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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Rhode Island Common Cause

1995-1996 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
RI U.S. House 1 David Cicilline Democratic 98%
RI State House 1 Edith Ajello Democratic 91%
RI State House 3 Thomas Palangio Democratic 75%
RI State House 4 Gordon Fox Democratic 67%
RI State House 5 John DeSimone Democratic 65%
RI State House 9 Anastasia Williams Democratic 69%
RI State House 14 Charlene Lima Democratic 93%
RI State House 16 Peter Palumbo Democratic 72%
RI State House 17 Robert Jacquard Democratic 64%
RI State House 19 Joseph McNamara Democratic 72%
RI State House 21 Eileen Naughton Democratic 64%
RI State House 33 Donald Lally, Jr. Democratic 71%
RI State House 38 Brian Kennedy Democratic 72%
RI State House 53 Thomas Winfield Democratic 76%
RI State House 58 William San Bento, Jr. Democratic 64%
RI State House 60 Elaine Coderre Democratic 72%
RI State Senate 1 Maryellen Goodwin Democratic 77%
RI State Senate 4 Dominick Ruggerio Democratic 72%
RI State Senate 13 M. Teresa Paiva-Weed Democratic 93%
RI State Senate 20 Roger Picard Democratic 72%
RI State Senate 24 Marc Cote Democratic 96%
RI State Senate 29 Michael McCaffrey Democratic 91%
RI State Senate 30 William Walaska Democratic 93%
RI State Senate 32 David Bates Republican 91%
RI State Senate 38 Dennis Algiere Republican 91%
RI Attorney General Peter Kilmartin Democratic 68%
RI Treasurer Frank Caprio Democratic 88%
Stephen Alves 74%
Mabel Anderson 58%
Stephen Anderson 58%
Roger Badeau 94%
Nancy Benoit 84%
Melvoid Benson 75%
Leo Blais 79%
Russell Bramley 81%
Barbara Burlingame 84%
Christine Callahan 84%
Bambilyn Breece Cambio 68%
Marsha Carpenter 72%
Kenneth Carter 76%
John Celona 88%
J. Clement Cicilline 91%
Thomas Coderre 91%
Raymond Coelho 72%
Steven Costantino 72%
Paul Crowley 58%
William Enos 93%
Joseph Faria 68%
Lawrence Ferguson 50%
Robert Flaherty 64%
Richard Fleury 83%
Michael Flynn 86%
Eugene Garvey 72%
Joanne Giannini 72%
June Gibbs 88%
Peter Ginaitt 76%
Cathy Graziano 85%
John Harwood 64%
Mark Barrett Heffner 76%
Suzanne Henseler 65%
Nancy Hetherington 72%
Edward Inman III 72%
William Irons 91%
Daniel Issa 83%
Thomas Izzo 93%
Leona Kelley 91%
Robert Kells 72%
Paul Kelly 93%
Beatrice Lanzi 72%
Charles John Lavesque 65%
J. Michael Lenihan 85%
Bruce Long 100%
Maria Lopes 68%
Robert Lowe 56%
Gerard Martineau 39%
John McBurney III 74%
John Joseph McCauley, Jr. 71%
Rene Menard 76%
Charles Millard, Jr. 89%
Joseph Montalbano 68%
Frank Montanaro 76%
Paul Moura 75%
William Murphy 56%
Mary Parella 98%
Rhoda Perry 94%
Antonio Pires 72%
Joan Quick 67%
Scott Rabideau 67%
Donald Reilly, Jr. 65%
John Revens, Jr. 91%
John Roney 79%
Henry Rose 68%
Alfred Russo, Jr. 65%
Eleanor Sasso 91%
Paul Sherlock 71%
John Simonian 65%
Thomas Slater 53%
Steven Smith 76%
Joseph Voccola 67%
Charles Walton 67%
Peter Wasylyk 62%
Robert Watson 71%
Timothy Williamson 62%

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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