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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Taxpayer Association of Oregon

2002 Positions on Tax and Fiscal Policy

State Office District Name Party Rating
OR U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Merkley Democratic 20%
OR U.S. House 5 Kurt Schrader Democratic 60%
OR Governor Kate Brown Democratic 40%
OR State House 11 Phil Barnhart Democratic 0%
OR State House 57 Greg Smith Republican 100%
OR State Senate 1 Jeff Kruse Republican 90%
OR State Senate 10 Jackie Winters Republican 90%
OR State Senate 11 Peter Courtney Democratic 20%
OR State Senate 14 Mark Hass Democratic 40%
OR State Senate 16 Betsy Johnson Democratic 40%
OR State Senate 18 Ginny Burdick Democratic 25%
OR State Senate 19 Richard Devlin Democratic 60%
OR State Senate 25 Laurie Monnes Anderson Democratic 60%
OR State Senate 27 Tim Knopp Republican 100%
OR State Senate 30 Ted Ferrioli Republican 80%
OR Commissioner At-Large Deborah Kafoury 20%
OR Commissioner At-Large Susan Morgan Republican 80%
OR Commissioner At-Large Tootie Smith 100%
Robert Ackerman 20%
Jason Atkinson 100%
Victor Backlund 80%
Alan Bates 20%
Roger Beyer 100%
Alan Brown 100%
R. Thomas Butler 100%
Margaret Carter 0%
Betsy Close 100%
Tony Corcoran 20%
Ryan Deckert 60%
Jackie Dingfelder 25%
Dan Doyle 100%
Joan Dukes 40%
Bill Fisher 60%
William Garrard 90%
Gary George 90%
Avel Louise Gordly 20%
Lenn Hannon 60%
Gary Hansen 0%
Steven Harper 100%
Elaine Hopson 60%
Bob Jenson 80%
Wayne Krieger 80%
Jeffrey Kropf 100%
Jerry Krummel 100%
Steve March 25%
Kenneth Messerle 80%
Rick Metsger 60%
Randy Miller 100%
John Minnis 80%
Karen Minnis 80%
William Morrisette 40%
David Nelson 80%
Donna Nelson 90%
Mary Nolan 0%
Rob Patridge 80%
Charlie Ringo 20%
Diane Rosenbaum 0%
Lane Shetterly 80%
Frank Shields 0%
Patti Smith 100%
Bruce Starr 100%
Charles Starr 100%
Carolyn Tomei 40%
Joanne Verger 60%
Vicki Walker 0%
Bernard Westlund II 80%
Max Williams 60%
Kelley Wirth 0%
Cliff Zauner 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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