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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: The Cato Institute

2008 Governors' Fiscal Policy Report Card

State Office District Name Party Rating
Haley Barbour 25%
Mike Beebe 50%
Rod Blagojevich 0%
Matthew Blunt 75%
Phil Bredesen 75%
Don Carcieri 75%
Jon Corzine 0%
Chet Culver 0%
Mitch Daniels, Jr. 75%
Jim Douglas 25%
Jim Doyle III 25%
Michael Easley 50%
Dave Freudenthal 25%
Jim Gibbons 75%
Jennifer Granholm 25%
Chris Gregoire 25%
Dave Heineman 75%
Brad Henry 75%
Jon Huntsman, Jr. 75%
Ted Kulongoski 0%
Linda Lingle 50%
John Lynch 25%
Ruth Minner 25%
Janet Napolitano 50%
Martin O'Malley 0%
Deval Patrick 50%
Tim Pawlenty 75%
Jodi Rell 0%
Ed Rendell 25%
Bill Richardson 75%
Bob Riley 0%
Bill Ritter, Jr. 25%
Arnold Schwarzenegger 50%
Brian Schweitzer 25%
Kathleen Sebelius 25%
Ted Strickland 75%
ME Councilor At-Large Joseph Baldacci Democratic 75%
FL U.S. House 13 Charlie Crist, Jr. Democratic 100%
VA U.S. Senate Jr Tim Kaine Democratic 25%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Joe Manchin III Democratic 100%
ND U.S. Senate Sr John Hoeven Republican 50%
ID Governor Butch Otter Republican 0%
NA U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue Republican 75%
NA U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry Republican 75%
SD U.S. Senate Jr Mike Rounds Republican 50%
SC U.S. House 1 Mark Sanford, Jr. Republican 100%

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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