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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Rhode Island ACLU

1995-1996 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
RI U.S. House 1 David Cicilline Democratic 100%
RI State House 1 Edith Ajello Democratic 100%
RI State House 3 Thomas Palangio Democratic 44%
RI State House 4 Gordon Fox Democratic 63%
RI State House 5 John DeSimone Democratic 33%
RI State House 9 Anastasia Williams Democratic 100%
RI State House 14 Charlene Lima Democratic 50%
RI State House 16 Peter Palumbo Democratic 44%
RI State House 17 Robert Jacquard Democratic 36%
RI State House 19 Joseph McNamara Democratic 38%
RI State House 21 Eileen Naughton Democratic 40%
RI State House 33 Donald Lally, Jr. Democratic 67%
RI State House 38 Brian Kennedy Democratic 38%
RI State House 53 Thomas Winfield Democratic 38%
RI State House 58 William San Bento, Jr. Democratic 40%
RI State House 60 Elaine Coderre Democratic 73%
RI State Senate 1 Maryellen Goodwin Democratic 38%
RI State Senate 4 Dominick Ruggerio Democratic 42%
RI State Senate 6 Harold Metts Democratic 65%
RI State Senate 13 M. Teresa Paiva-Weed Democratic 46%
RI State Senate 20 Roger Picard Democratic 47%
RI State Senate 24 Marc Cote Democratic 55%
RI State Senate 29 Michael McCaffrey Democratic 44%
RI State Senate 30 William Walaska Democratic 36%
RI State Senate 32 David Bates Republican 42%
RI State Senate 33 Leonidas Raptakis Democratic 33%
RI State Senate 38 Dennis Algiere Republican 36%
RI Attorney General Peter Kilmartin Democratic 38%
RI Director of the Department of Labor and Training Charles Fogarty Democratic 62%
RI Treasurer Frank Caprio Democratic 50%
Stephen Alves 55%
Mabel Anderson 59%
Stephen Anderson 38%
Frank Anzeveno, Jr. 21%
Roger Badeau 40%
Sandra Barone 44%
Nancy Benoit 77%
Melvoid Benson 33%
Brock Bierman 19%
Leo Blais 8%
Russell Bramley 69%
Barbara Burlingame 59%
Christine Callahan 36%
Bambilyn Breece Cambio 23%
Sandra Campbell 33%
Marsha Carpenter 65%
Kenneth Carter 27%
George Caruolo 38%
George Castro 57%
John Celona 31%
J. Clement Cicilline 85%
Thomas Coderre 77%
Raymond Coelho 29%
Steven Costantino 53%
Paul Crowley 60%
William Enos 62%
Joseph Faria 33%
Lawrence Ferguson 27%
Robert Flaherty 36%
Richard Fleury 31%
Michael Flynn 17%
Eugene Garvey 41%
Joanne Giannini 41%
June Gibbs 58%
Peter Ginaitt 33%
Cathy Graziano 22%
John Harwood 40%
Mark Barrett Heffner 40%
Suzanne Henseler 19%
Nancy Hetherington 78%
Susan Iannitelli 35%
Edward Inman III 14%
William Irons 58%
Daniel Issa 36%
Thomas Izzo 85%
Leona Kelley 31%
Robert Kells 54%
Paul Kelly 64%
Beatrice Lanzi 38%
Charles John Lavesque 94%
J. Michael Lenihan 50%
Hubert Little 47%
Bruce Long 40%
Maria Lopes 59%
Robert Lowe 31%
Gerard Martineau 36%
John McBurney III 50%
John Joseph McCauley, Jr. 55%
William McGowan 53%
Rene Menard 44%
Vincent Mesolella, Jr. 36%
Charles Millard, Jr. 18%
Joseph Montalbano 40%
Mark Montalbano 31%
Frank Montanaro 38%
Paul Moura 50%
William Murphy 50%
John O'Leary 50%
Robert Palazzo 33%
David Panciera 46%
Mary Parella 50%
Rhoda Perry 91%
Antonio Pires 43%
Joseph Polisena 36%
Joan Quick 31%
Scott Rabideau 47%
Donald Reilly, Jr. 27%
John Revens, Jr. 60%
John Roney 85%
Henry Rose 33%
Alfred Russo, Jr. 11%
Wayne Salisbury 19%
Eleanor Sasso 67%
Paul Sherlock 22%
John Simonian 47%
Thomas Slater 54%
Steven Smith 47%
Paul Joseph Tavares 50%
Joseph Voccola 31%
Mary Lou Walter 46%
Charles Walton 91%
Peter Wasylyk 57%
Robert Watson 61%
Timothy Williamson 23%

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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