C. Decker
  • Rep. Brian Ashe
  • Rep. Jack Lewis
  • Rep. Kate Hogan
  • Rep. Paul McMurtry
  • Rep. Angelo D'Emilia
  • Sen. Anne Gobi (Worcester, Hampden, and Middlesex)
  • Rep. Sarah Peake
  • Rep. Timothy Whelan
  • Sen. James Eldridge
  • Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz

Also helpful legislators, but need to be convinced to fix a problematic aspect of sponsored or cosponsored bill or else to take stronger action

  • Senator Julian Cyr cosponsored investigation bill which needs strengthening and to prevent potential conflicts of interest with amendments
    • Cosponsors that also need this information include: Rep. Kip A. Diggs, Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier, Sen. Nick Collins, Sen. Paul Feeney, Sen. Susan Moran
  • Rep. Dykema, who is leaving office, cosponsored a bill for 'better wireless' in education, but it required wireless instead of wired connectivity and so these representatives need more education on harms:
    • Cosponsors that need this information include: Rep. Thomas Stanley, Rep. James Hawkins, Rep. Kip A. Diggs, Rep. Kenneth Gordon, Rep. Dylan Fernandez, Sen. Bruce Tarr, Rep. Lindsey Sabadosa, Sen. Jo Comerford, Rep. Jack Lewis, Sen. Michael Moore, and Rep. Angelo D'Emilia
  • Rep. David Lynsky  - sponsored bill for investigation of power lines, a decent idea, but more needs to be done to prevent conflicts of interest, especially since at least 2 of the recommended members have them. Rep. David Linsky also made the effort to submit a letter to the DPU on behalf of constituents and sensitives.

Who sponsored pro-5G, pro-wireless or pro-shielding from liability bills?

For pro-wireless, that is too big a section to answer, because when legislators promote new technologies, often these not restricted to be more safely wired and legislators may not be considering the topic. However, a few bills are of special interest:

  • Rep. Bradley Jones (North Reading, Lynnfield, Middleton) - Sponsored H. 124, industry and legislator task force to investigate how to best push 5G. Such a task force would allow backdoor deals. This bill almost moved forward when first filed due to it being lumped with anti-wireless bills by an advocate in templates against wireless. Rep. Bradley Jones curiously signed onto some other bills above, but has continued refiling this bill even after criticism.
    • Cosponsors of Rep. Jones's 5G bill:
      • Susan Williams Gifford 2nd Plymouth
      • Maria Duaime Robinson 6th Middlesex (will not be returning)
      • Paul K. Frost 7th Worcester
      • Mathew J. Muratore 1st Plymouth
      • Steven S. Howitt 4th Bristol
      • Susan L. Moran Plymouth and Barnstable
  • Rep. Kenneth Gordon - sponsored a problematic bill that, despite allowing wireless meter opt-outs, requires the 'smart' grid across Massachusetts (H. 3309, here is a proposed amendment) and thus would shield utilities from liability and the DPU as well for making the recommendation. Municipalities could not opt out, only individuals with digital meters. This bill has been given an extension and remains in the joint telecommunications etc. committee, which may move it forward at the last moment for a vote or not.
  • Senator Barry Finegold sponsored S. 54 in 2021-2, which would have the state require 5G, thus putting liability on the state, and allowed the Department of Public Utilities and wireless providers to force municipalities to site 5G antennas, allowing fines from the DPU. However, he did not move the bill forward despite having capability as chair of the committee, perhaps because a number of people testified as to the harm of wireless radiation before that committee, and perhaps because after Kirstin Beatty identified the bill (it was ambiguously labeled), she passed it on to others, including advocates and constituents, who should have objected.
    • Cosponsors include Rep. Linda Dean Campbell, who is retiring and who also was co-chair of the committee, and Rep. Maria Duaime Robinson, who also will not be returning

After the passage of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, sponsored as S. 652 by Sen. Larry Pressley (SD), authored by Sen. Ed Markey (MA) and passed with bi-partisan support, hardly anything else needs to be done to let the FCC do as it chooses.

This list includes 2020 legislators and 2020 bill sponsorships and has not been updated, except for the smallest of changes. The list includes legislator both for and against 5G/ wireless non-ionizing radiation.

SUPPORT OR SUPPORTED LIMITS ON 5G/WIRELESS

  • * = Sponsored HR 530/ S. 2012 for state zoning rights - this is a pretty normal, basic thing to do but many legislators won't sign
  • % = Signed letter asking FCC to reconsider 5G Upgrade Order - this is above and beyond
  • ? = Mixed opinions problem: this legislator Also signed letter asking for 5G Technologies.

