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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Rhode Island Common Cause

2009-2010 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
RI State House 1 Edith Ajello Democratic 86%
RI State House 4 Gordon Fox Democratic 52%
RI State House 5 John DeSimone Democratic 38%
RI State House 9 Anastasia Williams Democratic 22%
RI State House 10 Scott Slater Democratic 43%
RI State House 11 Grace Diaz Democratic 55%
RI State House 12 Joseph Almeida, Jr. Democratic 54%
RI State House 13 John Carnevale Democratic 40%
RI State House 14 Charlene Lima Democratic 49%
RI State House 15 Nicholas Mattiello Democratic 52%
RI State House 16 Peter Palumbo Democratic 53%
RI State House 17 Robert Jacquard Democratic 42%
RI State House 18 Art Handy Democratic 55%
RI State House 19 Joseph McNamara Democratic 52%
RI State House 21 Eileen Naughton Democratic 55%
RI State House 22 Frank Ferri Democratic 62%
RI State House 24 Joseph Trillo Republican 44%
RI State House 27 Patricia Serpa Democratic 57%
RI State House 28 Scott Guthrie Democratic 48%
RI State House 33 Donald Lally, Jr. Democratic 44%
RI State House 36 Donna Walsh Democratic 80%
RI State House 37 Samuel Azzinaro Democratic 33%
RI State House 38 Brian Kennedy Democratic 54%
RI State House 41 Michael Marcello Democratic 71%
RI State House 42 Stephen Ucci Democratic 40%
RI State House 43 Deborah Fellela Democratic 36%
RI State House 48 Brian Newberry Republican 38%
RI State House 52 Karen Macbeth Democratic 48%
RI State House 53 Thomas Winfield Democratic 44%
RI State House 55 Arthur Corvese Democratic 38%
RI State House 56 Agostinho Silva Democratic 33%
RI State House 58 William San Bento, Jr. Democratic 48%
RI State House 59 Patrick O'Neill Democratic 44%
RI State House 60 Elaine Coderre Democratic 57%
RI State House 62 Mary Messier Democratic 38%
RI State House 64 Helio Melo Democratic 52%
RI State House 66 Joy Hearn Democratic 83%
RI State House 67 Jan Malik Democratic 40%
RI State House 69 Raymond Gallison, Jr. Democratic 52%
RI State House 70 John Edwards IV Democratic 50%
RI State House 74 Deborah Ruggiero Democratic 57%
RI State House 75 Peter Martin Democratic 33%
RI State Senate 1 Maryellen Goodwin Democratic 45%
RI State Senate 2 Juan Pichardo Democratic 68%
RI State Senate 4 Dominick Ruggerio Democratic 43%
RI State Senate 5 Paul Jabour Democratic 54%
RI State Senate 6 Harold Metts Democratic 54%
RI State Senate 7 Frank Ciccone III Democratic 28%
RI State Senate 8 James Doyle II Democratic 38%
RI State Senate 10 Walter Felag, Jr. Democratic 51%
RI State Senate 12 Louis DiPalma Democratic 38%
RI State Senate 13 M. Teresa Paiva-Weed Democratic 45%
RI State Senate 14 Daniel Da Ponte Democratic 45%
RI State Senate 16 Elizabeth Crowley Democratic 49%
RI State Senate 17 Edward O'Neill Independent 72%
RI State Senate 20 Roger Picard Democratic 48%
RI State Senate 23 Paul Fogarty Democratic 50%
RI State Senate 24 Marc Cote Democratic 72%
RI State Senate 27 Hanna Gallo Democratic 48%
RI State Senate 28 Joshua Miller Democratic 45%
RI State Senate 29 Michael McCaffrey Democratic 48%
RI State Senate 30 William Walaska Democratic 60%
RI State Senate 31 Erin Lynch Democratic 60%
RI State Senate 32 David Bates Republican 63%
RI State Senate 33 Leonidas Raptakis Democratic 57%
RI State Senate 36 James Sheehan Democratic 60%
RI State Senate 37 V. Susan Sosnowski Democratic 48%
RI State Senate 38 Dennis Algiere Republican 64%
RI Attorney General Peter Kilmartin Democratic 45%
RI Mayor At-Large Lisa Baldelli-Hunt Democratic 32%
Leo Blais 49%
Jon Brien 32%
David Caprio 52%
Kenneth Carter 44%
Daniel Connors 48%
Steven Costantino 52%
Roberto DaSilva 38%
Elizabeth Dennigan 53%
Frank Devall, Jr. 48%
Rodney Driver 63%
Laurence Ehrhardt 52%
Christopher Fierro 76%
Robert Flaherty 42%
Douglas Gablinske 56%
Alfred Gemma 34%
Joanne Giannini 33%
J. Russell Jackson 52%
Beatrice Lanzi 48%
J. Michael Lenihan 54%
Charles Levesque 48%
John Loughlin II 67%
Francis Maher, Jr. 58%
Christopher Maselli 45%
John McBurney III 27%
John Joseph McCauley, Jr. 41%
Rene Menard 44%
William Murphy 27%
Edwin Pacheco 57%
Rhoda Perry 50%
Peter Petrarca 44%
Michael Pinga 72%
Scott Pollard 35%
Amy Rice 54%
Michael Rice 44%
John Savage 57%
Gregory Schadone 36%
David Segal 63%
Mary Ann Shallcross-Smith 43%
Raymond Sullivan, Jr. 80%
John Tassoni, Jr. 48%
Kenneth Vaudreuil 45%
Peter Wasylyk 51%
Robert Watson 40%
Timothy Williamson 36%

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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