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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Rhode Island National Federation of Independent Business

2007-2008 Positions on Pro-Small Business Policy

State Office District Name Party Rating
RI State House 1 Edith Ajello Democratic 70
RI State House 4 Gordon Fox Democratic 70
RI State House 5 John DeSimone Democratic 67
RI State House 9 Anastasia Williams Democratic 78
RI State House 11 Grace Diaz Democratic 67
RI State House 12 Joseph Almeida, Jr. Democratic 70
RI State House 14 Charlene Lima Democratic 63
RI State House 15 Nicholas Mattiello Democratic 70
RI State House 17 Robert Jacquard Democratic 83
RI State House 18 Arthur Handy Democratic 70
RI State House 19 Joseph McNamara Democratic 67
RI State House 21 Eileen Naughton Democratic 63
RI State House 22 Frank Ferri Democratic 67
RI State House 24 Joseph Trillo Republican 86
RI State House 27 Patricia Serpa Democratic 70
RI State House 33 Donald Lally, Jr. Democratic 63
RI State House 36 Donna Walsh Democratic 63
RI State House 38 Brian Kennedy Democratic 70
RI State House 42 Stephen Ucci Democratic 67
RI State House 43 Deborah Fellela Democratic 57
RI State House 53 Thomas Winfield Democratic 71
RI State House 55 Arthur Corvese Democratic 70
RI State House 56 Agostinho Silva Democratic 70
RI State House 59 Patrick O'Neill Democratic 71
RI State House 60 Elaine Coderre Democratic 70
RI State House 64 Helio Melo Democratic 70
RI State House 67 Jan Malik Democratic 57
RI State House 69 Raymond Gallison, Jr. Democratic 70
RI State Senate 1 Maryellen Goodwin Democratic 80
RI State Senate 2 Juan Pichardo Democratic 56
RI State Senate 4 Dominick Ruggerio Democratic 70
RI State Senate 5 Paul Jabour Democratic 80
RI State Senate 6 Harold Metts Democratic 60
RI State Senate 7 Frank Ciccone III Democratic 89
RI State Senate 8 James Doyle II Democratic 78
RI State Senate 10 Walter Felag, Jr. Democratic 78
RI State Senate 13 M. Teresa Paiva-Weed Democratic 80
RI State Senate 14 Daniel DaPonte Democratic 71
RI State Senate 20 Roger Picard Democratic 88
RI State Senate 23 Paul Fogarty Democratic 90
RI State Senate 24 Marc Cote Democratic 80
RI State Senate 27 Hanna Gallo Democratic 70
RI State Senate 28 Joshua Miller Democratic 67
RI State Senate 29 Michael McCaffrey Democratic 89
RI State Senate 30 William Walaska Democratic 90
RI State Senate 32 David Bates Republican 100
RI State Senate 33 Leonidas Raptakis Democratic 89
RI State Senate 36 James Sheehan Democratic 89
RI State Senate 37 V. Susan Sosnowski Democratic 80
RI State Senate 38 Dennis Algiere Republican 80
RI Attorney General Peter Kilmartin Democratic 75
Lisa Baldelli-Hunt 78
Leo Blais 100
Jon Brien 86
David Caprio 78
Kenneth Carter 70
Daniel Connors 78
Steven Costantino 70
Elizabeth Dennigan 83
Laurence Ehrhardt 78
Douglas Gablinske 70
Alfred Gemma 78
Joanne Giannini 75
J. Russell Jackson 67
Beatrice Lanzi 75
J. Michael Lenihan 90
Charles Levesque 83
John Loughlin II 63
Christopher Maselli 70
John McBurney III 78
John Joseph McCauley, Jr. 70
Rene Menard 83
William Murphy 86
Edwin Pacheco 70
Rhoda Perry 80
Peter Petrarca 67
Amy Rice 80
John Savage 88
Gregory Schadone 71
David Segal 67
Thomas Slater 75
Raymond Sullivan, Jr. 75
John Tassoni, Jr. 70
Kenneth Vaudreuil 70
Robert Watson 86
Timothy Williamson 78

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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