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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Joint Government Affairs Committee

2010 Positions on Pro-Business Policy

State Office District Name Party Rating
WA Council Member 5 Hans Dunshee Democratic 73%
WA State Senate 10 Barbara Bailey Republican 80%
WA State House 10 Position 1 Norma Smith Republican 80%
WA State Senate 21 Marko Liias Democratic 75%
WA State Senate 32 Maralyn Chase Democratic 80%
WA State House 32 Position 2 Ruth Kagi Democratic 73%
WA State Senate 38 John McCoy Democratic 75%
WA State House 38 Position 2 Mike Sells Democratic 80%
WA State Senate 39 Kirk Pearson Republican 80%
WA State House 39 Position 1 Dan Kristiansen Republican 80%
WA State Senate 44 Steve Hobbs Democratic 92%
Jean Berkey 79%
Mark Ericks 67%
Darlene Fairley 70%
Mary Haugen 77%
Mike Hope 78%
Rosemary McAuliffe 67%
Al O'Brien 69%
Mary Helen Roberts 78%
Paull Shin 86%
Val Stevens 89%

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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