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Not for Reproduction Q-Notes Not for ReproductionP O L I T I C SCarolinas leaders fail onLGBT issuesHRC Scorecard ranks U.S. House,Senate membersby Matt Comer . Q-Notes staffWASHINGTON — The nation's largestUniting American Families Act, Tax EquityQ - N O T Efor Domestic Partner and SHealth PlanBeneficiaries Act, the Matthew ShepardLocal Law Enforcement Hate CrimesPrevention Act, the confirmation of conservativeJudge Leslie Southwick and others.LGBT advocacy organization released its 110thCongressional Scorecard on Oct. 22 revealingIn the U.S. House, HRC ranked membersan average failing grade for members of the according to their votes or co-sponsorship onU.S. House and Senate from the Carolinas. 11 pieces of legislation, including the LocalQ - N O T E SThe average Human Rights Campaign Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention(HRC) Congressional Scorecard ranking for Act, the Employment Non-Discriminationmembers of the U.S. House from the Carolinas Act, the Military Readiness Enhancement Actwas 30. Close to two-thirds of the House delegationsreceived a zero. Only four received aNo member of the Carolinas delegationand others.score of 80 or more.scored a perfect 100 in the 110th scorecard.Of the U.S. Senators representing the Rep. David Price (D-NC), Rep. Brad Miller (D-Carolinas, only North Carolina's elected NC) and Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC) rankedofficials — Republican Sens. Elizabeth the highest among their colleagues, with aDole and Richard Burr — received more score of 95 each. Rep. Mel Watt (D-NC) scoredQ - N Othan a zero. For votingTin favor of the reauthorizationof the President’s EmergencySince 1989, HRC has published a scorecardEat 80.SPlan for AIDS Relief, Burr and Doleranking members of Congress for each tworeceived 20 points each. Neither Southyear session of the nation's highest legislativeCarolina U.S. Sens. Jim DeMint (R) nor bodies. The organization says the scorecardLindsey Graham (R) recieved a rating on exists as one way to assist the community inthe scorecard, having voted against everyHRC legislative position.In the U.S. Senate, HRC ranked membersaccording to their votes or co-sponsorshipon seven pieces of legislation, including theassessing the support their elected officialsoffer to LGBT issues.“The lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendercommunity began the process of unravelseeHRC on 15Q - N O T E S14 NOVEMBER 1 . 2008 • QNotesQ-Notes Not for Reproduction Q-Notes

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