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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Rhode Island Common Cause

1997-1998 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
RI U.S. House 1 David Cicilline Democratic 77%
RI Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Roberts Democratic 91%
RI State House 1 Edith Ajello Democratic 65%
RI State House 3 Thomas Palangio Democratic 50%
RI State House 4 Gordon Fox Democratic 50%
RI State House 5 John DeSimone Democratic 37%
RI State House 9 Anastasia Williams Democratic 22%
RI State House 14 Charlene Lima Democratic 70%
RI State House 16 Peter Palumbo Democratic 39%
RI State House 17 Robert Jacquard Democratic 65%
RI State House 19 Joseph McNamara Democratic 44%
RI State House 21 Eileen Naughton Democratic 49%
RI State House 33 Donald Lally, Jr. Democratic 78%
RI State House 36 Donna Walsh Democratic 91%
RI State House 38 Brian Kennedy Democratic 41%
RI State House 53 Thomas Winfield Democratic 62%
RI State House 58 William San Bento, Jr. Democratic 50%
RI State House 60 Elaine Coderre Democratic 46%
RI State House 67 Jan Malik Democratic 44%
RI State Senate 1 Maryellen Goodwin Democratic 89%
RI State Senate 4 Dominick Ruggerio Democratic 83%
RI State Senate 13 M. Teresa Paiva-Weed Democratic 89%
RI State Senate 14 Daniel Da Ponte Democratic 85%
RI State Senate 20 Roger Picard Democratic 65%
RI State Senate 24 Marc Cote Democratic 87%
RI State Senate 29 Michael McCaffrey Democratic 76%
RI State Senate 30 William Walaska Democratic 82%
RI State Senate 32 David Bates Republican 91%
RI State Senate 33 Leonidas Raptakis Democratic 91%
RI State Senate 37 V. Susan Sosnowski Democratic 89%
RI State Senate 38 Dennis Algiere Republican 95%
RI Attorney General Peter Kilmartin Democratic 54%
RI Treasurer Frank Caprio Democratic 85%
Denise Aiken 78%
Stephen Alves 82%
Joseph Amaral 69%
Mabel Anderson 57%
Stephen Anderson 49%
Roger Badeau 70%
John Douglas Barr II 50%
Nancy Benoit 65%
Melvoid Benson 37%
Leo Blais 83%
Maxine Bradford Shavers 47%
Russell Bramley 54%
Kevin Breene 95%
Barbara Burlingame 74%
Christine Callahan 76%
Bambilyn Breece Cambio 40%
Marsha Carpenter 37%
Mary Ann Carroll 47%
Kenneth Carter 61%
John Celona 85%
J. Clement Cicilline 89%
Thomas Coderre 87%
Raymond Coelho 47%
Daniel Connors 89%
Steven Costantino 57%
Paul Crowley 65%
Michael Damiani 87%
Elizabeth Dennigan 69%
William Enos 89%
Joseph Faria 39%
Michael Farrell 30%
Lawrence Ferguson 54%
Robert Flaherty 62%
Richard Fleury 90%
Michael Flynn 76%
Eugene Garvey 54%
Myrna George 65%
Joanne Giannini 61%
June Gibbs 97%
Peter Ginaitt 50%
Cathy Graziano 89%
John Harwood 54%
Mark Barrett Heffner 74%
Suzanne Henseler 49%
Nancy Hetherington 49%
Edward Inman III 54%
William Irons 87%
Daniel Issa 95%
David Iwuc 30%
Thomas Izzo 87%
Leona Kelley 78%
Robert Kells 87%
Paul Kelly 89%
James Kelso 49%
Beatrice Lanzi 49%
Charles John Lavesque 52%
J. Michael Lenihan 85%
Charles Levesque 49%
Bruce Long 82%
Maria Lopes 35%
Robert Lowe 46%
Gerard Martineau 60%
John McBurney III 67%
John Joseph McCauley, Jr. 40%
Patrick McDonald 89%
Rene Menard 50%
Charles Millard, Jr. 76%
Joseph Montalbano 75%
Frank Montanaro 47%
Paul Moura 62%
Ronald Munschy 44%
William Murphy 47%
Jonathan Oster 83%
Mary Parella 95%
John Patterson 83%
Rhoda Perry 85%
Antonio Pires 50%
Micheal Pisaturo 56%
Joan Quick 70%
Scott Rabideau 84%
Donald Reilly, Jr. 54%
John Revens, Jr. 76%
John Roney 81%
Henry Rose 62%
Alfred Russo, Jr. 48%
Eleanor Sasso 95%
Joseph Scott 65%
Paul Sherlock 57%
John Simonian 32%
Thomas Slater 52%
Steven Smith 61%
Joseph Voccola 0%
Charles Walton 83%
Peter Wasylyk 54%
Robert Watson 82%
Timothy Williamson 39%

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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