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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Taxpayers League of Minnesota

2005 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
MN U.S. House 3 Erik Paulsen Republican 82%
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic 0%
MN U.S. House 6 Tom Emmer Republican 64%
MN State House 3B Mary Murphy Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0%
MN State House 4B Paul Marquart Democratic/Farmer/Labor 42%
MN State House 8A Bud Nornes Republican 57%
MN State House 14B Jim Knoblach Republican 57%
MN State House 15A Sondra Erickson Republican 65%
MN State House 18A Dean Urdahl Republican 58%
MN State House 22B Rod Hamilton Republican 75%
MN State House 23A Bob Gunther Republican 57%
MN State House 23B Tony Cornish Republican 67%
MN State House 26A Tina Liebling Democratic/Farmer/Labor 17%
MN State House 27B Jeanne Poppe Democratic/Farmer/Labor 8%
MN State House 28A Pelowski, Jr. Democratic/Farmer/Labor 15%
MN State House 28B Greg Davids Republican 75%
MN State House 34A Joyce Peppin Republican 97%
MN State House 36B Melissa Hortman Democratic/Farmer/Labor 25%
MN State House 38B Matt Dean Republican 88%
MN State House 40A Michael Nelson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 17%
MN State House 40B Debra Hilstrom Democratic/Farmer/Labor 17%
MN State House 41A Connie Bernardy Democratic/Farmer/Labor 8%
MN State House 43B Leon Lillie Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0%
MN State House 45A Lyndon Carlson, Sr. Democratic/Farmer/Labor 17%
MN State House 47B Joe Hoppe Republican 83%
MN State House 52A Rick Hansen Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0%
MN State House 58B Patrick Garofalo Republican 58%
MN State House 60A Diane Loeffler Democratic/Farmer/Labor 8%
MN State House 61A Frank Hornstein Democratic/Farmer/Labor 8%
MN State House 61B Paul Thissen Democratic/Farmer/Labor 8%
MN State House 62A Karen Clark Democratic/Farmer/Labor 8%
MN State House 63A Jim Davnie Democratic/Farmer/Labor 9%
MN State House 63B Jean Wagenius Democratic/Farmer/Labor 8%
MN State House 65B Carlos Mariani Democratic/Farmer/Labor 9%
MN State House 66A Alice Hausman Democratic/Farmer/Labor 8%
MN State House 66B John Lesch Democratic/Farmer/Labor 25%
MN State House 67A Tim Mahoney Democratic/Farmer/Labor 17%
MN State House 67B Sheldon Johnson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 8%
MN State Senate 3 Thomas Bakk Democratic/Farmer/Labor 20%
MN State Senate 4 Kent Eken Democratic/Farmer/Labor 33%
MN State Senate 6 David Tomassoni Democratic/Farmer/Labor 9%
MN State Senate 9 Paul Gazelka Republican 57%
MN State Senate 10 Carrie Ruud Republican 64%
MN State Senate 12 Torrey Westrom Republican 57%
MN State Senate 13 Michelle Fischbach Republican 55%
MN State Senate 18 Scott Newman Republican 58%
MN State Senate 23 Julie Rosen Republican 55%
MN State Senate 25 David Senjem Republican 64%
MN State Senate 27 Dan Sparks Democratic/Farmer/Labor 9%
MN State Senate 29 Bruce Anderson Republican 88%
MN State Senate 34 Warren Limmer Republican 85%
MN State Senate 35 Jim Abeler II Republican 40%
MN State Senate 43 Charles Wiger Democratic/Farmer/Labor 18%
