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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: The Cato Institute

2008-2010 Overall Fiscal Policy Score

Issues: Conservative
State Office District Name Party Rating
AR Governor Mike Beebe Democratic 47%
AZ Governor Jan Brewer Republican 40%
DE Governor Jack Markell Democratic 47%
ID Governor Butch Otter Republican 58%
IL Governor Pat Quinn Democratic 30%
KY Governor Steve Beshear Democratic 54%
LA Governor Bobby Jindal Republican 71%
MA Governor Deval Patrick Democratic 43%
MD Governor Martin O'Malley Democratic 55%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 55%
MO Governor Jay Nixon Democratic 59%
ND U.S. Senate Sr John Hoeven Republican 51%
NE Governor Dave Heineman Republican 51%
SC U.S. House 1 Mark Sanford, Jr. Republican 74%
TX Governor Rick Perry Republican 61%
WV U.S. Senate Jr Joe Manchin III Democratic 66%
Haley Barbour 53%
Phil Bredesen 53%
Don Carcieri 62%
Charlie Crist, Jr. 49%
Chet Culver 47%
Mitch Daniels, Jr. 56%
Jim Douglas 56%
Jim Doyle III 35%
Dave Freudenthal 63%
Jim Gibbons 61%
Jennifer Granholm 53%
Chris Gregoire 39%
Brad Henry 62%
Ted Kulongoski 19%
Linda Lingle 51%
John Lynch 41%
David Paterson 25%
Tim Pawlenty 66%
Bev Perdue 40%
Sonny Perdue 60%
Jodi Rell 28%
Ed Rendell 40%
Bill Richardson 57%
Bob Riley 61%
Bill Ritter, Jr. 35%
Mike Rounds 53%
Arnold Schwarzenegger 47%
Brian Schweitzer 61%
Ted Strickland 49%

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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