The American Conservative Union (ACU) will be announcing their inaugural ratings of the Colorado State Legislature on June 29 — three days after this year's primaries. It's too bad such a prestigious organization is a day late and a dollar short.

This Friday, from 3:30-5:00 at the Hyatt Regency Denver, ACU President Chairman Al Cardenas will be releasing the full 2012 Colorado Legislative Ratings Guide. 

That event probably should have been scheduled for a few weeks ago, back when candidates and conservatives across Colorado would have been clamoring for ways to differentiate their pick in the primaries. Post-primary, the ACU scores simply matter less electorally — there really isn't much debate as to which candidate is more conservative when it's Republican vs. Democrat. 

Individual legislators' scores began seeping out last week, with high scorers taking to Facebook, Twitter and press releases to announce their high ratings. But even that will mean little to their races, as ballots have been out for weeks and the time to draft new direct mail has past. 

We're glad that the ACU is ranking the Colorado Legislature, as it will provide voters with an additional level of analysis on voting records of incumbents — we just wish someone had checked the elections calendar before deciding on a date that will ensure the least impact possible.

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