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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Goldwater Institute

2009 Total Score

Issues: Conservative
State Office District Name Party Rating
Ron Gould 80%
AZ U.S. House 5 Andy Biggs Republican 76%
Russell Pearce 76%
Pamela Gorman 75%
AZ State Senate 22 Judy Burges Republican 73%
Chuck Gray 72%
AZ State Senate 6 Sylvia Allen Republican 71%
Jack Harper 71%
Carl Seel 70%
AZ Council Member 2 Jim Waring 70%
AZ State Senate 13 Steve Montenegro Republican 68%
Rick Murphy 68%
Robert Burns 66%
AZ State Senate 23 John Kavanagh Republican 66%
Laurin Hendrix 65%
Thayer Verschoor 65%
Sam Crump 64%
AZ State Senate 21 Debbie Lesko Republican 64%
AZ Mayor At-Large Jerry Weiers Republican 64%
Linda Gray 63%
Jim Weiers 63%
AZ State Senate 15 Nancy Barto Republican 62%
Steve Court 62%
John Huppenthal 62%
Kirk Adams 61%
Tom Boone 61%
Adam Driggs 61%
David Gowan, Sr. 61%
Nancy McLain 61%
Warde Nichols 61%
Steve Pierce 61%
David Stevens 61%
Frank Antenori 60%
Jonathan Paton 60%
Cecil Ash 59%
Ray Barnes 59%
Barbara Leff 59%
John Nelson 59%
AZ State Senate 8 Frank Pratt Republican 59%
AZ State Senate 17 Steven Yarbrough Republican 59%
Doris Goodale 58%
Lucy Mason 58%
John McComish 58%
Al Melvin 58%
AZ Secretary of State Michele Reagan Republican 58%
Andy Tobin, Sr. 57%
Vic Williams 56%
AZ Commissioner of Education Rich Crandall No Party Affiliation 55%
Doug Quelland 55%
AZ Mayor At-Large Jay Tibshraeny No Party Affiliation 55%
Russ Jones 52%
Carolyn Allen 51%
Bill Konopnicki 49%
Ken Cheuvront 43%
Debbie McCune Davis 42%
Cloves Campbell, Jr. 40%
AZ U.S. House 9 Kyrsten Sinema Democratic 40%
Jack Brown 39%
Amanda Aguirre 38%
AZ State Senate 3 Olivia Cajero Bedford Democratic 38%
Matthew Heinz 38%
AZ State Senate 30 Robert Meza Democratic 38%
AZ State Senate 27 Catherine Miranda Democratic 38%
Barbara McGuire 37%
Eric Meyer 37%
Rae Waters 37%
Nancy Young Wright 37%
Manny Alvarez 36%
Martha Garcia 36%
AZ State Senate 10 Dave Bradley Democratic 35%
Lynne Pancrazi 35%
Daniel Patterson 35%
Chris Deschene 34%
AZ State House 27 Rebecca Rios Democratic 34%
Ed Ableser 33%
Albert Hale 33%
Leah Landrum Taylor 33%
Anna Tovar 33%
Chad Campbell 32%
Phil Lopes 32%
AZ Council Member At-Large David Schapira Democratic 32%
Paula Aboud 31%
David Lujan 31%
Meg Burton Cahill 30%
Tom Chabin 30%
AZ State Senate 9 Steve Farley Democratic 30%
Maria Garcia 30%
Linda Lopez 30%
Pat Fleming 29%

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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