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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Goldwater Institute

2003 Positions

Issues: Conservative
State Office District Name Party Rating
Thayer Verschoor 78%
AZ State House 12 Eddie Farnsworth Republican 71%
Jack Harper 70%
Dean Martin 69%
Russell Pearce 69%
Marilyn Jarrett 67%
Karen Johnson 67%
AZ U.S. House 5 Andy Biggs Republican 66%
Robert Burns 66%
Randy Graf 66%
Jim Weiers 64%
Linda Gray 63%
Mark Anderson 62%
Colette Rosati 62%
Ray Barnes 61%
Tom Boone 61%
Barbara Leff 61%
Warde Nichols 61%
Chuck Gray 60%
Joe Hart 60%
Timothy Bee 59%
Ted Carpenter 59%
John Huppenthal 59%
Stephen Tully 59%
Gary Pierce 58%
Bob Stump 58%
Lucy Mason 57%
Doug Quelland 57%
AZ State House 15 John Allen Republican 56%
Robert Blendu 55%
Sylvia Laughter 55%
Franklin Flake 53%
Bill Konopnicki 52%
AZ Secretary of State Michele Reagan Republican 52%
AZ State Senate 17 Steven Yarbrough Republican 52%
Ken Bennett 51%
Phil Hanson 50%
Marian Ann McClure 50%
Bob Robson 50%
AZ Council Member 2 Jim Waring 50%
John Nelson 49%
AZ Mayor At-Large Jay Tibshraeny 49%
Jennifer Burns 48%
Carolyn Allen 47%
Carole Hubbs 47%
Clancy Jayne 47%
William Arnold 46%
Mark Thompson 46%
Frederick Wagner III 45%
Linda Binder 43%
Deb Gullett 43%
Linda Aguirre 42%
Steve Huffman 42%
AZ Supervisor 1 Peter Rios Democratic 42%
Marsha Arzberger 41%
Jack Brown 41%
Robert Cannell 41%
AZ U.S. House 1 Tom O'Halleran Democratic 41%
Ken Cheuvront 40%
Slade Mead 40%
Jorge Garcia 39%
Jack Jackson, Sr. 39%
Victor Soltero 39%
William Brotherton 38%
James Carruthers 38%
Toni Hellon 38%
Ernest Bustamante 37%
AZ Supervisor 2 Cheryl Chase 36%
Harry Mitchell 35%
Amanda Aguirre 34%
Gabrielle Giffords 34%
Ben Miranda 34%
Ted Downing 33%
Pete Hershberger 33%
AZ State Senate 3 Olivia Cajero Bedford Democratic 32%
Leah Landrum Taylor 32%
Linda Lopez 32%
Debbie McCune Davis 32%
Manny Alvarez 30%
Wally Straughn 30%
AZ Supervisor 5 Steve Gallardo 29%
AZ State Senate 30 Robert Meza Democratic 29%
Meg Burton Cahill 28%
AZ State House 24 Ken Clark Democratic 28%
Jack Jackson, Jr. 28%
John Loredo 28%
Thomas Prezelski, Jr. 28%
AZ State Senate 10 Dave Bradley Democratic 27%
Phil Lopes 27%

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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