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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Michigan AFL-CIO

2003-2004 Positions

Issues: Labor Unions
State Office District Name Party Rating
MI U.S. House 2 Bill Huizenga Republican 0%
MI State Senate 3 Morris Hood III Democratic 100%
MI State Senate 4 Virgil Smith, Jr. Democratic 100%
MI State Senate 5 Tupac Hunter Democratic 100%
MI State Senate 6 Glenn Anderson Democratic 100%
MI State Senate 8 Hoon-Yung Hopgood Democratic 100%
MI State Senate 9 Steven Bieda Democratic 94%
MI State Senate 11 Jack Brandenburg Republican 12%
MI State Senate 16 Bruce Caswell Republican 0%
MI State Senate 19 Michael Nofs Republican 12%
MI State Senate 22 Joe Hune Republican 6%
MI State Senate 23 Gretchen Whitmer Democratic 100%
MI State Senate 26 Dave Robertson Republican 12%
MI State Senate 33 Judy Emmons Republican 0%
MI State Senate 36 John Moolenaar Republican 0%
MI State Senate 37 Howard Walker Republican 0%
MI State Senate 38 Tom Casperson Republican 12%
MI Mayor At-Large Paula Zelenko 94%
MI Supervisor At-Large Philip LaJoy Republican 6%
MI Council Member At-Large John Pastor Republican 0%
MI Council Member At-Large Laura M. Toy 16%
MI Commissioner 2 Brenda Clack Democratic 100%
MI Commissioner 3 Martha Scott Democratic 100%
MI Commissioner 3 Rick Shaffer Republican 6%
MI Commissioner 5 Irma Clark-Coleman Democratic 100%
MI Commissioner 6 Burton Leland 100%
MI Commissioner 8 Neal Nitz Republican 0%
MI Commissioner 12 Shelley Taub Republican 0%
MI Commissioner 14 Raymond Basham Democratic 100%
Frank Accavitti, Jr. 94%
Daniel Acciavatti 12%
Stephen Adamini 100%
Jason Allen 5%
Fran Amos 12%
James Barcia 95%
Virg Bernero 100%
Patricia Birkholz 5%
Michael Bishop 5%
Elizabeth Brater 100%
Cameron Brown 5%
Rich Brown 100%
Dianne Byrum 94%
Nancy Cassis 5%
Marsha Cheeks 100%
Deborah Cherry 100%
Hansen Clarke 100%
Paul Condino 94%
Alan Cropsey 6%
Craig DeRoche 0%
Leon Drolet 6%
Robert Emerson 100%
David Farhat 12%
Barbara Farrah 100%
Edward Gaffney 6%
Valdemar Garcia 6%
John Garfield 6%
Tom George 5%
Judson Gilbert II 5%
Matthew Gillard 94%
John Gleason 100%
Michael Goschka 11%
Beverly Hammerstrom 5%
Bill Hardiman 5%
Jack Hoogendyk, Jr. 6%
Scott Hummel 6%
Gilda Jacobs 100%
Ron Jelinek 11%
R. Shirley Johnson 5%
Chris Kolb 88%
Jerry O. Kooiman 0%
Wayne Kuipers 6%
Kathleen Law 100%
Alexander Lipsey 94%
Bill McConico 100%
Michelle McManus 5%
Andy Meisner 94%
Tom Meyer 0%
Michael Murphy 100%
Gary Newell 0%
Dennis Olshove 100%
Brian Palmer 0%
David Palsrok 0%
Bruce Patterson 5%
Clarence Phillips 100%
Jim Plakas 100%
Michael Prusi 100%
Michael Sak 100%
Alan Sanborn 11%
Mark Schauer 100%
Fulton Sheen 6%
Kenneth Sikkema 5%
John Stahl 0%
John Stakoe 0%
Tony Stamas 5%
Glenn Steil, Jr. 0%
John Stewart 12%
Mickey Switalski 95%
Samuel Thomas III 100%
Steven Tobocman 100%
Aldo Vagnozzi 100%
Barb Vander Veen 0%
William VanRegenmorter 0%
Gerald Van Woerkom 5%
Christopher Ward 0%
Mary Waters 100%
Lorence Wenke 6%
Carl Williams 100%
Lisa Wojno 94%

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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