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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: The Cato Institute

1996 Governors' Fiscal Policy Report Card

State Office District Name Party Rating
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 0%
ME U.S. Senate Jr Angus King, Jr. Independent 50%
George Allen 50%
Lincoln Carter Almond 25%
Phil Batt 50%
Evan Bayh 75%
David Beasley 75%
Terry Branstad 50%
George Bush 75%
W. Gaston Caperton 0%
Arne Carlson 50%
Mel Carnahan 25%
Benjamin Cayetano 25%
Lawton Chiles 0%
Howard Dean 75%
Jim Robert Edgar 25%
John Engler 75%
Daniel Kirkwood Fordice 75%
Jim Geringer 50%
Parris Glendening 25%
Bill Graves 50%
James Hunt, Jr. 50%
Fob James, Jr. 50%
William Janklow 75%
Gary Johnson 75%
Frank Keating 50%
John Kitzhaber 50%
Michael Edward Lowry 25%
Stephen Merrill 100%
Bob Miller 75%
Zell Bryan Miller 50%
Ben Nelson 50%
George Pataki 100%
Marc Racicot 25%
Thomas Ridge 75%
Roy Rudolph Romer 75%
John Rowland 75%
Edward Schafer 75%
Don Sundquist 50%
Fife Symington 100%
Tommy Thompson 75%
George Voinovich 0%
William Weld 75%
Christine Todd Whitman 75%
Pete Wilson 50%

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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