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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: South Dakota Farmers Union

2013 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
SD Lieutenant Governor Larry Rhoden Republican 86%
SD State House 6 Isaac Latterell Republican 43%
SD State House 6 Herman Otten Republican 86%
SD State House 12 Manny Steele Republican 57%
SD State House 17 Nancy Rasmussen Republican 86%
SD State House 17 Ray Ring Democratic 100%
SD State House 18 Jean Hunhoff Republican 86%
SD State House 19 Kyle Schoenfish Republican 86%
SD State House 21 Lee Qualm Republican 86%
SD State House 24 Mary Duvall Republican 71%
SD State House 24 Tim Rounds Republican 71%
SD State House 25 Jon Hansen Republican 63%
SD State House 31 Timothy Johns Republican 71%
SD State Senate 1 Susan Wismer Democratic 86%
SD State Senate 2 Brock Greenfield Republican 57%
SD State Senate 3 Al Novstrup Republican 57%
SD State Senate 6 Ernie Otten, Jr. Republican 71%
SD State Senate 11 Jim Stalzer Republican 71%
SD State Senate 14 Deb Soholt Republican 71%
SD State Senate 16 Jim Bolin Republican 83%
SD State Senate 19 Stace Nelson Republican 57%
SD State Senate 22 James White Republican 86%
SD State Senate 24 Jeff Monroe Republican 57%
SD State Senate 26 Troy Heinert Democratic 100%
SD State Senate 28 Ryan Maher Republican 86%
SD State Senate 29 Gary Cammack Republican 71%
SD State Senate 30 Lance Russell Republican 71%
SD State Senate 31 Bob Ewing Republican 86%
SD State Senate 33 Phil Jensen Republican 57%
SD Commissioner At-Large Dennis Feickert 100%
SD State Board of Education Jacqueline Sly 83%
Stanford Adelstein 71%
Julie Bartling 100%
Timothy Begalka 86%
James Bradford 100%
Corey Brown 57%
Angie Buhl-O'Donnell 100%
Blaine Campbell 86%
Lance Carson 33%
Kristin Conzet 75%
Scott Craig 86%
Justin Cronin 63%
Dan Dryden 66%
Scott Ecklund 86%
Christine Erickson 57%
Marc Feinstein 100%
Jason Frerichs 100%
Peggy Gibson 100%
Brian Gosch 50%
Don Haggar 57%
Anne Hajek 71%
Paula Hawks 86%
Spencer Hawley 100%
Phyllis Heineman 57%
Leslie Heinemann 71%
Steve Hickey 57%
Charlie Hoffman 71%
Ried Holien 57%
Bernie Hunhoff 100%
Mark Johnston 57%
Thomas Jones 100%
Daniel Kaiser 43%
Kevin Killer 100%
Mark Kirkeby 71%
Patrick Kirschman 100%
Pete Kopp 83%
Shantel Krebs 80%
Dan Lederman 71%
Larry Lucas 100%
David Lust 57%
Melissa Magstadt 66%
Elizabeth May 86%
Mark Mickelson 71%
Patty Miller 83%
Scott Munsterman 63%
Jenna Netherton 57%
David Novstrup 50%
Betty Olson 71%
Russell Olson 57%
David Omdahl 0%
Scott Parsley 88%
Deb Peters 57%
Jim Peterson 86%
Bruce Rampelberg 86%
Tim Rave 71%
Fred Romkema 50%
Tona Rozum 86%
James Schaefer 86%
Dean Schrempp 100%
Karen Soli 100%
Roger Solum 71%
Mike Stevens 86%
Billie Sutton 100%
Larry Tidemann 86%
Craig Tieszen 71%
Burton Tulson 86%
Kathy Tyler 86%
Bill Van Gerpen 66%
Mike Vehle 86%
Mike Verchio 63%
Chuck Welke 100%
Dick Werner 88%
Steve Westra 86%
Hal Wick 57%
Dean Wink 63%

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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