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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Taxpayers League of Minnesota

2008 Positions on Tax Reduction

State Office District Name Party Rating
MN U.S. House 3 Erik Paulsen Republican 55
MN Lieutenant Governor Prettner Solon Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0
MN State House 3A David Dill Democratic/Farmer/Labor 9
MN State House 3B Mary Murphy Democratic/Farmer/Labor 9
MN State House 4B Paul Marquart Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0
MN State House 5B Tom Anzelc Democratic/Farmer/Labor 9
MN State House 7A Thomas Huntley Democratic/Farmer/Labor 18
MN State House 8A Bud Nornes Republican 55
MN State House 10A John Ward Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0
MN State House 11B Tim Faust Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0
MN State House 15A Sondra Erickson Republican 82
MN State House 18A Dean Urdahl Republican 45
MN State House 19B Kathy Brynaert Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0
MN State House 20B David Bly Democratic/Farmer/Labor 9
MN State House 21B Steve Drazkowski Republican 82
MN State House 22B Rod Hamilton Republican 27
MN State House 23A Bob Gunther Republican 45
MN State House 23B Tony Cornish Republican 45
MN State House 24B Patti Fritz Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0
MN State House 25B Kim Norton Democratic/Farmer/Labor 18
MN State House 26A Tina Liebling Democratic/Farmer/Labor 18
MN State House 27B Jeanne Poppe Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0
MN State House 28A Eugene Pelowski, Jr. Democratic/Farmer/Labor 9
MN State House 31B Tom Hackbarth Republican 100
MN State House 34A Joyce Peppin Republican 91
MN State House 34B Kurt Zellers Republican 73
MN State House 35A Jim Abeler II Republican 27
MN State House 36B Melissa Hortman Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0
MN State House 38B Matt Dean Republican 91
MN State House 39A Robert Dettmer Republican 73
MN State House 40A Michael Nelson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0
MN State House 40B Debra Hilstrom Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0
MN State House 41B Carolyn Laine Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0
MN State House 43B Leon Lillie Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0
MN State House 44A Sarah Anderson Republican 55
MN State House 44B John Benson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0
MN State House 45A Lyndon Carlson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0
MN State House 46A Ryan Winkler Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0
MN State House 46B Steve Simon Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0
MN State House 47B Joe Hoppe Republican 91
MN State House 49A Ron Erhardt Democratic/Farmer/Labor 18
MN State House 50A Linda Slocum Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0
MN State House 50B Ann Lenczewski Democratic/Farmer/Labor 9
MN State House 51A Sandra Masin Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0
MN State House 52A Rick Hansen Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0
MN State House 52B Joseph Atkins Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0
MN State House 54B Denny McNamara Republican 45
MN State House 55A Michael Beard Republican 73
MN State House 56B William Morgan Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0
MN State House 58A Mary Holberg Republican 82
MN State House 58B Patrick Garofalo Republican 82
MN State House 59A Joe Mullery Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0
MN State House 60A Diane Loeffler Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0
MN State House 60B Phyllis Kahn Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0
MN State House 61A Frank Hornstein Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0
MN State House 61B Paul Thissen Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0
MN State House 62A Karen Clark Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0
MN State House 63A Jim Davnie Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0
MN State House 63B Jean Wagenius Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0
