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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Goldwater Institute

2004 Positions (State Legislators)

Issues: Conservative
State Office District Name Party Rating
AZ U.S. House 1 Tom O'Halleran Democratic 50%
AZ U.S. House 5 Andy Biggs Republican 67%
AZ State House 12 Eddie Farnsworth Republican 67%
AZ State House 15 John Allen Republican 63%
AZ State House 27 Rebecca Rios Democratic 39%
AZ State Senate 3 Olivia Cajero Bedford Democratic 40%
AZ State Senate 10 Dave Bradley Democratic 38%
AZ State Senate 17 Steven Yarbrough Republican 64%
AZ State Senate 30 Robert Meza Democratic 39%
AZ Secretary of State Michele Reagan Republican 56%
AZ Mayor At-Large Jay Tibshraeny 57%
AZ Supervisor 2 Cheryl Chase 43%
AZ Supervisor 5 Steve Gallardo 38%
AZ Council Member 2 Jim Waring 58%
Amanda Aguirre 40%
Linda Aguirre 44%
Carolyn Allen 53%
Manny Alvarez 38%
Marsha Arzberger 46%
Ray Barnes 65%
Timothy Bee 59%
Ken Bennett 53%
Robert Blendu 61%
Tom Boone 60%
William Brotherton 43%
Jennifer Burns 48%
Robert Burns 59%
Meg Burton Cahill 38%
Robert Cannell 41%
Ted Carpenter 60%
Ken Cheuvront 47%
Ted Downing 41%
Franklin Flake 60%
Jorge Garcia 39%
Gabrielle Giffords 47%
Chuck Gray 61%
Linda Gray 61%
Albert Hale 43%
Jack Harper 68%
Toni Hellon 50%
Pete Hershberger 49%
Steve Huffman 51%
John Huppenthal 63%
Marilyn Jarrett 62%
Karen Johnson 70%
Bill Konopnicki 53%
Leah Landrum Taylor 35%
Barbara Leff 59%
Phil Lopes 35%
Linda Lopez 40%
Dean Martin 61%
Lucy Mason 60%
Marian Ann McClure 53%
Debbie McCune Davis 35%
Ben Miranda 38%
Harry Mitchell 42%
John Nelson 52%
Warde Nichols 65%
Russell Pearce 70%
Gary Pierce 63%
Thomas Prezelski, Jr. 36%
Doug Quelland 67%
Bob Robson 62%
Colette Rosati 69%
Victor Soltero 41%
Bob Stump 64%
Stephen Tully 56%
Thayer Verschoor 67%

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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