Fifty-four Virginia legislators - approaching 40 percent of the entire General Assembly - voted with the Virginia Chamber's position 100 percent of the time in Richmond during the past session.
The chamber held a thank you reception last night in Arlington.
These "Champions of Free Enterprise" are noted in the chamber's annual report card, which you can download right here. If I'm reading the accompanying spreadsheet right, the chamber scored legislators on 33 votes.
Obviously none of them were the state budget, which the chamber would like to see exist in some sort of legally final form, or a quasi-privatized Medicaid expansion plan, which the chamber also backed.
In fact, we've got 100 percenters on both sides of those issues. All three Republican senators backing the Medicaid plan and helping tie up the budget made champion status, as did the House Republican leadership blocking said plan and helping tie up the budget.
It looks like another 46 or so legislators scored at least 90 percent, for an A in the chamber's report card. I see only two D grades: Del. Charniele Herring, D-Alexandria, and state Sen. Adam Ebbin, also D-Alexandria.
Clearly, the chamber does not grade on a curve.
Peninsula champions: Del. Monty Mason, D-Williamsburg, Del. Gordon Helsel, R-Poquoson, state Sen. Tommy Norment, R-James City, and Del. David Yancey, R-Newport News.
Del. Brenda Pogge, R-James City, just missed it, scoring 98 percent. Looks like she didn't vote on House Bill 2, the transportation formula reform bill.
State Sen. Mamie Locke missed the cut, scoring only 90 percent in the chamber's report card. But Locke did get an award for being military friendly, as we noted here.
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