Rating Group: The Cato Institute

2006 Spending Score

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State Office Name Party Rating
ME State Senate - 9 Joseph Baldacci Democratic 37%
NA U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Thomas Vilsack 55%
NA U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm 47%
ND U.S. Senate - Sr John Hoeven Republican 39%
SD U.S. Senate - Jr Mike Rounds Republican 53%
UT U.S. Senate - Jr Mitt Romney Republican 50%
WV U.S. Senate - Sr Joe Manchin III Democratic 30%
Haley Barbour 45%
Rod Blagojevich 43%
Kathleen Blanco 29%
Matthew Blunt 66%
Phil Bredesen 49%
Jeb Bush 36%
Don Carcieri 46%
Mitch Daniels, Jr. 48%
Jim Douglas 34%
Jim Doyle III 36%
Michael Easley 39%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 41%
Ernest Fletcher 30%
Dave Freudenthal 32%
Chris Gregoire 45%
Kenny Guinn 28%
Dave Heineman 41%
Brad Henry 61%
Mike Huckabee 49%
Jon Huntsman, Jr. 31%
Ted Kulongoski 51%
Linda Lingle 40%
John Lynch 60%
Ruth Minner 28%
Janet Napolitano 23%
Bill Owens 55%
George Pataki 49%
Tim Pawlenty 52%
Sonny Perdue 55%
Rick Perry 58%
Jodi Rell 47%
Ed Rendell 52%
Bill Richardson 52%
Bob Riley 43%
Mark Sanford, Jr. 60%
Arnold Schwarzenegger 49%
Brian Schweitzer 8%
Kathleen Sebelius 39%
Bob Taft 49%