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Transportation vote boosts Dems in Va Free scores

Tuesday - 5/14/2013, 1:01pm  ET

BOB LEWIS
AP Political Writer

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- For the first time in years, General Assembly Democrats overwhelmingly outscored Republicans in the annual scorecard by the pro-business group Virginia FREE based on one issue: this year's transportation bill.

The 90 legislators who cast what Virginia FREE deemed to be meaningful votes for the first reform in 27 years to Virginia's crippled highway-funding system earned a perfect 100 percent score for the 2013 session. Forty-seven were Democrats, 41 were Republicans and one was an independent.

Those who opposed it got a zero, including 45 Republicans and five Democrats.

Virginia FREE president and CEO Clayton Roberts said the organization's members felt this year's transportation reforms were important enough to warrant an all-or-nothing grade. In his words, "All else pales in comparison."


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