General Questions

What is Conservative Review?

Conservative Review is comprised of a collection of former conservative congressional staff, policy experts, activists, and media personalities.

Why should I trust you?

Many of Conservative Review’s staff have spent countless hours poring over legislative text, congressional records, voting records, Federal Election Commission data, and news reports to compile the best and most precise information for conservatives. Conservative Review’s staff is filled with individuals from a variety of backgrounds that has given them an up close and personal look at the underbelly of Washington, D.C. Rather than using that information to become lobbyists, they have opted to put that knowledge to work helping to empower conservatives across America with the truth about what is happening in Washington, D.C.

Who owns Conservative Review?

Conservative Review is owned and operated by Blaze Media LLC.

How are you qualified to analyze and comment on policy and politics?

Conservative Review’s writers and staff have backgrounds that specialize in everything from the arcane rules of the Senate to the minutiae of obscure policy areas. One of our staffers has even read every word of Obamacare’s 2700 pages! Our team has held positions in state government, federal government, congressional staff, Presidential administrations, campaigns, PACs, think tanks, and private companies.

How is the conservative position on a vote determined?

Principles. Conservative principles are the guiding North Star for Conservative Review. Principle such as limited government, free markets, traditional family values, individual freedom, rule of law, and a strong national defense are at the core of Conservative Review’s principles.

How are you different from other organizations?

Conservative Review is a for-profit media entity. We are not an interest group and we don’t contribute to candidates or engage in political organizing. We are an antidote to the left wing media entities that dominate our airwaves and online news sources. Our goal is to inform and educate you, our readers and followers, and then it is up to you to decide what to do with the wealth of information we provide to you. Our goal is to give our followers the best tools and information so that you can become informed decision makers. We believe in our Republic, our nation of laws, and we know that the best way to impact our political environment is to provide information for conservatives.

Why hasn’t anyone done this before?

Probably for a variety of reasons. Conservative Review has done its best to comb through the conservative movement to find the best and brightest to help frame news and current events through conservative policy and principles while cutting through the spin and rhetoric of your typical DC politician.

Are we to take your commentary pieces as “authoritatively conservative” or your site’s editorial position?

Yes and No. Most of our writers are some of the best conservative minds working in the political commentary arena. That said, anything with a by-line of an author is solely that author’s view. We try to provide a fair spectrum of conservative thought on our site. Anything signed by the Conservative Review Editors can be taken as the position of the site, and as close as possible to True North conservative position.

Liberty Score® Questions

What is the Liberty Score®?

Conservative Review’s Liberty Score® grades members of Congress using long-term voting records. A letter grade is assigned to each member to help you quickly determine whether a lawmaker is supporting conservative principles. The Liberty Score® helps evaluate your representatives and senators, providing the tools necessary to separate rhetoric from reality.

How is the Liberty Score® calculated?

The Liberty Score® grades members of Congress on the top 50 votes over the past six years. The rolling six-year window is a more accurate picture of a lawmaker’s performance than traditional one- or two-year scoring methods. Scores are determined by points earned divided by potential points. Voting with the conservative position earns one point; voting against the conservative position earns nothing. Missed votes are not included in a member’s score.

How often do you update the Liberty Score®?

There isn’t a set time period. We update the Liberty Score as the votes merit, and we base it largely on Congress’ schedule. Sometimes Congress will go months without taking up any serious legislation and will pass the time with campaign “show votes” or meaningless activities, such as naming post offices. Any time a major policy vote happens that affects the nation, Conservative Review will be there to mark it up and provide our readers with details about what was voted on, why it was important, and how the politicians voted.

My politician says that your scorecard is wrong. Is it?

Most likely that politician has a low score or is trying to rationalize a vote. Many Republicans like to claim they are conservative, but too often their voting records tell a different story. We don’t expect elected officials to be perfect, but we do expect them to keep promises. We use the same votes and standards to measure politicians, and some score very well while others don’t. Politicians thrive on feeding us misinformation and spin. After all, there’s a reason they spend hundreds of millions of dollars each election cycle on campaign ads: They have to shape voters’ perceptions of them to deflect attention from their voting records.

Liberty Scorecard PDF Explained

  • Conservative Votes: How many times this legislator voted with conservative values and standards.
  • Liberal Votes: How many times this legislator voted against conservative standards.
  • Missed Votes: Did not place a vote.
  • Date of Vote: Date the vote took place.
  • Vote: CR title of the vote.
  • CR Vote: The Conservative Review position on that vote.
  • Member Vote: The member’s position on that vote.