LCV's Dirty Dozen Extends to States-level Races, Claims First Victim


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All politics is local, right? Maybe, but with a federal cap on emissions stymied for now, greens and climate deniers are increasingly looking to the states for action. Enter the League of Conservation voters, which has put out its first ever state-level "Dirty Dozen" list, targeting state level pols who have poor environmental voting records. On Tuesday, New York state Sen. Bill Stachowski (D) became the first member of the list to go down, losing to Erie County Legislator Tim Kennedy.According to LCV, Stachowski voted against a 2009 wetlands protection bill, two clean air acts and a global warming pollution control act. New York LCV President Marcia Bystryn said that Stachowski "put corporate polluters and other special interests ahead of protecting our natural resources and working to make New York a leader in the new clean-energy economy."

Others on LCV's "Dirty Dozen" list include:

Arizona - Al Melvin, State Senate District 26
Florida - Dean Cannon, State House District 35
Massachusetts - Timothy Cahill, Governor
Michigan - John Pappageorge, State Senate District 13
Minnesota -Tom Emmer, Governor
Montana - Roy Brown, State Senate District 25
Nevada - Don Gustavson, Washoe State Senate District 2
New York - William Stachowski, State Senate District 58
North Carolina - Mark Crawford, State House District 115
Oregon - Frank Morse, State Senate District 8
Pennsylvania - John Perzel, State House District 172
Texas - Rick Perry, Governor 

The federal level "Dirty Dozen" list isn't complete yet, but LCV has named Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.), Reps. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) and Michelle Bachmann (R-Minn.), Pat Toomey (Penn., candidate, Senate), Carly Fiorina (CA, candidate, Senate), Steve Pearce (NM-02), Richard Pombo (CA-19), and Tim Walberg (MI-7). Four spots remain and will be announced over the coming weeks.

More on LCV:
US Presidential Candidates' Environmental Records
Barack Obama Gets a B+ from League of Conservation Voters