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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Goldwater Institute

2008 Tax and Budget Score

Issues: Conservative
State Office District Name Party Rating
Ed Ableser 35%
Paula Aboud 24%
Kirk Adams 72%
Amanda Aguirre 28%
Carolyn Allen 47%
Manny Alvarez 36%
Mark Anderson 72%
Marsha Arzberger 29%
Ray Barnes 69%
AZ State Senate 15 Nancy Barto Republican 70%
Timothy Bee 52%
AZ U.S. House 5 Andy Biggs Republican 86%
Robert Blendu 45%
Tom Boone 57%
AZ State Senate 10 Dave Bradley Democratic 35%
Jack Brown 39%
AZ State Senate 22 Judy Burges Republican 78%
Jennifer Burns 41%
Robert Burns 62%
Meg Burton Cahill 28%
AZ State Senate 3 Olivia Cajero Bedford Democratic 36%
Chad Campbell 30%
Cloves Campbell, Jr. 38%
Tom Chabin 35%
Ken Cheuvront 48%
Doug Clark 74%
Rich Crandall 66%
Sam Crump 76%
Mark DeSimone 49%
Adam Driggs 73%
AZ State Senate 9 Steve Farley Democratic 35%
AZ State House 12 Eddie Farnsworth Republican 76%
AZ Supervisor 5 Steve Gallardo 30%
Jorge Garcia 29%
Martha Garcia 34%
Pamela Gorman 57%
Chuck Gray 66%
Linda Gray 41%
Trish Groe 86%
Albert Hale 31%
Jack Harper 83%
Pete Hershberger 34%
John Huppenthal 52%
Karen Johnson 66%
AZ State Senate 23 John Kavanagh Republican 70%
Bill Konopnicki 51%
Leah Landrum Taylor 29%
Barbara Leff 48%
Phil Lopes 28%
Linda Lopez 31%
David Lujan 31%
Lucy Mason 57%
Marian Ann McClure 55%
John McComish 59%
Debbie McCune Davis 24%
Barbara McGuire 39%
Nancy McLain 65%
AZ State Senate 30 Robert Meza Democratic 36%
AZ State Senate 27 Catherine Miranda Democratic 35%
Rick Murphy 74%
John Nelson 51%
Warde Nichols 72%
AZ U.S. House 1 Tom O'Halleran Democratic 40%
Lynne Pancrazi 31%
Jonathan Paton 55%
Russell Pearce 84%
Charlene Pesquiera 29%
Thomas Prezelski, Jr. 27%
AZ Secretary of State Michele Reagan Republican 57%
AZ Supervisor 1 Peter Rios Democratic 43%
AZ State House 27 Rebecca Rios Democratic 21%
Bob Robson 57%
AZ Council Member At-Large David Schapira Democratic 35%
AZ U.S. House 9 Kyrsten Sinema Democratic 30%
Victor Soltero 38%
Bob Stump 65%
Jackie Thrasher 32%
AZ Mayor At-Large Jay Tibshraeny 53%
Andy Tobin, Sr. 54%
Albert Tom 30%
Theresa Ulmer 32%
Thayer Verschoor 62%
AZ Council Member 2 Jim Waring 62%
Jim Weiers 62%
AZ Mayor At-Large Jerry Weiers Republican 68%
AZ State Senate 17 Steven Yarbrough Republican 70%
Nancy Young Wright 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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