A Reddit user who goes by the name of DrowningSink has compiled a list of potentially vulnerable politicians up for reelection in 2012, along with their voting records on controversial legislation, such as the recently passed National Defense Authorization Act, which, as we’ve discussed here repeatedly, gives the government the right to imprison American citizens indefinitely, without trial. You can find the whole list here, but I’ve cut and pasted the Michigan-specific entries below. First, though, here’s a clip from DrowningSink’s introduction, which explains the PVI scores you’ll see in the third column.
…To explain how I deduced which seats were “vulnerable,” I used the Cook Partisan Voting Index, or PVI.
PVI, per Wikipedia definition, “is a measurement of how strongly an American congressional district or state leans toward one political party compared to the nation as a whole.”
“The index for each congressional district is derived by averaging its results from the prior two presidential elections and comparing them to national results. The index indicates which party’s candidate was more successful in that district, as well as the number of percentage points by which its results exceeded the national average. The index is formatted as a letter followed by a plus sign and then a number; in a district whose CPVI score is R+2, a generic Republican presidential candidates would be expected to receive 2 percentage points more votes than the national average. Likewise, a CPVI score of D+3 shows that a generic Democratic candidate would be expected to receive 3 percentage points more votes than the national average.”
In a nutshell, the higher a PVI score is, the more likely that district is to vote for that political party in the upcoming elections. Generally, any score greater than or equal to 5 (D+5, R+5) is considered a “safe” seat. For this reason, the mega-list below only contains PVI scores 4 and lower (with the exception of some incumbents who are at a significant PVI-disadvantage)…
Now, here’s the lowdown on the seven elected official from Michigan who made the list. [note: The last column just indicates co-sponsors of the House's Stop Online Piracy Act, and its counterpart in the Senate, the Protect IP bill, not whether or not these individuals are likely to support the legislation when it comes to a vote. Given the overwhelming corporate support for the measure, though, I imagine that most of the people on this list will vote in favor of it.]
Regardless of party affiliation, can we, at the very least, all agree that we shouldn’t support politicians that would vote to destroy the cornerstone of due process upon which our nation was built?