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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Goldwater Institute

2004 Positions

Issues: Conservative
State Office District Name Party Rating
Karen Johnson 70%
Russell Pearce 70%
Colette Rosati 69%
Jack Harper 68%
AZ State Senate 12 Andy Biggs Republican 67%
AZ State House 12 Eddie Farnsworth Republican 67%
Doug Quelland 67%
Thayer Verschoor 67%
Ray Barnes 65%
Warde Nichols 65%
AZ Corporation Commission Chairman Bob Stump Republican 64%
AZ State Senate 17 Steven Yarbrough Republican 64%
AZ State House 15 John Allen Republican 63%
John Huppenthal 63%
AZ Corporation Commissioner Gary Pierce Republican 63%
Marilyn Jarrett 62%
AZ State House 18 Bob Robson Republican 62%
Robert Blendu 61%
Chuck Gray 61%
Linda Gray 61%
Dean Martin 61%
Tom Boone 60%
Ted Carpenter 60%
Franklin Flake 60%
Lucy Mason 60%
Timothy Bee 59%
AZ Corporation Commissioner Robert Burns Republican 59%
Barbara Leff 59%
AZ Vice Mayor 2 Jim Waring Republican 58%
AZ Mayor At-Large Jay Tibshraeny Republican 57%
AZ Secretary of State Michele Reagan Republican 56%
Stephen Tully 56%
Carolyn Allen 53%
Ken Bennett 53%
Bill Konopnicki 53%
Marian Ann McClure 53%
John Nelson 52%
Steve Huffman 51%
Toni Hellon 50%
Tom O'Halleran 50%
Pete Hershberger 49%
Jennifer Burns 48%
Ken Cheuvront 47%
Gabrielle Giffords 47%
Marsha Arzberger 46%
Linda Aguirre 44%
William Brotherton 43%
AZ Supervisor 2 Cheryl Chase Republican 43%
AZ State House 7 Albert Hale Democratic 43%
Harry Mitchell 42%
Robert Cannell 41%
Ted Downing 41%
Victor Soltero 41%
Amanda Aguirre 40%
AZ State Senate 3 Olivia Cajero Bedford Democratic 40%
Linda Lopez 40%
Jorge Garcia 39%
AZ State Senate 30 Robert Meza Democratic 39%
AZ State House 27 Rebecca Rios Democratic 39%
Manny Alvarez 38%
AZ State Senate 10 Dave Bradley Democratic 38%
Meg Burton Cahill 38%
Steve Gallardo 38%
Ben Miranda 38%
Thomas Prezelski, Jr. 36%
Leah Landrum Taylor 35%
Phil Lopes 35%
AZ State House 30 Debbie McCune Davis Democratic 35%

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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