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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Minnesota National Federation of Independent Business

1997-1998 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
MN U.S. House 3 Erik Paulsen Republican 91%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic/Farmer/Labor 36%
MN State House 3B Mary Murphy Democratic/Farmer/Labor 18%
MN State House 7A Thomas Huntley Democratic/Farmer/Labor 27%
MN State House 8A Bud Nornes Republican 82%
MN State House 23A Bob Gunther Republican 73%
MN State House 28A Eugene Pelowski, Jr. Democratic/Farmer/Labor 36%
MN State House 28B Greg Davids Republican 73%
MN State House 38A Linda Runbeck Republican 100%
MN State House 45A Lyndon Carlson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 27%
MN State House 49A Ron Erhardt Democratic/Farmer/Labor 91%
MN State House 59A Joe Mullery Democratic/Farmer/Labor 27%
MN State House 60B Phyllis Kahn Democratic/Farmer/Labor 18%
MN State House 62A Karen Clark Democratic/Farmer/Labor 27%
MN State House 63B Jean Wagenius Democratic/Farmer/Labor 18%
MN State House 64B Michael Paymar Democratic/Farmer/Labor 18%
MN State House 65B Carlos Mariani Democratic/Farmer/Labor 27%
MN State House 66A Alice Hausman Democratic/Farmer/Labor 18%
MN State Senate 1 LeRoy Stumpf Democratic/Farmer/Labor 57%
MN State Senate 3 Thomas Bakk Democratic/Farmer/Labor 30%
MN State Senate 6 David Tomassoni Democratic/Farmer/Labor 27%
MN State Senate 12 Torrey Westrom Republican 73%
MN State Senate 13 Michelle Fischbach Republican 88%
MN State Senate 29 Bruce Anderson Republican 100%
MN State Senate 34 Warren Limmer Republican 88%
MN State Senate 37 Alice Johnson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 36%
MN State Senate 43 Charles Wiger Democratic/Farmer/Labor 83%
MN State Senate 45 Ann Rest Democratic/Farmer/Labor 45%
MN State Senate 52 James Metzen Democratic/Farmer/Labor 63%
MN State Senate 64 Richard Cohen Democratic/Farmer/Labor 50%
MN State Senate 65 Sandra Pappas Democratic/Farmer/Labor 29%
MN State Senate 66 John Marty Democratic/Farmer/Labor 43%
MN Commissioner 2 Tom Workman 89%
Ron Abrams 82%
Ellen Anderson 38%
Irv Anderson 22%
William Belanger, Jr. 88%
Charles Berg 75%
Linda Berglin 29%
Donald Betzold 50%
Len Biernat 18%
Dave Bishop 82%
Lynda Boudreau 73%
Francis Bradley 91%
Sherry Broecker 73%
Phil Carruthers 27%
Satveer Chaudhary 27%
Roxann Daggett 73%
Andy Dawkins 18%
Richard Day 88%
Steve Dehler 100%
Jerry Dempsey 64%
Stephen Dille 75%
John Dorn 27%
Matt Entenza 20%
Tim Finseth 64%
Carol Flynn 38%
Leo Foley 38%
Betty Folliard 36%
Dennis Frederickson 88%
Kevin Goodno 82%
Lee Greenfield 22%
Mindy Greiling 18%
Bill Haas 89%
Paula Hanson 50%
Elaine Harder 82%
Kris Hasskamp 36%
Linda Higgins 25%
Bill Hilty 18%
Mark Holsten 73%
John Hottinger 50%
Jerry Janezich 29%
Mike Jaros 18%
Loren Jennings 45%
David Johnson 67%
Dean Elton Johnson 63%
Douglas Johnson 50%
Al Juhnke 30%
Ember Reichgott Junge 57%
Henry Kalis 18%
Steve Kelley 43%
Randy Kelly 50%
Tony Kielkucki 100%
Anthony Kinkel 40%
Sheila Kiscaden 71%
Dave Kleis 75%
Jim Knoblach 82%
David Knutson 88%
Luanne Koskinen 27%
Jane Krentz 63%
Philip Krinkie 100%
Gary Kubly 36%
Bill Kuisle 82%
Gary Laidig 100%
Keith Langseth 38%
Peg Larsen 73%
Cal Larson 88%
Robert Leighton, Jr. 18%
Peggy Leppik 91%
Arlene Lesewski 88%
Bob Lessard 83%
Bernard Lieder 20%
Arlon Lindner 100%
Becky Lourey 38%
Harry Mares 82%
Sharon Marko 45%
Dan McElroy 91%
Mary Jo McGuire 18%
Bob Milbert 44%
Roger Moe 38%
Carol Molnau 91%
Richard Mulder 100%
Robert Ness 80%
Thomas Neuville 75%
Steven Novak 29%
Edward Oliver 100%
Gen Olson 83%
Mark Olson 91%
Joe Opatz 64%
Myron Orfield 9%
Mike Osskopp 70%
Tom Osthoff 36%
Mark Ourada 88%
Dennis Ozment 55%
Patricia Pariseau 88%
Tim Pawlenty 73%
Doug Peterson 27%
Pat Piper 50%
Lawrence Pogemiller 29%
Leonard Price 63%
Thomas Pugh 27%
Jane Ranum 29%
Doug Reuter 90%
Jim Rhodes 82%
Michelle Rifenberg 100%
Claire Robling 88%
Jim Rostberg 91%
Tom Rukavina 22%
Dallas Sams 50%
Don Samuelson 43%
Kenric Scheevel 100%
Linda Scheid 43%
Leslie Schumacher 50%
Alice Seagren 91%
Marty Seifert 91%
Wesley Skoglund 18%
Steve Smith 64%
Loren Solberg 27%
Sam Solon 63%
Allan Spear 71%
Richard Stanek 91%
Doug Stang 91%
Dan Stevens 71%
Steven Sviggum 82%
Howard Swenson 91%
Barbara Sykora 91%
Roy Terwilliger 88%
Kathy Tingelstad 100%
Steve Trimble 27%
John Tuma 64%
Jim Tunheim 27%
Henry Todd Van Dellen 91%
James Vickerman 50%
Linda Wejcman 18%
Stephen Wenzel 27%
Robert Westfall 82%
Deanna Wiener 75%
Ted Winter 18%
Ken Wolf 89%

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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