"Survey: Rhode Island most politically liberal state
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Published: February 26, 2010
Updated: February 26, 2010
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Which is the most politically liberal state in the nation?
According to the compiled congressional voting record, it’s Rhode Island.
The Washington-based National Journal tracks the votes of every member of Congress in several areas, such as economic policy and foreign affairs. The magazine compiled its 2009 vote ratings by looking at 99 votes in the Senate and 92 in the House.
Five senators tied with the top score of 88 on the liberal composite scale, but only two were from the same state: Democrats Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island. The other three were Democrats Sherrod Brown of Ohio, Ben Cardin of Maryland and Roland Burris of Illinois.
The magazine did not rank Rep. Patrick Kennedy in the survey because Kennedy missed too many votes while caring for his ailing father.
Rep. Jim Langevin ranked 124th among House liberals.
The National Journal has ranked members of Congress since 1981."