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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Rhode Island National Federation of Independent Business

2005-2006 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
RI State House 1 Edith Ajello Democratic 67%
RI State Senate 38 Dennis Algiere Republican 78%
RI State House 12 Joseph Almeida, Jr. Democratic 67%
Stephen Alves 71%
Joseph Amaral 70%
Fausto Anguilla 70%
Roger Badeau 75%
David Bates 80%
Leo Blais 89%
Kevin Breene 88%
Todd Brien 70%
David Caprio 70%
RI Treasurer Frank Caprio Democratic 63%
Kenneth Carter 70%
Raymond Church 80%
RI State Senate 7 Frank Ciccone III Democratic 75%
Elaine Coderre 70%
Daniel Connors 86%
RI State House 55 Arthur Corvese Democratic 78%
Steven Costantino 70%
RI State Senate 24 Marc Cote Democratic 86%
Michael Damiani 71%
RI State Senate 14 Daniel Da Ponte Democratic 80%
James Davey 100%
Elizabeth Dennigan 67%
RI State House 5 John DeSimone Democratic 71%
RI State House 11 Grace Diaz Democratic 78%
RI State Senate 8 James Doyle II Democratic 70%
Laurence Ehrhardt 80%
Joseph Faria 71%
RI State Senate 10 Walter Felag, Jr. Democratic 75%
Robert Flaherty 57%
RI State Senate 23 Paul Fogarty Democratic 78%
Gordon Fox 70%
RI State House 69 Raymond Gallison, Jr. Democratic 70%
RI State Senate 27 Hanna Gallo Democratic 70%
Alfred Gemma 60%
Joanne Giannini 78%
June Gibbs 80%
Peter Ginaitt 67%
RI State Senate 1 Maryellen Goodwin Democratic 75%
Nicholas Gorham 90%
RI State House 18 Art Handy Democratic 70%
Daniel Issa 80%
J. Russell Jackson 70%
RI State House 17 Robert Jacquard Democratic 63%
RI State House 38 Brian Kennedy Democratic 70%
RI Attorney General Peter Kilmartin Democratic 75%
Donald Lally, Jr. 70%
Norman Landroche, Jr. 60%
Beatrice Lanzi 70%
David Laroche 67%
J. Michael Lenihan 70%
Charles Levesque 63%
Peter Lewiss 70%
RI State House 14 Charlene Lima Democratic 70%
Bruce Long 70%
John Loughlin II 78%
RI State House 67 Jan Malik Democratic 63%
John McBurney III 83%
RI State Senate 29 Michael McCaffrey Democratic 78%
John Joseph McCauley, Jr. 71%
Matthew McHugh 80%
William McManus 80%
RI State House 19 Joseph McNamara Democratic 70%
RI State House 64 Helio Melo Democratic 67%
Rene Menard 80%
RI State Senate 6 Harold Metts Democratic 60%
Victor Moffitt 78%
Joseph Montalbano 88%
Joseph Moran III 70%
Paul Moura 75%
Carol Mumford 80%
William Murphy 75%
RI State House 21 Eileen Naughton Democratic 70%
Patrick O'Neill 70%
Edwin Pacheco 70%
RI State Senate 13 M. Teresa Paiva-Weed Democratic 78%
Peter Palumbo 71%
Rhoda Perry 71%
Peter Petrarca 67%
RI State Senate 20 Roger Picard Democratic 70%
RI State Senate 2 Juan Pichardo Democratic 67%
Joseph Polisena 67%
RI State Senate 33 Leonidas Raptakis Democratic 70%
John Revens, Jr. 70%
Amy Rice 78%
Elizabeth Roberts 78%
Henry Rose 70%
RI State Senate 4 Dominick Ruggerio Democratic 67%
William San Bento, Jr. 88%
John Savage 70%
Gregory Schadone 70%
Joseph Scott 83%
John Patrick Shanley, Jr. 70%
RI State Senate 36 James Sheehan Democratic 70%
Richard Singleton 75%
Thomas Slater 67%
Steven Smith 80%
RI State Senate 37 V. Susan Sosnowski Democratic 70%
Susan Story 80%
Raymond Sullivan, Jr. 70%
John Tassoni, Jr. 70%
RI State House 24 Joseph Trillo Republican 70%
RI State House 42 Stephen Ucci Democratic 56%
RI State Senate 30 William Walaska Democratic 80%
Peter Wasylyk 63%
Robert Watson 75%
RI State House 9 Anastasia Williams Democratic 75%
Timothy Williamson 67%
RI State House 53 Thomas Winfield Democratic 63%

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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