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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Rhode Island National Federation of Independent Business

1996 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
RI U.S. House 1 David Cicilline Democratic 55%
RI State House 1 Edith Ajello Democratic 44%
RI State House 3 Thomas Palangio Democratic 66%
RI State House 4 Gordon Fox Democratic 62%
RI State House 5 John DeSimone Democratic 66%
RI State House 14 Charlene Lima Democratic 57%
RI State House 16 Peter Palumbo Democratic 66%
RI State House 17 Robert Jacquard Democratic 57%
RI State House 19 Joseph McNamara Democratic 87%
RI State House 21 Eileen Naughton Democratic 66%
RI State House 33 Donald Lally, Jr. Democratic 50%
RI State House 38 Brian Kennedy Democratic 77%
RI State House 53 Thomas Winfield Democratic 100%
RI State House 58 William San Bento, Jr. Democratic 75%
RI State House 60 Elaine Coderre Democratic 75%
RI State Senate 1 Maryellen Goodwin Democratic 66%
RI State Senate 4 Dominick Ruggerio Democratic 66%
RI State Senate 13 M. Teresa Paiva-Weed Democratic 70%
RI State Senate 20 Roger Picard Democratic 88%
RI State Senate 24 Marc Cote Democratic 90%
RI State Senate 29 Michael McCaffrey Democratic 62%
RI State Senate 30 William Walaska Democratic 87%
RI State Senate 32 David Bates Republican 80%
RI State Senate 38 Dennis Algiere Republican 63%
RI Attorney General Peter Kilmartin Democratic 77%
RI Treasurer Frank Caprio Democratic 71%
Stephen Alves 62%
Mabel Anderson 77%
Stephen Anderson 77%
Roger Badeau 80%
Nancy Benoit 75%
Melvoid Benson 88%
Leo Blais 62%
Russell Bramley 66%
Barbara Burlingame 75%
Christine Callahan 71%
Bambilyn Breece Cambio 57%
Marsha Carpenter 66%
Kenneth Carter 42%
John Celona 60%
J. Clement Cicilline 60%
Thomas Coderre 70%
Raymond Coelho 75%
Steven Costantino 66%
Paul Crowley 40%
William Enos 66%
Joseph Faria 71%
Lawrence Ferguson 50%
Robert Flaherty 66%
Richard Fleury 100%
Michael Flynn 77%
Eugene Garvey 71%
Joanne Giannini 75%
June Gibbs 77%
Peter Ginaitt 62%
Cathy Graziano 75%
John Harwood 66%
Mark Barrett Heffner 88%
Suzanne Henseler 75%
Nancy Hetherington 66%
Edward Inman III 75%
William Irons 80%
Daniel Issa 60%
Thomas Izzo 66%
Leona Kelley 77%
Robert Kells 55%
Paul Kelly 66%
Beatrice Lanzi 77%
Charles John Lavesque 33%
J. Michael Lenihan 70%
Bruce Long 88%
Maria Lopes 66%
Robert Lowe 88%
Gerard Martineau 66%
John McBurney III 83%
John Joseph McCauley, Jr. 66%
Rene Menard 66%
Charles Millard, Jr. 100%
Joseph Montalbano 62%
Frank Montanaro 77%
Paul Moura 66%
William Murphy 57%
Mary Parella 90%
Rhoda Perry 75%
Antonio Pires 83%
Joan Quick 100%
Scott Rabideau 85%
Donald Reilly, Jr. 77%
John Revens, Jr. 62%
John Roney 77%
Henry Rose 77%
Alfred Russo, Jr. 66%
Eleanor Sasso 71%
Paul Sherlock 57%
John Simonian 66%
Thomas Slater 75%
Steven Smith 71%
Joseph Voccola 71%
Charles Walton 55%
Peter Wasylyk 75%
Robert Watson 100%
Timothy Williamson 66%

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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