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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: South Dakota National Federation of Independent Business

1998 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
SD Governor Dennis Daugaard Republican 88%
SD State Senate 24 Jeffery Rodrick Monroe Republican 63%
SD State Senate 26 Larry Lucas Democratic 38%
SD Council Member At-Large Kermit Staggers 100%
SD Public Utilities Commissioner Kristie Fiegen Republican 63%
SD Commissioner 3 Paul Symens 71%
SD Commissioner At-Large Garry Allen Moore No Party Affiliation 71%
Kenneth Albers 88%
Jerry Apa 88%
Robert Benson 88%
Bernard Michael Broderick, Jr. 50%
Roger Brooks 63%
Don Brosz 75%
Arnold Brown 88%
Jarvis Brown 63%
Richard Brown 50%
William Cerny, Jr. 75%
Roland Chicoine 75%
Kevin Crisp 63%
Steve Cutler 50%
Kay Davis 63%
H. Dennert 75%
Michael Derby 50%
Larry Diedrich 71%
Robert Drake 100%
Jay Duenwald 57%
J.P. Duniphan 71%
James Dunn 100%
Rebecca Dunn 75%
Robert Duxbury 63%
Scott Eccarius 50%
Barbara Everist 75%
Deb Fischer-Clemens 75%
Carol Fitzgerald 50%
Charles Flowers 75%
Randall Frederick 86%
Richard Hagen 57%
Richard Hainje 88%
Patrick Haley 50%
Harold Halverson 75%
Arlene Ham-Burr 88%
Roger Hunt 67%
James Hutmacher 75%
Mike Jaspers 43%
Douglas Kazmerzak 50%
Marguerite Kleven 88%
Frank Kloucek 63%
Gilbert Koetzle 50%
Claire Konold 50%
Clarence Kooistra 50%
John Koskan 71%
Gerald Lange 75%
James Lawler 75%
Joanne Lockner 50%
Cheryl Madden 75%
Kenneth McNenny 63%
David Munson 88%
Donald Munson 63%
William Napoli 75%
Mel Olson 75%
Keith Paisley 88%
William Peterson 63%
Willard Pummel 50%
J.E. Putnam 50%
John Reedy 75%
Mitchell Richter 50%
Robert Roe 38%
Mike Rounds 88%
Jerry Shoener 75%
Orville Smidt 63%
Burdette Solum 50%
Paul Valandra 71%
Drue Vitter 88%
Ron Volesky 38%
Alfred Waltman 50%
Robert Weber 75%
Kenneth Wetz 63%
Fred Cavanaugh Whiting 88%
Dana Windhorst 83%

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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