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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Nebraska Taxpayers for Freedom

2008 Positions

Issues: Taxes
State Office District Name Party Rating
NE U.S. Senate Sr Deb Fischer Republican 52.8
NE State Senate 11 Ernie Chambers Non-partisan 38.3
NE Council Member 5 Rich Pahls 43.6
NE Council Member Ward 5 Don Preister 37
NE Tax Commissioner Tony Fulton Non-partisan 47.5
Gregory Adams 47.5
Raymond Aguilar 39.6
Brad Ashford 31.7
William Avery 35.6
Carroll Craig Burling 48.8
Tom Carlson 38.3
Mark Christensen 51.5
Danielle Conrad 39.6
Abbie Cornett 38.3
Cap Dierks 44.9
Annette Dubas 46.2
L. Patrick Engel 34.3
Philip Erdman 59.4
Mike Flood 47.5
Michael Friend 48.8
Tim Gay 51.5
Thomas Hansen 58.1
John Harms 43.6
Lavon Heidemann 42.2
Gwen Howard 43.6
Carol Hudkins 47.5
Ray Janssen 40.9
Joel Johnson 38.3
Russ Karpisek 51.5
Gail Kopplin 43.6
Lowen Kruse 30.4
Chris Langemeier 56.8
Steve Lathrop 38.3
Scott Lautenbaugh 50.2
LeRoy Louden 51.5
Vickie McDonald 42.4
Amanda McGill 42.4
John Nelson 50.2
Dave Pankonin 43.6
Dwite Pedersen 17.2
Pete Pirsch 50.2
Ronald Raikes 22.4
Kent Rogert 39.6
DiAnna Schimek 35.6
Arnie Stuthman 48.8
John Synowiecki 37
Norman Wallman 44.9
Tom White 37
John Wightman 44.9

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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