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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: CNET News

2008 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Ron Paul 88%
Nancy Boyda 83%
Bruce Braley 83%
Christopher Carney 83%
NY U.S. House 9 Yvette Clarke Democratic 83%
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 83%
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 83%
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor 83%
John Hall 83%
Phil Hare 83%
Paul Hodes 83%
GA U.S. House 4 Hank Johnson, Jr. Democratic 83%
Steve Kagen 83%
IA U.S. House 2 Dave Loebsack Democratic 83%
Tim Mahoney 83%
CT U.S. Senate Jr Chris Murphy Democratic 83%
MD U.S. House 3 John Sarbanes Democratic 83%
Carol Shea-Porter 83%
Betty Sutton 83%
MI U.S. House 7 Tim Walberg Republican 83%
MN U.S. House 1 Tim Walz Democratic/Farmer/Labor 83%
VT U.S. House At-Large Peter Welch Democratic 83%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 82%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 82%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 80%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 80%
HI U.S. Senate Jr Mazie Hirono Democratic 80%
MN U.S. Senate Sr Amy Klobuchar Democratic/Farmer/Labor 80%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 80%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 78%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic, Working Families 76%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 76%
Mel Watt 76%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 73%
Bill Delahunt 73%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 73%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 73%
Barney Frank 72%
Dennis Kucinich 72%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 72%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 72%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 72%
Howard Berman 71%
Charlie Gonzalez 71%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 71%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 71%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 71%
Silvestre Reyes 71%
Maurice Hinchey 69%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 69%
Patrick Kennedy 69%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 69%
Pete Stark 69%
Lynn Woolsey 69%
Jason Altmire 67%
Michael Arcuri 67%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 67%
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 67%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 67%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 67%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 67%
John Dingell 67%
IN U.S. Senate Jr Joe Donnelly, Sr. Democratic 67%
Brad Ellsworth 67%
Bob Filner 67%
Gabrielle Giffords 67%
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 67%
Baron Hill 67%
William Jefferson 67%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 67%
Ron Klein 67%
CA U.S. House 6 Doris Matsui Democratic 67%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 67%
CA U.S. House 9 Jerry McNerney Democratic 67%
Mike Michaud 67%
Harry Mitchell 67%
Patrick Murphy 67%
Donald Payne 67%
CO U.S. House 7 Ed Perlmutter Democratic 67%
Laura Richardson 67%
Ciro Rodriguez 67%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 67%
CA U.S. House 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 67%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 67%
Joe Sestak, Jr. 67%
Heath Shuler 67%
Zack Space 67%
Ellen Tauscher 67%
Ed Towns 67%
Stephanie Tubbs Jones 67%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 67%
David Wu 67%
KY U.S. House 3 John Yarmuth Democratic 67%
Neil Abercrombie 65%
Joe Baca, Sr. 65%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 65%
Thomas Holden 65%
Dennis Moore 65%
Steve Rothman 65%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 65%
Anthony Weiner 65%
Russ Carnahan 64%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 64%
Gary Ackerman 63%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 63%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 63%
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel Democratic 63%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 63%
Hilda Solis 63%
Diane Watson 63%
Robert Wexler 63%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 63%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 62%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 62%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 62%
Rob Andrews 61%
Brian Baird 61%
Shelley Berkley 61%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 61%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 61%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 61%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 61%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 61%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 61%
Dale Kildee 61%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 61%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 61%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 61%
Jim Moran, Jr. 61%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 61%
John Olver 61%
Ed Pastor 61%
Vic Snyder 61%
John Tierney 61%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 60%
Nicholas Lampson 60%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 60%
Brad Miller 60%
MD U.S. House 2 Dutch Ruppersberger Democratic 60%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 60%
NJ U.S. House 8 Albio Sires Democratic 60%
MT U.S. Senate Sr Jon Tester Democratic 60%
MD U.S. House 8 Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 60%
Jerry Costello 59%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 59%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 59%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 59%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 59%
Jack Kingston 59%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 59%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 59%
Dave Obey 59%
Nick Rahall II 59%
Henry Waxman 59%
NY U.S. House 26 Brian Higgins Democratic 57%
WI U.S. House 4 Gwen Moore Democratic 57%
OH U.S. House 13 Tim Ryan Democratic 57%
Allyson Schwartz 57%
FL U.S. House 23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz Democratic 57%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 56%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 56%
Michael McNulty 56%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 56%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 56%
Bart Stupak 56%
Thomas Allen 56%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 56%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 56%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 56%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 56%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 56%
George Miller 56%
Jim Oberstar 56%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 56%
Earl Pomeroy 56%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 56%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 56%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 56%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 56%
John Ensign 55%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 55%
FL U.S. Senate Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. Democratic 55%
Melissa Bean 54%
Artur Davis 54%
Tom Feeney 54%
TX U.S. House 2 Ted Poe Republican 54%
Tim Bishop 53%
Chris Cannon 53%
Ben Chandler III 53%
Tim Johnson 53%
Jon Porter, Sr. 53%
GA U.S. House 13 David Scott Democratic 53%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 53%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 53%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 53%
Larry Craig 53%
Robert Cramer 53%
Philip English 53%
Russ Feingold 53%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 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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