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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: South Dakota Farmers Union

2005 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
SD Lieutenant Governor Matt Michels Republican 78%
SD State House 2 Brock Greenfield Republican 89%
SD State House 4 Jim Peterson Democratic 94%
SD State House 12 Hal Wick Republican 67%
SD State House 21 Julie Bartling Democratic 100%
SD State House 24 Tim Rounds Republican 78%
SD State Senate 3 Al Novstrup Republican 78%
SD State Senate 7 Larry Tidemann Republican 84%
SD State Senate 9 Deb Peters Republican 84%
SD State Senate 10 Shantel Krebs Republican 84%
SD State Senate 13 Phyllis Heineman Republican 73%
SD State Senate 18 Jean Hunhoff Republican 66%
SD State Senate 20 Mike Vehle Republican 84%
SD State Senate 25 Tim Rave Republican 90%
SD State Senate 27 James Bradford Democratic 88%
SD State Senate 29 Larry Rhoden Republican 90%
SD Secretary of State Jason Gant Republican 98%
SD Commissioner At-Large Burt Elliott No Party Affiliation 78%
SD Commissioner At-Large Dick Kelly No Party Affiliation 67%
SD Commissioner At-Large James Lintz No Party Affiliation 100%
SD Commissioner At-Large Garry Allen Moore No Party Affiliation 89%
SD Commissioner At-Large Duane Sutton No Party Affiliation 88%
Gene Abdallah 78%
Stanford Adelstein 83%
Jerry Apa 89%
Eric Bogue 94%
Jamie Boomgarden 84%
Bernard Michael Broderick, Jr. 78%
Thomas Brunner 100%
Michael Buckingham 65%
Joni Cutler 77%
Justin Davis 95%
Thomas Deadrick 84%
Thomas Dempster 76%
H. Dennert 94%
Jay Duenwald 95%
J.P. Duniphan 70%
Joel Dykstra 92%
William Earley 73%
Bob Faehn 72%
Larry Frost 65%
Arthur Fryslie 89%
Cooper Garnos 97%
David Gassman 95%
Margaret Gillespie 86%
Mary Glenski 82%
Thomas Glover 100%
Bob Gray 76%
Tom Hackl 83%
Patrick Haley 94%
Clayton Halverson 98%
Alan Hanks 78%
Tom Hansen 95%
Gary Hanson 95%
Dale Hargens 94%
Jeffrey Haverly 90%
Thomas Hennies 73%
Thomas Hills 86%
Gordon Howie 85%
James Hundstad 100%
Roger Hunt 36%
Barry Jensen 98%
Gary Jerke 89%
Ted Klaudt 95%
Frank Kloucek 75%
David Knudson 70%
Gilbert Koetzle 94%
Al Koistinen 89%
Clarence Kooistra 53%
John Koskan 98%
Elizabeth Kraus 79%
Michael Kroger 86%
Gerald Lange 95%
Alice Lucille McCoy 78%
Royal McCracken 83%
Ed McLaughlin 78%
Kenneth McNenny 98%
Kathleen Miles 92%
Casey Murschel 83%
William Napoli 83%
Paul Nelson 95%
Benjamin Nesselhuf 94%
Sean O'Brien 78%
Edwin Olson, Jr. 45%
Ryan Olson 75%
Gordon Pederson 71%
J.E. Putnam 84%
Valentine Rausch 82%
Elaine Roberts 94%
Donna Schafer 84%
Lee Anton Schoenbeck 82%
Louis Sebert 72%
David Sigdestad 100%
Orville Smidt 88%
Steve Street 88%
Daniel Sutton 100%
William Thompson 94%
R. Shawn Tornow 77%
Charles Turbiville 90%
Theresa Two Bulls 100%
Paul Valandra 91%
Donald Van Etten 68%
Thomas Van Norman 97%
Keri Weems 84%
Mark Willadsen 73%

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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