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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Nebraska National Federation of Independent Business

2007-2008 Positions on Pro-Small Business Policy

State Office District Name Party Rating
NE State Senate 4 Pete Pirsch Non-partisan 100
NE State Senate 6 John Nelson Non-partisan 90
NE State Senate 11 Ernie Chambers Non-partisan 67
NE State Senate 12 Steve Lathrop Non-partisan 70
NE State Senate 18 Scott Lautenbaugh Non-partisan 100
NE State Senate 20 Brad Ashford Non-partisan 56
NE State Senate 24 Gregory Adams Non-partisan 90
NE State Senate 26 Amanda McGill Non-partisan 75
NE State Senate 28 William Avery Non-partisan 70
NE State Senate 30 Norman Wallman Non-partisan 70
NE State Senate 32 Russ Karpisek Non-partisan 80
NE State Senate 34 Annette Dubas Non-partisan 78
NE State Senate 36 John Wightman Non-partisan 100
NE State Senate 38 Tom Carlson Non-partisan 89
NE State Senate 42 Thomas Hansen Non-partisan 100
NE State Senate 44 Mark Christensen Non-partisan 100
NE State Senate 46 Danielle Conrad Non-partisan 70
NE State Senate 48 John Harms Non-partisan 100
NE U.S. Senate Jr Deb Fischer Republican 100
NE Council Member Ward 5 Donald Preister Non-partisan 70
NE Council Member At-Large DiAnna Schimek Non-partisan 44
NE Lieutenant Governor Lavon Heidemann Non-partisan 100
Raymond Aguilar 100
Carroll Craig Burling 100
Abbie Cornett 70
Cap Dierks 78
L. Patrick Engel 100
Philip Erdman 100
Mike Flood 90
Michael Friend 90
Tony Fulton 100
Tim Gay 100
Gwen Howard 70
Carol Hudkins 88
Ray Janssen 78
Joel Johnson 89
Gail Kopplin 60
Lowen Kruse 67
Chris Langemeier 100
LeRoy Louden 100
Vickie McDonald 100
Rich Pahls 89
Dave Pankonin 89
Dwite Pedersen 57
Ronald Raikes 83
Kent Rogert 70
Arnie Stuthman 100
John Synowiecki 67
Tom White 70

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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