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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Michigan Gun Owners of America

2002 Positions

Issues: Guns
State Office District Name Party Rating
MI State Senate 4 Virgil Smith, Jr. Democratic 0%
MI State Senate 11 Jack Brandenburg Republican 100%
MI State Senate 13 John Pappageorge Republican 83%
MI State Senate 16 Bruce Caswell Republican 100%
MI State Senate 17 Randy Richardville Republican 100%
MI State Senate 26 David Robertson Republican 100%
MI State Senate 33 Judy Emmons Republican 88%
MI State Senate 36 John Moolenaar Republican 100%
MI State Senate 37 Howard Walker Republican 86%
MI State Senate 38 Tom Casperson Republican 90%
MI Supervisor At-Large Philip LaJoy Republican 73%
MI Council Member At-Large John Pastor Republican 86%
MI Commissioner 3 Rick Shaffer Republican 100%
MI Commissioner 8 Neal Nitz Republican 100%
MI Commissioner 12 Shelley Taub Republican 73%
MI Commissioner 14 Raymond Basham Democratic 91%
Daniel Acciavatti 100%
James Barcia 93%
Michael Bishop 100%
Ken Bradstreet 100%
Rich Brown 100%
Nancy Cassis 57%
Craig DeRoche 100%
Leon Drolet 100%
Robert Emerson 64%
Valdemar Garcia 71%
John Garfield 100%
Matthew Gillard 100%
John Gleason 93%
Michael Goschka 100%
Beverly Hammerstrom 100%
Jack Hoogendyk, Jr. 100%
Scott Hummel 93%
Ron Jelinek 100%
Jerry O. Kooiman 85%
Wayne Kuipers 100%
Michelle McManus 100%
Matthew Milosch 100%
David Palsrok 100%
Jim Plakas 100%
Joseph Rivet 50%
Sal Rocca 100%
Fulton Sheen 100%
Dale Sheltrown 100%
John Stahl 100%
John Stakoe 60%
Glenn Steil, Jr. 100%
Mickey Switalski 55%
Susan Tabor 100%
Aldo Vagnozzi 14%
Barb Vander Veen 67%
Christopher Ward 100%
Lorence Wenke 87%

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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