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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: CNET News

2006 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Ron Paul 80%
George Allen 78%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 73%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 70%
Ellen Tauscher 70%
Brian Bilbray 67%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 67%
John Ensign 67%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 67%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 67%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 65%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 65%
Jim Gibbons 65%
William Lewis Jenkins 65%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 65%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 65%
Ernest Istook, Jr. 64%
Howard Berman 63%
Charlie Gonzalez 63%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 63%
Richard Pombo 63%
Silvestre Reyes 63%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 63%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 63%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 62%
Gary Ackerman 61%
Chris Cannon 61%
Philip English 61%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 61%
Harold Ford, Jr. 61%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 61%
Dennis Moore 61%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 60%
Jim Bunning 60%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 60%
Norm Coleman 60%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 60%
Elizabeth Dole 60%
David Dreier 60%
Tom Feeney 60%
Mark Foley 60%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 60%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 60%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Mary Landrieu Democratic 60%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 60%
AK U.S. Senate Sr Lisa Murkowski Republican 60%
Vic Snyder 60%
James Talent 60%
TX U.S. House 32 Pete Sessions Republican 59%
ME U.S. House 2 Mike Michaud Democratic 58%
Jon Porter, Sr. 58%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 58%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 58%
Bob Filner 58%
Kenny Hulshof 58%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 58%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 58%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 58%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 58%
ID U.S. House 2 Mike Simpson Republican 58%
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican 58%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 58%
Lynn Woolsey 58%
TX U.S. House 2 Ted Poe Republican 57%
Larry Craig 56%
Jane Harman 56%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 56%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 56%
Robert Cramer 56%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 56%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 56%
Mark Green 56%
William Jefferson 56%
Martin Meehan 56%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 56%
Ben Nelson 56%
FL U.S. Senate Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. Democratic 56%
James Nussle 56%
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young Republican 56%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 55%
Thomas Davis III 55%
Vern Ehlers 55%
Bob Etheridge 55%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 55%
Gilbert Gutknecht 55%
Joseph Knollenberg 55%
James Kolbe 55%
WI U.S. House 6 Tom Petri Republican 55%
Heather Wilson 55%
Evan Bayh 55%
Ben Chandler III 55%
Artur Davis 55%
Lincoln Davis 55%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 55%
Blanche Lincoln 55%
Mel Watt 55%
Wayne Allard 53%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 53%
Judd Gregg 53%
Gordon Smith 53%
Ted Stevens 53%
OH U.S. House 12 Pat Tiberi Republican 53%
Bill Delahunt 53%
Tom Lantos 53%
Deborah Pryce 53%
John Sweeney 53%
Bill Young 53%
Joe Baca, Sr. 53%
Brian Baird 53%
Shelley Berkley 53%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 53%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 53%
Norm Dicks 53%
John Doolittle 53%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 53%
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 53%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 53%
GA U.S. House 1 Jack Kingston Republican 53%
Dennis Kucinich 53%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 53%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 53%
Anne Northup 53%
Jim Ryun 53%
E. Clay Shaw, Jr. 53%
William Thomas 53%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 53%
OR U.S. House 2 Greg Walden Republican 53%
David Wu 53%
Rob Andrews 50%
Sherwood Boehlert 50%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 50%
Leonard Boswell 50%
Rick Boucher 50%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 50%
NH State Senate 3 Jeb Bradley Republican 50%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 50%
Steve Buyer 50%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 50%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 50%
Russ Carnahan 50%
Edward Case 50%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 50%
James Davis 50%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 50%
James DeMint 50%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 50%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 50%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 50%
Chet Edwards 50%
Barney Frank 50%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 50%
Elton Gallegly 50%
PA U.S. House 6 Jim Gerlach Republican 50%
Katherine Harris 50%
TX U.S. House 5 Jeb Hensarling Republican 50%
Wally Herger, Jr. 50%
NY U.S. House 26 Brian Higgins Democratic 50%
Thomas Holden 50%
GA U.S. Senate Jr Johnny Isakson Republican 50%
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel Democratic 50%
CA U.S. House 49 Darrell Issa Republican 50%
Nancy Johnson 50%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 50%
Tim Johnson 50%
Sue Kelly 50%
Mark Kennedy 50%
Patrick Kennedy 50%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 50%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 50%
IA U.S. House 3 Tom Latham Republican 50%
Steve LaTourette 50%
James Leach 50%
Jerry Lewis 50%
Ron Lewis 50%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 50%
Connie Mack IV 50%
Don Manzullo 50%
Melquiades Martinez 50%
UT U.S. House 4 Jim Matheson Democratic 50%
CA U.S. House 6 Doris Matsui Democratic 50%
Thaddeus McCotter 50%
James McCrery III 50%
CA U.S. House 25 Buck McKeon Republican 50%
Cynthia Ann McKinney 50%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 50%
MI U.S. House 10 Candice Miller Republican 50%
Brad Miller 50%
PA U.S. House 18 Tim Murphy Republican 50%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 50%
NA President Barack Obama II Democratic 50%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 50%
ID Governor Butch Otter Republican 50%
Major Owens 50%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 50%
John Peterson 50%
PA U.S. House 16 Joe Pitts Republican 50%
Earl Pomeroy 50%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 50%
James Ramstad 50%
MD U.S. House 2 Dutch Ruppersberger Democratic 50%

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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