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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Montana League of Rural Voters

2007 Positions on Rural Issues

State Office District Name Party Rating
MT Lieutenant Governor Mike Cooney Democratic 100
MT State House 26 Mitch Tropila Democratic 88
MT State House 54 Jeffrey Essmann Republican 38
MT State Senate 1 Chas Vincent Republican 30
MT State Senate 4 Mark Blasdel Republican 10
MT State Senate 6 Janna Taylor Republican 20
MT State Senate 9 Llewelyn Jones Republican 44
MT State Senate 10 Rick Ripley Republican 20
MT State Senate 16 Jonathan Windy Boy Democratic 90
MT State Senate 20 Duane Ankney Republican 50
MT State Senate 25 Robyn Driscoll Democratic 90
MT State Senate 26 Elsie Arntzen Republican 30
MT State Senate 31 Mike Phillips Democratic 80
MT State Senate 33 Jennifer Pomnichowski Democratic 100
MT State Senate 35 Scott Sales Republican 0
MT State Senate 36 Debby Barrett Republican 10
MT State Senate 37 Jon Sesso Democratic 80
MT State Senate 38 Jim Keane Democratic 60
MT State Senate 40 Christine Kaufmann Democratic 100
MT State Senate 41 Mary Caferro Democratic 100
MT State Senate 42 Jill Cohenour Democratic 100
MT State Senate 49 Diane Sands Democratic 90
MT Budget Director Dan Villa Democratic 80
MT Commissioner 1 Ray Hawk 10
Shannon Augare 100
Keith Bales 25
Joe Balyeat 38
Gregory Barkus 25
William Beck, Sr. 10
Arlene Becker 90
Bob Bergren 80
Norma Bixby 100
Jerry Black 75
Scott Boggio 0
Gary Branae 100
Roy Brown 50
John Brueggeman 88
Edward Butcher 20
Terrence Callahan 90
Margarett Campbell 80
Edith Clark 44
John Cobb 88
Vicki Cocchiarella 88
Douglas Cordier 80
Aubyn Curtiss 63
Sue Dickenson 100
Ernie Dutton 20
Robert Ebinger, Jr. 100
Jim Elliott 63
Ron Erickson 100
John Esp 13
George Loren Everett 10
Julie French 90
Kevin Furey 100
David Gallik 90
Steven Gallus 88
Kelly Gebhardt 38
Kim Gillan 86
William Glaser 40
Wanda Grinde 100
George Groesbeck 90
Robin Hamilton 100
Betsy Hands 100
Kenneth Hansen 100
Dan Harrington 100
Robert Hawks 88
Ralph Heinert, Jr. 10
Gordon Hendrick 20
Teresa Henry 90
Edward Hilbert 40
Dennis Himmelberger 20
Cynthia Hiner 90
Galen Hollenbaugh 100
Pat Ingraham 20
Verdell Jackson 38
Hal Jacobson 100
Joey Jayne 70
Larry Jent 88
Bill Jones 50
Mike Jopek 100
Rick Jore 10
Carol Juneau 100
Dave Kasten 0
Krayton Kerns 10
Sam Kitzenberg 80
Harry Klock 20
Roger Koopman 10
Deborah Kottel 90
Richard Laible 63
Bob Lake 20
Carol Lambert 40
Michael Lange 30
Lane Larson 88
Jesse Laslovich 88
Dave Lewis 75
Greg Lind 100
Gary MacLaren 33
Bruce Malcolm 10
Dave McAlpin 100
Bill McChesney 60
Daniel McGee 25
Tom McGillvray 20
Walter McNutt 50
Scott Mendenhall 10
Mike Milburn 40
Penny Armstrong Morgan 10
Lynda Moss 100
Terry Murphy 63
John Musgrove 90
Art Noonan 90
Bill Nooney 40
Jesse O'Hara 30
Alan Olson 40
Jerry O'Neil 38
John Parker 90
Gerald Pease 100
Gary Perry 50
Jim Peterson 63
Kenneth Peterson 20
Holly Raser 100
Michele Reinhart 100
Diane Rice 20
John Ross 30
Don Ryan 63
Trudi Schmidt 100
Jim Shockley 50
John Sinrud 0
Veronica Small-Eastman 90
Frank Smith 100
Jon Sonju 10
Carolyn Squires 100
Wayne Stahl 55
Corey Stapleton 50
Donald Steinbeisser 50
Ronald Stoker 0
Robert Story, Jr. 50
Bill Tash 63
William Thomas 80
Joseph Tropila 88
Kendall Van Dyk 100
David Wanzenried 100
John Ward 22
Dan Weinberg 100
Jack Wells 0
Carol Williams 100
Franke Wilmer 80
Bill Wilson 80
Brady Wiseman 90
Craig Witte 10

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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