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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Vermont Public Interest Research Group

1999-2000 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
VT Governor Peter Shumlin Democratic 86%
VT State House Addison-1 Betty Nuovo Democratic 100%
VT State House Addison-5 Harvey Smith Republican 0%
VT State House Bennington-2-2 Mary Morrissey Republican 0%
VT State House Bennington-3 Alice Miller Democratic 92%
VT State House Caledonia-1 Leigh Larocque Republican 9%
VT State House Chittenden-4-2 Bill Lippert, Jr. Democratic 92%
VT State House Chittenden-6-7 George Cross Democratic 92%
VT State House Chittenden-7-2 Ann Pugh Democratic 85%
VT State House Chittenden-8-3 Martha Heath Democratic 100%
VT State House Essex-Caledonia-Orleans William Johnson Democratic, Republican 0%
VT State House Franklin-3-1 Kathleen Keenan Democratic 100%
VT State House Lamoille-2 Mark Woodward Democratic 83%
VT State House Orange-1 Philip Winters Republican 0%
VT State House Rutland-3 Robert Helm Democratic, Republican 0%
VT State House Washington-2 Thomas Koch Democratic, Republican 23%
VT State House Washington-3 Paul Poirier Independent 80%
VT State House Windham-3 Carolyn Partridge Democratic 100%
VT State House Windham-4 David Deen Democratic 100%
VT State House Windsor-1 Donna Sweaney Democratic 92%
VT State House Windsor-3-2 Alice Emmons Democratic, Working Families 100%
VT State House Windsor-Orange-2 James Masland Democratic 100%
VT State Senate Bennington Richard Sears, Jr. Democratic 78%
VT State Senate Chittenden Dave Zuckerman Democratic, Progressive 100%
VT State Senate Essex-Orleans Robert Starr Democratic 56%
VT State Senate Grand Isle Richard Mazza Democratic 50%
VT State Senate Lamoille Richard Westman Republican 0%
VT State Senate Orange Mark MacDonald Democratic 89%
VT State Senate Rutland Peg Flory Republican 8%
VT State Senate Rutland Kevin Mullin Republican 0%
VT State Senate Washington Ann Cummings Democratic 89%
VT State Senate Washington William Doyle Republican 75%
VT State Senate Windsor Richard McCormack Democratic 89%
VT State Senate Windsor Alice Nitka Democratic 77%
VT Assistant Judge At-Large Jack Anderson 64%
Elaine Alfano 91%
George Allard 0%
Philip Angell, Jr. 8%
Jean Ankeney 89%
William Aswad 100%
Kenneth Atkins 42%
Jan Backus 88%
Thomas Bahre 11%
Joseph Baker 0%
Joyce Barbieri 58%
Jason Barney 0%
Susan Bartlett 100%
Rene Blanchard 38%
John Bloomer, Jr. 50%
Stephanie Bourdeau 0%
Terrill Bouricius 100%
Gordon Bristol 83%
Francis Brooks 100%
David Brown 0%
Peter Brownell 43%
Forest Buckland 27%
Julius Canns 33%
Diane Carmolli 82%
Nancy Chard 86%
David Clark 0%
Jim Colvin 25%
Dean Corren 100%
Thomas Costello 90%
George Costes 44%
Howard Crawford 0%
John Crowley 33%
Maureen Dakin 54%
Dan Darrow 100%
Steve Darrow 92%
Thomas DePoy 0%
Danny Deuel 82%
Anthony Dominick 31%
Patricia Doyle 100%
John Edwards 40%
Michael Flaherty 38%
John Follett 8%
Sally Fox 100%
Walter Freed 15%
William Fyfe 27%
Avis Gervais 58%
Anne Ginevan 17%
Henry Gray 0%
James Greenwood 56%
Henry Gretkowski 38%
David Hathaway 8%
Steve Hingtgen 100%
Neil Hoag 8%
Henry Holmes 0%
Constance Houston 8%
Dick Howrigan, Sr. 17%
Richard Hube 8%
Cola Hudson 0%
Margaret Hummel 100%
Bruce Hyde 8%
Robert Ide 22%
Vincent Illuzzi 75%
Henrietta Jordan 100%
Michael Kainen 56%
Carolyn Kehler 92%
Robert Everett Kinsey 22%
Sara Kittell 89%
Karen Kitzmiller 100%
Gerald Krasnow 100%
Albert Krawczyk 33%
Jerry Kreitzer 85%
John LaBarge 0%
Karen Moran Lafayette 100%
Steve Larrabee, Sr. 0%
James Leddy 88%
Ralph Lehman 62%
Thomas Little 18%
Judith Livingston 0%
Bill MacKinnon 100%
Richard Mallary 38%
Richard Marron 0%
Frederick Maslack 8%
Hull Maynard 33%
Frank Mazur 0%
Mary Mazzariello 83%
Thomas McGrath 0%
James McNamara 31%
Doran Metzger 8%
Virginia Milkey 100%
Marion Milne 64%
Lawrence Molloy 31%
Karen Moore 100%
Gerald Morrissey 33%
Janet Munt 89%
Thomas Neiman 8%
Patricia O'Donnell 8%
Donny Osman 100%
Allen Palmer 8%
Edward Paquin, Jr. 100%
Mary-Ann Parizo 100%
Janice Peaslee 0%
Richard Pembroke, Sr. 33%
Albert Joseph Perry 55%
Ira Pike 0%
Barbara Postman 92%
Arthur Pratt 0%
Ben-Zion Ptashnik 100%
Michael Quaid 25%
Neil Randall 0%
Elizabeth Mary Ready 100%
Gary Richardson 0%
Helen Riehle 56%
Marilyn Keith Rivero 75%
Cheryl Pratt Rivers 89%
John Robb 0%
Robert Rusten 42%
Henry Schaefer 31%
George Schiavone 0%
Ann Seibert 92%
Malcolm Severance 36%
Nancy Sheltra 0%
Joseph Sherman 0%
Patricia Smith 92%
Jeb Spaulding 89%
Karen Steele 0%
Al Stevens 69%
Bill Suchmann 9%
Mary Sullivan 100%
Gene Sweetser 0%
Gaye Symington 100%
Ruth Towne 0%
John Patrick Tracy 100%
Oreste Valsangiacomo, Sr. 50%
Val Vincent 90%
Michael Vinton 27%
Cathy Voyer 0%
Perry Waite 50%
Alan Weiss 67%
Susan Wheeler 85%
James Willett 0%
William Wisell 45%
Robert Wood, Jr. 9%
Mark Young 0%

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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