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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: The Cato Institute

2006 Tax Score

State Office District Name Party Rating
ME Councilor At-Large Joseph Baldacci Democratic 59%
NA U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue Republican 59%
NA U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry Republican 66%
ND U.S. Senate Sr John Hoeven Republican 60%
SD U.S. Senate Jr Mike Rounds Republican 66%
UT U.S. Senate Jr Mitt Romney Republican 60%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Joe Manchin III Democratic 60%
Haley Barbour 59%
Rod Blagojevich 55%
Kathleen Blanco 49%
Matthew Blunt 63%
Phil Bredesen 68%
Jeb Bush 65%
Don Carcieri 60%
Mitch Daniels, Jr. 53%
Jim Douglas 63%
Jim Doyle III 58%
Michael Easley 47%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 60%
Ernest Fletcher 63%
Dave Freudenthal 54%
Jennifer Granholm 57%
Chris Gregoire 49%
Kenny Guinn 58%
Dave Heineman 64%
Brad Henry 55%
Mike Huckabee 45%
Jon Huntsman, Jr. 73%
Ted Kulongoski 51%
Linda Lingle 57%
John Lynch 58%
Mark Middleton 49%
Ruth Minner 54%
Janet Napolitano 55%
Bill Owens 49%
George Pataki 55%
Tim Pawlenty 59%
Jodi Rell 52%
Ed Rendell 57%
Bill Richardson 60%
Bob Riley 52%
Mark Sanford, Jr. 62%
Arnold Schwarzenegger 51%
Brian Schweitzer 68%
Kathleen Sebelius 59%
Bob Taft 55%
Thomas Vilsack 57%

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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