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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Rhode Island National Federation of Independent Business

1997-1998 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
RI U.S. House 1 David Cicilline Democratic 73
RI State House 1 Edith Ajello Democratic 79
RI State House 3 Thomas Palangio Democratic 92
RI State House 4 Gordon Fox Democratic 75
RI State House 5 John DeSimone Democratic 77
RI State House 9 Anastasia Williams Democratic 69
RI State House 14 Charlene Lima Democratic 60
RI State House 16 Peter Palumbo Democratic 75
RI State House 17 Robert Jacquard Democratic 89
RI State House 19 Joseph McNamara Democratic 83
RI State House 21 Eileen Naughton Democratic 83
RI State House 33 Donald Lally, Jr. Democratic 90
RI State House 36 Donna Walsh Democratic 82
RI State House 38 Brian Kennedy Democratic 77
RI State House 53 Thomas Winfield Democratic 85
RI State House 58 William San Bento, Jr. Democratic 88
RI State House 60 Elaine Coderre Democratic 83
RI State House 67 Jan Malik Democratic 79
RI State Senate 1 Maryellen Goodwin Democratic 80
RI State Senate 4 Dominick Ruggerio Democratic 82
RI State Senate 13 M. Teresa Paiva-Weed Democratic 90
RI State Senate 20 Roger Picard Democratic 83
RI State Senate 24 Marc Cote Democratic 83
RI State Senate 29 Michael McCaffrey Democratic 82
RI State Senate 30 William Walaska Democratic 91
RI State Senate 32 David Bates Republican 83
RI State Senate 33 Leonidas Raptakis Democratic 83
RI State Senate 37 V. Susan Sosnowski Democratic 82
RI State Senate 38 Dennis Algiere Republican 83
RI Attorney General Peter Kilmartin Democratic 79
RI Treasurer Frank Caprio Democratic N/A
Denise Aiken-Salandria 85
Stephen Alves 89
Joseph Amaral 85
Mabel Anderson 86
Stephen Anderson 77
Roger Badeau 75
John Douglas Barr II 85
Nancy Benoit 79
Melvoid Benson 85
Leo Blais 82
Maxine Bradford Shavers 85
Russell Bramley 77
Kevin Breene 83
Barbara Burlingame 92
Christine Callahan 75
Bambilyn Breece Cambio 83
Marsha Carpenter 75
Mary Ann Carroll 77
Kenneth Carter 83
John Celona 83
J. Clement Cicilline 90
Thomas Coderre 100
Raymond Coelho 83
Daniel Connors 83
Steven Costantino 83
Michael Damiani 83
Elizabeth Dennigan 71
James Donelan 82
William Enos 91
Joseph Faria 77
Michael Farrell 77
Lawrence Ferguson 78
Robert Flaherty 77
Richard Fleury 82
Michael Flynn 80
Eugene Garvey 77
Myrna George 93
Joanne Giannini 79
June Gibbs 83
Peter Ginaitt 70
Cathy Graziano 83
John Harwood 80
Mark Barrett Heffner 92
Suzanne Henseler 79
Nancy Hetherington 73
Edward Inman III 86
William Irons 83
Daniel Issa 75
David Iwuc 82
Thomas Izzo 82
Leona Kelley 77
Robert Kells 91
Paul Kelly 83
James Kelso 82
Beatrice Lanzi 77
Charles John Lavesque 83
J. Michael Lenihan 71
Charles Levesque 77
Bruce Long 79
Maria Lopes 70
Robert Lowe 83
Gerard Martineau 78
John McBurney III 100
John Joseph McCauley, Jr. 80
Patrick McDonald 100
Rene Menard 77
Charles Millard, Jr. 86
Joseph Montalbano 80
Frank Montanaro 75
Paul Moura 77
Ronald Munschy 92
William Murphy 86
Jonathan Oster 91
Mary Parella 91
John Patterson 83
Rhoda Perry 78
Antonio Pires 82
Micheal Pisaturo 77
Joan Quick 100
Scott Rabideau 73
Donald Reilly, Jr. 82
John Revens, Jr. 82
John Roney 80
Henry Rose 86
Eleanor Sasso 82
Joseph Scott 100
Paul Sherlock 83
John Simonian 75
Thomas Slater 82
Steven Smith 92
Joseph Voccola 71
Charles Walton 90
Peter Wasylyk 82
Robert Watson 91
Timothy Williamson 75

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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