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Who’s ‘most conservative’? Depends on who’s keeping score

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WASHINGTON — The Tennessee General Assembly is the most conservative state legislature in the country. Or is it No. 4?

Tennessee is the nation's 12th most conservative state. Or is it No. 19?

Exactly how high Tennessee rates on the "most conservative" scale depends largely on who is doing the ranking and how they go about keeping score.

"If you're in the state Legislature or the U.S. Congress, there are many different groups who rank your votes," said Kent Syler, a political scientist at Middle Tennessee State University. And, "the scoring can be very subjective."

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