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A Look At The BIPEC Ratings

April 14, 2011

The Business and Industry Political Education Committee, or simply BIPEC, is a leading business group in the state of Mississippi and releases annual legislative grades for all 174 members of the House and Senate. Information on the grades, votes, key legislation is in the PDF available here. Like a school grade, legislator’s received letter grades with A being the best and F being the worst. We have the grades from 2008 to 2010, along with the three year average.

Advantage Republicans?

Probably the first thing you notice is that most Republican received high grades while Democrats had poor or failing grades. I don’t think it is that BIPEC does this on purpose, but they are basically a single issue group (if you consider business a single issue) and we know who business usually sides with (and vice versa).

Grades Imrpove As Elections Near

You may also notice that legislator’s grades tended to move up from 2008 to 2010- as we got closer to the 2011 elections. In the House we saw a few jumps, but nothing drastic. This includes Representatives Donnie Bell (F to C), Wanda Jennings (C to A), Warner McBride (F to C), Preston Sullivan (F to C) and Shaun Walley (F to C). There were a number of one-grade jumps in either direction.

On the Senate side, we saw this in greater and often more drastic figures. This includes Senators Sidney Albritton (C to A), David Blount (D to B), Kelvin Butler (F to C), Hillman Frazier (F to B), John Horhn (F to C), Sampson Jackson (F to B), Eric Powell (F to B), Bill Stone (F to B), Gray Tollison (D to B), and Bennie Turner (F to B).

It is worth pointing out, however, that several of the Democrats on here are in very safe districts to where they could never face a serious Republican challenge. Republicans in italics.

Ratings Of Competitive Dems

In February, we listed seven House Democrats who are likely top targets for Republicans this fall (especially if we run under the current district lines). One was Greg Ward who is retiring so we’ll leave him out. Here is how the six others scored over the three year span: Harvey Moss- F, Warner McBride- D, John Mayo- F, Bennett Malone- F, Shaun Walley- D, Brandon Jones- F.

Senate Dems More Pro-Business Than House Dems

As you look at the House and Senate numbers, you may realize that Senate Democrats had much higher numbers than House Democrats. This likely has to do with the leadership in both chambers where you can choose what to- and what not to- bring up. For Democrats in the Senate, they often couldn’t oppose the Republican leadership on legislation deemed pro-business. In fact, on the bills graded in the Senate, they all passed with at least 40 votes.

Here are some of the highest rated Democrats in the Senate: Nickey Browning- B+, Bob Dearing- B, Tommy Dickerson- B, Jack Gordon- B, Haskins Montgomery- B, J.P. Wilemon- B. Only three Democrats (Deborah Dawkins, David Jordan, and Johnnie Walls) had an F average.

Let’s contrast that with the House. Among Democrats, a total of one member, received an A. Know who it was? Not Jeff Smith, but Mary Ann Stevens. The same member who had their district collapsed under the House redistricting plan. Jeff Smith did earn a B, along with Deryk Parker and Randall Patterson. And that’s it. Several other members who won as Democrats in 2007 received A’s or B’s, but they are now Republicans. I counted 55 Democrats (including Billy McCoy) who received an F.

Any failing Republicans?

No Republican in either chamber received a D or F. The only member to receive anything less than a B was Rep. Toby Barker who ended up with a C+. 2009 and 2010 were solid B’s, but a D in 2008 hurt him on average.

Among Democrats turned Republican, Republican faithful who are worried that the switches may pull the party left can take at least some comfort in knowing they all received grades of B or higher.

Little room in the middle

If you browse over the list one thing you would probably notice, especially in the House, is most members received A’s or F’s. In addition to the 55 Democrats who received an F, 34 members (33 R’s and one D) received A’s; which means that 89 members (or 72 percent of the body) received either the highest or lowest possible grade.

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  1. William Ernst permalink
    September 20, 2011 10:02 am

    I OWN A PHARMACY IN MISSISSIPPI AND EMPLOYEE 6 PEOPLE. INSURANCE COMPANIES
    AND GOVERNMENT REG. ARE SLOWLY KILL THEN SMALL PHARMACIES. AS A WINNER OF THE BEST PHARMACY AWARD IN THE AREA COMPETING AGAINST THE WALMARTS AND CVS THAT HARD ENOUGH. THE PLAYING FIELD IS NOT EVEN. I SEE A DAY IN WHICH YOU WILL HAVE BUT THREE PHARMACIES CHAINS IN THIS PART OF THE COUNTRY. THEY WILL SET THE RULES AND PRICES AN NO LONGER NEED YOUR GROUP TO HELP THEM GET US OUT OF THE PICTURE. BOB DEARING IS AND OUTSTANDING MAN. HE WANTS PATIENT CHOICE AND FAIR BUSINESS PRACTICES. OF COURSE SMALL BUSINESS LIKE MYSELF DO NOT GIVE BIG MONEY TO YOUR GROUP. CHECK INTO WHO OWNS CVS AND THE PBM’S. THERE ARE FIVE IND. PHARMACIES IN THIS AREA EMPLOYEE OF MAYBE 25 PEOPLE. WHEN WE ARE GONE CVS, WALMART, AND WALGREENS WILL NOT HIRE A SINGLE NEW EMPLOYEE. THEY WILL INCREASE THE LONG WAIT TO THE PATIENT AND REDUCE THE CHOICE IN DRUGS. I NOT SURE WHAT THE PREPOSE OF YOUR GROUP BUT YOUR GOOD AT HURTING SMALL BUS.

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