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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: South Dakota Farmers Union

1999 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
SD Governor Dennis Daugaard Republican 65%
SD Lieutenant Governor Matt Michels Republican 80%
SD State Senate 24 Jeffery Rodrick Monroe Republican 90%
SD State Senate 26 Larry Lucas Democratic 90%
SD Council Member At-Large Kermit Staggers 55%
SD Public Utilities Commissioner Kristie Fiegen Republican 35%
SD Commissioner 3 Paul Symens 60%
SD Commissioner At-Large James Lintz No Party Affiliation 100%
SD Commissioner At-Large Garry Allen Moore No Party Affiliation 100%
SD Commissioner At-Large Duane Sutton No Party Affiliation 85%
Kenneth Albers 90%
Jerry Apa 60%
Robert Benson 55%
Eric Bogue 90%
Bernard Michael Broderick, Jr. 60%
Roger Brooks 80%
Don Brosz 55%
Arnold Brown 65%
Jarvis Brown 90%
Richard Brown 80%
Quinten Burg 100%
William Cerny, Jr. 90%
Roland Chicoine 95%
Judy Clark 73%
Kevin Crisp 95%
Steve Cutler 85%
Kay Davis 80%
H. Dennert 90%
Michael Derby 35%
Larry Diedrich 65%
Elmer Diedtrich 85%
Robert Drake 75%
Jay Duenwald 85%
J.P. Duniphan 55%
James Dunn 43%
Rebecca Dunn 90%
Robert Duxbury 100%
William Earley 35%
Scott Eccarius 55%
H. Junior Engbrecht 80%
Barbara Everist 55%
Deb Fischer-Clemens 90%
Carol Fitzgerald 78%
Charles Flowers 100%
Randall Frederick 65%
Arthur Fryslie 85%
Cooper Garnos 80%
Richard Hagen 100%
Richard Hainje 55%
Patrick Haley 100%
Harold Halverson 55%
Arlene Ham-Burr 65%
Gary Hanson 95%
Thomas Hennies 80%
Roger Hunt 60%
James Hutmacher 85%
Mike Jaspers 80%
Kent Juhnke 90%
Douglas Kazmerzak 95%
Ted Klaudt 70%
Marguerite Kleven 90%
Frank Kloucek 95%
Gilbert Koetzle 90%
Claire Konold 75%
Clarence Kooistra 75%
John Koskan 70%
Gerald Lange 90%
James Lawler 90%
Joanne Lockner 85%
Cheryl Madden 55%
Alice Lucille McCoy 80%
Kenneth McNenny 60%
David Munson 53%
Donald Munson 85%
Sam Nachtigal 95%
William Napoli 40%
Mel Olson 85%
Keith Paisley 55%
Mary Patterson 95%
William Peterson 70%
Willard Pummel 80%
J.E. Putnam 80%
John Reedy 90%
Mitchell Richter 55%
Robert Roe 80%
Mike Rounds 55%
Louis Sebert 80%
Jerry Shoener 63%
Walter Slaughter 80%
Orville Smidt 45%
Burdette Solum 80%
Daniel Sutton 95%
Paul Valandra 78%
Drue Vitter 90%
Ron Volesky 100%
Alfred Waltman 90%
Robert Weber 85%
Kenneth Wetz 80%
Fred Cavanaugh Whiting 55%
Mike Wilson 95%

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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