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Yesterday, I decided to put together a way to grade politicians and candidates so as to better understand where they rank in comparison to each other and to my own ideology. It started when debating whether a candidate for county commissioner deserved the endorsement of a Facebook group I am in called “Paleo-Conservatives.” I started to add and subtract points based off of his website’s “issues” page, and I came to the conclusion that he did not deserve my (or their) endorsement based off of what I had seen. However, I was not satisfied with my methodology, so I decided to improve upon it. This is what I came up with.

  1. A) 5 sections: Economic freedom, Social freedom, Decentralization, Constitutionalism, Spokesmanship
    B) Extra categories include non-interventionism (federal only, +/- 20) and Electability (all offices, +/-10)
  2. C) Other extra categories can be created, but worth no more than (+/-20) points each
    D) Total possible number of points: 100 (Extra categories excluded)
    E) Minimum score required for outright endorsement: 80% (extra categories included)
    F) Highest score of all candidates in race: earns support (full endorsement subject to rule D)

FEDERAL OFFICES
Section 1: Economic freedom (20 points)
Section 2: Social Freedom (20 points)
Section 3: Decentralization (23 points)
Section 4: Constitutionalism (29 points)
Section 5: Spokesmanship (8 points)
EXTRA: Non-interventionism (+/- 20 points)
STATE OFFICES
Section 1: Economic Freedom (24 points)
Section 2: Social Freedom (22 points)
Section 3: Decentralization (24 points)
Section 4: Constitutionalism (26 points)
Section 5: Spokesmanship (4 points)

COUNTY OFFICES
Section 1: Economic Freedom (23 points)
Section 2: Social Freedom (21 points)
Section 3: Decentralization (22 points)
Section 4: Constitutionalism (26 points)
Section 5: Spokesmanship (8 points)

CITY OFFICES

Section 1: Economic Freedom (24 points)
Section 2: Social Freedom (22 points)
Section 3: Decentralization (20 points)
Section 4: Constitutionalism (26 points)
Section 5: Spokesmanship (8 points)

 

SCHOOL BOARD

Section 1: Economic Freedom (29 points)
Section 2: Social Freedom (13 points)

Section 3: Decentralization (25 points)
Section 4: Constitutionalism (25 points)
Section 5: Spokesmanship (8 points)

SAMPLE SCORECARD: TED CRUZ

FEDERAL OFFICE (U.S. SENATOR)
Section 1: Economic Freedom (19 of 20 points)
Section 2: Social Freedom (13 of 20 points)
Section 3: Decentralization (20 of 23 points)
Section 4: Constitutionalism (23 of 29 points)
Section 5: Spokesmanship (6 of 8 points)
EXTRA: Foreign policy: (-10 of +/- 20 points)
EXTRA: Electability: (+10 of +/- 10 points)

FINAL SCORE: 81
RESULT: Outright endorsement possible

SAMPLE SCORECARD: GREG ABBOTT

STATE OFFICE (GOVERNOR OF TEXAS)

Section 1: Economic Freedom (22 of 24 points)
Section 2: Social Freedom (14 of 22 points)
Section 3: Decentralization (18 of 24 points)

Section 4: Constitutionalism (18 of 26 points)

Section 5: Spokesmanship (3 of 4 points)

EXTRA: Electability (+10 of +/-10 points)
FINAL SCORE: 85%
RESULT: Outright endorsement possible

SAMPLE SCORECARD: BILL FETKE

COUNTY OFFICE (COMMISSIONER)
Section 1: Economic Freedom (0 of 23 points)
Section 2: Social Freedom (11 of 21 points)
Section 3: Decentralization (Unknown)
Section 4: Constitutionalism (Unknown)
Section 5: Spokesmanship (7 out of 8 points)
EXTRA: Electability (0 out of +/-10 points)
EXTRA: Cultural conservatism (+10 out of +/-20 points)

FINAL SCORE: 28/52 = 54%
RESULT: Full endorsement not possible.

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