"I think of myself as a bleeding-heart liberal," Levine said Thursday. But he also insists on reading a bill before voting on it: What does it do? What is its intention? What are its potential unintended consequences?
Levine also turns away Capitol lobbyists who suggest he should vote a certain way simply because he is from liberal Marin County.
Isn't this exactly what we want in a legislator: a politician with defined principles, but committed to testing the substance and efficacy of the concepts presented to him or her?