MN State Senate 45 Ann Rest Democratic/Farmer/Labor 20%
MN State Senate 46 Ronald Latz Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0%
MN State Senate 61 D. Scott Dibble Democratic/Farmer/Labor 9%
MN State Senate 64 Richard Cohen Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0%
MN State Senate 65 Sandra Pappas Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0%
MN State Senate 66 John Marty Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0%
MN Secretary of State Steve Simon Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0%
MN Mayor At-Large Nora Slawik 8%
MN Commissioner 2 Linda Higgins 18%
MN Commissioner 3 Michael Beard 67%
MN Commissioner 4 Tom Rukavina 8%
MN Commissioner 6 Mary Holberg 100%
MN Commissioner 7 Chris Gerlach Republican 81%
MN Commissioner 7 Jeff Johnson 100%
Ron Abrams 83%
Ellen Anderson 10%
Irv Anderson 8%
Joseph Atkins 8%
Michele Bachmann 77%
William Belanger, Jr. 73%
Linda Berglin 0%
Donald Betzold 9%
Greg Blaine 57%
Francis Bradley 67%
Laura Brod 83%
Mark Buesgens 100%
Mike Charron 97%
Satveer Chaudhary 9%
Ray Cox 50%
Lloyd Cybart 75%
Richard Day 60%
Chris DeLaForest 100%
Randy Demmer 67%
Jerry Dempsey 48%
David Dill 8%
Stephen Dille 20%
Denise Dittrich 42%
Dan Dorman 45%
John Dorn 8%
Robert Eastlund 65%
Matt Entenza 0%
Ron Erhardt 45%
Brad Finstad 83%
Leo Foley 9%
Dennis Frederickson 36%
Patti Fritz 8%
David Gaither 64%
Barbara Goodwin 8%
Mindy Greiling 25%
Tom Hackbarth 80%
David Hann 80%
Bud Heidgerken 64%
Bill Hilty 8%
Larry Hosch 33%
John Hottinger 0%
Larry Howes 50%
Thomas Huntley 0%
Mike Jaros 9%
Dean Elton Johnson 11%
Debbie Johnson 56%
Ruth Johnson 8%
Al Juhnke 0%
Michael Jungbauer 54%
Phyllis Kahn 9%
Steve Kelley 0%
Margaret Kelliher 0%
Bob Kierlin 50%
Sheila Kiscaden 20%
Dave Kleis 60%
Karen Klinzing 100%
Lyle Koenen 25%
Paul Koering 26%
Paul Kohls 88%
Philip Krinkie 100%
Gary Kubly 9%
Keith Langseth 9%
Morrie Lanning 58%
Cal Larson 55%
Dan Larson 33%
Brian LeClair 100%
Ann Lenczewski 33%
Bernard Lieder 0%
Becky Lourey 0%
Doug Magnus 67%
Sharon Marko 18%
Mike McGinn 54%
Denny McNamara 67%
Doug Meslow 50%
Jim Metzen 18%
Geoff Michel 63%
Frank Moe 42%
Mee Moua 9%
Joe Mullery 17%
Steve Murphy 10%
Peter Nelson 75%
Thomas Neuville 64%
Sean Nienow 72%
Gen Olson 54%
Mark Olson 87%
Joe Opatz 25%
Julianne Ortman 60%
Mary Otremba 15%
Mark Ourada 65%
Dennis Ozment 58%
Patricia Pariseau 57%
Michael Paymar 17%
Maxine Penas 67%
Aaron Peterson 17%
Neil Peterson 58%
Sandra Peterson 8%
Lawrence Pogemiller 20%
Duke Powell 97%
Prettner Solon 9%
Jane Ranum 20%
Madelyn Reiter 72%
Claire Robling 64%
Connie Ruth 58%
Maria Ruud 25%
Brita Sailer 17%
Dallas Sams 0%
Char Samuelson 33%
Tom Saxhaug 9%
Bev Scalze 33%
Linda Scheid 18%
Marty Seifert 73%
Anthony Sertich 8%
Daniel Severson 48%
Katie Sieben 17%
Dean Simpson 63%
Rod Skoe 18%
Wesley Skoglund 9%
Steve Smith 87%
Judy Soderstrom 75%
Loren Solberg 8%
LeRoy Stumpf 9%
Steven Sviggum 75%
Barbara Sykora 48%
Cy Thao 8%
Kathy Tingelstad 50%
Ray Vandeveer 100%
James Vickerman 9%
Neva Walker 17%
Lynn Wardlow 83%
Andy Welti 25%
Betsy Wergin 55%
Andrew Westerberg 48%
Tim Wilkin 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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