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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Montana Stockgrowers Association

2003 Positions on Livestock Issues

State Office District Name Party Rating
MT U.S. Senate Sr Jon Tester Democratic B
MT State House 3 Jerry O'Neil Republican A
MT State House 96 Carolyn Squires Democratic B
MT State Senate 2 Dee Brown Republican A
MT State Senate 5 Verdell Jackson Republican A+
MT State Senate 9 Rick Ripley Republican A+
MT State Senate 15 Jim Peterson Republican A+
MT State Senate 16 Jonathan Windy Boy Democratic D
MT State Senate 23 Alan Olson Republican A+
MT State Senate 32 Larry Jent Democratic D+
MT State Senate 34 Scott Sales Republican B+
MT State Senate 36 Debby Barrett Republican A+
MT State Senate 38 Jim Keane Democratic C+
MT State Senate 41 Christine Kaufmann Democratic F
MT State Senate 42 Dave Lewis Republican A+
MT State Senate 45 Fred Thomas Republican A
MT State Senate 48 Tom Facey Democratic D
MT State Senate 49 David Wanzenried Democratic D
MT Justice of the Supreme Court Seat 2 Mike Wheat Non-partisan B
MT Auditor Monica Lindeen Democratic B+
MT Council Member Ward 1 Brent Cromley Democratic B
MT Public Service Commission Vice Chair Bob Lake Republican A+
Joan Andersen A+
Sherm Anderson A
Keith Bales A
Norman Ballantyne B
Joe Balyeat B+
Gregory Barkus A
Arlene Becker C
Bob Bergren C+
Rodney Bitney A+
Norma Bixby D+
Jerry Black A
John Bohlinger B
Sylvia Bookout-Reinicke A
Gary Branae C
Roy Brown A+
John Brueggeman A+
Edward Butcher B+
Rosalie Buzzas D-
Terrence Callahan D+
Eileen Carney D+
Edith Clark A+
Paul Clark D
John Cobb B+
Vicki Cocchiarella B+
Jill Cohenour D-
Mike Cooney C
Aubyn Curtiss A
Larry Cyr D
Robert DePratu A
Ronald Devlin A+
Sue Dickenson D+
Tim Dowell D+
Jon Ellingson C+
Jim Elliott B+
Ron Erickson D-
John Esp B+
George Loren Everett A
Stanley Fisher A+
Gary Forrester B+
Eve Franklin D
Daniel Clint Fuchs A+
David Gallik D+
Steven Gallus C+
Kathleen Galvin-Halcro D+
Kelly Gebhardt B+
Carol Gibson D+
Kim Gillan C
William Glaser A
George Golie C
Duane Grimes B+
Gail Gutsche D-
Richard Haines A
Kenneth Hansen B+
Dan Harrington C
Christopher Kirk Harris D
Ray Hawk A
Donald Hedges A+
Daniel Hurwitz A+
Hal Jacobson D+
Joey Jayne D
Royal Johnson A
Carol Juneau D+
Dave Kasten A
Bob Keenan A
Sam Kitzenberg B+
Richard Laible A+
Carol Lambert A+
Michael Lange B+
Jesse Laslovich C+
Jeff Laszloffy B+
Bob Lawson A
Larry Lehman A+
Ralph Lenhart B+
Rick Maedje A+
Dale Mahlum A
Bruce Malcolm A
Jeff Mangan B
Gary Matthews A+
Bea McCarthy B+
Daniel McGee B+
Joe McKenney A+
Walter McNutt A
Scott Mendenhall A+
Doug Mood A+
Penny Armstrong Morgan A+
John Musgrove B
Linda Nelson A
Brad Newman C+
Mark Noennig B+
Bernie Olson A+
John Parker C
Jeffrey Pattison A
Gerald Pease A
Gary Perry B+
Holly Raser D+
Diane Rice A+
Donald Roberts A+
N. Allen Rome A+
John Ross A+
Glenn Roush B+
Brennan Ryan B+
Don Ryan B+
Trudi Schmidt C
Clarice Schrumpf A+
Debbie Bowman Shea B+
Jim Shockley B+
John Sinrud B+
Veronica Small-Eastman C+
Frank Smith C+
Mike Sprague A
Corey Stapleton A
Donald Steinbeisser A+
Ronald Stoker B+
Emily Stonington B+
Robert Story, Jr. A
Bill Tash A
Mike Taylor B+
William Thomas A+
Kenneth Toole, Jr. D+
Joseph Tropila C+
Pat Wagman A+
Karl Waitschies A+
Sandy Weiss F
Bill Wilson D+
John Witt A+
Cindy Younkin A+
Tom Zook A

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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