Monday, February 23, 2009

What, Bunning? Oh, and Progressives from Ohio

So, thanks to today, we see that Kentucky Senator Jim Bunning is fully expecting Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg to be dead in nine months or less due to her pancreatic cancer.

The same website also points out that the Republicans are trying to get Bunning to retire, desperately, for fear of a successful challenge from Kentucky State Senate President, David Williams. Hrm. I've all ready forgotten whom we've talked about on the Dem side in this race -- was it Mongiardo?

On the flip side, we have ratings out from the ProgressivePunch detailing the relative progressiveness of all the Senators and Representatives in the country. Local boys in the Senate (it's a little skewed -- Burris and Gillibrand are numbers 1 and 2, and they just started):
Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) -- 8th most progressive with 97.45%
Sen. Evan Bayd (D-IN) -- 49th most progressive with 78.59%
Sen. George Voinovich (R-OH) -- 63rd with 16.91%
Sen. Richard Lugar (R-IN) -- 65th with 14.06%
Sen. Jim Bunning (R-KY) -- 90th with 3.19%
Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) -- 92nd with 4.12%
Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN) -- 60th most progressive
Rep. Betty Sutton (D-OH) -- 65th
Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) -- 71st
Rep. Timothy Ryan (D-OH) -- 90th
Rep. John Yarmuth (D-KY) -- 119th
Rep. Peter Visclosky (D-IN) -- 141st
Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) -- 149th
Rep. Ben Chandler (D-KY) -- 167th
Rep. Baron Hill (D-IN) -- 181st
Rep. Charles Wilson (D-OH) -- 195th
Rep. Zach Space (D-OH) -- 213th
Rep. Brad Ellsworth (D-IN) -- 220th
Rep. Joe Donnelly (D-IN) - 222nd
Rep. Steven LaTourette (R-OH) -- 250th
Rep. Mark Souder (R-IN) -- 269th
Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-KY) -- 278th
Rep. Pat Tiberi (R-OH) -- 291st
Rep. Hal Rogers (R-KY) -- 302nd
Rep. Dan Burton (R-IN) -- 307th
Rep. Steve Buyer (R-IN) -- 317th
Rep. Michael Turner (R-OH) -- 334th
Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN) -- 336th
Rep. Geoff Davis (R-KY) -- 344th
Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) -- 347th
Rep. Jean Schmidt (R-OH) -- 348th
There's a long list of (assumedly) new hires that are not yet listed, including our own Steve Driehaus and Columbus newbie Mary Jo Kilroy. (If you can't find yours on the above list, they are probably unranked as of yet.) I think it's really interesting that the division is even among party lines. In fact, in the House, a very sharp division between R/D.

We'll see how that all plays out.

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