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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: The Cato Institute

2008-2010 Tax Rate Score

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

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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