Rating Group: The Cato Institute

2008-2010 Tax Rate Score

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State Office Name Party Rating
FL U.S. House - 13 Charlie Crist, Jr. Democratic 50%
ME State Senate - 9 Joseph Baldacci Democratic 56%
NA U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm 56%
ND U.S. Senate - Sr John Hoeven Republican 65%
SD U.S. Senate - Jr Mike Rounds Republican 56%
WV U.S. Senate - Sr Joe Manchin III Democratic 63%
Haley Barbour 53%
Mike Beebe 53%
Steve Beshear 54%
Phil Bredesen 56%
Jan Brewer 39%
Don Carcieri 64%
Chet Culver 56%
Mitch Daniels, Jr. 56%
Jim Douglas 58%
Jim Doyle III 44%
Dave Freudenthal 56%
Jim Gibbons 48%
Chris Gregoire 50%
Dave Heineman 56%
Brad Henry 56%
Bobby Jindal 56%
Ted Kulongoski 25%
Linda Lingle 34%
John Lynch 52%
Jack Markell 46%
Jay Nixon 56%
Martin O'Malley 56%
Butch Otter 56%
David Paterson 32%
Deval Patrick 47%
Tim Pawlenty 47%
Bev Perdue 31%
Sonny Perdue 56%
Rick Perry 56%
Pat Quinn 56%
Jodi Rell 23%
Ed Rendell 55%
Bill Richardson 52%
Bob Riley 56%
Bill Ritter, Jr. 56%
Mark Sanford, Jr. 53%
Arnold Schwarzenegger 37%
Brian Schweitzer 56%
Ted Strickland 56%
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