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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Voices for Racial Justice

2007 Positions on Racial Equity

State Office District Name Party Rating
MN U.S. House 6 Tom Emmer Republican F
MN State House 8A Bud Nornes Republican D
MN State House 15A Sondra Erickson Republican F
MN State House 20B David Bly Democratic/Farmer/Labor C
MN State House 22B Rod Hamilton Republican D
MN State House 23A Bob Gunther Republican D
MN State House 26A Tina Liebling Democratic/Farmer/Labor D
MN State House 28A Pelowski, Jr. Democratic/Farmer/Labor D
MN State House 34A Joyce Peppin Republican F
MN State House 40A Michael Nelson Democratic/Farmer/Labor D
MN State House 40B Debra Hilstrom Democratic/Farmer/Labor D
MN State House 50A Linda Slocum Democratic/Farmer/Labor B
MN State House 52A Rick Hansen Democratic/Farmer/Labor C
MN State House 61A Frank Hornstein Democratic/Farmer/Labor C
MN State House 61B Paul Thissen Democratic/Farmer/Labor C
MN State House 62A Karen Clark Democratic/Farmer/Labor A
MN State House 63A Jim Davnie Democratic/Farmer/Labor B
MN State House 63B Jean Wagenius Democratic/Farmer/Labor D
MN State House 64A Erin Murphy Democratic/Farmer/Labor B
MN State House 65B Carlos Mariani Democratic/Farmer/Labor A
MN State House 66A Alice Hausman Democratic/Farmer/Labor D
MN State House 66B John Lesch Democratic/Farmer/Labor C
MN State House 67A Tim Mahoney Democratic/Farmer/Labor C
MN State House 67B Sheldon Johnson Democratic/Farmer/Labor B
MN State Senate 4 Kent Eken Democratic/Farmer/Labor C
MN State Senate 8 Bill Ingebrigtsen Republican F
MN State Senate 11 Tony Lourey Democratic/Farmer/Labor B
MN State Senate 23 Julie Rosen Republican C
MN State Senate 27 Dan Sparks Democratic/Farmer/Labor C
MN State Senate 34 Warren Limmer Republican F
MN State Senate 35 Jim Abeler II Republican C
MN State Senate 45 Ann Rest Democratic/Farmer/Labor D
MN State Senate 61 D. Scott Dibble Democratic/Farmer/Labor D
MN State Senate 63 Patricia Torres Ray Democratic/Farmer/Labor B
MN State Senate 64 Richard Cohen Democratic/Farmer/Labor D
MN State Senate 65 Sandra Pappas Democratic/Farmer/Labor A
MN State Senate 66 John Marty Democratic/Farmer/Labor A
MN Secretary of State Steve Simon Democratic/Farmer/Labor C
MN Mayor At-Large Nora Slawik B
MN Commissioner 2 Linda Higgins B
MN Commissioner 4 Tom Rukavina C
MN Commissioner 7 Chris Gerlach Republican F
Ellen Anderson C
Joseph Atkins D
Linda Berglin B
Donald Betzold C
Terri Bonoff C
Robin Brown C
Kathy Brynaert D
Mark Buesgens F
Satveer Chaudhary B
Tarryl Clark D
Chris DeLaForest F
Stephen Dille B
Willie Dominguez B
Sharon Erickson Ropes C
Tim Faust D
Brad Finstad F
Patti Fritz C
Paul Gardner D
Mindy Greiling A
Tom Hackbarth F
Larry Haws D
Bud Heidgerken C
Bill Hilty C
Larry Hosch C
Larry Howes C
Thomas Huntley D
Al Juhnke C
Michael Jungbauer C
Phyllis Kahn B
Katherine Knuth D
Paul Koering C
Scott Kranz B
Gary Kubly D
Dan Larson C
Ann Lenczewski D
Bernard Lieder D
Ann Lynch C
Carol McFarlane D
Denny McNamara D
Jim Metzen C
Geoff Michel C
Frank Moe B
William Morgan D
Terence Morrow C
Mee Moua A
Joe Mullery D
Steve Murphy D
Kim Norton C
Mark Olson F
Mary Olson C
Julianne Ortman C
Mary Otremba D
Dennis Ozment C
Patricia Pariseau F
Michael Paymar C
Sandra Peterson D
Lawrence Pogemiller D
Prettner Solon C
Claire Robling D
Sandy Rummel C
Maria Ruud D
Brita Sailer C
Kathy Saltzman D
Bev Scalze D
Linda Scheid C
Anthony Sertich D
Daniel Severson F
Kathy Sheran D
Katie Sieben D
Rod Skoe D
Dan Skogen C
LeRoy Stumpf F
Marsha Swails D
Cy Thao D
Kathy Tingelstad D
Ken Tschumper C
Ray Vandeveer D
James Vickerman C
Neva Walker A
John Ward A
Andy Welti D
Betsy Wergin D
Ryan Winkler D
Sandra Wollschlager D
Kurt Zellers F

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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