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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: The Cato Institute

2006 Governors' Fiscal Policy Report Card

State Office District Name Party Rating
ME Councilor At-Large Joseph Baldacci Democratic 51%
NA U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue Republican 56%
NA U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry Republican 61%
ND U.S. Senate Sr John Hoeven Republican 54%
SC U.S. House 1 Mark Sanford, Jr. Republican 60%
SD U.S. Senate Jr Mike Rounds Republican 59%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Joe Manchin III Democratic 51%
Haley Barbour 54%
Rod Blagojevich 51%
Kathleen Blanco 43%
Matthew Blunt 63%
Phil Bredesen 60%
Jeb Bush 54%
Don Carcieri 54%
Mitch Daniels, Jr. 50%
Jim Douglas 53%
Jim Doyle III 49%
Michael Easley 44%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 53%
Ernest Fletcher 53%
Dave Freudenthal 49%
Jennifer Granholm 53%
Chris Gregoire 47%
Kenny Guinn 46%
Dave Heineman 55%
Brad Henry 56%
Mike Huckabee 46%
Jon Huntsman, Jr. 59%
Ted Kulongoski 50%
Linda Lingle 50%
John Lynch 58%
Mark Middleton 50%
Ruth Minner 44%
Janet Napolitano 43%
Bill Owens 50%
George Pataki 51%
Tim Pawlenty 55%
Jodi Rell 50%
Ed Rendell 55%
Bill Richardson 56%
Bob Riley 47%
Mitt Romney 55%
Arnold Schwarzenegger 49%
Brian Schweitzer 47%
Kathleen Sebelius 51%
Bob Taft 53%
Thomas Vilsack 56%

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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