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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Goldwater Institute

2008 Education Score

Issues: Conservative
State Office District Name Party Rating
AZ State Senate 26 Ed Ableser Democratic 40%
Paula Aboud 47%
Kirk Adams 77%
Amanda Aguirre 56%
Carolyn Allen 44%
Manny Alvarez 44%
Mark Anderson 62%
Marsha Arzberger 50%
Ray Barnes 69%
AZ State Senate 15 Nancy Barto Republican 77%
Timothy Bee 50%
AZ State Senate 12 Andy Biggs Republican 79%
Robert Blendu 56%
Tom Boone 69%
AZ State Senate 10 Dave Bradley Democratic 44%
Jack Brown 42%
AZ State Senate 22 Judy Burges Republican 65%
Jennifer Burns 40%
AZ Corporation Commissioner Robert Burns Republican 56%
Meg Burton Cahill 44%
AZ State Senate 3 Olivia Cajero Bedford Democratic 42%
AZ State House 24 Chad Campbell Democratic 42%
Cloves Campbell, Jr. 42%
Tom Chabin 42%
Ken Cheuvront 50%
Doug Clark 71%
Rich Crandall 63%
Sam Crump 81%
Mark DeSimone 50%
AZ State Senate 28 Adam Driggs Republican 71%
AZ State Senate 9 Steve Farley Democratic 42%
AZ State House 12 Eddie Farnsworth Republican 69%
AZ State Senate 29 Steve Gallardo Democratic 44%
Jorge Garcia 50%
Martha Garcia 40%
Pamela Gorman 63%
Ron Gould 69%
Chuck Gray 50%
Linda Gray 50%
Trish Groe 77%
AZ State House 7 Albert Hale Democratic 53%
Jack Harper 63%
Pete Hershberger 37%
AZ Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal Republican 56%
Karen Johnson 66%
AZ State House 23 John Kavanagh Republican 77%
Bill Konopnicki 65%
AZ State Senate 27 Leah Landrum Taylor Democratic 59%
Barbara Leff 56%
Phil Lopes 48%
Linda Lopez 46%
David Lujan 42%
Lucy Mason 56%
Marian Ann McClure 54%
AZ State Senate 18 John McComish Republican 65%
AZ State House 30 Debbie McCune Davis Democratic 47%
AZ State Senate 8 Barbara McGuire Democratic 48%
Nancy McLain 77%
AZ State Senate 30 Robert Meza Democratic 44%
AZ State House 27 Catherine Miranda Democratic 42%
AZ State Senate 21 Rick Murphy Republican 67%
John Nelson 67%
Warde Nichols 71%
Tom O'Halleran 50%
AZ State Senate 4 Lynne Pancrazi Democratic 44%
Jonathan Paton 58%
Russell Pearce 75%
Charlene Pesquiera 53%
Thomas Prezelski, Jr. 44%
AZ State Senate 23 Michele Reagan Republican 62%
AZ Supervisor 1 Peter Rios Democratic 40%
Rebecca Rios 31%
AZ State House 18 Bob Robson Republican 62%
David Schapira 37%
AZ U.S. House 9 Kyrsten Sinema Democratic 38%
Victor Soltero 50%
AZ Corporation Commission Chairman Bob Stump Republican 75%
Jackie Thrasher 42%
AZ Mayor At-Large Jay Tibshraeny Republican 56%
AZ State House 1 Andy Tobin, Sr. Republican 69%
Albert Tom 44%
Theresa Ulmer 42%
Thayer Verschoor 56%
AZ Vice Mayor 2 Jim Waring Republican 50%
Jim Weiers 65%
AZ Mayor Position 4 Jerry Weiers Republican 65%
AZ State Senate 17 Steven Yarbrough Republican 73%
Nancy Young Wright 46%

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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