MN State House 64A Erin Murphy Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0
MN State House 64B Michael Paymar Democratic/Farmer/Labor 9
MN State House 65B Carlos Mariani Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0
MN State House 66A Alice Hausman Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0
MN State House 66B John Lesch Democratic/Farmer/Labor 9
MN State House 67A Tim Mahoney Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0
MN State House 67B Sheldon Johnson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0
MN State Senate 1 LeRoy Stumpf Democratic/Farmer/Labor 30
MN State Senate 2 Rod Skoe Democratic/Farmer/Labor 18
MN State Senate 3 Thomas Bakk Democratic/Farmer/Labor 9
MN State Senate 4 Kent Eken Democratic/Farmer/Labor 9
MN State Senate 5 Tom Saxhaug Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0
MN State Senate 6 David Tomassoni Democratic/Farmer/Labor 10
MN State Senate 8 Bill Ingebrigtsen Republican 64
MN State Senate 11 Tony Lourey Democratic/Farmer/Labor 9
MN State Senate 12 Torrey Westrom Republican 64
MN State Senate 13 Michelle Fischbach Republican 60
MN State Senate 17 Lyle Koenen Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0
MN State Senate 19 Kathy Sheran Democratic/Farmer/Labor 10
MN State Senate 20 Kevin Dahle Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0
MN State Senate 23 Julie Rosen Republican 45
MN State Senate 25 David Senjem Republican 73
MN State Senate 27 Daniel Sparks Democratic/Farmer/Labor 9
MN State Senate 29 Bruce Anderson Republican 100
MN State Senate 34 Warren Limmer Republican 100
MN State Senate 42 Bev Scalze Democratic/Farmer/Labor 9
MN State Senate 43 Charles Wiger Democratic/Farmer/Labor 9
MN State Senate 44 Terri Bonoff Democratic/Farmer/Labor 18
MN State Senate 45 Ann Rest Democratic/Farmer/Labor 27
MN State Senate 46 Ronald Latz Democratic/Farmer/Labor 9
MN State Senate 47 Julianne Ortman Republican 100
MN State Senate 48 David Hann Republican 100
MN State Senate 51 Jim Carlson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0
MN State Senate 52 James Metzen Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0
MN State Senate 54 Katie Sieben Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0
MN State Senate 61 D. Scott Dibble Democratic/Farmer/Labor 9
MN State Senate 63 Patricia Torres Ray Democratic/Farmer/Labor 9
MN State Senate 64 Richard Cohen Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0
MN State Senate 65 Sandra Pappas Democratic/Farmer/Labor 9
MN State Senate 66 John Marty Democratic/Farmer/Labor 36
Ellen Anderson 9
Linda Berglin 9
John Berns 64
Donald Betzold 9
Karla Bigham 0
Laura Brod 90
Robin Brown 0
Mark Buesgens 100
Julie Bunn 9
Satveer Chaudhary 10
Tarryl Clark 0
Richard Day 64
Chris DeLaForest 91
Randy Demmer 64
Stephen Dille 33
Denise Dittrich 9
John Doll 9
Willie Dominguez 0
Al Doty 9
Robert Eastlund 73
Tom Emmer 100
Sharon Erickson Ropes 20
Brad Finstad 82
Leo Foley 10
Dennis Frederickson 30
Paul Gardner 0
Chris Gerlach 82
Joseph Gimse 55
Steve Gottwalt 55
Mindy Greiling 9
Larry Haws 0
Bud Heidgerken 55
Linda Higgins 0
Bill Hilty 9
Larry Hosch 9
Larry Howes 45
Mike Jaros 0
Debbie Johnson 78
Al Juhnke 18
Michael Jungbauer 73
Jeremy Kalin 0
Margaret Kelliher 0
Katherine Knuth 0
Amy Koch 91
Paul Koering 73
Paul Kohls 91
Scott Kranz 0
Gary Kubly 9
Keith Langseth 9
Morrie Lanning 45
Dan Larson 0
Bernard Lieder 0
Ann Lynch 0
Shelley Madore 10
Doug Magnus 45
Carol McFarlane 36
Geoff Michel 64
Frank Moe 0
Terence Morrow 0
Mee Moua 0
Steve Murphy 11
David Olin 9
Rick Olseen 9
Gen Olson 73
Mark Olson 100
Mary Olson 9
Mary Otremba 18
Dennis Ozment 27
Patricia Pariseau 82
Aaron Peterson 0
Neil Peterson 18
Sandra Peterson 0
Lawrence Pogemiller 0
Claire Robling 64
Tom Rukavina 9
Sandy Rummel 18
Connie Ruth 22
Maria Ruud 0
Brita Sailer 18
Kathy Saltzman 20
Linda Scheid 18
Marty Seifert 73
Anthony Sertich 0
Daniel Severson 64
Ron Shimanski 82
Dean Simpson 55
Dan Skogen 0
Nora Slawik 0
Steve Smith 45
Loren Solberg 0
Marsha Swails 0
Cy Thao 0
Tom Tillberry 0
Kathy Tingelstad 0
Ken Tschumper 9
Ray Vandeveer 90
James Vickerman 9
Neva Walker 0
Lynn Wardlow 55
Andy Welti 0
Betsy Wergin 60

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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