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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: The Cato Institute

2000 Governors' Fiscal Policy Report Card

State Office District Name Party Rating
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 25%
ME U.S. Senate Jr Angus King, Jr. Independent 50%
NH U.S. Senate Sr Jeanne Shaheen Democratic 50%
Lincoln Carter Almond 50%
Roy Barnes 50%
George Bush 75%
Jeb Bush 75%
Benjamin Cayetano 75%
Argeo Paul Cellucci 100%
Joseph Graham Davis, Jr. 0%
Howard Dean 50%
John Engler 75%
Murphy Foster, Jr. 25%
Jim Geringer 50%
Jim Gilmore III 50%
Parris Glendening 25%
Bill Graves 75%
Kenny Guinn 100%
James Hodges 50%
Mike Huckabee 50%
Jane Dee Hull 25%
James Hunt, Jr. 50%
William Janklow 75%
Mike Johanns 50%
Gary Johnson 75%
Frank Keating 50%
Dirk Kempthorne 50%
John Kitzhaber 0%
Gary Locke 75%
Frank O'Bannon 75%
Bill Owens 75%
George Pataki 75%
Paul Patton 75%
Marc Racicot 25%
Thomas Ridge 75%
John Rowland 75%
George Ryan 25%
Edward Schafer 50%
Don Siegelman 25%
Don Sundquist 25%
Bob Taft 25%
Tommy Thompson 75%
Cecil Underwood 50%
Jesse Ventura 75%
Thomas Vilsack 0%
Christine Todd Whitman 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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