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Conservation voters rate candidates

As one might have guessed, no Republicans scored higher than an F from the group swinging decidedly left.

The Oregon League of Conservation Voters, the political nonprofit committed to electing pro-environment candidates to public office, released its 2019 scorecard rating lawmakers on how they voted in regard to bills they deemed important to environmental conservation.

As one might have guessed, no Republicans scored higher than an F from the group swinging decidedly left.

Rep. Cheri Helt, R-Bend, scored highest with 56%, missing points only for her opposition to HB 2020, the bill that would have created a cap and trade system for carbon reduction. Fellow Bend Republican Gary Leif also scored (relatively) high coming in at 44%.

Republican Senators ought to wear their low scores like a badge of honor considering their hero status among their base for denying Senate Democrats a quorum in the eleventh hour of the 2019 session, resulting in the death of HB 2020. But in fact, only Sen. Brian Boquist, (R-Dallas) received a score from the group — 11% — where 10 others received an "incomplete" grading. Find the complete scorecard here.