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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Rhode Island Common Cause

2005-2006 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
RI Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Roberts Democratic 91%
RI State House 1 Edith Ajello Democratic 76%
RI State House 4 Gordon Fox Democratic 59%
RI State House 5 John DeSimone Democratic 66%
RI State House 9 Anastasia Williams Democratic 44%
RI State House 11 Grace Diaz Democratic 63%
RI State House 12 Joseph Almeida, Jr. Democratic 50%
RI State House 14 Charlene Lima Democratic 63%
RI State House 16 Peter Palumbo Democratic 48%
RI State House 17 Robert Jacquard Democratic 55%
RI State House 18 Art Handy Democratic 65%
RI State House 19 Joseph McNamara Democratic 58%
RI State House 21 Eileen Naughton Democratic 70%
RI State House 24 Joseph Trillo Republican 84%
RI State House 33 Donald Lally, Jr. Democratic 61%
RI State House 38 Brian Kennedy Democratic 66%
RI State House 42 Stephen Ucci Democratic 53%
RI State House 53 Thomas Winfield Democratic 70%
RI State House 55 Arthur Corvese Democratic 60%
RI State House 58 William San Bento, Jr. Democratic 47%
RI State House 59 Patrick O'Neill Democratic 68%
RI State House 60 Elaine Coderre Democratic 60%
RI State House 64 Helio Melo Democratic 66%
RI State House 67 Jan Malik Democratic 63%
RI State House 69 Raymond Gallison, Jr. Democratic 64%
RI State Senate 1 Maryellen Goodwin Democratic 56%
RI State Senate 2 Juan Pichardo Democratic 61%
RI State Senate 4 Dominick Ruggerio Democratic 57%
RI State Senate 6 Harold Metts Democratic 66%
RI State Senate 7 Frank Ciccone III Democratic 65%
RI State Senate 8 James Doyle II Democratic 63%
RI State Senate 10 Walter Felag, Jr. Democratic 63%
RI State Senate 13 M. Teresa Paiva-Weed Democratic 63%
RI State Senate 14 Daniel Da Ponte Democratic 58%
RI State Senate 20 Roger Picard Democratic 68%
RI State Senate 23 Paul Fogarty Democratic 64%
RI State Senate 24 Marc Cote Democratic 79%
RI State Senate 27 Hanna Gallo Democratic 67%
RI State Senate 29 Michael McCaffrey Democratic 60%
RI State Senate 30 William Walaska Democratic 63%
RI State Senate 32 David Bates Republican 77%
RI State Senate 33 Leonidas Raptakis Democratic 60%
RI State Senate 36 James Sheehan Democratic 74%
RI State Senate 37 V. Susan Sosnowski Democratic 66%
RI State Senate 38 Dennis Algiere Republican 81%
RI Attorney General Peter Kilmartin Democratic 58%
RI Treasurer Frank Caprio Democratic 82%
Stephen Alves 53%
Joseph Amaral 79%
Fausto Anguilla 64%
Roger Badeau 56%
Leo Blais 73%
Kevin Breene 76%
Todd Brien 74%
David Caprio 67%
Kenneth Carter 66%
Raymond Church 73%
Daniel Connors 64%
Steven Costantino 61%
Paul Crowley 56%
Michael Damiani 50%
James Davey 75%
Elizabeth Dennigan 78%
Laurence Ehrhardt 83%
Joseph Faria 62%
Robert Flaherty 50%
Alfred Gemma 72%
Joanne Giannini 74%
June Gibbs 81%
Peter Ginaitt 49%
Nicholas Gorham 79%
Daniel Issa 63%
J. Russell Jackson 70%
Norman Landroche, Jr. 65%
Beatrice Lanzi 59%
David Laroche 86%
J. Michael Lenihan 95%
Charles Levesque 78%
Peter Lewiss 62%
Bruce Long 85%
John Loughlin II 85%
John McBurney III 48%
John Joseph McCauley, Jr. 46%
Matthew McHugh 83%
William McManus 77%
Rene Menard 89%
Victor Moffitt 79%
Joseph Montalbano 63%
Joseph Moran III 60%
Paul Moura 60%
Carol Mumford 71%
William Murphy 60%
Edwin Pacheco 63%
Rhoda Perry 81%
Peter Petrarca 70%
Joseph Polisena 56%
John Revens, Jr. 66%
Amy Rice 48%
Henry Rose 64%
John Savage 74%
Gregory Schadone 60%
Joseph Scott 47%
John Patrick Shanley, Jr. 70%
Richard Singleton 81%
Thomas Slater 68%
Steven Smith 55%
Susan Story 86%
Raymond Sullivan, Jr. 71%
John Tassoni, Jr. 62%
Joseph Voccola 39%
Peter Wasylyk 57%
Robert Watson 69%
Timothy Williamson 56%

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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