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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Montana AFL-CIO

2007 Positions on Workplace Rights

Issues: Labor Unions
State Office District Name Party Rating
MT State House 26 Mitch Tropila Democratic 92
MT State House 54 Jeffrey Essmann Republican 34
MT State Senate 1 Chas Vincent Republican 46
MT State Senate 4 Mark Blasdel Republican 40
MT State Senate 6 Janna Taylor Republican 19
MT State Senate 9 Llewelyn Jones Republican 55
MT State Senate 10 Rick Ripley Republican 37
MT State Senate 16 Jonathan Windy Boy Democratic 100
MT State Senate 20 Duane Ankney Republican 64
MT State Senate 25 Robyn Driscoll Democratic 100
MT State Senate 26 Elsie Arntzen Republican 55
MT State Senate 31 Mike Phillips Democratic 100
MT State Senate 33 Jennifer Pomnichowski Democratic 100
MT State Senate 35 Scott Sales Republican 19
MT State Senate 36 Debby Barrett Republican 37
MT State Senate 37 Jon Sesso Democratic 100
MT State Senate 38 Jim Keane Democratic 100
MT State Senate 40 Christine Kaufmann Democratic 92
MT State Senate 41 Mary Caferro Democratic 100
MT State Senate 42 Jill Cohenour Democratic 100
MT State Senate 49 Diane Sands Democratic 100
MT Budget Director Dan Villa Democratic 100
MT Public Service Commissioner 3 Roger Koopman Republican 0
MT Commissioner 1 Ray Hawk 19
MT Public Service Commission Vice Chair Bob Lake 10
MT Public Service Commission Vice Chair Bob Lake Republican 10
Shannon Augare 100
Keith Bales 34
Joe Balyeat 17
Gregory Barkus 17
William Beck, Sr. 46
Arlene Becker 100
Bob Bergren 100
Norma Bixby 100
Jerry Black 34
Scott Boggio 28
Gary Branae 100
Roy Brown 34
John Brueggeman 75
Edward Butcher 37
Terrence Callahan 100
Margarett Campbell 100
Edith Clark 50
John Cobb 64
Vicki Cocchiarella 100
Mike Cooney 100
Douglas Cordier 100
Aubyn Curtiss 42
Sue Dickenson 100
Ernie Dutton 55
Robert Ebinger, Jr. 100
Jim Elliott 84
Ron Erickson 100
John Esp 17
George Loren Everett 19
Julie French 100
Kevin Furey 100
David Gallik 100
Steven Gallus 100
Kelly Gebhardt 34
Kim Gillan 100
William Glaser 46
Wanda Grinde 100
George Groesbeck 100
Robin Hamilton 91
Betsy Hands 100
Kenneth Hansen 100
Dan Harrington 100
Robert Hawks 100
Ralph Heinert, Jr. 55
Gordon Hendrick 37
Teresa Henry 100
Edward Hilbert 46
Dennis Himmelberger 28
Cynthia Hiner 100
Galen Hollenbaugh 100
Pat Ingraham 10
Verdell Jackson 42
Hal Jacobson 100
Joey Jayne 82
Larry Jent 100
Bill Jones 73
Mike Jopek 100
Rick Jore 0
Carol Juneau 92
Dave Kasten 10
Krayton Kerns 19
Sam Kitzenberg 100
Harry Klock 64
Deborah Kottel 100
Richard Laible 59
Carol Lambert 73
Michael Lange 55
Lane Larson 100
Jesse Laslovich 92
Dave Lewis 75
Greg Lind 92
Gary MacLaren 64
Bruce Malcolm 46
Dave McAlpin 91
Bill McChesney 100
Daniel McGee 17
Tom McGillvray 28
Walter McNutt 64
Scott Mendenhall 46
Mike Milburn 64
Penny Armstrong Morgan 37
Lynda Moss 100
Terry Murphy 67
John Musgrove 100
Art Noonan 100
Bill Nooney 55
Jesse O'Hara 55
Alan Olson 64
Jerry O'Neil 9
John Parker 100
Gerald Pease 100
Gary Perry 25
Jim Peterson 42
Kenneth Peterson 37
Holly Raser 100
Michele Reinhart 100
Diane Rice 19
John Ross 46
Don Ryan 100
Trudi Schmidt 100
Jim Shockley 34
John Sinrud 10
Veronica Small-Eastman 100
Frank Smith 100
Jon Sonju 37
Carolyn Squires 100
Wayne Stahl 60
Corey Stapleton 17
Donald Steinbeisser 42
Ronald Stoker 37
Robert Story, Jr. 34
Bill Tash 25
William Thomas 100
Joseph Tropila 92
Kendall Van Dyk 100
David Wanzenried 92
John Ward 56
Dan Weinberg 100
Jack Wells 10
Carol Williams 100
Franke Wilmer 100
Bill Wilson 100
Brady Wiseman 100
Craig Witte 19

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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