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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Rhode Island Common Cause

2001-2002 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
RI U.S. House 1 David Cicilline Democratic 93%
RI Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Roberts Democratic 62%
RI State House 1 Edith Ajello Democratic 85%
RI State House 3 Thomas Palangio Democratic 68%
RI State House 4 Gordon Fox Democratic 51%
RI State House 5 John DeSimone Democratic 54%
RI State House 12 Joseph Almeida, Jr. Democratic 60%
RI State House 14 Charlene Lima Democratic 83%
RI State House 16 Peter Palumbo Democratic 36%
RI State House 17 Robert Jacquard Democratic 57%
RI State House 19 Joseph McNamara Democratic 53%
RI State House 21 Eileen Naughton Democratic 56%
RI State House 24 Joseph Trillo Republican 83%
RI State House 28 Scott Guthrie Democratic 58%
RI State House 33 Donald Lally, Jr. Democratic 46%
RI State House 36 Donna Walsh Democratic 100%
RI State House 38 Brian Kennedy Democratic 51%
RI State House 53 Thomas Winfield Democratic 54%
RI State House 55 Arthur Corvese Democratic 46%
RI State House 58 William San Bento, Jr. Democratic 36%
RI State House 60 Elaine Coderre Democratic 60%
RI State House 67 Jan Malik Democratic 44%
RI State House 69 Raymond Gallison, Jr. Democratic 60%
RI State Senate 1 Maryellen Goodwin Democratic 76%
RI State Senate 4 Dominick Ruggerio Democratic 62%
RI State Senate 10 Walter Felag, Jr. Democratic 92%
RI State Senate 13 M. Teresa Paiva-Weed Democratic 100%
RI State Senate 14 Daniel Da Ponte Democratic 64%
RI State Senate 20 Roger Picard Democratic 74%
RI State Senate 23 Paul Fogarty Democratic 85%
RI State Senate 24 Marc Cote Democratic 81%
RI State Senate 27 Hanna Gallo Democratic 78%
RI State Senate 29 Michael McCaffrey Democratic 81%
RI State Senate 30 William Walaska Democratic 81%
RI State Senate 32 David Bates Republican 84%
RI State Senate 33 Leonidas Raptakis Democratic 83%
RI State Senate 36 James Sheehan Democratic 81%
RI State Senate 37 V. Susan Sosnowski Democratic 83%
RI State Senate 38 Dennis Algiere Republican 88%
RI Attorney General Peter Kilmartin Democratic 34%
RI Council Member Ward 2 Brian Coogan 45%
RI Treasurer Frank Caprio Democratic 83%
Aisha Abdullah-Odiase 54%
Denise Aiken 56%
Stephen Alves 72%
Joseph Amaral 93%
Mabel Anderson 74%
Stephen Anderson 57%
Fausto Anguilla 69%
Roger Badeau 70%
John Douglas Barr II 53%
Melvoid Benson 73%
Brock Bierman 79%
Leo Blais 74%
Maxine Bradford Shavers 65%
Kevin Breene 83%
Todd Brien 47%
Christine Callahan 67%
Bambilyn Breece Cambio 17%
David Caprio 78%
Mary Ann Carroll 68%
Kenneth Carter 53%
John Celona 83%
Mary Cerra 54%
J. Clement Cicilline 86%
Thomas Coderre 65%
Raymond Coelho 56%
Daniel Connors 65%
Steven Costantino 54%
Paul Crowley 28%
Michael Damiani 81%
Elizabeth Dennigan 90%
James Donelan 56%
William Enos 100%
Joseph Faria 49%
Robert Flaherty 56%
Richard Fleury 63%
Aram Garabedian 88%
Eugene Garvey 50%
Myrna George 50%
Joanne Giannini 63%
June Gibbs 81%
Peter Ginaitt 42%
Nicholas Gorham 80%
Cathy Graziano 77%
John Harwood 26%
Suzanne Henseler 47%
Nancy Hetherington 55%
Gary Hogan 54%
Brian Hunter 81%
David Igliozzi 79%
William Irons 79%
Daniel Issa 71%
David Iwuc 58%
Thomas Izzo 78%
Robert Kells 83%
Paul Kelly 89%
H. Norman Knickle 54%
Beatrice Lanzi 81%
Charles John Lavesque 79%
J. Michael Lenihan 85%
Peter Lewiss 67%
Bruce Long 90%
Robert Lowe 47%
John Maher 59%
Gerard Martineau 46%
John McBurney III 74%
John Joseph McCauley, Jr. 45%
Patrick McDonald 67%
Rene Menard 51%
Joseph Montalbano 78%
Frank Montanaro 75%
Joseph Moran III 54%
Paul Moura 46%
Carol Mumford 78%
Ronald Munschy 53%
William Murphy 40%
William Murphy 90%
Mary Parella 86%
Rhoda Perry 91%
Antonio Pires 70%
Micheal Pisaturo 83%
Joseph Polisena 83%
Joan Quick 61%
Scott Rabideau 63%
Donald Reilly, Jr. 72%
John Revens, Jr. 78%
John Roney 50%
Henry Rose 56%
John Savage 91%
Gregory Schadone 51%
Joseph Scott 77%
John Patrick Shanley, Jr. 60%
Paul Sherlock 60%
John Simonian 41%
Thomas Slater 49%
Steven Smith 63%
Susan Story 95%
Robert Sullivan 61%
John Tassoni, Jr. 83%
Leon Tejada 56%
John Thompson 56%
William Vieira, Sr. 67%
Joseph Voccola 37%
Charles Walton 89%
Peter Wasylyk 83%
Robert Watson 65%
Timothy Williamson 22%

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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