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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Nebraska National Federation of Independent Business

2007-2008 Positions on Pro-Small Business Policy

State Office District Name Party Rating
Raymond Aguilar 100
Carroll Craig Burling 100
Mark Christensen 100
L. Patrick Engel 100
Philip Erdman 100
NE U.S. Senate Sr Deb Fischer Republican 100
NE Tax Commissioner Tony Fulton Non-partisan 100
Tim Gay 100
Thomas Hansen 100
John Harms 100
Lavon Heidemann 100
Chris Langemeier 100
Scott Lautenbaugh 100
LeRoy Louden 100
Vickie McDonald 100
Pete Pirsch 100
Arnie Stuthman 100
John Wightman 100
Gregory Adams 90
Mike Flood 90
Michael Friend 90
John Nelson 90
Tom Carlson 89
Joel Johnson 89
NE Council Member 5 Rich Pahls 89
Dave Pankonin 89
Carol Hudkins 88
Ronald Raikes 83
Russ Karpisek 80
Cap Dierks 78
Annette Dubas 78
Ray Janssen 78
Amanda McGill 75
William Avery 70
Danielle Conrad 70
Abbie Cornett 70
Gwen Howard 70
Steve Lathrop 70
NE Council Member Ward 5 Don Preister 70
Kent Rogert 70
Norman Wallman 70
Tom White 70
NE State Senate 11 Ernie Chambers Non-partisan 67
Lowen Kruse 67
John Synowiecki 67
Gail Kopplin 60
Dwite Pedersen 57
Brad Ashford 56
DiAnna Schimek 44

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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