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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund

1998 Positions on Gun Rights

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

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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