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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Rhode Island Common Cause

1999-2000 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
RI U.S. House 1 David Cicilline Democratic 72%
RI Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Roberts Democratic 74%
RI State House 1 Edith Ajello Democratic 69%
RI State House 3 Thomas Palangio Democratic 54%
RI State House 4 Gordon Fox Democratic 62%
RI State House 5 John DeSimone Democratic 53%
RI State House 12 Joseph Almeida, Jr. Democratic 56%
RI State House 14 Charlene Lima Democratic 60%
RI State House 16 Peter Palumbo Democratic 50%
RI State House 17 Robert Jacquard Democratic 61%
RI State House 19 Joseph McNamara Democratic 69%
RI State House 21 Eileen Naughton Democratic 65%
RI State House 33 Donald Lally, Jr. Democratic 67%
RI State House 36 Donna Walsh Democratic 82%
RI State House 38 Brian Kennedy Democratic 62%
RI State House 53 Thomas Winfield Democratic 50%
RI State House 55 Arthur Corvese Democratic 46%
RI State House 58 William San Bento, Jr. Democratic 48%
RI State House 60 Elaine Coderre Democratic 62%
RI State House 67 Jan Malik Democratic 46%
RI State Senate 1 Maryellen Goodwin Democratic 73%
RI State Senate 4 Dominick Ruggerio Democratic 67%
RI State Senate 10 Walter Felag, Jr. Democratic 73%
RI State Senate 13 M. Teresa Paiva-Weed Democratic 73%
RI State Senate 14 Daniel Da Ponte Democratic 80%
RI State Senate 20 Roger Picard Democratic 75%
RI State Senate 23 Paul Fogarty Democratic 67%
RI State Senate 24 Marc Cote Democratic 60%
RI State Senate 27 Hanna Gallo Democratic 76%
RI State Senate 29 Michael McCaffrey Democratic 67%
RI State Senate 30 William Walaska Democratic 80%
RI State Senate 32 David Bates Republican 91%
RI State Senate 33 Leonidas Raptakis Democratic 74%
RI State Senate 37 V. Susan Sosnowski Democratic 73%
RI State Senate 38 Dennis Algiere Republican 86%
RI Attorney General Peter Kilmartin Democratic 62%
RI Treasurer Frank Caprio Democratic 70%
Aisha Abdullah-Odiase 64%
Denise Aiken 64%
Stephen Alves 64%
Joseph Amaral 80%
Mabel Anderson 64%
Stephen Anderson 62%
Roger Badeau 60%
John Douglas Barr II 54%
Melvoid Benson 56%
Leo Blais 80%
Maxine Bradford Shavers 62%
Kevin Breene 86%
Barbara Burlingame 75%
Christine Callahan 73%
Bambilyn Breece Cambio 58%
David Caprio 50%
Mary Ann Carroll 55%
Kenneth Carter 61%
John Celona 73%
J. Clement Cicilline 67%
Thomas Coderre 73%
Raymond Coelho 62%
Daniel Connors 70%
Steven Costantino 61%
Paul Crowley 52%
Michael Damiani 60%
Elizabeth Dennigan 77%
James Donelan 67%
William Enos 73%
Joseph Faria 61%
Robert Flaherty 50%
Richard Fleury 75%
Eugene Garvey 62%
Myrna George 64%
Joanne Giannini 62%
June Gibbs 91%
Peter Ginaitt 38%
Nicholas Gorham 77%
Cathy Graziano 60%
John Harwood 38%
Suzanne Henseler 56%
Nancy Hetherington 32%
Gary Hogan 62%
David Igliozzi 73%
William Irons 73%
Daniel Issa 73%
David Iwuc 58%
Thomas Izzo 74%
Robert Kells 70%
Paul Kelly 67%
H. Norman Knickle 62%
Beatrice Lanzi 64%
Charles John Lavesque 58%
J. Michael Lenihan 73%
Peter Lewiss 67%
Bruce Long 73%
Robert Lowe 50%
John Maher 56%
Gerard Martineau 56%
John McBurney III 67%
John Joseph McCauley, Jr. 44%
Patrick McDonald 67%
Rene Menard 62%
Joseph Montalbano 63%
Frank Montanaro 72%
Joseph Moran III 46%
Paul Moura 56%
Carol Mumford 67%
Ronald Munschy 56%
William Murphy 44%
Mary Parella 91%
Rhoda Perry 73%
Antonio Pires 44%
Micheal Pisaturo 69%
Joan Quick 76%
Scott Rabideau 58%
Donald Reilly, Jr. 54%
John Revens, Jr. 73%
John Roney 70%
Henry Rose 69%
John Savage 82%
Gregory Schadone 54%
Joseph Scott 44%
Paul Sherlock 52%
John Simonian 48%
Thomas Slater 67%
Steven Smith 67%
Robert Sullivan 64%
John Thompson 56%
William Vieira, Sr. 69%
Joseph Voccola 24%
Charles Walton 67%
Peter Wasylyk 70%
Robert Watson 67%
Timothy Williamson 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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