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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Vermont Public Interest Research Group

2007-2008 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
VT Governor Peter Shumlin Democratic 100%
VT Lieutenant Governor Phil Scott Republican 63%
VT State House Addison-1 Betty Nuovo Democratic 100%
VT State House Addison-2 Willem Jewett Democratic 89%
VT State House Addison-4 Michael Fisher Democratic 100%
VT State House Addison-4 David Sharpe Democratic 100%
VT State House Addison-Rutland William Stevens Independent 70%
VT State House Bennington-1 Bill Botzow Democratic 100%
VT State House Bennington-2-1 Timothy Corcoran II Democratic 30%
VT State House Bennington-2-2 Anne Mook Democratic 90%
VT State House Bennington-2-2 Mary Morrissey Republican 10%
VT State House Bennington-3 Alice Miller Democratic 90%
VT State House Bennington-4 Cynthia Browning Democratic 90%
VT State House Bennington-Rutland Patricia Komline Republican 10%
VT State House Caledonia-1 Leigh Larocque Republican 10%
VT State House Caledonia-4 Richard Lawrence Republican 0%
VT State House Chittenden-2 Jim McCullough Democratic 100%
VT State House Chittenden-3 William Frank Democratic 90%
VT State House Chittenden-4-2 Bill Lippert, Jr. Democratic 90%
VT State House Chittenden-5-2 Joan Lenes Democratic 100%
VT State House Chittenden-6-1 Kurt Wright Republican 20%
VT State House Chittenden-6-4 Chris Pearson Progressive 90%
VT State House Chittenden-6-5 Johannah Donovan Democratic 100%
VT State House Chittenden-6-7 Clem Bissonnette Democratic 90%
VT State House Chittenden-7-2 Ann Pugh Democratic 80%
VT State House Chittenden-7-3 Helen Head Democratic 100%
VT State House Chittenden-8-1 Debbie Evans Democratic 80%
VT State House Chittenden-8-1 Linda Myers Republican 10%
VT State House Chittenden-8-2 Timothy Jerman Democratic 90%
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 0%
VT State House Chittenden-9-2 Kristy Spengler Democratic 100%
VT State House Chittenden-10 Donald Turner, Jr. Republican 10%
VT State House Essex-Caledonia-Orleans William Johnson Democratic, Republican 0%
VT State House Franklin-1 Carolyn Branagan Republican 20%
VT State House Franklin-3-1 Kathleen Keenan Democratic 70%
VT State House Franklin-4 Michel Consejo Democratic 90%
VT State House Grand Isle-Chittenden Mitzi Johnson Democratic 100%
VT State House Lamoille-1 Heidi Scheuermann Republican 0%
VT State House Lamoille-2 Linda Martin Democratic 100%
VT State House Lamoille-Washington Peter Peltz Democratic 100%
VT State House Lamoille-Washington Shap Smith, Jr. Democratic 80%
VT State House Orange-1 Susan Hatch Davis Democratic, Progressive 90%
VT State House Orange-1 Philip Winters Republican 10%
VT State House Orange-2 Sarah Copeland-Hanzas Democratic 100%
VT State House Orange-Washington-Addison Patsy French Democratic 100%
VT State House Orleans-2 Duncan Kilmartin Democratic, Republican 10%
VT State House Orleans-2 Michael Marcotte Democratic, Republican 0%
VT State House Rutland-1 Andrew Donaghy Republican 10%
VT State House Rutland-2 Dave Potter Democratic 70%
VT State House Rutland-3 William Canfield Democratic, Republican 10%
VT State House Rutland-3 Robert Helm Democratic, Republican 20%
VT State House Rutland-6 Butch Shaw Democratic, Republican 20%
VT State House Rutland-Bennington John Malcolm Democratic 100%
VT State House Rutland-Windsor-2 Dennis Devereux Republican 10%
VT State House Washington-1 Anne Donahue Republican 30%
VT State House Washington-2 Thomas Koch Democratic, Republican 20%
VT State House Washington-2 Francis McFaun Democratic, Republican 20%
VT State House Washington-4 Warren Kitzmiller Democratic 67%
