Rating Group: MinnCAN

2016 Positions

Issues: Education

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State Office Name Party Rating
MN U.S. House - 7 Michelle Fischbach Republican 58%
MN Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
MN State House - 1B Deb Kiel Republican 82%
MN State House - 6B Josh Heintzeman Republican 82%
MN State House - 9A Jeff Backer Republican 82%
MN State House - 10A Ron Kresha Republican 82%
MN State House - 12A Paul Anderson Republican 82%
MN State House - 12B Mary Franson Republican 82%
MN State House - 13B Tim O'Driscoll Republican 82%
MN State House - 15A Chris Swedzinski Republican 82%
MN State House - 15B Paul Torkelson Republican 67%
MN State House - 16A Dean Urdahl Republican 71%
MN State House - 16B Dave Baker Republican 71%
MN State House - 19A Brian Daniels Republican 82%
MN State House - 19B John Petersburg Republican 67%
MN State House - 21A Joe Schomacker Republican 82%
MN State House - 23A Peggy Bennett Republican 82%
MN State House - 24A Duane Quam Republican 82%
MN State House - 24B Tina Liebling Democratic/Farmer/Labor 48%
MN State House - 26A Gene Pelowski, Jr. Democratic/Farmer/Labor 37%
MN State House - 26B Greg Davids Republican 71%
MN State House - 27B Kurt Daudt Republican 67%
MN State House - 28A Brian Johnson Republican 82%
MN State House - 29A Joe McDonald Republican 71%
MN State House - 29B Marion O'Neill Republican 82%
MN State House - 31B Peggy Scott Republican 82%
MN State House - 34B Melissa Hortman Democratic/Farmer/Labor 48%
MN State House - 35B Jerry Newton Democratic/Farmer/Labor 48%
MN State House - 38A Michael Nelson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 48%
MN State House - 43B Mike Freiberg Democratic/Farmer/Labor 48%
MN State House - 44A Peter Fischer Democratic/Farmer/Labor 48%
MN State House - 44B Leon Lillie Democratic/Farmer/Labor 48%
MN State House - 46B Cheryl Youakim Democratic/Farmer/Labor 48%
MN State House - 48A Jim Nash Republican 82%
MN State House - 53B Rick Hansen Democratic/Farmer/Labor 48%
MN State House - 57A Jon Koznick Republican 82%
MN State House - 58B Patrick Garofalo Republican 82%
MN State House - 61A Frank Hornstein Democratic/Farmer/Labor 48%
MN State House - 64B Dave Pinto Democratic/Farmer/Labor 48%
MN State Senate - 2 Steve Green Republican 67%
MN State Senate - 11 Jason Rarick Republican 82%
MN State Senate - 12 Torrey Westrom Republican 58%
MN State Senate - 13 Jeff Howe Republican 82%
MN State Senate - 15 Gary Dahms Republican 72%
MN State Senate - 17 Glenn Gruenhagen Republican 82%
MN State Senate - 20 Steve Drazkowski Republican 67%
MN State Senate - 21 Bill Weber Republican 72%
MN State Senate - 24 Carla Nelson Republican 72%
MN State Senate - 26 Jeremy Miller Republican 44%
MN State Senate - 29 Bruce Anderson Republican 58%
MN State Senate - 30 Eric Lucero Republican 82%
MN State Senate - 33 Karin Housley Republican 44%
MN State Senate - 34 John Hoffman Democratic/Farmer/Labor 72%
MN State Senate - 35 Jim Abeler II Republican 40%
MN State Senate - 37 Warren Limmer Republican 58%
MN State Senate - 40 John Marty Democratic/Farmer/Labor 72%
MN State Senate - 43 Ann Rest Democratic/Farmer/Labor 72%
MN State Senate - 46 Ron Latz Democratic/Farmer/Labor 71%
MN State Senate - 51 Melissa Wiklund Democratic/Farmer/Labor 72%
MN State Senate - 52 Jim Carlson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 72%
MN State Senate - 54 Eric Pratt Republican 86%
MN State Senate - 59 Bobby Joe Champion Democratic/Farmer/Labor 29%
MN State Senate - 60 Kari Dziedzic Democratic/Farmer/Labor 72%
MN State Senate - 61 Scott Dibble Democratic/Farmer/Labor 72%
MN State Senate - 64 Erin Murphy Democratic/Farmer/Labor 48%
MN State Senate - 65 Sandra Pappas Democratic/Farmer/Labor 72%
MN State Senate - 67 Foung Hawj Democratic/Farmer/Labor 72%
MN Justice of the Supreme Court - Seat 4 Paul Thissen Non-partisan 48%
MN Mayor - At-Large Kim Norton Democratic/Farmer/Labor 48%
MN Mayor - At-Large Tim Sanders 82%
MN Public Utilities Commissioner Katie Sieben Democratic/Farmer/Labor 58%
MN Commissioner - 3 Laurie Halverson 48%
