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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Voices for Racial Justice

2012 Positions on Racial Equity

State Office District Name Party Rating
MN State House 1A Dan Fabian Republican 0%
MN State House 1B Deb Kiel Republican 0%
MN State House 3B Mary Murphy Democratic/Farmer/Labor 75%
MN State House 4B Paul Marquart Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0%
MN State House 8A Bud Nornes Republican 0%
MN State House 8B Mary Franson Republican 0%
MN State House 12B Paul Anderson Republican 0%
MN State House 13B Tim O'Driscoll Republican 0%
MN State House 15A Sondra Erickson Republican 0%
MN State House 16A Chris Swedzinski Republican 0%
MN State House 16B Paul Torkelson Republican 0%
MN State House 18A Dean Urdahl Republican 0%
MN State House 18B Glenn Gruenhagen Republican 0%
MN State House 21B Steve Drazkowski Republican 0%
MN State House 22A Joe Schomacker Republican 0%
MN State House 22B Rod Hamilton Republican 0%
MN State House 23A Bob Gunther Republican 0%
MN State House 23B Tony Cornish Republican 0%
MN State House 25A Duane Quam Republican 0%
MN State House 26A Tina Liebling Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
MN State House 27B Jeanne Poppe Democratic/Farmer/Labor 75%
MN State House 28A Pelowski, Jr. Democratic/Farmer/Labor 75%
MN State House 28B Greg Davids Republican 0%
MN State House 29A Joe McDonald Republican 0%
MN State House 31A Kurt Daudt Republican 0%
MN State House 34A Joyce Peppin Republican 0%
MN State House 35B Peggy Scott Republican 0%
MN State House 36B Melissa Hortman Democratic/Farmer/Labor 50%
MN State House 38A Linda Runbeck Republican 0%
MN State House 38B Matt Dean Republican 0%
MN State House 39A Bob Dettmer Republican 0%
MN State House 39B Kathy Lohmer Republican 0%
MN State House 40A Michael Nelson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 75%
MN State House 40B Debra Hilstrom Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0%
MN State House 43B Leon Lillie Democratic/Farmer/Labor 75%
MN State House 44A Sarah Anderson Republican 0%
MN State House 45A Lyndon Carlson, Sr. Democratic/Farmer/Labor 75%
MN State House 47B Joe Hoppe Republican 0%
MN State House 48B Jenifer Loon Republican 0%
MN State House 50A Linda Slocum Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
MN State House 52A Rick Hansen Democratic/Farmer/Labor 75%
MN State House 58B Patrick Garofalo Republican 0%
MN State House 60A Diane Loeffler Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
MN State House 61A Frank Hornstein Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
MN State House 61B Paul Thissen Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
MN State House 62A Karen Clark Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
MN State House 62B Susan Allen Democratic/Farmer/Labor 50%
MN State House 63A Jim Davnie Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
MN State House 63B Jean Wagenius Democratic/Farmer/Labor 75%
MN State House 64A Erin Murphy Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
MN State House 65A Rena Moran Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
MN State House 65B Carlos Mariani Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
MN State House 66A Alice Hausman Democratic/Farmer/Labor 75%
MN State House 66B John Lesch Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
MN State House 67A Tim Mahoney Democratic/Farmer/Labor 75%
MN State House 67B Sheldon Johnson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
MN State Senate 3 Thomas Bakk Democratic/Farmer/Labor 75%
MN State Senate 4 Kent Eken Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0%
MN State Senate 6 David Tomassoni Democratic/Farmer/Labor 75%
MN State Senate 8 Bill Ingebrigtsen Republican 0%
MN State Senate 9 Paul Gazelka Republican 0%
MN State Senate 11 Tony Lourey Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
