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In voting records, Kelliher and Emmer mirror images

Posted by: Rachel E. Stassen-Berger under Minnesota campaigns, Minnesota governor Updated: May 3, 2010 - 6:03 PM

Groups love them or hate them.

House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher, the DFL-endorsed candidate for governor, and Rep. Tom Emmer, the Republican-endorsed candidate for governor, have nearly polar opposite voting records, according to the organizations that rate lawmakers' votes.

If Kelliher scored well on according to an organization; Emmer scored badly. If Emmer was a hero; Kelliher was a zero.

Check out how various organizations rated the two House colleagues. The scores below are based on 2009 votes, unless otherwise noted:

AFSCME Council 5 (The state employees union)

Emmer -- 0 percent

Kelliher -- 100 percent

Clean Water Action (These are based on 2008 votes. The groups rates lawmakers votes for "our water, our health and our environment.")

Emmer -- 0 percent

Kelliher -- 100 percent

Conservation Minnesota ( "We help you and other Minnesotans protect the lands, lakes, and way of life that we all cherish. We do so by helping Minnesotans evaluate the performance of your elected representatives.")

Emmer -- 13 percent

Kelliher -- 88 percent

Legislative Evaluative Assembly ("LEA bases its evaluation on the traditional American principles of
constitutionalism, limited government, free enterprise, legal and moral order with justice and individual liberty and dignity.")

Emmer -- 98 percent (94 percent, career)

Kelliher -- 0 percent (13 percent, career)

Minnesota Association of Professional Employees  ("Our issue priorities include: achieving fair compensation for state employees, fixing our broken health care system, preventing outsourcing and privatization of state services and protecting our pension and retirement benefits.)

Emmer -- 13 percent

Kelliher -- 100 percent

AFL-CIO (These are lifetime ratings through 2008. "The mission of the Minnesota AFL-CIO is to improve the lives of working families—to bring economic justice to the workplace and social justice to our state and the nation.")

Emmer -- 1 percent

Kelliher -- 97 percent

Minnesota Chamber of Commerce ("Our voting records represent the most important votes on the issues that impact Minnesota businesses and jobs – they are not intended to endorse or oppose any candidate for office.")

Emmer -- voted with the Chambers position on 10 of 13 issues. He was absent on two votes and voted against the Chambers' position on one issue.

Kelliher -- voted with the Chambers' position on 2 of 13 issues.

Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life ("MCCL compiles the voting records of lawmakers on key pro-life issues that come before the legislature")

Emmer -- 100 percent

Kelliher -- 0 percent

Minnesota Family Council (The Council rates lawmakers on what it considers "pro-family" votes)

Emmer -- 90 percent (He was absent for one scored vote.)

Kelliher -- 0 percent

NARAL Pro-Choice Minnesota ("We highlight the choice votes that occurred during the 2009 legislative session.")

Emmer -- voted against the NARAL position on three out of three issues.

Kelliher -- voted with the NARAL position on three out of three issues.

National Federation of Independent Business (These are 2007-2008 ratings. Legislators got high scores if they "supported legislation important to small business.")

Emmer -- 89 percent

Kelliher -- 11 percent

Organizing Apprenticeship Project (The project gives its "assessment of the state legislature’s and governor’s efforts to move policies that strengthen opportunity, racial equity and American Indian tribal sovereignty.")

Emmer -- D grade

Kelliher --- A grade

Taxpayers League of Minnesota ("The Taxpayers League of Minnesota is a nonpartisan, nonprofit grassroots taxpayer advocacy organization which fights for lower taxes, limited government and full empowerment of taxpaying citizens in accordance with Constitutional principles.")

Emmer -- 100 percent (92 lifetime)

Kelliher -- 0 percent (11 percent lifetime)

 

 

 

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