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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Maine National Federation of Independent Business

1997-1998 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
I. Joel Abromson 100%
Douglas Ahearne 27%
Jane Amero 100%
Martha Bagley 18%
Christina Baker 0%
Irvin Belanger 100%
Richard Bennett 100%
John Benoit 100%
Donald Berry, Sr. 100%
Randall Berry 9%
Gerald Bouffard 64%
Tarren Bragdon 100%
Joseph Bruno 100%
John Buck 100%
Thomas Bull 9%
Randall Bumps 100%
Robert Cameron 91%
Richard Carey 38%
Mary Cathcart 14%
Howard Chick 91%
Nancy Chizmar 55%
Peter Cianchette 100%
Joseph Clark 10%
Patrick Colwell 30%
Scott Cowger 27%
Ruel Parkman Cross 100%
ME Commissioner 1 Beverly Daggett 25%
Thomas Marshall Davidson 38%
Mabel Desmond 27%
David Etnier 64%
Norman Ferguson, Jr. 100%
Charles Fisher 50%
Clifton Foster 100%
Roger Frechette 45%
Elaine Fuller 27%
Rosita Gagne-Friel 18%
Kenneth Gagnon 18%
Belinda Gerry 55%
Jill Murdoch Goldthwait 88%
Albion Goodwin 20%
Walter Gooley 100%
Bonnie Raye Green 18%
Philip Harriman 100%
Pamela Hatch 9%
Kenneth Honey 100%
ME Justice of the Supreme Court Joseph Jabar, Sr. 18%
Sumner Jones, Jr. 100%
Henry Joy 100%
Thomas Kane 20%
Susan Kasprzak 100%
R. Leo Kieffer 100%
Marjorie Kilkelly 56%
Richard Kneeland 91%
Carol Kontos 33%
Janice LaBrecque 100%
Lloyd LaFountain III 13%
Charles LaVerdiere 50%
Mark Lawrence 22%
Kenneth Lemont 91%
James Libby 100%
David Lindahl 100%
Susan Walsh Longley 25%
Glenys Lovett 100%
Jay MacDougall 100%
Adam Mack 100%
Bruce MacKinnon 89%
David Madore 100%
Richard Mailhot 45%
Jean Ginn Marvin 100%
Arthur Mayo III 100%
Michael McAlevey 80%
Linda Rogers McKee 9%
S. Peter Mills 13%
Betty Lou Mitchell 100%
Thomas Murphy, Jr. 100%
Robert Murray, Jr. 22%
Christopher Muse 13%
Richard Nass 100%
John Nutting VII 50%
Julie O'Brien 100%
William O'Gara 44%
Gary O'Neal 29%
Christopher O'Neil 27%
Judy Paradis 14%
Judith Peavey 100%
Peggy Pendleton 25%
Royce Perkins 100%
Joseph Perry 67%
Wendy Pieh 45%
William Pinkham 100%
Debra Plowman 100%
Edward Povich 60%
Judith Powers 27%
Michael Quint 10%
Anne Rand 22%
Shirley Richard 40%
Benjamin Rines, Jr. 9%
G. Steven Rowe 9%
Richard Ruhlin 25%
Roland Samson 9%
ME Commissioner 3 Laura Sanborn 70%
Christine Savage 100%
Jane Saxl 18%
Michael Saxl 9%
David Shiah 9%
Rosaire Sirois 36%
James Skoglund 9%
Mary Small 100%
Lois Snowe-Mello 100%
Vaughn Stedman 100%
Kathleen Alicia Stevens 10%
Paul Leo Tessier 60%
Richard Thompson 33%
James Tobin, Jr. 100%
Elizabeth Townsend 9%
Russell Treadwell 100%
Verdi Tripp 50%
Harry True 100%
Ronald Usher 38%
Paul Volenik 9%
G. Paul Waterhouse 100%
Elizabeth Watson 9%
Edgar Wheeler 100%
Gary Wheeler 55%
ME State House 69 Brian Bolduc Democratic 10%
ME Councilor At-Large Michael Brennan Democratic 0%
ME Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap Democratic 9%
ME U.S. House 2 Mike Michaud Democratic 13%
ME U.S. House 1 Chellie Pingree Democratic 13%
ME State House 10 Stephen Stanley Democratic 18%
ME State House 79 Sharon Treat Democratic 13%
ME State Senate 3 John Tuttle, Jr. Democratic 20%
ME State House 40 Richard Campbell Republican 100%
ME Commissioner 1 Vinton Cassidy Republican 63%
ME State House 95 Tom Winsor Republican 100%
ME State House 42 Joseph Brooks Unaffiliated 0%

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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