VT State House Washington-5 Tony Klein Democratic 100%
VT State House Washington-6 Janet Ancel Democratic 100%
VT State House Washington-7 Maxine Grad Democratic 90%
VT State House Windham-3 Carolyn Partridge Democratic 80%
VT State House Windham-4 David Deen Democratic 100%
VT State House Windham-4 Mike Mrowicki Democratic 100%
VT State House Windham-5 Richard Marek Democratic 100%
VT State House Windham-6 Ann Manwaring Democratic 100%
VT State House Windham-Bennington John Moran 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-3-2 Cynthia Martin Democratic, Working Families 100%
VT State House Windsor-5 Alison Clarkson Democratic 100%
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 Addison Christopher Bray Democratic 100%
VT State Senate Bennington Bob Hartwell Democratic 88%
VT State Senate Bennington Richard Sears, Jr. Democratic 88%
VT State Senate Caledonia Jane Kitchel Democratic 63%
VT State Senate Chittenden Ginny Lyons Democratic 100%
VT State Senate Chittenden Diane Snelling Republican 75%
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 50%
VT State Senate Franklin Donald Collins Democratic 63%
VT State Senate Franklin Norman McAllister Republican 10%
VT State Senate Grand Isle Richard Mazza Democratic 50%
VT State Senate Lamoille Richard Westman Republican 0%
VT State Senate Orange Mark MacDonald Democratic 100%
VT State Senate Rutland Peg Flory Republican 10%
VT State Senate Rutland Kevin Mullin Republican 13%
VT State Senate Washington Ann Cummings Democratic 100%
VT State Senate Washington William Doyle Republican 50%
VT State Senate Windham Jeanette White Democratic 100%
VT State Senate Windsor John Campbell Democratic 100%
VT State Senate Windsor Richard McCormack Democratic 88%
VT State Senate Windsor Alice Nitka Democratic 75%
VT Secretary of State Jim Condos Democratic 100%
VT Council Member Ward 4 Kurt Wright Republican 20%
VT Secretary of the Agency of Human Services Doug Racine Democratic 100%
VT Tax Commissioner Mary Peterson Democratic 80%
Joe Acinapura 30%
Steven Adams 10%
David Ainsworth 10%
George Allard 20%
Jon Anderson 80%
Margaret Andrews 90%
William Aswad 80%
Kenneth Atkins 100%
Albert Audette 60%
Joseph Baker 10%
Denise Begins Barnard 60%
Susan Bartlett 88%
Donald Bostic 20%
Bill Carris 100%
Harry Chen 100%
Margaret Cheney 100%
Gregory Clark 10%
John Clerkin 10%
George Coppenrath 25%
Gale Courcelle 90%
Howard Crawford 14%
Robert Dostis 90%
Sarah Edwards 90%
Joyce Errecart 10%
Gail Fallar 70%
James Fitzgerald 40%
Edward Flanagan 100%
Avis Gervais 80%
Harold Giard 100%
Gary Gilbert 90%
Reginald Godin 90%
Sandra Grenier 0%
Carol Hosford 90%
Steve Howard 100%
Dick Howrigan, Sr. 50%
Richard Hube 10%
Peter Hunt 80%
Jim Hutchinson 90%
Vincent Illuzzi 63%
Bill Keogh 70%
Sara Kittell 100%
Joseph Krawczyk, Jr. 10%
Michele Kupersmith 100%
Steve Larrabee, Sr. 10%
Mark Larson 100%
Kathy LaBelle LaVoie 10%
Lucy Leriche 100%
Robert Lewis 0%
Judith Livingston 10%
Jason Lorber 100%
Steven Maier 100%
Hull Maynard 13%
Virginia McCormack 80%
Patricia McDonald 10%
James McNeil 14%
Virginia Milkey 100%
Hinda Miller 75%
Sue Minter 70%
Mark Mitchell 100%
Harry Monti 40%
John Morley III 10%
Floyd Nease 100%
Michael John Obuchowski 100%
Patricia O'Donnell 10%
Hilde Ojibway 90%
Scott Orr 90%
Harvey Otterman, Jr. 0%
Kitty Oxholm 10%
Janice Peaslee 0%
Kathy Pellett 100%
Albert Joseph Perry 50%
Daryl Pillsbury 40%
Dexter Randall 80%
Ernest Shand 100%
David Sunderland 0%
Gaye Symington 60%
Ira Trombley 90%
Leo Valliere 10%
Rachel Weston 90%
Scott Wheeler 20%
John Zenie 100%

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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