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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Montana AFL-CIO

2005 Positions

Issues: Labor Unions
State Office District Name Party Rating
MT U.S. Senate Sr Jon Tester Democratic 90%
MT State House 54 Jeffrey Essmann Republican 10%
MT State Senate 2 Dee Brown Republican 18%
MT State Senate 5 Bob Keenan Republican 0%
MT State Senate 6 Janna Taylor Republican 12%
MT State Senate 9 Llewelyn Jones Republican 23%
MT State Senate 10 Rick Ripley Republican 18%
MT State Senate 16 Jonathan Windy Boy Democratic 88%
MT State Senate 25 Robyn Driscoll Democratic 94%
MT State Senate 26 Elsie Arntzen Republican 53%
MT State Senate 35 Scott Sales Republican 6%
MT State Senate 36 Debby Barrett Republican 12%
MT State Senate 37 Jon Sesso Democratic 100%
MT State Senate 38 Jim Keane Democratic 94%
MT State Senate 40 Christine Kaufmann Democratic 82%
MT State Senate 41 Mary Caferro Democratic 88%
MT State Senate 42 Jill Cohenour Democratic 94%
MT State Senate 50 Tom Facey Democratic 88%
MT Justice of the Supreme Court Seat 2 Mike Wheat Non-partisan 90%
MT Auditor Monica Lindeen Democratic 94%
MT Budget Director Dan Villa Democratic 94%
MT Council Member Ward 1 Brent Cromley 100%
MT Public Service Commissioner 3 Roger Koopman Republican 0%
MT Commissioner 1 Ray Hawk 12%
MT Public Service Commission Vice Chair Bob Lake Republican 18%
Joan Andersen 23%
Keith Bales 0%
Joe Balyeat 10%
John Balyeat 6%
Gregory Barkus 0%
Arlene Becker 94%
Bob Bergren 88%
Norma Bixby 94%
Jerry Black 20%
Gary Branae 94%
Roy Brown 23%
John Brueggeman 30%
Edward Butcher 18%
Rosalie Buzzas 82%
Terrence Callahan 82%
Margarett Campbell 94%
Paul Clark 76%
John Cobb 60%
Vicki Cocchiarella 100%
Mike Cooney 100%
Aubyn Curtiss 10%
Sue Dickenson 94%
Tim Dowell 88%
Emelie Kay Eaton 88%
Jon Ellingson 90%
Jim Elliott 90%
John Esp 0%
George Loren Everett 6%
Eve Franklin 88%
Kevin Furey 88%
David Gallik 88%
Steven Gallus 100%
Kathleen Galvin-Halcro 94%
Kelly Gebhardt 40%
Kim Gillan 100%
William Glaser 29%
George Golie 94%
Duane Grimes 10%
Wanda Grinde 94%
George Groesbeck 100%
Gail Gutsche 76%
Robin Hamilton 94%
Kenneth Hansen 90%
Dan Harrington 90%
Christopher Kirk Harris 88%
Robert Hawks 100%
Ralph Heinert, Jr. 23%
Gordon Hendrick 41%
Teresa Henry 88%
Dennis Himmelberger 12%
Cynthia Hiner 94%
Verdell Jackson 18%
Hal Jacobson 94%
Joey Jayne 76%
Larry Jent 100%
Bill Jones 47%
Mike Jopek 82%
Carol Juneau 88%
Sam Kitzenberg 90%
Harry Klock 41%
Richard Laible 20%
Carol Lambert 47%
Michael Lange 65%
Lane Larson 100%
Jesse Laslovich 100%
Ralph Lenhart 88%
Dave Lewis 60%
Greg Lind 90%
Gary MacLaren 23%
Rick Maedje 35%
Bruce Malcolm 23%
Jeff Mangan 100%
Gary Matthews 70%
Dave McAlpin 94%
Daniel McGee 0%
Tom McGillvray 18%
Joe McKenney 18%
Walter McNutt 23%
Scott Mendenhall 6%
Mike Milburn 18%
Penny Armstrong Morgan 18%
Lynda Moss 90%
John Musgrove 94%
Mark Noennig 41%
Art Noonan 94%
Alan Olson 65%
Bernie Olson 70%
Jerry O'Neil 0%
John Parker 88%
Gerald Pease 90%
Gary Perry 30%
Jim Peterson 12%
Holly Raser 88%
Diane Rice 6%
Donald Roberts 41%
John Ross 41%
Glenn Roush 80%
Don Ryan 90%
Trudi Schmidt 90%
Jim Shockley 70%
John Sinrud 6%
Veronica Small-Eastman 94%
Frank Smith 100%
Jon Sonju 18%
Carolyn Squires 100%
Wayne Stahl 41%
Corey Stapleton 60%
Donald Steinbeisser 0%
Ronald Stoker 47%
Robert Story, Jr. 10%
Bill Tash 10%
Kenneth Toole, Jr. 90%
Joseph Tropila 100%
Pat Wagman 29%
Karl Waitschies 29%
David Wanzenried 82%
John Ward 41%
Bill Warden 41%
Dan Weinberg 90%
Jack Wells 18%
Carol Williams 90%
Bill Wilson 88%
Jeanne Windham 88%
Brady Wiseman 88%
John Witt 29%

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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