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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Goldwater Institute

2005 Positions

Issues: Conservative
State Office District Name Party Rating
AZ U.S. House 1 Tom O'Halleran Democratic 49%
AZ U.S. House 5 Andy Biggs Republican 76%
AZ U.S. House 9 Kyrsten Sinema Democratic 35%
AZ State House 12 Eddie Farnsworth Republican 75%
AZ State House 15 John Allen Republican 70%
AZ State House 27 Rebecca Rios Democratic 44%
AZ State Senate 3 Olivia Cajero Bedford Democratic 37%
AZ State Senate 10 Dave Bradley Democratic 37%
AZ State Senate 17 Steven Yarbrough Republican 66%
AZ State Senate 22 Judy Burges Republican 74%
AZ State Senate 30 Robert Meza Democratic 37%
AZ Secretary of State Michele Reagan Republican 58%
AZ Mayor At-Large Jay Tibshraeny No Party Affiliation 61%
AZ Mayor At-Large Jerry Weiers Republican 69%
AZ Supervisor 1 Peter Rios Democratic 38%
AZ Supervisor 2 Cheryl Chase 49%
AZ Supervisor 5 Steve Gallardo Democratic 35%
AZ Council Member 2 Jim Waring 60%
Amanda Aguirre 32%
Linda Aguirre 47%
Carolyn Allen 51%
Manny Alvarez 31%
Mark Anderson 65%
Marsha Arzberger 54%
Ray Barnes 69%
Timothy Bee 60%
Ken Bennett 63%
Robert Blendu 61%
Tom Boone 63%
William Brotherton 45%
Jack Brown 44%
Jennifer Burns 55%
Robert Burns 67%
Meg Burton Cahill 33%
Robert Cannell 51%
Ted Carpenter 63%
Ken Cheuvront 56%
Ted Downing 39%
Franklin Flake 64%
Jorge Garcia 46%
Martha Garcia 34%
Gabrielle Giffords 43%
Pamela Gorman 72%
Ron Gould 77%
Chuck Gray 76%
Linda Gray 63%
Trish Groe 69%
Albert Hale 47%
Jack Harper 72%
Toni Hellon 50%
Pete Hershberger 46%
Steve Huffman 58%
John Huppenthal 65%
Marilyn Jarrett 71%
Karen Johnson 76%
Russ Jones 62%
Ann Kirkpatrick 36%
Laura Knaperek 65%
Bill Konopnicki 58%
Leah Landrum Taylor 36%
Barbara Leff 61%
Phil Lopes 35%
Linda Lopez 36%
David Lujan 35%
Dean Martin 69%
Lucy Mason 61%
Marian Ann McClure 53%
John McComish 59%
Debbie McCune Davis 31%
Nancy McLain 67%
Ben Miranda 38%
Harry Mitchell 42%
Rick Murphy 74%
John Nelson 59%
Warde Nichols 71%
Jonathan Paton 57%
Russell Pearce 80%
Gary Pierce 68%
Thomas Prezelski, Jr. 34%
Doug Quelland 70%
Bob Robson 65%
Colette Rosati 75%
David Smith 67%
Victor Soltero 45%
Bob Stump 70%
Albert Tom 37%
Stephen Tully 65%
Thayer Verschoor 70%
Jim Weiers 68%

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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