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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Minnesota Sierra Club-North Star

1997-1998 Positions

Issues: Environment
State Office District Name Party Rating
MN U.S. House 3 Erik Paulsen Republican 13%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic 100%
MN State House 3B Mary Murphy Democratic/Farmer/Labor 69%
MN State House 8A Bud Nornes Republican 6%
MN State House 14B Jim Knoblach Republican 19%
MN State House 15A Sondra Erickson Republican 20%
MN State House 23A Bob Gunther Republican 19%
MN State House 28A Pelowski, Jr. Democratic/Farmer/Labor 63%
MN State House 28B Greg Davids Republican 13%
MN State House 45A Lyndon Carlson, Sr. Democratic/Farmer/Labor 88%
MN State House 62A Karen Clark Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
MN State House 63B Jean Wagenius Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
MN State House 65B Carlos Mariani Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
MN State House 66A Alice Hausman Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
MN State Senate 3 Thomas Bakk Democratic/Farmer/Labor 56%
MN State Senate 6 David Tomassoni Democratic/Farmer/Labor 56%
MN State Senate 12 Torrey Westrom Republican 6%
MN State Senate 29 Bruce Anderson Republican 6%
MN State Senate 45 Ann Rest Democratic/Farmer/Labor 88%
MN Mayor At-Large Nora Slawik 75%
MN Council Member Ward 2 Edwina Garcia 80%
MN Commissioner 2 Mary Jo McGuire 100%
MN Commissioner 2 Tom Workman 13%
MN Commissioner 4 Tom Rukavina 63%
Ron Abrams 19%
Irv Anderson 50%
Hilda Bettermann 13%
Len Biernat 100%
Dave Bishop 45%
Lynda Boudreau 6%
Francis Bradley 6%
Sherry Broecker 19%
Phil Carruthers 94%
Satveer Chaudhary 93%
James Clark 10%
Tim Commers 27%
Roxann Daggett 13%
Andy Dawkins 100%
Steve Dehler 6%
Mike Delmont 63%
Jerry Dempsey 19%
John Dorn 75%
Matt Entenza 100%
Ron Erhardt 31%
Geri Evans 100%
Jim Farrell 87%
Tim Finseth 6%
Betty Folliard 94%
Kevin Goodno 13%
Lee Greenfield 100%
Mindy Greiling 100%
Bill Haas 25%
Elaine Harder 6%
Kris Hasskamp 93%
Bill Hilty 94%
Mark Holsten 25%
Thomas Huntley 94%
Mike Jaros 100%
Richard Jefferson 63%
Loren Jennings 69%
Alice Johnson 100%
Ruth Johnson 94%
Al Juhnke 56%
Phyllis Kahn 100%
Henry Kalis 81%
Becky Kelso 56%
Tony Kielkucki 6%
Anthony Kinkel 69%
Kevin Knight 6%
Luanne Koskinen 88%
Ron Kraus 19%
Philip Krinkie 7%
Gary Kubly 63%
Bill Kuisle 6%
Peg Larsen 19%
Robert Leighton, Jr. 81%
Peggy Leppik 62%
Bernard Lieder 75%
Arlon Lindner 6%
Dee Long 88%
Darlene Luther 100%
Bill Macklin 27%
Mark Mahon 69%
Harry Mares 25%
Sharon Marko 75%
Dan McElroy 13%
Bob Milbert 80%
Carol Molnau 6%
Richard Mulder 13%
Joe Mullery 100%
Willard Munger 100%
Robert Ness 19%
Edgar Olson 67%
Mark Olson 7%
Joe Opatz 75%
Myron Orfield 100%
Mike Osskopp 6%
Tom Osthoff 87%
Mary Otremba 70%
Dennis Ozment 56%
Tim Pawlenty 19%
Michael Paymar 100%
Doug Peterson 63%
Thomas Pugh 73%
Doug Reuter 7%
Jim Rhodes 38%
Michelle Rifenberg 6%
Jim Rostberg 25%
Leslie Schumacher 63%
Alice Seagren 13%
Marty Seifert 6%
Kathleen Sekhon 100%
Gail Skare 69%
Wesley Skoglund 100%
Steve Smith 19%
Loren Solberg 69%
Richard Stanek 19%
Doug Stang 13%
Steven Sviggum 13%
Howard Swenson 13%
Barbara Sykora 27%
Kathy Tingelstad 14%
Eileen Tompkins 13%
Steve Trimble 100%
John Tuma 50%
Jim Tunheim 63%
Henry Todd Van Dellen 13%
Ray Vandeveer 10%
Charlie Weaver 13%
Linda Wejcman 100%
Stephen Wenzel 69%
Robert Westfall 19%
Ted Winter 75%
Ken Wolf 19%

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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