Poll: Should These Georgia Legislators Get Failing Scores?

The Georgia Chamber of Commerce released its scorecard for the recent legislative session. With the July 31 election looming, what do you think about who got failing grades?

The Georgia Chamber recently released its "2012 Legislative Scorecard."  The scorecard reflects all legislators's 2011 midterm grades and final grades for the 2011-2012 legislative term.  

Legislators' votes on key issues, deemed by the Chamber as key to improving Georgia's economic competitiveness, were the main factor in the grades, according to the report.

The issues included charter school authorization and a change in Georgia's state pension, which would allow the Employees’ Retirement System of Georgia system to devote up to five percent of the system’s assets over five years to certain types of investments, including venture capital fund.

Bill sponsorship, speaking for or against bills and committee action were also taken into account.  

You can read the full report here.  

All except one who received failing grades is a Democrat.

Let us know in the poll below whether you think the grades are fair.

The following candidates were issued failing grades by the Chamber.  The list includes House District 93 candidate . 


  • Vincent Fort District 39 (D) (67)
  • Lester Jackson District 2 (D) (67)
  • Ronald Ramsey District 43 (D) (60)
  • Horacena Tate District 38 (D) (63)
  • Gloria Butler District 55 (D) (78)
  • Gail Davenport District 44 (D) (78)
  • Steve Henson District 41 (D) 71
  • Ed Harbison District 15 (D) 80
  • Donzella James District 35 (D) 71
  • Nan Orrock District 36 (D) 36
  • Valencia Seay District 34 (D) 71


  • Roberta Abdul-Salaam District 74 (D) (40)
  • Stacey Abrams District 84 (D) (50)
  • Simone Bell District 58 (D) (38)
  • Stephanie Benfield District 85 (D) (50)
  • Tyrone Brooks District 63 (D) (50)
  • Roger Bruce District 64 (D) (57)
  • Rick Crawford District 16 (D) (63)
  • Dee Dawkins-Haigler District 93 (D) (57)
  • Winfred Dukes District 150 (D) (50)
  • Carl Epps District 128 (D) (50)
  • Virgil Fludd District 66 (D) (50)
  • Gloria Frazier District 123 (D) (57)
  • Carol Fullerton District 151 (D) (63)
  • Pat Gardner District 57 (D) (63)
  • Mark Hatfield District 177 (R) (50)
  • Keith Heard District 114 (D) (38)
  • Michele Henson District 87 (D) (43)
  • Scott Holcomb District 82 (57)
  • Henry "Wayne" Howard District 121 (D) (63)
  • Carolyn Hugley District 133 (D) (25)
  • Mack Jackson District 142 (D) (63)
  • Lynmore James District 135 (D) (50)
  • Terry Johnson District 37 (D) (43)
  • Darryl Jordan District 77 (D) (33)
  • Dar'Shun Kendrick District 93 (D) (38)
  • Pedro "Pete" Marin District 96 (D) (63)
  • Howard Mosby District 90 (D) (43)
  • Quincy Murphy District 120 (D) (63)
  • Yasmin Neal District 75 (D) (40)
  • Nikki Randall District 138 (D) (29)
  • Barbara Massey Reece District 11 (D) (63)
  • Sandra Scott District 71 (D) (25)
  • Mickey Stephens District 161 (D) (57)
  • Pam Stephenson District 92 (D) (43)
  • David Wilkerson District 33 (D) (50)
  • "Coach" Williams District 89 (D) (60)

Do you think the assessment is a fair one?  Could other factors have been taken into consideration, or are the issues highlighted by the Chamber enough to go on?  Tell us in the comments or take our poll.

E Riley July 14, 2012 at 02:15 PM
interesting that they only seemed to give failing grades to democrats. don't know about the scientific accuracy of this grading system.
Crystal Huskey July 14, 2012 at 02:37 PM
I plan on following up with some of the candidates that received failing grades to hear their thoughts on the grading system. Thanks for your comment and sharing your opinion!
Mark Williams July 16, 2012 at 03:05 AM
I thought the grade was the final letter grade and the numerical grade pertained to subjective factors.
Crystal Huskey July 16, 2012 at 03:17 AM
No, the numerical grade corresponds to the letter grade. The subjective factors were marked by a + or -, symbolizing whether the subjective factors were positive or negative.
Dr. Robert L Crowder Jr July 16, 2012 at 11:22 AM
What about those officials who are veterans in the House and Senate and only received a unsatifactory overall grade for 2011 and 2012 sessions?
Crystal Huskey July 16, 2012 at 12:49 PM
You know, I only looked at the overall score and listed those who received below a 70, but I see now where there are a few who received a failing letter grade and not a failing number. I'll go back and revise. Thanks for pointing that out.
George Wilson July 18, 2012 at 05:59 PM
The Chamber of Commerce is a shill for the Republican party.Generally, they haven't seen a piece of corporate welfare they didn't like. A number of companies have dropped out of the organization;ie,Apple and Levi Strass tonametwo their are many others.They exercise too much influence and power over our elected officials.


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