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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Joint Government Affairs Committee

2008 Positions on Pro-Business Policy

State Office District Name Party Rating
WA State House 10 Position 1 Norma Smith Republican 93
WA State House 21 Position 1 Mary Helen Roberts Democratic 72
WA State House 32 Position 2 Ruth Kagi Democratic 72
WA State House 38 Position 2 Mike Sells Democratic 75
WA State House 39 Position 1 Dan Kristiansen Republican 93
WA State House 44 Position 1 Hans Dunshee Democratic 63
WA State Senate 1 Rosemary McAuliffe Democratic 64
WA State Senate 10 Barbara Bailey Republican 86
WA State Senate 21 Marko Liias Democratic 89
WA State Senate 32 Maralyn Chase Democratic 68
WA State Senate 38 John McCoy Democratic 65
WA State Senate 39 Kirk Pearson Republican 86
WA State Senate 44 Steve Hobbs Democratic 88
Jean Berkey 81
Mark Ericks 86
Darlene Fairley 59
Mary Haugen 86
Liz Loomis 82
Al O'Brien 82
Paull Shin 95
Val Stevens 79

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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