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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Montana National Federation of Independent Business

2005-2006 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
MT U.S. Senate Sr Jon Tester Democratic 50%
MT Lieutenant Governor Mike Cooney Democratic 60%
MT State House 32 Jonathan Windy Boy Democratic 67%
MT State House 54 Jeffrey Essmann Republican 90%
MT State House 73 Jim Keane Democratic 60%
MT State Senate 2 Dee Brown Republican 100%
MT State Senate 5 Bob Keenan Republican 70%
MT State Senate 9 Llewelyn Jones Republican 90%
MT State Senate 16 Frank Smith Democratic 70%
MT State Senate 35 Scott Sales Republican 56%
MT State Senate 37 Jon Sesso Democratic 60%
MT State Senate 41 Mary Caferro Democratic 30%
MT State Senate 42 Jill Cohenour Democratic 40%
MT State Senate 50 Tom Facey Democratic 60%
MT Secretary of State Corey Stapleton Republican 80%
MT Justice of the Supreme Court Seat 2 Mike Wheat Non-partisan 50%
MT Budget Director Dan Villa Democratic 50%
MT Council Member Ward 1 Brent Cromley 50%
MT Commissioner 1 Ray Hawk 60%
MT Superintendent of Public Instruction Elsie Arntzen Republican 90%
Joan Andersen 78%
Keith Bales 80%
Joe Balyeat 70%
John Balyeat 70%
Gregory Barkus 90%
Debby Barrett 60%
Arlene Becker 50%
Bob Bergren 50%
Norma Bixby 40%
Jerry Black 100%
Gary Branae 50%
Roy Brown 60%
John Brueggeman 100%
Edward Butcher 80%
Rosalie Buzzas 50%
Terrence Callahan 60%
Margarett Campbell 56%
Paul Clark 50%
John Cobb 70%
Vicki Cocchiarella 60%
Aubyn Curtiss 100%
Sue Dickenson 50%
Tim Dowell 56%
Robyn Driscoll 50%
Emelie Kay Eaton 50%
Jon Ellingson 50%
Jim Elliott 40%
John Esp 80%
George Loren Everett 50%
Eve Franklin 56%
Kevin Furey 50%
David Gallik 40%
Steven Gallus 50%
Kathleen Galvin-Halcro 60%
Kelly Gebhardt 90%
Kim Gillan 60%
William Glaser 90%
George Golie 60%
Duane Grimes 100%
Wanda Grinde 50%
George Groesbeck 50%
Gail Gutsche 50%
Robin Hamilton 60%
Kenneth Hansen 60%
Dan Harrington 50%
Christopher Kirk Harris 50%
Robert Hawks 50%
Ralph Heinert, Jr. 90%
Gordon Hendrick 70%
Teresa Henry 50%
Dennis Himmelberger 60%
Cynthia Hiner 60%
Verdell Jackson 80%
Hal Jacobson 50%
Joey Jayne 30%
Larry Jent 56%
Bill Jones 80%
Mike Jopek 50%
Carol Juneau 30%
Christine Kaufmann 30%
Sam Kitzenberg 70%
Harry Klock 80%
Roger Koopman 67%
Richard Laible 90%
Bob Lake 90%
Carol Lambert 80%
Michael Lange 60%
Lane Larson 50%
Jesse Laslovich 60%
Ralph Lenhart 50%
Dave Lewis 90%
Greg Lind 60%
Monica Lindeen 60%
Gary MacLaren 100%
Rick Maedje 100%
Bruce Malcolm 80%
Jeff Mangan 70%
Gary Matthews 80%
Dave McAlpin 50%
Daniel McGee 80%
Tom McGillvray 90%
Joe McKenney 100%
Walter McNutt 100%
Scott Mendenhall 90%
Mike Milburn 100%
Penny Armstrong Morgan 100%
Lynda Moss 60%
John Musgrove 50%
Mark Noennig 100%
Art Noonan 50%
Alan Olson 100%
Bernie Olson 100%
Jerry O'Neil 60%
John Parker 50%
Gerald Pease 50%
Gary Perry 80%
Jim Peterson 100%
Holly Raser 56%
Diane Rice 60%
Rick Ripley 80%
Donald Roberts 100%
John Ross 80%
Glenn Roush 50%
Don Ryan 50%
Trudi Schmidt 50%
Jim Shockley 70%
John Sinrud 80%
Veronica Small-Eastman 57%
Jon Sonju 90%
Carolyn Squires 60%
Wayne Stahl 60%
Donald Steinbeisser 89%
Ronald Stoker 90%
Robert Story, Jr. 90%
Bill Tash 100%
Janna Taylor 90%
Kenneth Toole, Jr. 40%
Joseph Tropila 60%
Pat Wagman 70%
Karl Waitschies 80%
David Wanzenried 60%
John Ward 70%
Bill Warden 89%
Dan Weinberg 50%
Jack Wells 63%
Carol Williams 50%
Bill Wilson 50%
Jeanne Windham 60%
Brady Wiseman 60%
John Witt 100%

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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