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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Rhode Island ACLU

1997-1998 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
RI U.S. House 1 David Cicilline Democratic 100%
RI Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Roberts Democratic 83%
RI State House 1 Edith Ajello Democratic 89%
RI State House 3 Thomas Palangio Democratic 35%
RI State House 4 Gordon Fox Democratic 76%
RI State House 5 John DeSimone Democratic 36%
RI State House 9 Anastasia Williams Democratic 64%
RI State House 14 Charlene Lima Democratic 40%
RI State House 16 Peter Palumbo Democratic 29%
RI State House 17 Robert Jacquard Democratic 33%
RI State House 19 Joseph McNamara Democratic 21%
RI State House 21 Eileen Naughton Democratic 38%
RI State House 33 Donald Lally, Jr. Democratic 40%
RI State House 36 Donna Walsh Democratic 91%
RI State House 38 Brian Kennedy Democratic 31%
RI State House 53 Thomas Winfield Democratic 28%
RI State House 58 William San Bento, Jr. Democratic 23%
RI State House 60 Elaine Coderre Democratic 56%
RI State House 67 Jan Malik Democratic 26%
RI State Senate 1 Maryellen Goodwin Democratic 42%
RI State Senate 4 Dominick Ruggerio Democratic 25%
RI State Senate 13 M. Teresa Paiva-Weed Democratic 50%
RI State Senate 20 Roger Picard Democratic 33%
RI State Senate 23 Paul Fogarty Democratic 58%
RI State Senate 24 Marc Cote Democratic 58%
RI State Senate 29 Michael McCaffrey Democratic 42%
RI State Senate 30 William Walaska Democratic 27%
RI State Senate 32 David Bates Republican 70%
RI State Senate 33 Leonidas Raptakis Democratic 45%
RI State Senate 37 V. Susan Sosnowski Democratic 58%
RI State Senate 38 Dennis Algiere Republican 45%
RI Attorney General Peter Kilmartin Democratic 14%
RI Treasurer Frank Caprio Democratic 56%
Denise Aiken 79%
Stephen Alves 30%
Joseph Amaral 47%
Mabel Anderson 16%
Stephen Anderson 24%
Roger Badeau 27%
John Douglas Barr II 70%
Nancy Benoit 47%
Melvoid Benson 42%
Leo Blais 55%
Maxine Bradford Shavers 61%
Russell Bramley 53%
Kevin Breene 42%
Barbara Burlingame 61%
Christine Callahan 36%
Bambilyn Breece Cambio 38%
Marsha Carpenter 29%
Mary Ann Carroll 77%
Kenneth Carter 29%
John Celona 25%
J. Clement Cicilline 58%
Thomas Coderre 67%
Raymond Coelho 28%
Daniel Connors 50%
Steven Costantino 67%
Paul Crowley 31%
Michael Damiani 27%
Elizabeth Dennigan 76%
James Donelan 83%
William Enos 50%
Joseph Faria 21%
Michael Farrell 25%
Lawrence Ferguson 21%
Robert Flaherty 21%
Richard Fleury 22%
Michael Flynn 36%
Eugene Garvey 31%
Myrna George 31%
Joanne Giannini 21%
June Gibbs 73%
Peter Ginaitt 21%
Cathy Graziano 60%
John Harwood 31%
Mark Barrett Heffner 56%
Suzanne Henseler 24%
Nancy Hetherington 67%
Edward Inman III 13%
William Irons 45%
Daniel Issa 58%
David Iwuc 27%
Thomas Izzo 75%
Leona Kelley 33%
Robert Kells 55%
Paul Kelly 67%
James Kelso 25%
Beatrice Lanzi 47%
Charles John Lavesque 82%
J. Michael Lenihan 58%
Charles Levesque 78%
Bruce Long 53%
Maria Lopes 53%
Robert Lowe 44%
Gerard Martineau 27%
John McBurney III 33%
John Joseph McCauley, Jr. 9%
Patrick McDonald 42%
Rene Menard 22%
Charles Millard, Jr. 21%
Joseph Montalbano 33%
Frank Montanaro 44%
Paul Moura 64%
Ronald Munschy 24%
William Murphy 47%
Jonathan Oster 75%
Mary Parella 42%
John Patterson 58%
Rhoda Perry 92%
Antonio Pires 40%
Micheal Pisaturo 68%
Joan Quick 19%
Scott Rabideau 67%
Donald Reilly, Jr. 18%
John Revens, Jr. 60%
John Roney 82%
Henry Rose 26%
Alfred Russo, Jr. 56%
Eleanor Sasso 60%
Joseph Scott 56%
Paul Sherlock 25%
John Simonian 38%
Thomas Slater 43%
Steven Smith 44%
Joseph Voccola 33%
Charles Walton 83%
Peter Wasylyk 44%
Robert Watson 64%
Timothy Williamson 30%

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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