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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Northern Plains Resource Council

2009 Positions

Issues: Environment
State Office District Name Party Rating
MT U.S. House At-Large Ryan Zinke Republican 45%
MT Lieutenant Governor Mike Cooney Democratic 100%
MT State House 23 Bradley Maxon Hamlett Democratic 64%
MT State House 26 Mitch Tropila Democratic 91%
MT State House 32 Jonathan Windy Boy Democratic 73%
MT State House 37 Lee Randall Republican 36%
MT State House 42 Sharon Stewart-Peregoy Democratic 73%
MT State House 54 Jeffrey Essmann Republican 18%
MT State House 73 Jim Keane Democratic 36%
MT State House 93 John Fleming Democratic 91%
MT State Senate 1 Chas Vincent Republican 36%
MT State Senate 2 Dee Brown Republican 27%
MT State Senate 3 Keith Regier Republican 18%
MT State Senate 4 Mark Blasdel Republican 27%
MT State Senate 9 Llewelyn Jones Republican 36%
MT State Senate 13 Brian Hoven Republican 27%
MT State Senate 20 Duane Ankney Republican 36%
MT State Senate 26 Margie MacDonald Democratic 100%
MT State Senate 27 Cary Smith Republican 9%
MT State Senate 29 David Howard Republican 27%
MT State Senate 31 Mike Phillips Democratic 82%
MT State Senate 33 Jennifer Pomnichowski Democratic 100%
MT State Senate 34 Gordon Vance Republican 18%
MT State Senate 35 Scott Sales Republican 18%
MT State Senate 36 Jeffrey Welborn Republican 9%
MT State Senate 37 Jon Sesso Democratic 55%
MT State Senate 38 Edith McClafferty Democratic 64%
MT State Senate 41 Mary Caferro Democratic 100%
MT State Senate 42 Jill Cohenour Democratic 100%
MT State Senate 45 Dick Barrett Democratic 82%
MT State Senate 46 Sue Malek Democratic 82%
MT State Senate 49 Diane Sands Democratic 91%
MT Budget Director Dan Villa Democratic 64%
MT Commissioner 1 Ray Hawk 9%
MT Superintendent of Public Instruction Elsie Arntzen Republican 36%
Shannon Augare 45%
Keith Bales 18%
Joe Balyeat 9%
Gregory Barkus 9%
Debby Barrett 27%
Russell Bean 18%
Paul Beck 82%
William Beck, Sr. 18%
Arlene Becker 100%
Tony Belcourt 64%
Gerald Bennett 9%
Bob Bergren 73%
Tom Berry 36%
Jerry Black 27%
Anders Blewett 91%
Carlie Boland 91%
Joel Boniek 36%
Gary Branae 82%
John Brenden 18%
Roy Brown 27%
Taylor Brown 45%
John Brueggeman 36%
Edward Butcher 36%
Forrestina Calf Boss Ribs 80%
Margarett Campbell 70%
Aubyn Curtiss 27%
Sue Dickenson 91%
Robyn Driscoll 82%
Robert Ebinger, Jr. 91%
Ron Erickson 100%
John Esp 9%
Julie French 82%
Tim Furey 91%
Steven Gallus 64%
Kelly Gebhardt 27%
Dennis Getz 91%
Kim Gillan 64%
William Glaser 36%
Wanda Grinde 100%
Robin Hamilton 82%
Betsy Hands 100%
Kenneth Hansen 64%
Robert Hawks 91%
Gordon Hendrick 27%
Teresa Henry 82%
Dennis Himmelberger 40%
Cynthia Hiner 55%
Greg Hinkle 9%
Roy Hollandsworth 36%
Galen Hollenbaugh 100%
Chuck Hunter 82%
Pat Ingraham 27%
Verdell Jackson 9%
Larry Jent 91%
Mike Jopek 73%
Carol Juneau 91%
Dave Kasten 18%
Christine Kaufmann 100%
Krayton Kerns 0%
Harry Klock 36%
Deborah Kottel 91%
Richard Laible 27%
Bob Lake 9%
Clifford Larsen 91%
Jesse Laslovich 73%
Dave Lewis 27%
Gary MacLaren 27%
Dave McAlpin 82%
Bill McChesney 55%
Daniel McGee 9%
Tom McGillvray 18%
Walter McNutt 27%
Robert Mehlhoff 64%
Mike Menahan 91%
Scott Mendenhall 9%
Mike Milburn 9%
Mike Miller 18%
Michael More 0%
Penny Armstrong Morgan 45%
Lynda Moss 100%
Terry Murphy 27%
Art Noonan 73%
Pat Noonan 55%
Bill Nooney 40%
Jesse O'Hara 40%
Carolyn Pease-Lopez 70%
Gary Perry 27%
Jim Peterson 27%
Kenneth Peterson 18%
Scott Reichner 27%
Michele Reinhart 100%
Rick Ripley 27%
Donald Roberts 27%
J. Roundstone 100%
Trudi Schmidt 82%
Jim Shockley 27%
Jon Sonju 27%
Carolyn Squires 100%
Wayne Stahl 40%
Cheryl Steenson 82%
Donald Steinbeisser 18%
Ronald Stoker 18%
Robert Story, Jr. 27%
Janna Taylor 9%
Joseph Tropila 91%
Bruce Tutvedt 27%
Kendall Van Dyk 100%
Bob Wagner 9%
David Wanzenried 100%
Wendy Warburton 36%
Ted Washburn 27%
Carol Williams 91%
Franke Wilmer 91%
Bill Wilson 100%
Brady Wiseman 100%

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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