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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Rhode Island Common Cause

2007-2008 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
RI State House 1 Edith Ajello Democratic 70%
RI State House 4 Gordon Fox Democratic 46%
RI State House 5 John DeSimone Democratic 37%
RI State House 9 Anastasia Williams Democratic 54%
RI State House 11 Grace Diaz Democratic 45%
RI State House 12 Joseph Almeida, Jr. Democratic 69%
RI State House 14 Charlene Lima Democratic 40%
RI State House 15 Nicholas Mattiello Democratic 46%
RI State House 16 Peter Palumbo Democratic 53%
RI State House 17 Robert Jacquard Democratic 48%
RI State House 18 Arthur Handy Democratic 69%
RI State House 19 Joseph McNamara Democratic 46%
RI State House 21 Eileen Naughton Democratic 52%
RI State House 22 Frank Ferri Democratic 78%
RI State House 24 Joseph Trillo Republican 75%
RI State House 27 Patricia Serpa Democratic 46%
RI State House 33 Donald Lally, Jr. Democratic 43%
RI State House 36 Donna Walsh Democratic 83%
RI State House 38 Brian Kennedy Democratic 50%
RI State House 42 Stephen Ucci Democratic 61%
RI State House 43 Deborah Fellela Democratic 70%
RI State House 53 Thomas Winfield Democratic 73%
RI State House 55 Arthur Corvese Democratic 46%
RI State House 56 Agostinho Silva Democratic 46%
RI State House 58 William San Bento, Jr. Democratic 32%
RI State House 59 Patrick O'Neill Democratic 43%
RI State House 60 Elaine Coderre Democratic 43%
RI State House 64 Helio Melo Democratic 56%
RI State House 67 Jan Malik Democratic 64%
RI State House 69 Raymond Gallison, Jr. Democratic 47%
RI State House 74 Deborah Ruggiero Democratic 64%
RI State Senate 1 Maryellen Goodwin Democratic 61%
RI State Senate 2 Juan Pichardo Democratic 65%
RI State Senate 4 Dominick Ruggerio Democratic 64%
RI State Senate 5 Paul Jabour Democratic 70%
RI State Senate 6 Harold Metts Democratic 65%
RI State Senate 7 Frank Ciccone III Democratic 59%
RI State Senate 8 James Doyle II Democratic 50%
RI State Senate 10 Walter Felag, Jr. Democratic 64%
RI State Senate 13 M. Teresa Paiva-Weed Democratic 64%
RI State Senate 14 Daniel DaPonte Democratic 56%
RI State Senate 17 Edward O'Neill Independent 43%
RI State Senate 20 Roger Picard Democratic 74%
RI State Senate 23 Paul Fogarty Democratic 57%
RI State Senate 24 Marc Cote Democratic 65%
RI State Senate 27 Hanna Gallo Democratic 64%
RI State Senate 28 Joshua Miller Democratic 64%
RI State Senate 29 Michael McCaffrey Democratic 76%
RI State Senate 30 William Walaska Democratic 65%
RI State Senate 32 David Bates Republican 66%
RI State Senate 33 Leonidas Raptakis Democratic 49%
RI State Senate 36 James Sheehan Democratic 87%
RI State Senate 37 V. Susan Sosnowski Democratic 64%
RI State Senate 38 Dennis Algiere Republican 75%
RI Attorney General Peter Kilmartin Democratic 51%
Lisa Baldelli-Hunt 53%
Leo Blais 67%
Jon Brien 42%
David Caprio 51%
Kenneth Carter 52%
Daniel Connors 64%
Steven Costantino 46%
Elizabeth Dennigan 67%
Laurence Ehrhardt 75%
Robert Flaherty 43%
Douglas Gablinske 64%
Alfred Gemma 46%
Joanne Giannini 46%
J. Russell Jackson 62%
Beatrice Lanzi 64%
J. Michael Lenihan 85%
Charles Levesque 62%
John Loughlin II 78%
Christopher Maselli 64%
John McBurney III 54%
John Joseph McCauley, Jr. 48%
Rene Menard 77%
Edwin Pacheco 46%
Rhoda Perry 65%
Peter Petrarca 51%
Amy Rice 55%
John Savage 87%
Gregory Schadone 35%
David Segal 56%
Thomas Slater 57%
Raymond Sullivan, Jr. 48%
John Tassoni, Jr. 64%
Kenneth Vaudreuil 54%
Peter Wasylyk 44%
Robert Watson 72%
Timothy Williamson 33%

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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