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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Nebraska Taxpayers for Freedom

2005 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
NE U.S. Senate Jr Deb Fischer Republican 46%
NE U.S. House 3 Adrian Smith Republican 46%
NE Lieutenant Governor Lavon Heidemann Non-partisan 41%
NE State Senate 11 Ernie Chambers Non-partisan 33%
NE Auditor of Public Accounts Mike Foley Republican 35%
NE Mayor At-Large Chris Beutler 38%
NE Supervisor 4 Dennis Byars Non-partisan 38%
NE Council Member Ward 5 Donald Preister Non-partisan 38%
NE Council Member At-Large DiAnna Schimek Non-partisan 35%
Raymond Aguilar 38%
Thomas Baker 34%
Patrick Bourne 38%
Kermit Brashear 35%
Pamela Brown 28%
Carroll Craig Burling 38%
Jeanne Combs 34%
Matt Connealy 31%
Abbie Cornett 38%
Jim Cudaback 40%
Douglas Cunningham 44%
L. Patrick Engel 35%
Philip Erdman 54%
Mike Flood 45%
Michael Friend 48%
Gwen Howard 36%
Carol Hudkins 41%
Ray Janssen 33%
Jim Jensen 34%
Joel Johnson 39%
Gail Kopplin 43%
Robert Kremer 38%
Lowen Kruse 34%
David Landis 30%
Chris Langemeier 50%
LeRoy Louden 41%
Vickie McDonald 43%
Mick Mines 35%
Rich Pahls 41%
Dwite Pedersen 29%
Donald Pederson 35%
Marian Price 39%
Ronald Raikes 34%
Pamela Redfield 41%
Ed Schrock 38%
Elaine Ruth Stuhr 39%
Arnie Stuthman 43%
John Synowiecki 36%
Nancy Thompson 28%
Roger Ralph Wehrbein 34%

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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