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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Goldwater Institute

2006 Positions

Issues: Conservative
State Office District Name Party Rating
AZ U.S. House 1 Tom O'Halleran Democratic 44%
AZ U.S. House 5 Andy Biggs Republican 70%
AZ U.S. House 9 Kyrsten Sinema Democratic 31%
AZ State House 12 Eddie Farnsworth Republican 72%
AZ State House 15 John Allen Republican 63%
AZ State House 27 Rebecca Rios Democratic 40%
AZ State Senate 3 Olivia Cajero Bedford Democratic 30%
AZ State Senate 10 Dave Bradley Democratic 30%
AZ State Senate 15 Nancy Barto Republican 67%
AZ State Senate 17 Steven Yarbrough Republican 59%
AZ State Senate 22 Judy Burges Republican 71%
AZ State Senate 30 Robert Meza Democratic 33%
AZ Secretary of State Michele Reagan Republican 46%
AZ Mayor At-Large Jay Tibshraeny 51%
AZ Mayor At-Large Jerry Weiers Republican 61%
AZ Supervisor 1 Peter Rios Democratic 33%
AZ Supervisor 2 Cheryl Chase 41%
AZ Supervisor 5 Steve Gallardo 32%
AZ Council Member 2 Jim Waring 56%
Paula Aboud 36%
Amanda Aguirre 39%
Linda Aguirre 33%
Carolyn Allen 47%
Manny Alvarez 32%
Mark Anderson 54%
Marsha Arzberger 42%
Ray Barnes 59%
Timothy Bee 53%
Ken Bennett 53%
Robert Blendu 55%
Tom Boone 58%
William Brotherton 33%
Jack Brown 29%
Jennifer Burns 42%
Robert Burns 57%
Meg Burton Cahill 30%
Robert Cannell 39%
Ted Carpenter 57%
Ken Cheuvront 50%
Ted Downing 36%
Franklin Flake 57%
Jorge Garcia 33%
Martha Garcia 32%
Pamela Gorman 69%
Ron Gould 77%
Linda Gray 57%
Trish Groe 66%
Albert Hale 40%
Jack Harper 74%
Toni Hellon 46%
Pete Hershberger 40%
Steve Huffman 50%
John Huppenthal 58%
Karen Johnson 69%
Russ Jones 40%
Ann Kirkpatrick 33%
Laura Knaperek 55%
Bill Konopnicki 46%
Leah Landrum Taylor 30%
Barbara Leff 54%
Phil Lopes 29%
Linda Lopez 28%
David Lujan 33%
Dean Martin 62%
Lucy Mason 47%
Marian Ann McClure 41%
John McComish 48%
Debbie McCune Davis 31%
Nancy McLain 57%
Ben Miranda 35%
Rick Murphy 67%
John Nelson 54%
Warde Nichols 62%
Jonathan Paton 44%
Russell Pearce 70%
Gary Pierce 56%
Thomas Prezelski, Jr. 30%
Doug Quelland 57%
Bob Robson 53%
Colette Rosati 72%
Victor Soltero 38%
Bob Stump 66%
Albert Tom 36%
Stephen Tully 58%
Thayer Verschoor 70%
Jim Weiers 59%

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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