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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Taxpayers League of Minnesota

2000 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
MN U.S. House 3 Erik Paulsen Republican 83%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic/Farmer/Labor 8%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 36%
MN Lieutenant Governor Prettner Solon Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0%
MN State House 3B Mary Murphy Democratic/Farmer/Labor 8%
MN State House 7A Thomas Huntley Democratic/Farmer/Labor 8%
MN State House 8A Bud Nornes Republican 50%
MN State House 15A Sondra Erickson Republican 67%
MN State House 23A Bob Gunther Republican 50%
MN State House 28A Eugene Pelowski, Jr. Democratic/Farmer/Labor 33%
MN State House 28B Greg Davids Republican 58%
MN State House 31B Tom Hackbarth Republican 58%
MN State House 35A Jim Abeler II Republican 50%
MN State House 38A Linda Runbeck Republican 69%
MN State House 45A Lyndon Carlson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 33%
MN State House 49A Ron Erhardt Democratic/Farmer/Labor 50%
MN State House 50B Ann Lenczewski Democratic/Farmer/Labor 67%
MN State House 58A Mary Holberg Republican 75%
MN State House 59A Joe Mullery Democratic/Farmer/Labor 17%
MN State House 60B Phyllis Kahn Democratic/Farmer/Labor 8%
MN State House 62A Karen Clark Democratic/Farmer/Labor 9%
MN State House 63B Jean Wagenius Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0%
MN State House 64B Michael Paymar Democratic/Farmer/Labor 8%
MN State House 65B Carlos Mariani Democratic/Farmer/Labor 8%
MN State House 66A Alice Hausman Democratic/Farmer/Labor 12%
MN State House 67A Tim Mahoney Democratic/Farmer/Labor 8%
MN State Senate 1 LeRoy Stumpf Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0%
MN State Senate 2 Rod Skoe Democratic/Farmer/Labor 25%
MN State Senate 3 Thomas Bakk Democratic/Farmer/Labor 17%
MN State Senate 6 David Tomassoni Democratic/Farmer/Labor 33%
MN State Senate 12 Torrey Westrom Republican 67%
MN State Senate 13 Michelle Fischbach Republican 67%
MN State Senate 29 Bruce Anderson Republican 82%
MN State Senate 34 Warren Limmer Republican 87%
MN State Senate 37 Alice Johnson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 9%
MN State Senate 43 Charles Wiger Democratic/Farmer/Labor 46%
MN State Senate 45 Ann Rest Democratic/Farmer/Labor 25%
MN State Senate 52 James Metzen Democratic/Farmer/Labor 7%
MN State Senate 64 Richard Cohen Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0%
MN State Senate 65 Sandra Pappas Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0%
MN State Senate 66 John Marty Democratic/Farmer/Labor 27%
Ron Abrams 75%
Ellen Anderson 7%
Irv Anderson 17%
William Belanger, Jr. 53%
Charles Berg 47%
Linda Berglin 0%
Donald Betzold 0%
Len Biernat 17%
Dave Bishop 50%
Lynda Boudreau 58%
Francis Bradley 58%
Sherry Broecker 67%
Mark Buesgens 83%
Phil Carruthers 9%
George Cassell 58%
Satveer Chaudhary 33%
James Clark 50%
Roxann Daggett 58%
Andy Dawkins 18%
Richard Day 67%
Steve Dehler 50%
Jerry Dempsey 50%
Stephen Dille 53%
Dan Dorman 50%
John Dorn 17%
Matt Entenza 0%
Tim Finseth 67%
Carol Flynn 0%
Leo Foley 0%
Betty Folliard 0%
Dennis Frederickson 53%
Douglas Fuller 58%
Chris Gerlach 83%
Mark Gleason 17%
Kevin Goodno 50%
Rodney Grams 100%
Gregory Gray 8%
Lee Greenfield 25%
Mindy Greiling 0%
Gilbert Gutknecht 91%
Barb Haake 73%
Bill Haas 73%
Paula Hanson 8%
Elaine Harder 45%
Kris Hasskamp 33%
Linda Higgins 0%
Bill Hilty 17%
Mark Holsten 67%
John Hottinger 0%
Larry Howes 67%
Jerry Janezich 0%
Mike Jaros 25%
Loren Jennings 17%
David Johnson 7%
Dean Elton Johnson 10%
Douglas Johnson 7%
Al Juhnke 33%
Ember Reichgott Junge 0%
Henry Kalis 25%
Steve Kelley 7%
Margaret Kelliher 8%
Randy Kelly 0%
Tony Kielkucki 67%
Bob Kierlin 64%
Anthony Kinkel 0%
Sheila Kiscaden 53%
Dave Kleis 67%
Jim Knoblach 58%
David Knutson 60%
Luanne Koskinen 8%
Jane Krentz 14%
Philip Krinkie 92%
Gary Kubly 25%
Bill Kuisle 58%
Gary Laidig 64%
Keith Langseth 13%
Peg Larsen 50%
Cal Larson 71%
Dan Larson 42%
Robert Leighton, Jr. 0%
Peggy Leppik 50%
Arlene Lesewski 60%
Bob Lessard 15%
Bernard Lieder 8%
Arlon Lindner 83%
Becky Lourey 0%
Darlene Luther 17%
William Luther 36%
Harry Mares 42%
Sharon Marko 42%
Dan McElroy 55%
Mary Jo McGuire 9%
Bob Milbert 42%
David Minge 27%
Roger Moe 0%
Carol Molnau 67%
Richard Mulder 67%
Steve Murphy 0%
Robert Ness 42%
Thomas Neuville 67%
Steven Novak 8%
Jim Oberstar 18%
Edward Oliver 64%
Gen Olson 69%
Mary Olson 83%
Joe Opatz 25%
Myron Orfield 0%
Mike Osskopp 67%
Tom Osthoff 18%
Mary Otremba 30%
Mark Ourada 67%
Dennis Ozment 58%
Patricia Pariseau 67%
Tim Pawlenty 75%
Doug Peterson 17%
Pat Piper 0%
Lawrence Pogemiller 0%
Leonard Price 0%
Thomas Pugh 17%
James Ramstad 100%
Jane Ranum 0%
Doug Reuter 83%
Jim Rhodes 42%
Michelle Rifenberg 58%
Twyla Ring 13%
Martha Robertson 53%
Claire Robling 67%
Jim Rostberg 50%
Tom Rukavina 42%
Martin Olav Sabo 9%
Dallas Sams 33%
Don Samuelson 36%
Kenric Scheevel 60%
Linda Scheid 0%
Leslie Schumacher 25%
Alice Seagren 50%
Jim Seifert 67%
Marty Seifert 50%
Wesley Skoglund 8%
Steve Smith 92%
Loren Solberg 27%
Sam Solon 0%
Allan Spear 0%
Richard Stanek 58%
Doug Stang 55%
Dan Stevens 83%
Julie Storm 50%
Steven Sviggum 67%
Dale Swapinski 8%
Howard Swenson 50%
Barbara Sykora 58%
Roy Terwilliger 73%
Kathy Tingelstad 50%
Steve Trimble 17%
John Tuma 58%
Jim Tunheim 33%
Henry Todd Van Dellen 83%
Ray Vandeveer 67%
James Vickerman 7%

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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