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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Taxpayers League of Minnesota

2010 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
MN U.S. House 6 Tom Emmer Republican 87%
MN State House 3B Mary Murphy Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0%
MN State House 4B Paul Marquart Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0%
MN State House 5A John Persell Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0%
MN State House 5B Tom Anzelc Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0%
MN State House 8A Bud Nornes Republican 53%
MN State House 12B Paul Anderson Republican 80%
MN State House 16B Paul Torkelson Republican 80%
MN State House 18A Dean Urdahl Republican 87%
MN State House 20B David Bly Democratic/Farmer/Labor 7%
MN State House 21A Tim Kelly Republican 67%
MN State House 21B Steve Drazkowski Republican 100%
MN State House 22B Rod Hamilton Republican 93%
MN State House 23A Bob Gunther Republican 73%
MN State House 23B Tony Cornish Republican 67%
MN State House 25B Kim Norton Democratic/Farmer/Labor 13%
MN State House 26A Tina Liebling Democratic/Farmer/Labor 7%
MN State House 27B Jeanne Poppe Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0%
MN State House 28A Eugene Pelowski, Jr. Democratic/Farmer/Labor 7%
MN State House 28B Greg Davids Republican 73%
MN State House 31B Tom Hackbarth Republican 87%
MN State House 34A Joyce Peppin Republican 93%
MN State House 35B Peggy Scott Republican 87%
MN State House 36B Melissa Hortman Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0%
MN State House 37B Tim Sanders Republican 87%
MN State House 38B Matt Dean Republican 87%
MN State House 39A Bob Dettmer Republican 93%
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 87%
MN State House 45A Lyndon Carlson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0%
MN State House 46A Ryan Winkler Democratic/Farmer/Labor 7%
MN State House 47B Joe Hoppe Republican 80%
MN State House 48B Jenifer Loon Republican 80%
MN State House 49B Paul Rosenthal Democratic/Farmer/Labor 33%
MN State House 50A Linda Slocum Democratic/Farmer/Labor 7%
MN State House 50B Ann Lenczewski Democratic/Farmer/Labor 27%
MN State House 51A Sandra Masin Democratic/Farmer/Labor 27%
MN State House 52A Rick Hansen Democratic/Farmer/Labor 7%
MN State House 52B Joseph Atkins Democratic/Farmer/Labor 7%
MN State House 54B Denny McNamara Republican 73%
MN State House 57A Tara Mack Republican 87%
MN State House 58B Patrick Garofalo Republican 80%
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 7%
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 65B Carlos Mariani Democratic/Farmer/Labor 7%
MN State House 66A Alice Hausman Democratic/Farmer/Labor 7%
MN State House 66B John Lesch Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0%
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 8%
MN State Senate 2 Rod Skoe Democratic/Farmer/Labor 8%
MN State Senate 3 Thomas Bakk Democratic/Farmer/Labor 8%
MN State Senate 4 Kent Eken Democratic/Farmer/Labor 7%
MN State Senate 5 Tom Saxhaug Democratic/Farmer/Labor 8%
MN State Senate 6 David Tomassoni Democratic/Farmer/Labor 8%
MN State Senate 7 Roger Reinert Democratic/Farmer/Labor 20%
MN State Senate 8 Bill Ingebrigtsen Republican 83%
MN State Senate 11 Tony Lourey Democratic/Farmer/Labor 17%
MN State Senate 12 Torrey Westrom Republican 73%
MN State Senate 13 Michelle Fischbach Republican 67%
MN State Senate 17 Lyle Koenen Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0%
MN State Senate 19 Kathy Sheran Democratic/Farmer/Labor 8%
