Progressive Group Names 2011 Pa. Legislative Heroes
By Elena Alessi, Contributing Writer
Liberal advocacy group Keystone Progress Monday named 20 Pennsylvania state representatives as its Legislative Heroes of 2011 based on their voting records over the past year. The organization works in favor of the progressive movement and aims to strengthen its voice in Pennsylvania.
All Democrats, the 13 Philadelphia winners included Reps. Louise Williams Bishop, Vanessa Lowery Brown, Michelle Brownlee, Mark Cohen, Lawrence Curry, Pam DeLissio, Babette Josephs, Michael O’Brien, Cherelle Parker, James Roebuck, Curtis Thomas, Jewell Williams, and Rosita Youngblood.
Reps. Dan Frankel (D-Allegheny), Robert Freeman (D-Northampton), Michael Gerber (D-Montgomery), Steven Santarsiero (D-Bucks), Michael Sturla (D-Lancaster), Greg Vitali (D-Delaware), and Tim Briggs (D-Montgomery) also received the award.
Keystone Progress recognized the 20 representatives for their support although they were sometimes part of a very small minority, such as with their opposition to the Castle Doctrine. The lawmakers also toed the progressive line on health care, unemployment compensation, the environment, voting rights and education.
Michael Morrill, executive director of Keystone Progress, expressed the group’s gratitude to the representatives for their ongoing support. In awarding the lawmakers, Keystone Progress “wanted to focus on the courageous legislators who voted with us 100% of the time. We honor them for their consistent adherence to protecting our environment, our economy and our democracy.”
Recipients will be honored in February at the annual Pennsylvania Progressive Summit, held this year in Philadelphia.
From the press release:
All of these legislators voted with the Keystone Progress position on all 11 of the following votes. KP position is in CAPS:
HB 40 FP on 4/12 (Castle Doctrine) OPPOSE
HB 574 A 1894 on 5/10 (Choice) SUPPORT
HB 916 2nd Cons. On 5/24 (Unemp Comp) OPPOSE
HB 934 on 6/23 (Voter ID) OPPOSE
SB 1131 on 6/27 (Tort) OPPOSE
SB 330 FP on 6/30 (Education) OPPOSE
HB 1950 FP on 11/17 (Natural Gas Impact Fee) OPPOSE
HB 1977 A 7021 on 12/7 (Choice) SUPPORT
SB 732 A 4485 on 12/12 (Choice) SUPPORT
SB 732 FP on 12/13 (Choice) OPPOSE
SB 560 A 7732 on 12/14 (Education Voucher) OPPOSE