3 Orlando-area lawmakers named AFP-FL “Champions of Economic Freedom” Ryan Ray 05/03/2016 Our Politics The Florida branch of Americans for Prosperity released their annual legislative scorecard Tuesday morning, and for Orlando residents, some familiar faces appear in AFP-FL’s list of favorites. Among the 36 legislators given an “A+” rating by the free-market interest group were Maitland Rep. Bob Cortes, Orlando Rep. Mike Miller, and Orlando Rep. Eric Eisnaugle. The trio passed muster with AFP-FL via an elaborate annotated set of votes listed on the scorecard, which they said measured which lawmakers most “acted in the interest of economic freedom during this year’s legislative session.” Eisnaugle represents a deep red part of suburban Orlando where his staunch brand of conservatism plays well, so his inclusion is no surprise. He scored a 100 percent rating. But Miller (103.6 percent), on the other hand, sits atop a precarious bubble in a seat he narrowly wrested from Democratic Rep. Linda Stewart in 2014, while Cortes’ (103.4 percent) Maitland seat was held by a Democrat as well — Rep. Karen Castor Dentel, namely — until the last midterm elections, though it is far less likely to flip in 2016 than Miller’s. Miller scored bonus points by sponsoring a bill to allow out-of-state insurance companies issue policies in Florida, a priority of AFP-FL’s. The measure passed just one House committee and was not taken up in the Senate. Senate President Andy Gardiner, the most well-known state legislator from the area, was absent from the list. Gardiner — who in recent years supported Medicaid expansion and other priorities anathema to AFP-FL’s rigid libertarian ideology — scored a modest 91.7 percent, slightly lower than average for a Senate Republican. See the full list of rankings and the votes legislators were graded on here. Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.