Monday, October 29, 2012

Sacramento Bee Analysis: Gatto 2nd Most Independent Democratic Member of Assembly

A thorough data analysis conducted by the Sacramento Bee has concluded that Assemblyman Mike Gatto is the second-most independent thinking democratic legislator in the entire California State Assembly.  Read the story below.

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Published: Friday, Oct. 26, 2012 - 5:16 pm
Last Modified: Monday, Oct. 29, 2012 - 10:58 am
Given more than 3,000 chances, a dozen state legislators voted against the majority of their party fewer than 10 times during the 2011-2012 legislative session.
None of the state's 120 legislators voted against the majority of their party on the Senate or Assembly floor more than 10 percent of the time, according to a Bee review of state voting records.
Republicans broke party ranks more often than Democrats, though they had less to lose. Even if all Republicans stand against a bill, it will still pass if Democrats stand united, since Democrats are in the majority. If enough Democrats vote against party lines, on the other hand, a bill can fail, given significant Republican opposition.
These charts show the legislators, by party, who exercised the most party loyalty and independence during the last legislative session. 

For a complete list of Legislators and their party line votes, Click HERE
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Mike Gatto is the Chairman of the Appropriations Committee of the California State Assembly.  He represents the cities of Burbank, Glendale, and the Los Angeles neighborhoods of Los Feliz and Silver Lake.  E-mail Mike at:, or call (818) 558-3043.

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