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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Vermont Public Interest Research Group

2005-2006 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
VT U.S. House At-Large Peter Welch Democratic 100%
VT Lieutenant Governor Phil Scott Republican 55%
VT State House Addison-1 Betty Nuovo Democratic 100%
VT State House Addison-2 Willem Jewett Democratic 80%
VT State House Addison-4 Michael Fisher Democratic 90%
VT State House Addison-4 David Sharpe Democratic 90%
VT State House Addison-5 Harvey Smith Republican 10%
VT State House Bennington-1 Bill Botzow Democratic 90%
VT State House Bennington-2-1 Timothy Corcoran II Democratic 60%
VT State House Bennington-2-2 Anne Mook Democratic 70%
VT State House Bennington-2-2 Mary Morrissey Republican 20%
VT State House Bennington-3 Alice Miller Democratic 100%
VT State House Bennington-Rutland Patricia Komline Republican 50%
VT State House Caledonia-1 Leigh Larocque Republican 10%
VT State House Caledonia-4 Richard Lawrence Republican 20%
VT State House Chittenden-2 Jim McCullough Democratic 100%
VT State House Chittenden-3 William Frank Democratic 100%
VT State House Chittenden-4-2 Bill Lippert, Jr. Democratic 100%
VT State House Chittenden-6-1 Kurt Wright Republican 40%
VT State House Chittenden-6-4 Chris Pearson Progressive 75%
VT State House Chittenden-6-5 Johannah Donovan Democratic 100%
VT State House Chittenden-6-7 George Cross Democratic 90%
VT State House Chittenden-7-2 Ann Pugh Democratic 100%
VT State House Chittenden-7-3 Helen Head Democratic 90%
VT State House Chittenden-8-1 Debbie Evans Democratic 100%
VT State House Chittenden-8-1 Linda Myers Republican 10%
VT State House Chittenden-8-2 Timothy Jerman Democratic 100%
VT State House Chittenden-8-3 Martha Heath Democratic 100%
VT State House Chittenden-9-1 Jim Condon Democratic 50%
VT State House Chittenden-9-2 Patrick Brennan Republican 10%
VT State House Chittenden-10 Donald Turner, Jr. Republican 0%
VT State House Essex-Caledonia-Orleans William Johnson Democratic, Republican 0%
VT State House Franklin-1 Carolyn Branagan Republican 30%
VT State House Franklin-3-1 Kathleen Keenan Democratic 60%
VT State House Grand Isle-Chittenden Mitzi Johnson Democratic 100%
VT State House Lamoille-2 Linda Martin Democratic 100%
VT State House Lamoille-Washington Shap Smith, Jr. Democratic 60%
VT State House Orange-1 Philip Winters Republican 20%
VT State House Orange-2 Sarah Copeland-Hanzas Democratic 100%
VT State House Orange-Washington-Addison Patsy French Democratic 90%
VT State House Orleans-1 Loren Shaw Republican 0%
VT State House Orleans-2 Duncan Kilmartin Democratic, Republican 10%
VT State House Orleans-2 Michael Marcotte Democratic, Republican 10%
VT State House Rutland-1 Andrew Donaghy Republican 10%
VT State House Rutland-2 Dave Potter Democratic 80%
VT State House Rutland-3 William Canfield Democratic, Republican 40%
VT State House Rutland-3 Robert Helm Democratic, Republican 0%
VT State House Rutland-Bennington John Malcolm Democratic 50%
VT State House Washington-1 Anne Donahue Republican 40%
VT State House Washington-2 Thomas Koch Democratic, Republican 20%
VT State House Washington-2 Francis McFaun Democratic, Republican 40%
VT State House Washington-4 Warren Kitzmiller Democratic 90%
VT State House Washington-5 Tony Klein Democratic 100%
VT State House Washington-6 Janet Ancel Democratic 90%
VT State House Washington-7 Maxine Grad Democratic 80%
VT State House Windham-3 Carolyn Partridge Democratic 80%
