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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: The Cato Institute

2004 Governors' Fiscal Policy Report Card

State Office District Name Party Rating
ME Councilor At-Large Joseph Baldacci Democratic 75%
NA U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue Republican 25%
NA U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry Republican 75%
ND U.S. Senate Sr John Hoeven Republican 75%
SC U.S. House 1 Mark Sanford, Jr. Republican 75%
SD U.S. Senate Jr Mike Rounds Republican 75%
VA U.S. Senate Sr Mark Warner Democratic 25%
Craig Benson 100%
Rod Blagojevich 25%
Phil Bredesen 75%
Jeb Bush 75%
Don Carcieri 50%
Jim Douglas 50%
Jim Doyle III 50%
Michael Easley 50%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 50%
Jennifer Granholm 25%
Kenny Guinn 25%
Brad Henry 50%
Bob Holden 0%
Mike Huckabee 25%
Mike Johanns 50%
Dirk Kempthorne 50%
Ted Kulongoski 25%
Linda Lingle 50%
Gary Locke 75%
Judy Martz 100%
James McGreevey 0%
Ruth Minner 25%
Janet Napolitano 25%
Bill Owens 100%
George Pataki 75%
Tim Pawlenty 75%
Ed Rendell 0%
Bill Richardson 75%
Bob Riley 25%
Mitt Romney 50%
Arnold Schwarzenegger 100%
Kathleen Sebelius 25%
Bob Taft 0%
Thomas Vilsack 50%
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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