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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Montana Education Association-Montana Federation of Teachers

2005 Positions

Issues: Education
State Office District Name Party Rating
MT U.S. Senate Sr Jon Tester Democratic 92%
MT Lieutenant Governor Mike Cooney Democratic 92%
MT State House 32 Jonathan Windy Boy Democratic 89%
MT State House 54 Jeffrey Essmann Republican 33%
MT State House 73 Jim Keane Democratic 89%
MT State Senate 2 Dee Brown Republican 22%
MT State Senate 5 Bob Keenan Republican 17%
MT State Senate 9 Llewelyn Jones Republican 44%
MT State Senate 16 Frank Smith Democratic 83%
MT State Senate 35 Scott Sales Republican 0%
MT State Senate 37 Jon Sesso Democratic 94%
MT State Senate 41 Mary Caferro Democratic 89%
MT State Senate 42 Jill Cohenour Democratic 100%
MT State Senate 50 Tom Facey Democratic 94%
MT Secretary of State Corey Stapleton Republican 42%
MT Justice of the Supreme Court Seat 2 Mike Wheat Non-partisan 92%
MT Budget Director Dan Villa Democratic 89%
MT Council Member Ward 1 Brent Cromley 92%
MT Commissioner 1 Ray Hawk 11%
MT Superintendent of Public Instruction Elsie Arntzen Republican 67%
Joan Andersen 33%
Keith Bales 33%
Joe Balyeat 25%
John Balyeat 19%
Gregory Barkus 33%
Debby Barrett 39%
Arlene Becker 94%
Bob Bergren 83%
Norma Bixby 100%
Jerry Black 42%
Gary Branae 94%
Roy Brown 39%
John Brueggeman 58%
Edward Butcher 17%
Rosalie Buzzas 78%
Terrence Callahan 78%
Margarett Campbell 94%
Paul Clark 89%
John Cobb 75%
Vicki Cocchiarella 92%
Aubyn Curtiss 25%
Sue Dickenson 89%
Tim Dowell 94%
Robyn Driscoll 94%
Emelie Kay Eaton 100%
Jon Ellingson 92%
Jim Elliott 92%
John Esp 42%
George Loren Everett 0%
Eve Franklin 78%
Kevin Furey 89%
David Gallik 100%
Steven Gallus 92%
Kathleen Galvin-Halcro 100%
Kelly Gebhardt 42%
Kim Gillan 91%
William Glaser 44%
George Golie 94%
Duane Grimes 42%
Wanda Grinde 100%
George Groesbeck 94%
Gail Gutsche 83%
Robin Hamilton 100%
Kenneth Hansen 92%
Dan Harrington 100%
Christopher Kirk Harris 83%
Robert Hawks 92%
Ralph Heinert, Jr. 39%
Gordon Hendrick 50%
Teresa Henry 89%
Dennis Himmelberger 33%
Cynthia Hiner 94%
Verdell Jackson 6%
Hal Jacobson 94%
Joey Jayne 94%
Larry Jent 89%
Bill Jones 50%
Mike Jopek 94%
Carol Juneau 100%
Christine Kaufmann 83%
Sam Kitzenberg 92%
Harry Klock 33%
Roger Koopman 6%
Richard Laible 42%
Bob Lake 28%
Carol Lambert 50%
Michael Lange 39%
Lane Larson 100%
Jesse Laslovich 92%
Ralph Lenhart 83%
Dave Lewis 67%
Greg Lind 83%
Monica Lindeen 83%
Gary MacLaren 44%
Rick Maedje 33%
Bruce Malcolm 22%
Jeff Mangan 92%
Gary Matthews 78%
Dave McAlpin 94%
Daniel McGee 33%
Tom McGillvray 33%
Joe McKenney 44%
Walter McNutt 44%
Scott Mendenhall 17%
Mike Milburn 50%
Penny Armstrong Morgan 28%
Lynda Moss 92%
John Musgrove 94%
Mark Noennig 61%
Art Noonan 94%
Alan Olson 67%
Bernie Olson 83%
Jerry O'Neil 25%
John Parker 89%
Gerald Pease 91%
Gary Perry 42%
Jim Peterson 50%
Holly Raser 89%
Diane Rice 11%
Rick Ripley 44%
Donald Roberts 33%
John Ross 39%
Glenn Roush 92%
Don Ryan 100%
Trudi Schmidt 92%
Jim Shockley 33%
John Sinrud 11%
Veronica Small-Eastman 94%
Jon Sonju 11%
Carolyn Squires 100%
Wayne Stahl 17%
Donald Steinbeisser 42%
Ronald Stoker 33%
Robert Story, Jr. 42%
Bill Tash 33%
Janna Taylor 33%
Kenneth Toole, Jr. 92%
Joseph Tropila 100%
Pat Wagman 28%
Karl Waitschies 39%
David Wanzenried 83%
John Ward 22%
Bill Warden 50%
Dan Weinberg 92%
Jack Wells 6%
Carol Williams 92%
Bill Wilson 89%
Jeanne Windham 100%
Brady Wiseman 89%
John Witt 35%

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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