MN State Senate 12 Torrey Westrom Republican 0%
MN State Senate 13 Michelle Fischbach Republican 0%
MN State Senate 16 Gary Dahms Republican 0%
MN State Senate 18 Scott Newman Republican 0%
MN State Senate 23 Julie Rosen Republican 0%
MN State Senate 25 David Senjem Republican 0%
MN State Senate 26 Carla Nelson Republican 0%
MN State Senate 27 Dan Sparks Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0%
MN State Senate 28 Jeremy Miller Republican 0%
MN State Senate 29 Bruce Anderson Republican 0%
MN State Senate 30 Mary Kiffmeyer Republican 0%
MN State Senate 31 Michelle Benson Republican 0%
MN State Senate 34 Warren Limmer Republican 0%
MN State Senate 35 Jim Abeler II Republican 0%
MN State Senate 38 Roger Chamberlain Republican 0%
MN State Senate 40 Chris Eaton Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
MN State Senate 41 Carolyn Laine Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
MN State Senate 43 Charles Wiger Democratic/Farmer/Labor 75%
MN State Senate 45 Ann Rest Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0%
MN State Senate 46 Ronald Latz Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
MN State Senate 56 Dan Hall Republican 0%
MN State Senate 59 Bobby Joe Champion Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
MN State Senate 60 Kari Dziedzic Democratic/Farmer/Labor 75%
MN State Senate 61 D. Scott Dibble Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
MN State Senate 62 Jeff Hayden Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
MN State Senate 63 Patricia Torres Ray Democratic/Farmer/Labor 75%
MN State Senate 64 Richard Cohen Democratic/Farmer/Labor 75%
MN State Senate 65 Sandra Pappas Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
MN State Senate 66 John Marty Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
MN Secretary of State Steve Simon Democratic/Farmer/Labor 75%
MN Mayor At-Large Nora Slawik 0%
MN Commissioner 1 Ron Shimanski 0%
MN Commissioner 2 Linda Higgins 100%
MN Commissioner 2 Mary Jo McGuire 75%
MN Commissioner 3 Michael Beard 0%
MN Commissioner 3 Marion Greene 25%
MN Commissioner 4 Tom Rukavina 75%
MN Commissioner 6 Mary Holberg 0%
MN Commissioner 7 Chris Gerlach Republican 0%
Diane Anderson 0%
Tom Anzelc 75%
Joseph Atkins 0%
King Banaian 0%
Bob Barrett 0%
John Benson 75%
Mike Benson 0%
Kurt Bills 0%
Terri Bonoff 0%
Dave Brown 0%
Kathy Brynaert 100%
Mark Buesgens 0%
John Carlson 0%
Roger Crawford 0%
Theodore Daley 0%
Al DeKruif 0%
David Dill 50%
Denise Dittrich 0%
Connie Doepke 0%
Keith Downey 0%
Andrew Falk 100%
Patti Fritz 50%
Kerry Gauthier 100%
Joseph Gimse 0%
Barbara Goodwin 75%
Steve Gottwalt 0%
Mindy Greiling 75%
Tom Hackbarth 0%
David Hancock 0%
David Hann 0%
John Harrington 100%
Bill Hilty 75%
Gretchen Hoffman 0%
Larry Hosch 100%
John Howe 0%
Larry Howes 0%
Thomas Huntley 25%
Michael Jungbauer 0%
Phyllis Kahn 100%
Kory Kath 0%
Kenneth Kelash 75%
Tim Kelly 0%
Andrea Kieffer 0%
Katherine Knuth 75%
Amy Koch 0%
Lyle Koenen 0%
John Kriesel 0%
Benjamin Kruse 0%
Keith Langseth 0%
Morrie Lanning 0%
Ernie Leidiger 0%
Mike LeMieur 0%
Ann Lenczewski 0%
Ted Lillie 0%
Tara Mack 0%
Doug Magnus 0%
Pat Mazorol 0%
Carolyn McElfatrick 0%
Carol McFarlane 0%
Denny McNamara 0%
Carly Melin 75%
Jim Metzen 75%
Geoff Michel 0%
Terence Morrow 100%
Joe Mullery 100%
Mark Murdock 0%
Rich Murray 0%
Pam Myhra 0%
Sean Nienow 0%
Kim Norton 75%
Gen Olson 0%
Julianne Ortman 0%
Michael Parry 0%
Michael Paymar 75%
John Pederson 0%
John Persell 75%
Branden Petersen 0%
Sandra Peterson 100%
Roger Reinert 75%
Claire Robling 0%
Tim Sanders 0%
Tom Saxhaug 50%
Bev Scalze 0%
Kathy Sheran 75%
Katie Sieben 100%
Rod Skoe 75%
Steve Smith 0%
Kirk Stensrud 0%
LeRoy Stumpf 75%
Dave Thompson 0%
Tom Tillberry 0%
Ray Vandeveer 0%
Bruce Vogel 0%
John Ward 100%
Doug Wardlow 0%
Ryan Winkler 100%
Pam Wolf 0%
Kelby Woodard 0%
Kurt Zellers 0%

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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