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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Council for a Livable World

1999 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Paul Wellstone 100%
Russ Feingold 86%
Charles Robb 86%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 80%
Evan Bayh 71%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 71%
John Edwards 71%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 71%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 71%
Herb Kohl 71%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 71%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 71%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 71%
Robert Torricelli 71%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 71%
Max Baucus 57%
Jeff Bingaman 57%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 57%
Richard Bryan 57%
Kent Conrad 57%
Thomas Daschle 57%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 57%
Daniel Graham 57%
Ernest Hollings 57%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 57%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 57%
Bob Kerrey 57%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Mary Landrieu Democratic 57%
Frank Lautenberg 57%
Joe Lieberman 57%
Blanche Lincoln 57%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 57%
Patrick Moynihan 57%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 57%
Paul Sarbanes 57%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 57%
Robert Byrd 50%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 43%
John Breaux 43%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 43%
Chris Dodd 43%
Byron Dorgan 43%
Rodney Grams 43%
Daniel Inouye 43%
James Merrill Jeffords 43%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 43%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 43%
Gordon Smith 43%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 33%
Wayne Allard 29%
William Phillip Gramm 29%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 29%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel Republican 29%
Jon Kyl 29%
Dick Lugar 29%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 14%
John Ashcroft 14%
Kit Bond 14%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 14%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 14%
William Roth, Jr. 14%
Rick Santorum 14%
Arlen Specter 14%
Fred Thompson 14%
George Voinovich 14%
Bob Bennett 0%
Jim Bunning 0%
Conrad Burns 0%
Ben Campbell 0%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 0%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 0%
Paul Coverdell 0%
Larry Craig 0%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 0%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 0%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 0%
Peter Fitzgerald 0%
William Frist 0%
Slade Gorton 0%
Judd Gregg 0%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 0%
Jesse Helms 0%
Y. Tim Hutchinson 0%
Kay Hutchison 0%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 0%
Trent Lott, Sr. 0%
Connie Mack 0%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 0%
Frank Murkowski 0%
Don Nickles 0%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 0%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 0%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 0%
Bob Smith 0%
Olympia Snowe 0%
Ted Stevens 0%
Craig Thomas 0%
Strom Thurmond 0%
John Warner 0%

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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