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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: The Cato Institute

2008-2010 Tax Rate Score

State Office District Name Party Rating
DE Governor Jack Markell Democratic 46%
ID Governor Butch Otter Republican 56%
KY Governor Steve Beshear Democratic 54%
LA Governor Bobby Jindal Republican 56%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 56%
MO Governor Jay Nixon Democratic 56%
ND U.S. Senate Sr John Hoeven Republican 65%
SC U.S. House 1 Mark Sanford, Jr. Republican 53%
SD U.S. Senate Jr Mike Rounds Republican 56%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Joe Manchin III Democratic 63%
Haley Barbour 53%
Mike Beebe 53%
Phil Bredesen 56%
Jan Brewer 39%
Don Carcieri 64%
Charlie Crist, Jr. 50%
Chet Culver 56%
Mitch Daniels, Jr. 56%
Jim Douglas 58%
Jim Doyle III 44%
Dave Freudenthal 56%
Jim Gibbons 48%
Jennifer Granholm 56%
Chris Gregoire 50%
Dave Heineman 56%
Brad Henry 56%
Ted Kulongoski 25%
Linda Lingle 34%
John Lynch 52%
Martin O'Malley 56%
David Paterson 32%
Deval Patrick 47%
Tim Pawlenty 47%
Bev Perdue 31%
Sonny Perdue 56%
Rick Perry 56%
Pat Quinn 56%
Jodi Rell 23%
Ed Rendell 55%
Bill Richardson 52%
Bob Riley 56%
Bill Ritter, Jr. 56%
Arnold Schwarzenegger 37%
Brian Schweitzer 56%
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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