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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: The Cato Institute

2002 Governors' Fiscal Policy Report Card

State Office District Name Party Rating
ME U.S. Senate Jr Angus King, Jr. Independent 25%
ND U.S. Senate Sr John Hoeven Republican 25%
NH U.S. Senate Sr Jeanne Shaheen Democratic 25%
Lincoln Carter Almond 25%
Roy Barnes 75%
Jeb Bush 100%
Benjamin Cayetano 50%
Joseph Graham Davis, Jr. 0%
Howard Dean 25%
John Engler 75%
Murphy Foster, Jr. 25%
Jim Geringer 50%
Parris Glendening 25%
Bill Graves 25%
Kenny Guinn 75%
James Hodges 25%
Mike Huckabee 50%
Jane Dee Hull 25%
William Janklow 75%
Mike Johanns 50%
Gary Johnson 75%
Frank Keating 75%
Dirk Kempthorne 50%
John Kitzhaber 0%
Gary Locke 75%
Judy Martz 75%
Ruth Minner 50%
Ronnie Musgrove 50%
Frank O'Bannon 50%
Bill Owens 100%
George Pataki 75%
Paul Patton 50%
John Rowland 75%
George Ryan 25%
Don Siegelman 25%
Don Sundquist 0%
Jane Maria Swift 75%
Bob Taft 0%
Jesse Ventura 25%
Thomas Vilsack 25%
Bob Wise, Jr. 25%

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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