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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Goldwater Institute

2008 Education Score

Issues: Conservative
State Office District Name Party Rating
Sam Crump 81%
AZ U.S. House 5 Andy Biggs Republican 79%
Kirk Adams 77%
AZ State Senate 15 Nancy Barto Republican 77%
Trish Groe 77%
AZ State Senate 23 John Kavanagh Republican 77%
Nancy McLain 77%
Russell Pearce 75%
Bob Stump 75%
AZ State Senate 17 Steven Yarbrough Republican 73%
Doug Clark 71%
Adam Driggs 71%
Warde Nichols 71%
Ray Barnes 69%
Tom Boone 69%
AZ State House 12 Eddie Farnsworth Republican 69%
Ron Gould 69%
Andy Tobin, Sr. 69%
Rick Murphy 67%
John Nelson 67%
Karen Johnson 66%
AZ State Senate 22 Judy Burges Republican 65%
Bill Konopnicki 65%
John McComish 65%
Jim Weiers 65%
AZ Mayor At-Large Jerry Weiers Republican 65%
Rich Crandall 63%
Pamela Gorman 63%
Jack Harper 63%
Mark Anderson 62%
AZ Secretary of State Michele Reagan Republican 62%
Bob Robson 62%
Leah Landrum Taylor 59%
Jonathan Paton 58%
Amanda Aguirre 56%
Robert Blendu 56%
Robert Burns 56%
John Huppenthal 56%
Barbara Leff 56%
Lucy Mason 56%
AZ Mayor At-Large Jay Tibshraeny 56%
Thayer Verschoor 56%
Marian Ann McClure 54%
Albert Hale 53%
Charlene Pesquiera 53%
Marsha Arzberger 50%
Timothy Bee 50%
Ken Cheuvront 50%
Mark DeSimone 50%
Jorge Garcia 50%
Chuck Gray 50%
Linda Gray 50%
AZ U.S. House 1 Tom O'Halleran Democratic 50%
Victor Soltero 50%
AZ Council Member 2 Jim Waring 50%
Phil Lopes 48%
Barbara McGuire 48%
Paula Aboud 47%
Debbie McCune Davis 47%
Linda Lopez 46%
Nancy Young Wright 46%
Carolyn Allen 44%
Manny Alvarez 44%
AZ State Senate 10 Dave Bradley Democratic 44%
Meg Burton Cahill 44%
AZ Supervisor 5 Steve Gallardo 44%
AZ State Senate 30 Robert Meza Democratic 44%
Lynne Pancrazi 44%
Thomas Prezelski, Jr. 44%
Albert Tom 44%
Jack Brown 42%
AZ State Senate 3 Olivia Cajero Bedford Democratic 42%
Chad Campbell 42%
Cloves Campbell, Jr. 42%
Tom Chabin 42%
AZ State Senate 9 Steve Farley Democratic 42%
David Lujan 42%
AZ State Senate 27 Catherine Miranda Democratic 42%
Jackie Thrasher 42%
Theresa Ulmer 42%
Ed Ableser 40%
Jennifer Burns 40%
Martha Garcia 40%
AZ Supervisor 1 Peter Rios Democratic 40%
AZ U.S. House 9 Kyrsten Sinema Democratic 38%
Pete Hershberger 37%
AZ Council Member At-Large David Schapira Democratic 37%
AZ State House 27 Rebecca Rios Democratic 31%

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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