Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011 | 2 a.m.
When I saw Anjeanette Damon’s Political Memo on Sunday, I had to wonder if I had fallen back into some alternate universe instead of just falling back from daylight saving to standard time. Mostly anonymous Democratic critics of former Rep. Dina Titus have offered, with little basis, the preposterous hypothesis that she is too conservative to be running for Congress in District 1. Her stand on a few issues was cited as evidence that “she strayed from her Democratic roots.”
To look more deeply into this charge, I used the American Conservative Union (ACU) “lifetime” scores based on votes cast on many bills to see how the it rated Nevada’s congressional representatives: Heller 89 percent, Berkley 11 percent, and Titus 2 percent. In the new district, 138,239 voters are in the old Congressional District 1, and 143,162 are in the old Congressional District 3. The weighted average of the scores for these parts of old districts 1 and 3 is 6.4 percent, which suggests that Titus may be too liberal for the new CD1.
State Sen. Ruben Kihuen got an ACU score of 13.3 percent in the Legislature’s 2011 session, based on his votes on 15 bills. Maybe he is too conservative?