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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa

1996 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
IA State House 3 Daniel Huseman Republican 25%
IA State House 58 Andy McKean Republican 17%
IA State House 70 Todd Taylor Democratic 63%
IA State House 84 David Heaton Republican 13%
IA State House 86 Mary Mascher Democratic 75%
IA State House 87 Dennis Cohoon Democratic 63%
IA State Senate 21 Matthew McCoy Democratic 13%
IA State Senate 35 Wally Horn Democratic 17%
IA State Senate 37 Robert Dvorsky Democratic 67%
IA State Senate 50 Pam Jochum Democratic 25%
IA Mayor At-Large Ron Corbett 13%
IA Supervisor At-Large Merlin Bartz 17%
Rich Arnold 0%
Paul Bell 50%
William Bernau 75%
Dennis Black 33%
Gary Blodgett 13%
Daniel Boddicker 13%
Nancy Boettger 33%
Effie Lee Boggess 13%
Allen Borlaug 33%
Clyde Edward Bradley 13%
William Brand 50%
Barry Brauns 13%
Robert John Brunkhorst 13%
Cecelia Burnett 63%
Danny Carroll 25%
Michael Cataldo 38%
Steven Churchill 25%
Michael Connolly 33%
John Connors 50%
Michael Cormack 25%
Dick Dearden 50%
Patrick Deluhery 17%
Dwight Dinkla 25%
Minnette Frerichs Doderer 63%
Jack Drake 13%
Richard Drake 33%
James Drees 25%
Russell James Eddie 13%
Ed Fallon, Jr. 75%
Bill Fink 50%
Thomas Flynn 17%
Eugene Fraise 17%
Mary Lou Freeman 33%
Teresa Garman 25%
Donald Gettings 17%
Charles Gipp 13%
John Greig 25%
Sandy Greiner 25%
Don Gries 13%
Michael Gronstal 50%
Betty Grundberg 63%
Jim Hahn 13%
Rod Halvorson 17%
Johnie Hammond 50%
Steven Hansen 33%
H. Kay Hedge 17%
Jack Holveck 38%
Hubert Houser 13%
Stewart Iverson, Jr. 33%
Libby Jacobs 38%
John Jensen 33%
JoAnn Mardelle Johnson 33%
Patty Judge 17%
John Kibbie 17%
Ralph Klemme 25%
Deo Koenigs 13%
Mary Kramer 17%
Keith Kreiman 13%
Joseph Kremer 13%
Jeffrey Lamberti 13%
Rick Larkin 50%
Charles Larson, Jr. 13%
James Lind 17%
David Lord 13%
Mary Lundby 33%
O. Gene Maddox 17%
Mona Martin 38%
Dennis May 13%
Derryl McLaren 33%
Dolores Mertz 13%
Janet Metcalf 50%
James Meyer 25%
David Millage 25%
Michael Moreland 63%
J. Norman Mundie 13%
Pat Murphy 25%
Richard Myers 38%
Beverly Joan Nelson-Forbes 25%
Mary Cameron Neuhauser 67%
Michael O'Brien 13%
William Palmer 33%
Christopher Rants 25%
Donald Redfern 50%
Wilmer Rensink 33%
Jack Rife 17%
Sheldon Rittmer 17%
David Floyd Schrader 63%
Donald Shoultz 50%
J. Brent Siegrist 13%
Steven Sukup 25%
Elaine Szymoniak 17%
Russell Teig 13%
Margaret Tinsman 17%
Phillip Tyrrell 13%
Richard Vande Hoef 13%
James Van Fossen 25%
Harold Van Maanen 13%
Kenneth Veenstra 13%
Thomas Vilsack 0%
Steven Warnstadt 38%
Richard Weidman 13%
Keith William Weigel 25%
Jerry Welter 13%
Philip Wise 25%
William Witt 25%
Lyle Zieman 33%

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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