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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Business & Industry Political Education Committee

1996-1998 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
William Ward Canon 94%
James Ellington 93%
Vincent Scoper, Jr. 93%
Richard White 93%
Tommy Woods 92%
Lester Barnett, Jr. 91%
MS State House 64 William Denny, Jr. Republican 91%
MS State House 108 Mark Formby Republican 91%
Andrew Ketchings 91%
Keith Norris Montgomery, Sr. 91%
James Simpson, Jr. 91%
Thomas Cameron III 89%
Charles Wilson Capps, Jr. 89%
William Minor 89%
MS State House 46 Bobby Howell Republican 88%
MS State Senate 30 Dean Kirby Republican 88%
Timothy Alan Ford 87%
Travis Little 87%
MS State House 60 John Moore Republican 87%
Charles Ross 87%
Edwin Glenn Hamilton 85%
William Hewes III 85%
Charles Smith 85%
Timothy Lamar Johnson 84%
Valeria Brower Robertson 84%
MS State House 58 Rita Martinson Republican 83%
Warner McBride 83%
Thomas Robertson 83%
Carmen Wells-Smith 83%
Michael Janus 82%
T.O. Moffatt 82%
MS State Senate 31 Terry Burton Republican 81%
Frank Hamilton 81%
Lee Jarrell Davis 80%
Daniel Guice, Jr. 80%
MS State House 89 C. Shows Republican 79%
MS U.S. House 1 Alan Nunnelee Republican 78%
Clinton Rotenberry, Jr. 77%
MS State Senate 14 Lydia Chassaniol Republican 76%
Joe Ellzey 76%
Robert Moody 75%
MS State Senate 3 Nickey Browning Republican 74%
Bob Dearing 74%
MS State House 7 Wanda Jennings Republican 74%
MS State House 39 Jeffrey Smith Republican 74%
Joseph Thomas Stogner 74%
Ronald David Farris 73%
William Miles 73%
Thomas Mitchell 73%
MS State House 61 Ray Rogers Republican 73%
Mary Stevens 72%
MS State House 62 Thomas Weathersby, Sr. Republican 72%
Jim Crawley Barnett 71%
Roger Ishee 71%
MS State House 10 H. Nolan Mettetal Republican 71%
MS State House 112 John Read Republican 71%
James Markham, Jr. 69%
Eric Robinson 69%
Percy Maples 68%
Joseph Compretta 67%
John Raymond Reeves 67%
MS State House 16 Stephen Holland Democratic 66%
MS State House 87 Johnny Stringer Democratic 66%
MS State House 65 Mary Coleman Democratic 65%
MS State House 106 Herbert Frierson Republican 65%
MS State Senate 50 Tommy Gollott Republican 65%
Bobby Taylor 65%
William McCoy 64%
Eloise Hale Scott 64%
MS State House 90 Joseph Warren Democratic 64%
William Bowles 62%
MS Public Service Commissioner Lynn Posey Republican 60%
Phillip West 58%
George Flaggs, Jr. 57%
Jack Gadd 57%
Carl Gordon, Jr. 57%
MS State House 33 Thomas Reynolds II Democratic 54%
Joe Hudson 53%
Charles Young, Sr. 53%
Tom Wallace 52%
MS State Senate 7 Hob Bryan Democratic 51%
Billy Thames 51%
Clayton Henderson 50%
Clem Mullins Nettles 49%
MS State House 31 Sara Thomas Democratic 49%
MS State House 79 Blaine Eaton II Democratic 48%
David Gibbs 48%
Ezell Lee 48%
MS State Senate 9 Gray Tollison Republican 48%
George Dickerson 47%
MS State Senate 13 Willie Simmons Democratic 47%
Robert Clark, Jr. 46%
E. Harvey Moss 44%
Ricky Cummings 43%
MS Supervisor 3 Dirk Dedeaux Democratic 43%
Jamie Franks, Jr. 42%
MS State House 94 Robert Johnson III Democratic 41%
MS State House 57 Edward Blackmon, Jr. Democratic 39%
Neely Carlton 39%
MS State House 69 Alyce Clarke Democratic 39%
Joe Grist, Jr. 39%
Diane Peranich 39%
MS State House 30 Robert Huddleston Democratic 38%
Robert Harold Smith 38%
MS State House 45 Bennett Malone Democratic 37%
Scottie Cuevas 36%
Frances Fredericks 36%
MS State House 98 David Myers Democratic 36%
Billy Broomfield 35%
MS State House 29 Linda Coleman Democratic 35%
Walter Robinson, Jr. 35%
Bennie Turner 35%
MS State House 38 Tyrone Ellis Democratic 34%
MS State Senate 32 Sampson Jackson II Democratic 33%
David Green 32%
MS State House 32 Willie Perkins, Sr. Democratic 30%
MS State House 27 Ferr Smith Democratic 30%
MS State House 42 Reecy Dickson Democratic 29%
MS State House 85 America Middleton Democratic 29%
Barbara Martin Blackmon 28%
MS State House 53 Robert Moak Democratic 28%
MS State House 49 Willie Bailey Democratic 27%
MS State House 67 Earle Banks Democratic 27%
R.L. Livingston 27%
John Robert White 26%
MS State House 51 Rufus Straughter Democratic 23%
Jimmy Thornton 23%
Vernon Delma Furniss 21%
MS State Senate 26 John Horhn Democratic 21%
MS State Senate 27 Hillman Frazier Democratic 19%
Tommy Horne 19%
Alice Harden 18%
Johnnie Walls, Jr. 18%
MS State Senate 24 David Jordan Democratic 17%
MS State House 70 James Evans Democratic 16%
MS State House 103 Percy Watson Democratic 15%

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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