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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: CNET News

2006 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Ric Keller 44%
Sue Kelly 50%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 40%
Mark Kennedy 50%
Patrick Kennedy 50%
Dale Kildee 45%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 35%
Joseph Knollenberg 55%
Herb Kohl 38%
James Kolbe 55%
Dennis Kucinich 53%
John Kuhl, Jr. 38%
Jon Kyl 38%
Ray LaHood 40%
Tom Lantos 53%
Steve LaTourette 50%
Frank Lautenberg 17%
James Leach 50%
Jerry Lewis 50%
Ron Lewis 50%
Joe Lieberman 44%
Blanche Lincoln 55%
John Linder 47%
Trent Lott, Sr. 44%
Dick Lugar 38%
Dan Lungren 25%
Connie Mack IV 50%
Don Manzullo 50%
Jim Marshall 42%
Melquiades Martinez 50%
Thaddeus McCotter 50%
James McCrery III 50%
John McHugh 45%
Cynthia Ann McKinney 50%
Michael McNulty 39%
Martin Meehan 56%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 42%
Charlie Melancon, Sr. 38%
Juanita Millender-McDonald 42%
Brad Miller 50%
Alan Mollohan 35%
Dennis Moore 61%
Jack Murtha 44%
Marilyn Musgrave 42%
Sue Myrick 47%
Ben Nelson 56%
Robert William Ney 45%
Anne Northup 53%
Charles Norwood, Jr. 37%
James Nussle 56%
Jim Oberstar 30%
Dave Obey 28%
John Olver 35%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 50%
Thomas William Osborne 33%
Major Owens 50%
Michael Oxley 47%
Ron Paul 80%
Donald Payne 40%
John Peterson 50%
Charles Pickering, Jr. 47%
Todd Platts 38%
Richard Pombo 63%
Earl Pomeroy 50%
Jon Porter, Sr. 58%
Deborah Pryce 53%
George Radanovich 47%
James Ramstad 50%
Ralph Regula 45%
Denny Rehberg 44%
Richard Renzi 42%
Silvestre Reyes 63%
Thomas Reynolds 47%
Mike Ross 31%
Steve Rothman 37%
Jim Ryun 53%
Martin Olav Sabo 30%
Ken Salazar 50%
Rick Santorum 33%
Paul Sarbanes 25%
Jim Saxton 47%
Jean Schmidt 0%
John Schwarz 38%
John Shadegg 50%
E. Clay Shaw, Jr. 53%
Christopher Shays 50%
Donald Sherwood 47%
Robert Ruhl Simmons 38%
Ike Skelton 47%
Gordon Smith 53%
Olympia Snowe 38%
Vic Snyder 60%
Mike Sodrel 29%
Hilda Solis 44%
Mark Souder 42%
Arlen Specter 31%
John Spratt, Jr. 35%
Pete Stark 47%
Cliff Stearns 35%
Ted Stevens 53%
Ted Strickland 28%
Bart Stupak 41%
John Sullivan 36%
John Sununu 50%
John Sweeney 53%
James Talent 60%
Tom Tancredo 42%
John Tanner 50%
Ellen Tauscher 70%
Charles Taylor 42%
Gene Taylor 26%
Craig Thomas 38%
William Thomas 53%
Todd Tiahrt 50%
Ed Towns 45%
Stephanie Tubbs Jones 42%
George Voinovich 45%
James Walsh 47%
Zach Wamp 47%
John Warner 44%
Diane Watson 50%
Mel Watt 55%
Anthony Weiner 50%
David Weldon 47%
W. Curtis Weldon 50%
Gerald Weller 50%
Robert Wexler 44%
Heather Wilson 55%
Lynn Woolsey 58%
David Wu 53%
Albert Wynn 40%
Bill Young 53%

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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