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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Montana Shooting Sports Association

2002 Positions on Gun Rights

Issues: Guns
State Office District Name Party Rating
MT U.S. Senate Sr Jon Tester Democratic B
MT State Senate 2 Dee Brown Republican C
MT State Senate 5 Bob Keenan Republican B
MT State Senate 35 Scott Sales Republican A
MT State Senate 38 Jim Keane Democratic B
MT State Senate 50 Tom Facey Democratic B
MT Auditor Monica Lindeen Democratic B
MT Commissioner 1 Ray Hawk B
MT Public Service Commission Vice Chair Bob Lake C
MT Public Service Commission Vice Chair Bob Lake Republican C
Joan Andersen B
Sherm Anderson A
Keith Bales C
Joe Balyeat A+
Gregory Barkus C
Bob Bergren C
Norma Bixby F
John Bohlinger C
Sylvia Bookout-Reinicke A
Roy Brown C
John Brueggeman A
Rosalie Buzzas D
Eileen Carney F
Gilda Clancy A
Paul Clark B+
Aubyn Curtiss A+
Ronald Devlin F
Sue Dickenson F
Tim Dowell A
Jon Ellingson D
Ron Erickson F
John Esp B
George Loren Everett A
Stanley Fisher D
Gary Forrester B
Nancy Rice Fritz F
Daniel Clint Fuchs A
Steven Gallus D
Kelly Gebhardt C
Carol Gibson D
Kim Gillan F
George Golie B
Duane Grimes A
Gail Gutsche D
Richard Haines A+
Kenneth Hansen C
Donald Hedges A
Linda Holden B
Verdell Jackson A
Larry Jent B
Richard Laible A
Michael Lange B
Jesse Laslovich C
Jeff Laszloffy A+
Bob Lawson B
Larry Lehman F
Dave Lewis A
Rick Maedje A
Daniel McGee B
Scott Mendenhall A
Doug Mood A
Brad Newman D
Mark Noennig D
Alan Olson B
Bernie Olson D
John Parker C
Jeffrey Pattison A
Gary Perry B
Kenneth Peterson F
Diane Rice A
N. Allen Rome B
Glenn Roush B
Brennan Ryan A
Trudi Schmidt C
Clarice Schrumpf F
Jim Shockley A+
John Sinrud A
Frank Smith C
Roger Somerville B
Carolyn Squires C
Mike Taylor A
William Thomas A
Joseph Tropila B
Karl Waitschies B
David Wanzenried C
Jack Wells A+
Bill Wilson B
Merlin Wolery A
Cindy Younkin 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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