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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Goldwater Institute

2005-2006 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Tom Petri 28
Charles Pickering, Jr. 0
Todd Platts 85
Earl Pomeroy 28
Jon Porter, Sr. 56
Deborah Pryce 56
Mark Pryor 40
George Radanovich 14
Nick Rahall II 100
James Ramstad 70
Ralph Regula 56
Denny Rehberg 14
Richard Renzi 56
Silvestre Reyes 56
Thomas Reynolds 42
Jay Rockefeller IV 0
Mike Rogers 85
Mike Ross 14
Steve Rothman 85
John Salazar 28
Ken Salazar 0
Jim Saxton 100
Allyson Schwartz 100
John Shadegg 14
Christopher Shays 100
Ike Skelton 28
Gordon Smith 20
Olympia Snowe 100+
Vic Snyder 56
Mark Souder 28
Arlen Specter 100+
John Spratt, Jr. 100
Pete Stark 100
Cliff Stearns 28
Ted Stevens 60
Bart Stupak 42
John Sullivan 14
John Sununu 20
Tom Tancredo 28
John Tanner 56
Ellen Tauscher 100
Gene Taylor 56
Lee Terry 14
Craig Thomas 0
Todd Tiahrt 14
John Tierney 85
Ed Towns 70
Stephanie Tubbs Jones 56
Mark Udall 70
George Voinovich 0
James Walsh 56
Zach Wamp 28
John Warner 60
Diane Watson 85
Mel Watt 56
Henry Waxman 100
Anthony Weiner 100
David Weldon 28
Gerald Weller 85
Robert Wexler 100
Heather Wilson 42
Frank Wolf 85
Lynn Woolsey 100
David Wu 100
Albert Wynn 100
Bill Young 70

How to Interpret these Evaluations

Keep in mind that ratings done by special interest groups often do not represent a non-partisan stance. In addition, some groups select votes that tend to favor members of one political party over another, rather than choosing votes based solely on issues concerns. Nevertheless, they can be invaluable in showing where an incumbent has stood on a series of votes in the past one or two years, especially when ratings by groups on all sides of an issue are compared. Website links, if available, and descriptions of the organizations offering performance evaluations are accessible by clicking on the name of the group.

Most performance evaluations are displayed in a percentage format. However, some organizations present their ratings in the form of a letter grade or endorsement based on voting records, interviews, survey results and/or sources of campaign funding. For consistency and ease in understanding, Project Vote Smart converts all scores into a percentage when possible. Please visit the group's website or call 1-888-VOTESMART for more specific information.

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