Arizona: Representative Raul Grijalva*
California: Senators Diane Feinstein*, Kamala Harris*; Representatives Anne Eshoo*% (?), Jackie Speier*, Eric Swalwell*, Mark DeSaulnier*, Jared Huffman*, Mike Thompson* (?), Jerry McNerney*% (?), Karen Bass*, Ro Khanna* (?), Gilbert Cisneros*, Jimmy Panetta*, Salud Carbahal*, Zoe Lofgren*, Barbara Lee*, TJ Cox*, Peter Aguilar*, Ted Lieu* (?), Lucille Roybal-Allard*, Julia Brownley*, Judy Chu*, Hardy Rouda* (?), Ami Bera*, Katie Porter*, Grace Napolitano, Doris Matsui%, Tony Cárdenas%
Colorado: Senator Michael Bennet*; Representatives Joe Neguse* (?), Jason Crow* (?), Eleanor Norton*, Diane DeGette%
Connecticut: Senator Richard Blumenthal*
Delaware: Lisa Blunt Rochester%
Florida: Rep. Kathy Castor%, Theodore Deutch*, Darren Soto%
Illinois: Bobby Rush, Senator Richard Durbin*; Representatives Janice Shakowsky*%, Kathleen Rice*, Sean Casten*, Jesus Garcia*, Robin Kelly%
Iowa: Dave Loebsack%
Maine: Chellie Pingree*, Betty McCollum*
Maryland: Senator Benjamin Cardin*; Representatives David Trone*, Jamie Raskin*
Massachusetts: Senators Richard Neal*, James McGovern*, Representative Joe Kennedy III%
Michigan: Andy Levin*, Rashida Tlaib*, Debbie Dingell%
Minnesota: Ilhan Omar*, Angie Craig*

  • Montana: Emmanuel Cleaver*
  • North Carolina: GK Butterfield%
  • New Mexico: Sen. Ben Ray Luján%
  • Pennysylvania: Mike Doyle%
    New Hampshire: Chris Pappas*
    New Jersey: Frank Pallone, Jr.%
    New York: Senator Charles “Chuck” Schumer*; Representatives Thomas Suozzi*, Eliot Engel*, Anthony Brindisi*, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez*, Nydia Velasquez*, Adriano Espaillat*, Eliot Engel%, Paul Tonko%, Yvette D. Clarke%
    Ohio: Tim Ryan*
    Oregon: Senators Ron Wyden*, Jeff Merkley*; Representatives Susan Bonamici*, Earl Blumenhauer*, Peter DeFazio*
    Tennessee: Steve Cohen*
    Texas: Lloyd Dogget, Vicente Gonzalez*, Marc Veasey%
    Vermont: Peter Welch%
    Virginia: A. Donald McEachin%
    Wisconsin: Gwen Moore, Mark Pocan*

Other legislators with a history of supporting wireless consumer protections: Grace Napolitano (CA).

SUPPORT 5G

  • # = Sent letter to FCC in support of 5G Upgrade Order
  • NY Rep. Chuck Schumer has conflicts of interest reported by the NY Post.
  • FL Rep. Gus Bilirakis#
  • GA Rep. Buddy Carter#
  • IL Rep. Adam Kinzinger#
  • IN Rep. Larry Bucshon#, Susan Brooks#
  • LA Rep. Steve Scalise#
  • MA Sen. Markey (read about Markey here)
  • MI Rep. Tim Walberg#
  • MO Rep. Billy Long#
  • NC Rep Richard Hudson#
  • OH Rep Bill Johnson#, Bill Flores#
  • OK Rep. Markwayne Mullin#
  • SC Rep. Jeff Duncan#
  • TX Rep. Pete Olson#
  • VA Rep. Morgan Griffith#
  • WV Rep.David McKinley#

American Civil Liberty Union
ACLU dot org/scorecard
Human Rights Campaign
HRC dot org/resources/congressional-scorecard
League of Conservation Voters
Scorecard dot LCV dot org
Progressive Punch
ProgressivePunch dot org/scores.htm
National Education Association
NEA dot org/home/19413.htm
National Federal of Independent Business (Commercial Organization – Sells Advertising to its Members via Subsidiary)
NFIB dot com/state-voting-records
National Parks
NationalParksAction dot org/scorecard
National Taxpayers Union (Focused on cutting taxes)
NTU dot org/ratecongress
Vote Smart (Campaign Funding Information)
Votesmart dot org
FollowtheMoney dot org

Incomplete general source
Ontheissues dot org

Scorecard seems to be opinion and authors are hidden: Isidewith dot com

  • For Isidewith, the candidate opinions are often guessed. When clicking on the reference for each answer, it will say things like the candidate didn't answer, so they've used the opinion of the political party or written down an opinion based on what voters say. To look at what voters say instead of the candidate is very strange, and so is looking at the opinion of the political party when people in a party have a wide range of views.
  • For example, Isidewith says candidate Tami Gouviea has not answered, but believes in the TransPacificPartnership, a free trade agreement, because she is a Democrat and that is the position on 'democrats.org' says Democrats have. However, Democrats within the party have different views on the agreement. That Tami Gouviea did not answer the questions is repeated on down the line for many issues on the scorecard, but that is only seen if you click on the link for reference, which most will not do. Usually, the reference states that the answer given is not from Gouveia, but based on an opinion of the party or an opinion that this group/site has analyzed from voter discussions. That is at least as of 19 July 2022.
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