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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Nebraska Taxpayers for Freedom

2008 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
NE U.S. Senate Jr Deb Fischer Republican 52.8
NE Lieutenant Governor Lavon Heidemann Non-partisan 42.2
NE State Senate 4 Pete Pirsch Non-partisan 50.2
NE State Senate 6 John Nelson Non-partisan 50.2
NE State Senate 11 Ernie Chambers Non-partisan 38.3
NE State Senate 12 Steve Lathrop Non-partisan 38.3
NE State Senate 18 Scott Lautenbaugh Non-partisan 50.2
NE State Senate 20 Brad Ashford Non-partisan 31.7
NE State Senate 24 Gregory Adams Non-partisan 47.5
NE State Senate 26 Amanda McGill Non-partisan 42.4
NE State Senate 28 William Avery Non-partisan 35.6
NE State Senate 30 Norman Wallman Non-partisan 44.9
NE State Senate 32 Russ Karpisek Non-partisan 51.5
NE State Senate 34 Annette Dubas Non-partisan 46.2
NE State Senate 36 John Wightman Non-partisan 44.9
NE State Senate 38 Tom Carlson Non-partisan 38.3
NE State Senate 42 Thomas Hansen Non-partisan 58.1
NE State Senate 44 Mark Christensen Non-partisan 51.5
NE State Senate 46 Danielle Conrad Non-partisan 39.6
NE State Senate 48 John Harms Non-partisan 43.6
NE Council Member Ward 5 Donald Preister Non-partisan 37
NE Council Member At-Large DiAnna Schimek Non-partisan 35.6
Raymond Aguilar 39.6
Carroll Craig Burling 48.8
Abbie Cornett 38.3
Cap Dierks 44.9
L. Patrick Engel 34.3
Philip Erdman 59.4
Mike Flood 47.5
Michael Friend 48.8
Tony Fulton 47.5
Tim Gay 51.5
Gwen Howard 43.6
Carol Hudkins 47.5
Ray Janssen 40.9
Joel Johnson 38.3
Gail Kopplin 43.6
Lowen Kruse 30.4
Chris Langemeier 56.8
LeRoy Louden 51.5
Vickie McDonald 42.4
Rich Pahls 43.6
Dave Pankonin 43.6
Dwite Pedersen 17.2
Ronald Raikes 22.4
Kent Rogert 39.6
Arnie Stuthman 48.8
John Synowiecki 37
Tom White 37

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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