MN Commissioner - 4 Joseph Atkins Democratic/Farmer/Labor 48%
Tony Albright 82%
Susan Allen 48%
Chad Anderson 50%
Mark Anderson 82%
Sarah Anderson 82%
Tom Anzelc 37%
Jon Applebaum 48%
Thomas Bakk 72%
Bob Barrett 82%
Michelle Benson 43%
Connie Bernardy 48%
David Bly 48%
Terri Bonoff 100%
Dave Brown 29%
Lyndon Carlson, Sr. 48%
Roger Chamberlain 58%
Drew Christensen 82%
Karen Clark 48%
Greg Clausen 72%
Richard Cohen 72%
Jack Considine, Jr. 48%
Tony Cornish 71%
Kevin Dahle 72%
Jim Davnie 48%
Matt Dean 82%
Raymond Dehn 48%
Bob Dettmer 82%
State Office Name Party Rating
MN U.S. House - 7 Michelle Fischbach R 58%
MN Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan DFL 100%
MN State House - 1B Deb Kiel R 82%
MN State House - 6B Josh Heintzeman R 82%
MN State House - 9A Jeff Backer R 82%
MN State House - 10A Ron Kresha R 82%
MN State House - 12A Paul Anderson R 82%
MN State House - 12B Mary Franson R 82%
MN State House - 13B Tim O'Driscoll R 82%
MN State House - 15A Chris Swedzinski R 82%
MN State House - 15B Paul Torkelson R 67%
MN State House - 16A Dean Urdahl R 71%
MN State House - 16B Dave Baker R 71%
MN State House - 19A Brian Daniels R 82%
MN State House - 19B John Petersburg R 67%
MN State House - 21A Joe Schomacker R 82%
MN State House - 23A Peggy Bennett R 82%
MN State House - 24A Duane Quam R 82%
MN State House - 24B Tina Liebling DFL 48%
MN State House - 26A Gene Pelowski, Jr. DFL 37%
MN State House - 26B Greg Davids R 71%
MN State House - 27B Kurt Daudt R 67%
MN State House - 28A Brian Johnson R 82%
MN State House - 29A Joe McDonald R 71%
MN State House - 29B Marion O'Neill R 82%
MN State House - 31B Peggy Scott R 82%
MN State House - 34B Melissa Hortman DFL 48%
MN State House - 35B Jerry Newton DFL 48%
MN State House - 38A Michael Nelson DFL 48%
MN State House - 43B Mike Freiberg DFL 48%
MN State House - 44A Peter Fischer DFL 48%
MN State House - 44B Leon Lillie DFL 48%
MN State House - 46B Cheryl Youakim DFL 48%
MN State House - 48A Jim Nash R 82%
MN State House - 53B Rick Hansen DFL 48%
MN State House - 57A Jon Koznick R 82%
MN State House - 58B Patrick Garofalo R 82%
MN State House - 61A Frank Hornstein DFL 48%
MN State House - 64B Dave Pinto DFL 48%
MN State Senate - 2 Steve Green R 67%
MN State Senate - 11 Jason Rarick R 82%
MN State Senate - 12 Torrey Westrom R 58%
MN State Senate - 13 Jeff Howe R 82%
MN State Senate - 15 Gary Dahms R 72%
MN State Senate - 17 Glenn Gruenhagen R 82%
MN State Senate - 20 Steve Drazkowski R 67%
MN State Senate - 21 Bill Weber R 72%
MN State Senate - 24 Carla Nelson R 72%
MN State Senate - 26 Jeremy Miller R 44%
MN State Senate - 29 Bruce Anderson R 58%
MN State Senate - 30 Eric Lucero R 82%
MN State Senate - 33 Karin Housley R 44%
MN State Senate - 34 John Hoffman DFL 72%
MN State Senate - 35 Jim Abeler II R 40%
MN State Senate - 37 Warren Limmer R 58%
MN State Senate - 40 John Marty DFL 72%
MN State Senate - 43 Ann Rest DFL 72%
MN State Senate - 46 Ron Latz DFL 71%
MN State Senate - 51 Melissa Wiklund DFL 72%
MN State Senate - 52 Jim Carlson DFL 72%
MN State Senate - 54 Eric Pratt R 86%
MN State Senate - 59 Bobby Joe Champion DFL 29%
MN State Senate - 60 Kari Dziedzic DFL 72%
MN State Senate - 61 Scott Dibble DFL 72%
MN State Senate - 64 Erin Murphy DFL 48%
MN State Senate - 65 Sandra Pappas DFL 72%
MN State Senate - 67 Foung Hawj DFL 72%
MN Justice of the Supreme Court - Seat 4 Paul Thissen Other 48%
MN Mayor - At-Large Kim Norton DFL 48%
MN Mayor - At-Large Tim Sanders 82%
MN Public Utilities Commissioner Katie Sieben DFL 58%
MN Commissioner - 3 Laurie Halverson 48%
MN Commissioner - 4 Joseph Atkins DFL 48%
Tony Albright 82%
Susan Allen 48%
Chad Anderson 50%
Mark Anderson 82%
Sarah Anderson 82%
Tom Anzelc 37%
Jon Applebaum 48%
Thomas Bakk 72%
Bob Barrett 82%
Michelle Benson 43%
Connie Bernardy 48%
David Bly 48%
Terri Bonoff 100%
Dave Brown 29%
Lyndon Carlson, Sr. 48%
Roger Chamberlain 58%
Drew Christensen 82%
Karen Clark 48%
Greg Clausen 72%
Richard Cohen 72%
Jack Considine, Jr. 48%
Tony Cornish 71%
Kevin Dahle 72%
Jim Davnie 48%
Matt Dean 82%
Raymond Dehn 48%
Bob Dettmer 82%
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