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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: The Cato Institute

2003-2008 Tax Rate Score

State Office District Name Party Rating
AR Governor Mike Beebe Democratic 53%
ID Governor Butch Otter Republican 53%
MA Governor Deval Patrick Democratic 45%
MD Governor Martin O'Malley Democratic 2%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 45%
ND U.S. Senate Sr John Hoeven Republican 68%
NE Governor Dave Heineman Republican 53%
SC U.S. House 1 Mark Sanford, Jr. Republican 45%
TX Governor Rick Perry Republican 45%
VA U.S. Senate Jr Tim Kaine Democratic 53%
WV U.S. Senate Jr Joe Manchin III Democratic 56%
Haley Barbour 53%
Rod Blagojevich 53%
Matthew Blunt 53%
Phil Bredesen 50%
Don Carcieri 62%
Jon Corzine 34%
Charlie Crist, Jr. 53%
Chet Culver 45%
Mitch Daniels, Jr. 32%
Jim Douglas 43%
Jim Doyle III 45%
Michael Easley 55%
Dave Freudenthal 49%
Jim Gibbons 53%
Jennifer Granholm 33%
Chris Gregoire 48%
Brad Henry 58%
Jon Huntsman, Jr. 71%
Ted Kulongoski 54%
Linda Lingle 48%
John Lynch 49%
Ruth Minner 46%
Janet Napolitano 51%
Tim Pawlenty 47%
Sonny Perdue 51%
Jodi Rell 49%
Ed Rendell 48%
Bill Richardson 64%
Bob Riley 51%
Bill Ritter, Jr. 53%
Mike Rounds 44%
Arnold Schwarzenegger 53%
Brian Schweitzer 53%
Kathleen Sebelius 46%
Ted Strickland 56%

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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