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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Montana Education Association-Montana Federation of Teachers

2007 Positions on Public Education Teaching Profession Issues

Issues: Education
State Office District Name Party Rating
MT State House 3 Jerry O'Neil Republican 0
MT State House 10 Mark Blasdel Republican 27
MT State House 13 Pat Ingraham Republican 47
MT State House 18 Jesse O'Hara Republican 60
MT State House 40 Bill McChesney Democratic 100
MT State House 43 Duane Ankney Republican 47
MT State House 58 Krayton Kerns Republican 13
MT State House 63 Franke Wilmer Democratic 93
MT State House 66 Jennifer Pomnichowski Democratic 100
MT State House 81 Galen Hollenbaugh Democratic 100
MT State House 96 Carolyn Squires Democratic 100
MT State Senate 1 Chas Vincent Republican 47
MT State Senate 4 Jon Sonju Republican 13
MT State Senate 5 Verdell Jackson Republican 27
MT State Senate 6 Janna Taylor Republican 20
MT State Senate 8 Shannon Augare Democratic 93
MT State Senate 9 Rick Ripley Republican 40
MT State Senate 12 Mitch Tropila Democratic 93
MT State Senate 14 Llewelyn Jones Republican 67
MT State Senate 15 Jim Peterson Republican 53
MT State Senate 16 Jonathan Windy Boy Democratic 100
MT State Senate 23 Alan Olson Republican 53
MT State Senate 25 Kendall Van Dyk Democratic 100
MT State Senate 26 Robyn Driscoll Democratic 100
MT State Senate 27 Elsie Arntzen Republican 60
MT State Senate 28 Jeffrey Essmann Republican 20
MT State Senate 32 Larry Jent Democratic 100
MT State Senate 33 Mike Phillips Democratic 100
MT State Senate 34 Scott Sales Republican 20
MT State Senate 36 Debby Barrett Republican 47
MT State Senate 37 Jon Sesso Democratic 100
MT State Senate 38 Jim Keane Democratic 100
MT State Senate 39 Terry Murphy Republican 60
MT State Senate 40 Mary Caferro Democratic 100
MT State Senate 41 Christine Kaufmann Democratic 100
MT State Senate 42 Dave Lewis Republican 87
MT State Senate 49 David Wanzenried Democratic 100
MT Budget Director Dan Villa Democratic 100
MT Public Service Commissioner 3 Roger Koopman Republican 20
MT Public Service Commission Vice Chair Bob Lake Republican 27
Keith Bales 27
Joe Balyeat 13
Gregory Barkus 33
William Beck, Sr. 27
Arlene Becker 100
Bob Bergren 100
Norma Bixby 100
Jerry Black 53
Scott Boggio 33
Gary Branae 100
Roy Brown 53
John Brueggeman 80
Edward Butcher 33
Terrence Callahan 100
Margarett Campbell 100
Edith Clark 64
John Cobb 67
Vicki Cocchiarella 93
Jill Cohenour 100
Mike Cooney 100
Douglas Cordier 100
Aubyn Curtiss 27
Sue Dickenson 100
Ernie Dutton 40
Robert Ebinger, Jr. 100
Jim Elliott 73
Ron Erickson 100
John Esp 13
George Loren Everett 20
Eve Franklin 93
Julie French 100
Kevin Furey 100
Tim Furey 100
David Gallik 100
Steven Gallus 93
Kelly Gebhardt 40
Kim Gillan 100
William Glaser 67
Wanda Grinde 100
George Groesbeck 100
Robin Hamilton 93
Betsy Hands 100
Kenneth Hansen 93
Dan Harrington 93
Ray Hawk 7
Robert Hawks 87
Ralph Heinert, Jr. 33
Gordon Hendrick 47
Teresa Henry 100
Edward Hilbert 40
Dennis Himmelberger 27
Cynthia Hiner 100
Hal Jacobson 100
Joey Jayne 80
Bill Jones 73
Mike Jopek 100
Rick Jore 13
Carol Juneau 93
Dave Kasten 20
Sam Kitzenberg 93
Harry Klock 53
Deborah Kottel 100
Richard Laible 53
Carol Lambert 67
Michael Lange 40
Lane Larson 100
Jesse Laslovich 100
Greg Lind 100
Gary MacLaren 53
Bruce Malcolm 33
Dave McAlpin 100
Daniel McGee 7
Tom McGillvray 33
Walter McNutt 53
Scott Mendenhall 13
Mike Milburn 47
Penny Armstrong Morgan 27
Lynda Moss 100
John Musgrove 100
Art Noonan 100
Bill Nooney 40
John Parker 100
Gerald Pease 93
Gary Perry 27
Kenneth Peterson 47
Holly Raser 93
Michele Reinhart 100
Diane Rice 27
John Ross 47
Don Ryan 100
Diane Sands 100
Trudi Schmidt 100
Jim Shockley 40
John Sinrud 0
Veronica Small-Eastman 100
Frank Smith 93
Wayne Stahl 33
Corey Stapleton 40
Donald Steinbeisser 40
Ronald Stoker 40
Robert Story, Jr. 33
Bill Tash 40
William Thomas 100
Joseph Tropila 93
John Ward 50
Dan Weinberg 100
Jack Wells 13
Carol Williams 100
Bill Wilson 100
Brady Wiseman 100
Craig Witte 20

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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