MN State Senate 20 Kevin Dahle Democratic/Farmer/Labor 17%
MN State Senate 23 Julie Rosen Republican 58%
MN State Senate 25 David Senjem Republican 50%
MN State Senate 27 Daniel Sparks Democratic/Farmer/Labor 8%
MN State Senate 29 Bruce Anderson Republican 100%
MN State Senate 30 Mary Kiffmeyer Republican 87%
MN State Senate 34 Warren Limmer Republican 92%
MN State Senate 42 Bev Scalze Democratic/Farmer/Labor 20%
MN State Senate 43 Charles Wiger Democratic/Farmer/Labor 8%
MN State Senate 44 Terri Bonoff Democratic/Farmer/Labor 25%
MN State Senate 45 Ann Rest Democratic/Farmer/Labor 8%
MN State Senate 46 Ronald Latz Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0%
MN State Senate 47 Julianne Ortman Republican 83%
MN State Senate 48 David Hann Republican 83%
MN State Senate 51 Jim Carlson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 17%
MN State Senate 52 James Metzen Democratic/Farmer/Labor 8%
MN State Senate 54 Katie Sieben Democratic/Farmer/Labor 8%
MN State Senate 59 Bobby Joe Champion Democratic/Farmer/Labor 7%
MN State Senate 61 D. Scott Dibble Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0%
MN State Senate 62 Jeff Hayden Democratic/Farmer/Labor 7%
MN State Senate 63 Patricia Torres Ray Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0%
MN State Senate 64 Richard Cohen Democratic/Farmer/Labor 8%
MN State Senate 65 Sandra Pappas Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0%
MN State Senate 66 John Marty Democratic/Farmer/Labor 17%
MN Secretary of State Steve Simon Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0%
MN Mayor At-Large Nora Slawik 7%
MN Commissioner 1 Ron Shimanski 93%
MN Commissioner 2 Linda Higgins 8%
MN Commissioner 3 Michael Beard 80%
MN Commissioner 4 Karla Bigham 0%
MN Commissioner 4 Tom Rukavina 7%
MN Commissioner 6 Mary Holberg 87%
MN Commissioner 7 Chris Gerlach Republican 83%
Jim Abeler II 40%
Ellen Anderson 8%
John Benson 7%
Linda Berglin 0%
Donald Betzold 8%
Laura Brod 87%
Robin Brown 7%
Kathy Brynaert 0%
Mark Buesgens 100%
Julie Bunn 40%
Satveer Chaudhary 17%
Tarryl Clark 8%
Randy Demmer 87%
David Dill 0%
Stephen Dille 17%
Denise Dittrich 20%
Connie Doepke 73%
John Doll 42%
Al Doty 20%
Keith Downey 87%
Robert Eastlund 80%
Sharon Erickson Ropes 33%
Andrew Falk 7%
Tim Faust 13%
Lisa Fobbe 25%
Leo Foley 8%
Dennis Frederickson 25%
Patti Fritz 7%
Paul Gardner 7%
Joseph Gimse 50%
Steve Gottwalt 87%
Mindy Greiling 13%
Larry Haws 7%
Bill Hilty 7%
Larry Hosch 0%
Larry Howes 40%
Thomas Huntley 0%
Gail Kulick Jackson 20%
Debbie Johnson 92%
Al Juhnke 13%
Michael Jungbauer 92%
Jeremy Kalin 13%
Kory Kath 40%
Kenneth Kelash 8%
Margaret Kelliher 0%
Katherine Knuth 0%
Amy Koch 83%
Paul Koering 50%
Paul Kohls 73%
Gary Kubly 17%
Keith Langseth 8%
Morrie Lanning 53%
Bernard Lieder 0%
Ann Lynch 17%
Doug Magnus 53%
Carol McFarlane 73%
Geoff Michel 67%
William Morgan 13%
Terence Morrow 0%
Mee Moua 0%
Mark Murdock 73%
Steve Murphy 0%
Gerald Newton 7%
Mike Obermueller 27%
David Olin 13%
Rick Olseen 17%
Gen Olson 42%
Mary Olson 17%
Mary Otremba 7%
Patricia Pariseau 50%
Michael Parry 83%
Michael Paymar 13%
Sandra Peterson 13%
Lawrence Pogemiller 8%
Prettner Solon 0%
Claire Robling 83%
Sandy Rummel 25%
Maria Ruud 20%
Brita Sailer 7%
Kathy Saltzman 25%
Linda Scheid 8%
Marty Seifert 93%
Anthony Sertich 0%
Daniel Severson 93%
Dan Skogen 17%
Steve Smith 80%
Loren Solberg 0%
Phillip Sterner 40%
Marsha Swails 20%
Cy Thao 0%
Tom Tillberry 0%
Ray Vandeveer 100%
James Vickerman 8%
John Ward 0%
Andy Welti 13%

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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