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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Rhode Island Common Cause

2003-2004 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
RI State House 1 Edith Ajello Democratic 77%
RI State House 9 Anastasia Williams Democratic 61%
RI State House 12 Joseph Almeida, Jr. Democratic 70%
RI State House 14 Charlene Lima Democratic 68%
RI State House 17 Robert Jacquard Democratic 63%
RI State House 18 Art Handy Democratic 79%
RI State House 19 Joseph McNamara Democratic 74%
RI State House 38 Brian Kennedy Democratic 73%
RI State House 53 Thomas Winfield Democratic 74%
RI State House 55 Arthur Corvese Democratic 68%
RI State Senate 1 Maryellen Goodwin Democratic 88%
RI State Senate 4 Dominick Ruggerio Democratic 85%
RI State Senate 7 Frank Ciccone III Democratic 88%
RI State Senate 10 Walter Felag, Jr. Democratic 88%
RI State Senate 14 Daniel Da Ponte Democratic 71%
RI State Senate 20 Roger Picard Democratic 69%
RI State Senate 23 Paul Fogarty Democratic 89%
RI State Senate 24 Marc Cote Democratic 97%
RI State Senate 27 Hanna Gallo Democratic 86%
RI State Senate 29 Michael McCaffrey Democratic 88%
RI State Senate 33 Leonidas Raptakis Democratic 91%
RI State Senate 36 James Sheehan Democratic 100%
RI State Senate 37 V. Susan Sosnowski Democratic 93%
RI State Senate 38 Dennis Algiere Republican 100%
RI Attorney General Peter Kilmartin Democratic 72%
RI Treasurer Frank Caprio Democratic 90%
Stephen Alves 84%
Joseph Amaral 98%
Rita Anderson 32%
Fausto Anguilla 84%
Richard Aubin 77%
Roger Badeau 85%
David Bates 94%
Melvoid Benson 90%
Leo Blais 85%
Kevin Breene 97%
Todd Brien 70%
Christine Callahan 85%
David Caprio 88%
Kenneth Carter 70%
Mary Cerra 77%
Elaine Coderre 72%
Daniel Connors 85%
Brian Coogan 72%
Steven Costantino 72%
Paul Crowley 64%
Michael Damiani 71%
Elizabeth Dennigan 70%
John DeSimone 76%
William Enos 72%
Joseph Faria 61%
Robert Flaherty 71%
Gordon Fox 75%
Raymond Gallison, Jr. 77%
Alfred Gemma 75%
Joanne Giannini 71%
June Gibbs 99%
Peter Ginaitt 52%
Nicholas Gorham 98%
John Harwood 0%
Daniel Issa 84%
Donald Lally, Jr. 66%
Norman Landroche, Jr. 70%
Beatrice Lanzi 88%
David Laroche 63%
J. Michael Lenihan 96%
Peter Lewiss 73%
Bruce Long 95%
Robert Lowe 70%
Jan Malik 72%
John McBurney III 79%
John Joseph McCauley, Jr. 41%
Matthew McHugh 95%
William McManus 98%
Rene Menard 72%
Victor Moffitt 98%
Joseph Montalbano 87%
Frank Montanaro 69%
Joseph Moran III 80%
Paul Moura 70%
Carol Mumford 100%
William Murphy 68%
Eileen Naughton 72%
M. Teresa Paiva-Weed 88%
Peter Palumbo 44%
Mary Parella 100%
Rhoda Perry 88%
Peter Petrarca 82%
Juan Pichardo 81%
Joseph Polisena 90%
Donald Reilly, Jr. 92%
John Revens, Jr. 86%
Elizabeth Roberts 89%
Henry Rose 81%
William San Bento, Jr. 64%
John Savage 98%
Gregory Schadone 68%
Joseph Scott 62%
John Patrick Shanley, Jr. 78%
Thomas Slater 62%
Steven Smith 55%
Susan Story 100%
John Tassoni, Jr. 88%
Leon Tejada 71%
Joseph Trillo 98%
Joseph Voccola 40%
William Walaska 79%
Peter Wasylyk 85%
Robert Watson 91%
Timothy Williamson 68%

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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