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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: South Dakota Farmers Union

2008 Positions on Rural Issues

State Office District Name Party Rating
SD U.S. House At-Large Kristi Noem Republican 60
SD State House 3 Al Novstrup Republican 40
SD State House 11 Mark Willadsen Republican 40
SD State House 18 Jean Hunhoff Republican 75
SD State House 21 Julie Bartling Democratic 100
SD State House 24 Tim Rounds Republican 60
SD State House 25 Roger Hunt Republican 50
SD State House 29 Thomas Brunner Republican 60
SD State House 32 Brian Gosch Republican 60
SD State Senate 2 Brock Greenfield Republican 75
SD State Senate 3 David Novstrup Republican 40
SD State Senate 4 Jim Peterson Democratic 100
SD State Senate 7 Larry Tidemann Republican 60
SD State Senate 9 Deb Peters Republican 40
SD State Senate 13 Phyllis Heineman Republican 40
SD State Senate 20 Mike Vehle Republican 60
SD State Senate 25 Tim Rave Republican 60
SD State Senate 27 James Bradford Democratic 100
SD State Senate 28 Betty Olson Republican 60
SD Secretary of State Shantel Krebs Republican 60
SD Commissioner At-Large Burt Elliott No Party Affiliation 100
SD Commissioner At-Large James Lintz No Party Affiliation 75
SD Commissioner At-Large Garry Allen Moore No Party Affiliation 100
Gene Abdallah 75
Daniel Ahlers 100
Kenneth Albers 75
Jerry Apa 50
Jamie Boomgarden 60
Michael Buckingham 60
Quinten Burg 100
Lance Carson 60
Joni Cutler 40
Justin Davis 60
Thomas Deadrick 75
Thomas Dempster 75
H. Dennert 100
Mark DeVries 60
Brian Dreyer 60
Jay Duenwald 75
Joel Dykstra 60
Richard Engels 80
Bob Faehn 40
Marc Feinstein 80
Jason Gant 50
Cooper Garnos 75
David Gassman 100
Margaret Gillespie 100
Charlotte Gilson 60
Mary Glenski 80
Bob Gray 75
Tom Hackl 40
Clayton Halverson 100
Tom Hansen 75
Gary Hanson 100
Dale Hargens 100
Arlen Hauge 75
Jeffrey Haverly 40
Scott Heidepriem 100
Thomas Hills 60
Alan Hoerth 100
Gordon Howie 60
James Hundstad 100
Gary Jerke 60
Sandy Jerstad 75
Kent Juhnke 50
Thomas Katus 100
Mark Kirkeby 60
Frank Kloucek 100
David Knudson 75
Gilbert Koetzle 75
Al Koistinen 40
Larry Lucas 100
David Lust 40
Ryan Maher 100
Royal McCracken 75
Ed McLaughlin 25
Kenneth McNenny 67
Kathleen Miles 60
William Napoli 50
Paul Nelson 60
Benjamin Nesselhuf 100
Eldon Nygaard 75
Edwin Olson, Jr. 75
Russell Olson 40
Ryan Olson 60
Gordon Pederson 40
Carol Pitts 60
J.E. Putnam 60
Valentine Rausch 60
Larry Rhoden 60
Dennis Schmidt 75
David Sigdestad 100
Orville Smidt 75
Manny Steele 40
Steve Street 100
Daniel Sutton 100
William Thompson 60
Nancy Turbak Berry 100
Charles Turbiville 60
Theresa Two Bulls 100
Donald Van Etten 40
Kim Vanneman 60
Thomas Van Norman 100
Keri Weems 40
Hal Wick 25

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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