Texas Eagle Forum, a chapter of the national far-right organization founded by Phyllis Schlafly, has released its "Legislative Scorecards" for the recent legislative session in Austin. TEF's scorecards rate the conservativism of state lawmakers based on their votes on selected issues. Most of the issue areas are standard right-wing stuff, such as allowing concealed handguns on college campuses (failed), requiring a woman to submit to an ultrasound before obtaining an abortion (failed), enacting restrictive voter ID requirements (failed), and opposing the expansion of the Children's Health Insurance Program (succeeded). But we found two issues particularly interesting (although not really surprising). Labeling the issues "Judeo-Christian Beliefs on Trial," TEF dinged any state senator who didn't vote to confirm the nominations of Shanda G. Perkins to the Board of Pardons and Paroles and Don McLeroy as chairman of the State Board of Education. They can't be serious. To rate someone's conservatism based even partly on those two votes is simply a joke. Read More