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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Rhode Island Common Cause

1997-1998 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
June Gibbs 97%
RI State Senate 38 Dennis Algiere Republican 95%
Kevin Breene 95%
Daniel Issa 95%
Mary Parella 95%
Eleanor Sasso 95%
RI State Senate 32 David Bates Republican 91%
RI State Senate 33 Leonidas Raptakis Democratic 91%
RI Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Roberts Democratic 91%
RI State House 36 Donna Walsh Democratic 91%
Richard Fleury 90%
J. Clement Cicilline 89%
Daniel Connors 89%
William Enos 89%
RI State Senate 1 Maryellen Goodwin Democratic 89%
Cathy Graziano 89%
Paul Kelly 89%
Patrick McDonald 89%
RI State Senate 13 M. Teresa Paiva-Weed Democratic 89%
RI State Senate 37 V. Susan Sosnowski Democratic 89%
Thomas Coderre 87%
RI State Senate 24 Marc Cote Democratic 87%
Michael Damiani 87%
William Irons 87%
Thomas Izzo 87%
Robert Kells 87%
RI Treasurer Frank Caprio Democratic 85%
John Celona 85%
RI State Senate 14 Daniel Da Ponte Democratic 85%
J. Michael Lenihan 85%
Rhoda Perry 85%
Scott Rabideau 84%
Leo Blais 83%
Jonathan Oster 83%
John Patterson 83%
RI State Senate 4 Dominick Ruggerio Democratic 83%
Charles Walton 83%
Stephen Alves 82%
Bruce Long 82%
RI State Senate 30 William Walaska Democratic 82%
Robert Watson 82%
John Roney 81%
Denise Aiken 78%
Leona Kelley 78%
RI State House 33 Donald Lally, Jr. Democratic 78%
RI U.S. House 1 David Cicilline Democratic 77%
Christine Callahan 76%
Michael Flynn 76%
RI State Senate 29 Michael McCaffrey Democratic 76%
Charles Millard, Jr. 76%
John Revens, Jr. 76%
Joseph Montalbano 75%
Barbara Burlingame 74%
Mark Barrett Heffner 74%
Roger Badeau 70%
RI State House 14 Charlene Lima Democratic 70%
Joan Quick 70%
Joseph Amaral 69%
Elizabeth Dennigan 69%
John McBurney III 67%
RI State House 1 Edith Ajello Democratic 65%
Nancy Benoit 65%
Paul Crowley 65%
Myrna George 65%
RI State House 17 Robert Jacquard Democratic 65%
RI State Senate 20 Roger Picard Democratic 65%
Joseph Scott 65%
Robert Flaherty 62%
Paul Moura 62%
Henry Rose 62%
RI State House 53 Thomas Winfield Democratic 62%
Kenneth Carter 61%
Joanne Giannini 61%
Steven Smith 61%
Gerard Martineau 60%
Mabel Anderson 57%
Steven Costantino 57%
Paul Sherlock 57%
Micheal Pisaturo 56%
Russell Bramley 54%
Lawrence Ferguson 54%
Eugene Garvey 54%
John Harwood 54%
Edward Inman III 54%
RI Attorney General Peter Kilmartin Democratic 54%
Donald Reilly, Jr. 54%
Peter Wasylyk 54%
Charles John Lavesque 52%
Thomas Slater 52%
John Douglas Barr II 50%
RI State House 4 Gordon Fox Democratic 50%
Peter Ginaitt 50%
Rene Menard 50%
RI State House 3 Thomas Palangio Democratic 50%
Antonio Pires 50%
RI State House 58 William San Bento, Jr. Democratic 50%
Stephen Anderson 49%
Suzanne Henseler 49%
Nancy Hetherington 49%
James Kelso 49%
Beatrice Lanzi 49%
Charles Levesque 49%
RI State House 21 Eileen Naughton Democratic 49%
Alfred Russo, Jr. 48%
Maxine Bradford Shavers 47%
Mary Ann Carroll 47%
Raymond Coelho 47%
Frank Montanaro 47%
William Murphy 47%
RI State House 60 Elaine Coderre Democratic 46%
Robert Lowe 46%
RI State House 67 Jan Malik Democratic 44%
RI State House 19 Joseph McNamara Democratic 44%
Ronald Munschy 44%
RI State House 38 Brian Kennedy Democratic 41%
Bambilyn Breece Cambio 40%
John Joseph McCauley, Jr. 40%
Joseph Faria 39%
RI State House 16 Peter Palumbo Democratic 39%
Timothy Williamson 39%
Melvoid Benson 37%
Marsha Carpenter 37%
RI State House 5 John DeSimone Democratic 37%
Maria Lopes 35%
John Simonian 32%
Michael Farrell 30%
David Iwuc 30%
RI State House 9 Anastasia Williams Democratic 22%
Joseph Voccola 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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