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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Goldwater Institute

2003 Positions

Issues: Conservative
State Office District Name Party Rating
Amanda Aguirre 34%
Linda Aguirre 42%
Carolyn Allen 47%
AZ State House 15 John Allen Republican 56%
Manny Alvarez 30%
Mark Anderson 62%
William Arnold 46%
Marsha Arzberger 41%
Ray Barnes 61%
Timothy Bee 59%
Ken Bennett 51%
AZ State Senate 12 Andy Biggs Republican 66%
Linda Binder 43%
Robert Blendu 55%
Tom Boone 61%
AZ State Senate 10 Dave Bradley Democratic 27%
William Brotherton 38%
Jack Brown 41%
Jennifer Burns 48%
AZ Corporation Commissioner Robert Burns Republican 66%
Meg Burton Cahill 28%
Ernest Bustamante 37%
AZ State Senate 3 Olivia Cajero Bedford Democratic 32%
Robert Cannell 41%
Ted Carpenter 59%
James Carruthers 38%
AZ Supervisor 2 Cheryl Chase 36%
Ken Cheuvront 40%
AZ State House 24 Ken Clark Democratic 28%
Ted Downing 33%
AZ State House 12 Eddie Farnsworth Republican 71%
Franklin Flake 53%
Steve Gallardo 29%
Jorge Garcia 39%
Gabrielle Giffords 34%
Randy Graf 66%
Chuck Gray 60%
Linda Gray 63%
Deb Gullett 43%
Phil Hanson 50%
Jack Harper 70%
AZ State Mine Inspector Joe Hart Republican 60%
Toni Hellon 38%
Pete Hershberger 33%
Carole Hubbs 47%
Steve Huffman 42%
John Huppenthal 59%
Jack Jackson, Jr. 28%
Jack Jackson, Sr. 39%
Marilyn Jarrett 67%
Clancy Jayne 47%
Karen Johnson 67%
Bill Konopnicki 52%
Leah Landrum Taylor 32%
Sylvia Laughter 55%
Barbara Leff 61%
Phil Lopes 27%
Linda Lopez 32%
John Loredo 28%
Dean Martin 69%
Lucy Mason 57%
Marian Ann McClure 50%
AZ State House 30 Debbie McCune Davis Democratic 32%
Slade Mead 40%
AZ State Senate 30 Robert Meza Democratic 29%
Ben Miranda 34%
Harry Mitchell 35%
John Nelson 49%
Warde Nichols 61%
Tom O'Halleran 41%
Russell Pearce 69%
Gary Pierce 58%
Thomas Prezelski, Jr. 28%
Doug Quelland 57%
AZ Secretary of State Michele Reagan Republican 52%
AZ Supervisor 1 Peter Rios Democratic 42%
AZ State House 18 Bob Robson Republican 50%
Colette Rosati 62%
Victor Soltero 39%
Wally Straughn 30%
AZ Corporation Commissioner Bob Stump Republican 58%
Mark Thompson 46%
AZ Mayor At-Large Jay Tibshraeny No Party Affiliation 49%
Stephen Tully 59%
Thayer Verschoor 78%
Frederick Wagner III 45%
AZ Council Member 2 Jim Waring 50%
Jim Weiers 64%
AZ State Senate 17 Steven Yarbrough Republican 52%

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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