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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Montana Contractors' Association

2007 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
MT Lieutenant Governor Mike Cooney Democratic 42%
MT State House 18 Llewelyn Jones Republican 100%
MT State House 32 Jonathan Windy Boy Democratic 44%
MT State House 73 Jim Keane Democratic 71%
MT State House 81 Mary Caferro Democratic 31%
MT State Senate 4 Mark Blasdel Republican 93%
MT State Senate 11 Tom Jacobson Democratic 38%
MT State Senate 16 Frank Smith Democratic 45%
MT State Senate 20 Duane Ankney Republican 100%
MT State Senate 30 John Esp Republican 91%
MT State Senate 31 Mike Phillips Democratic 31%
MT State Senate 33 Jennifer Pomnichowski Democratic 30%
MT State Senate 35 Scott Sales Republican 85%
MT State Senate 37 Jon Sesso Democratic 46%
MT State Senate 42 Jill Cohenour Democratic 38%
MT State Senate 49 Diane Sands Democratic 50%
MT Secretary of State Corey Stapleton Republican 80%
MT Commissioner 1 Ray Hawk 92%
MT Superintendent of Public Instruction Elsie Arntzen Republican 100%
Shannon Augare 37%
Keith Bales 82%
Joe Balyeat 91%
Gregory Barkus 73%
Debby Barrett 92%
William Beck, Sr. 100%
Arlene Becker 38%
Bob Bergren 38%
Norma Bixby 45%
Jerry Black 82%
Scott Boggio 100%
Gary Branae 46%
Roy Brown 73%
John Brueggeman 82%
Edward Butcher 100%
Terrence Callahan 38%
Margarett Campbell 54%
Edith Clark 100%
John Cobb 64%
Vicki Cocchiarella 61%
Douglas Cordier 45%
Aubyn Curtiss 85%
Sue Dickenson 44%
Robyn Driscoll 23%
Ernie Dutton 100%
Robert Ebinger, Jr. 33%
Jim Elliot 21%
Ron Erickson 38%
Jeffrey Essmann 88%
George Loren Everett 85%
Eve Franklin 38%
Julie French 38%
Kevin Furey 39%
David Gallik 38%
Steven Gallus 27%
Kelly Gebhardt 89%
Kim Gillan 33%
William Glaser 100%
Wanda Grinde 45%
George Groesbeck 62%
Robin Hamilton 45%
Betsy Hands 31%
Kristin Hansen 45%
Dan Harrington 32%
Robert Hawks 21%
Ralph Heinert, Jr. 100%
Gordon Hendrick 92%
Teresa Henry 38%
Edward Hilbert 92%
Dennis Himmelberger 92%
Cynthia Hiner 54%
Galen Hollenbaugh 31%
Pat Ingraham 92%
Verdell Jackson 82%
Hal Jacobson 38%
Joey Jayne 31%
Larry Jent 21%
Bill Jones 92%
Mike Jopek 43%
Rick Jore 82%
Carol Juneau 26%
Dave Kasten 100%
Christine Kaufmann 34%
Krayton Kerns 100%
Sam Kitzenberg 45%
Harry Klock 100%
Roger Koopman 93%
Deborah Kottel 38%
Richard Laible 82%
Bob Lake 93%
Carol Lambert 100%
Michael Lange 100%
Clifford Larsen 21%
Lane Larson 21%
Jesse Laslovich 26%
Dave Lewis 73%
Greg Lind 24%
Gary MacLaren 100%
Bruce Malcolm 100%
Dave McAlpin 30%
Bill McChesney 92%
Daniel McGee 74%
Tom McGillvray 93%
Kirk McNutt 100%
Scott Mendenhall 98%
Mike Milburn 100%
Penny Armstrong Morgan 92%
Lynda Moss 29%
Terry Murphy 82%
John Musgrove 38%
Pat Noonan 38%
Bill Nooney 100%
Jesse O'Hara 100%
Alan Olson 100%
Jerry O'Neil 74%
John Parker 38%
Gerald Pease 35%
Gary Perry 85%
Jim Peterson 82%
Kenneth Peterson 85%
Holly Raser 23%
Michele Reinhart 32%
Diane Rice 100%
Rick Ripley 100%
John Ross 100%
Don Ryan 55%
Trudi Schmidt 36%
Jim Shockley 65%
John Sinrud 92%
Veronica Small-Eastman 69%
Jon Sonju 100%
Carolyn Squires 36%
Wayne Stahl 93%
Donald Steinbeisser 82%
Ronald Stoker 100%
Robert Story, Jr. 82%
Bill Tash 84%
Janna Taylor 92%
William Thomas 49%
Joseph Tropila 36%
Mitch Tropila 32%
Kendall Van Dyk 32%
Dan Villa 44%
Chas Vincent 100%
David Wanzenried 21%
John Ward 100%
Dan Weinberg 27%
Jack Wells 100%
Carol Williams 35%
Franke Wilmer 31%
Bill Wilson II 33%
Brady Wiseman 26%
Craig Witte 92%

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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