VT State House Windham-4 David Deen Democratic 100%
VT State House Windham-5 Richard Marek Democratic 100%
VT State House Windsor-1 Donna Sweaney Democratic 100%
VT State House Windsor-3-2 Alice Emmons Democratic, Working Families 100%
VT State House Windsor-5 Alison Clarkson Democratic 80%
VT State House Windsor-Orange-2 James Masland Democratic 90%
VT State House Windsor-Rutland Sandy Haas Democratic, Progressive 90%
VT State Senate Addison Claire Ayer Democratic 100%
VT State Senate Bennington Richard Sears, Jr. Democratic 73%
VT State Senate Caledonia Jane Kitchel Democratic 73%
VT State Senate Chittenden Ginny Lyons Democratic 100%
VT State Senate Chittenden Diane Snelling Republican 73%
VT State Senate Chittenden Dave Zuckerman Democratic, Progressive 90%
VT State Senate Essex-Orleans John Rodgers Democratic 70%
VT State Senate Essex-Orleans Robert Starr Democratic 36%
VT State Senate Franklin Donald Collins Democratic 82%
VT State Senate Franklin Norman McAllister Republican 10%
VT State Senate Grand Isle Richard Mazza Democratic 70%
VT State Senate Lamoille Richard Westman Republican 30%
VT State Senate Orange Mark MacDonald Democratic 91%
VT State Senate Rutland Peg Flory Republican 10%
VT State Senate Rutland Kevin Mullin Republican 36%
VT State Senate Washington Ann Cummings Democratic 100%
VT State Senate Washington William Doyle Republican 64%
VT State Senate Windham Jeanette White Democratic 100%
VT State Senate Windsor John Campbell Democratic 100%
VT State Senate Windsor Alice Nitka Democratic 60%
VT Secretary of State Jim Condos Democratic 100%
VT Council Member Ward 4 Kurt Wright Republican 40%
VT Tax Commissioner Mary Peterson Democratic 70%
Joe Acinapura 14%
Steven Adams 30%
David Allaire 30%
George Allard 0%
William Aswad 80%
Kenneth Atkins 90%
Albert Audette 80%
Joseph Baker 30%
Denise Begins Barnard 80%
Philip Bartlett 20%
Susan Bartlett 45%
Lynn Bohi 100%
Donald Bostic 30%
Francis Brooks 100%
Harry Chen 100%
David Clark 10%
Gregory Clark 30%
George Coppenrath 22%
Steve Darrow 90%
Stephen Dates 14%
Thomas DePoy 40%
Robert Dostis 100%
Winston Dowland 60%
Matt Dunne 91%
Brian Dunsmore 30%
Sarah Edwards 90%
Kevin Endres 10%
Joyce Errecart 30%
Gail Fallar 90%
Edward Flanagan 55%
Roderick Gander 36%
Avis Gervais 50%
Harold Giard 73%
Steve Green 90%
Carol Hosford 100%
Constance Houston 10%
Steve Howard 100%
Dick Howrigan, Sr. 60%
Richard Hube 10%
Cola Hudson 10%
Peter Hunt 90%
Jim Hutchinson 90%
Vincent Illuzzi 55%
Michael Kainen 70%
Sylvia Kennedy 10%
Bill Keogh 90%
Sara Kittell 91%
Joseph Krawczyk, Jr. 40%
Michele Kupersmith 100%
Steve Larrabee, Sr. 10%
Mark Larson 100%
Kathy LaBelle LaVoie 20%
James Leddy 100%
Lucy Leriche 80%
Judy Livingston 10%
Jason Lorber 80%
Christopher Louras 20%
Steven Maier 100%
Richard Marron 50%
Clint Martin 30%
Hull Maynard 27%
Rosemary McLaughlin 90%
Virginia Milkey 90%
Hinda Miller 64%
Warren Miller 40%
Sue Minter 100%
Lawrence Molloy 60%
Harry Monti 60%
John Morley III 10%
Floyd Nease 90%
Kathrine Niquette 20%
Michael John Obuchowski 80%
Patricia O'Donnell 10%
Scott Orr 100%
Harvey Otterman, Jr. 10%
Alan Parent 10%
Janice Peaslee 10%
Kathy Pellett 70%
Albert Joseph Perry 40%
Daryl Pillsbury 50%
Dexter Randall 70%
Michael Reese 90%
Robert Rusten 70%
Ann Seibert 70%
Malcolm Severance 60%
Ernest Shand 100%
Mark Shepard 18%
David Sunderland 10%
John Patrick Tracy 100%
Ira Trombley 70%
Leo Valliere 20%
Wendy Wilton 18%
John Winters 10%
Mark Young 20%

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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